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10:52 am
Fri July 24, 2009

Star Wars to BOK

Tulsa's BOK Center
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Tulsa, OK – Tulsa, OK (July 23, 2009) - Star Wars : In Concert, a unique multi-media event featuring music from all six of John Williams' epic Star Wars scores, continues its worldwide arena tour on Oct. 20, 2009 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK.

This massive multi-media event features stunning visuals, a live orchestra, choir and narration, plus an exclusive exhibit of Star Wars costumes, props and production artwork.

Tickets for the show go on sale Aug. 1, 2009 at 10 am at www.bokcenter.com, Arby's Box Office, all Tickets.com outlets or by calling 1-866-BOKCTR.

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9:18 am
Fri July 24, 2009

Swine Flu Vaccine

Oklahoma City, OK – Swine flu vaccine to be tested on children

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Clinical trials in Oklahoma City of a possible swine flu vaccine will begin with tests on children ages 3 through 8.

IPS Research will begin enrolling about 200 children for the program starting Aug. 17.

The patients will be given either a vaccine or a placebo and will be monitored through office visits and by telephone. The study will last 42 days and follow-up calls will continue after that.

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5:19 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Cracking Down on Pike Hikes

Oklahoma City, OK – Brogdon plans turnpike legislation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State Sen. Randy Brogdon says he wants to restrict the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority's ability to raise tolls.

Brogdon said Thursday he will introduce legislation next year to stop OTA from raising tolls without the consent of the people or their elected representatives.

Last week, OTA approved a 16 percent increase in tolls beginning Aug. 4. The increase will bring in about $21 million a year.

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4:06 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Indictment Unsealed

Former M.E. Investigator Kevin Rowland was booked into the Tulsa County Jail.
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Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma M.E. investigator indicted

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Kevin Rowland, the former chief investigator for the Oklahoma medical examiner's office, has been indicted on four counts of sexual battery, including allegations that he groped and propositioned women he worked with.

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3:38 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

PROBATION: For Tulsa Public Schools

Tulsa Public Schools' Education Service Center at 31st and New Haven
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Oklahoma City, OK – State's 2 largest school districts go on probation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The state's education board has placed Oklahoma's two largest school districts on probation as part of the accrediting process for the upcoming school year.

The board voted unanimously Thursday on accreditation recommendations for the state's 533 school districts. The Tulsa and Oklahoma City districts were "accredited with probation," the most serious status short of losing accreditation.

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9:41 am
Thu July 23, 2009

Money for Towns and Schools

Dennis Semler makes the annoucement in his conference room at the Tulsa County Court House.
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Tulsa, OK – School districts and municipalities in Tulsa County are about to get Christmas is July in an unexpected gift. Tulsa County Treasurer Dennis Semler is making cash available from the interest paid on delinquent property taxes. It totals $1.2-million.

Under state law the funds will be split three-ways, among the school districts, towns and the county. The checks should arrive later this month. Semler says this is the first time the county has made the funds available.

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9:13 am
Thu July 23, 2009

UPDATE: Poultry Lawsuit

Tulsa, OK – Judge dismisses major portion of lawsuit

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal judge has ruled that the state of Oklahoma can't pursue monetary damages totaling more than $611 million against Arkansas poultry companies because it failed to properly name the Cherokee Nation as a party in its lawsuit.

The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Gregory K. Frizzell was a major blow to Oklahoma's environmental lawsuit against 12 poultry companies for polluting the Illinois River watershed with bird waste.

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9:08 am
Thu July 23, 2009

Inmates Set for Deportation

Boley, OK – 22 inmates scheduled for deportation

BOLEY, Okla. (AP) Nearly two dozen illegal inmates in state prison are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation.

A group of 22 inmates are scheduled to be transferred Thursday from the John Lilley Correctional Center near Boley to officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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9:04 am
Thu July 23, 2009

Swine Flu Outbreak at McAlester

McAlester, OK – McALESTER, Okla. (AP) Eight soldiers at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant have tested positive for the swine flu in what health officials say is the largest single outbreak of the virus in the state.

The base's medical director Dr. Norman McAlester said Wednesday most of the soldiers already have recovered. He says all the soldiers who were ill wore face masks and were isolated from the rest of the soldiers who were taking part in a national training exercise at the base.

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9:01 am
Thu July 23, 2009

Trooper Suspended

Trooper Daniel Martin is video taped in a scuffle with a EMT
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Stroud, OK – Okla. trooper suspended for fight with paramedic

STROUD, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper caught on video cussing and fighting with the driver of an ambulance carrying a patient has been suspended for five days.

A patrol spokesman said Trooper Daniel Martin was put on unpaid suspension Wednesday and must undergo an anger assessment.

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