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4:42 pm
Thu August 20, 2009

Claremore Solider Killed

Claremore, OK – Oklahoma soldier dies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Military officials say a soldier from Claremore has been killed in Iraq.

Department of Defense officials announced Thursday that 23-year-old Army Spc. Matthew D. Hastings died Monday from injuries he received in a non-combat incident in Baghdad.

Officials say he was assigned to the 582nd Medical Logistics Company, 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command out of Fort Hood, Texas.

Authorities say the incident is under investigation.

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Local & Regional
4:40 pm
Thu August 20, 2009

Special Session Debate

The Oklahoma Capitol
State of Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry says he and state lawmakers are considering whether to convene a special legislative session in September to discuss the state's revenue outlook.

Henry announced Thursday that he, Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee and House Speaker Chris Benge have made good progress in their budget talks, but they need more information.

State officials say the budget shortfall for fiscal year 2010 could exceed the $700 million shortfall experienced in 2003 the worst in state history.

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Local & Regional
3:21 pm
Thu August 20, 2009

Tonight is NOT the Night

Tulsa, OK – Live Nation and BOK Center regret to announce that tonight's Rod Stewart concert has been cancelled due to illness.

Unfortunately, the date cannot be rescheduled.

Refunds will be available at the point of purchase starting Friday, August 21st at 10am. If your ticket was purchased online, please call 1-866-7-BOK-CTR for your refund.

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Local & Regional
3:20 pm
Thu August 20, 2009

Abortion Ruling to Be Challenged

A pro-life sign is across the street from Tulsa's Reproductive Services. Reproductive Services brought the initial challenge to the law.
KWGS Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Attorney General's office has decided to appeal a judge's decision to overturn an anti-abortion law.

Charlie Price, a spokesman for Attorney General Drew Edmondson, said Wednesday the appeal will be filed with the Oklahoma State Supreme Court.

Oklahoma County District Judge Vicki Robertson on Tuesday ruled that Senate Bill 1878 was unconstitutional because it covered more than subject.

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Local & Regional
1:43 pm
Thu August 20, 2009

Touring OneOk Field

The downtown skyline view from the \"party deck\" at the new Oneok Field.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Slated to be completed before the 2010 baseball season, ONEOK Field will be located directly west of the historic Greenwood District and will be adjacent to the Brady and Blue Dome entertainment districts.

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Local & Regional
9:49 am
Thu August 20, 2009

Latest City/County Dispute

The Golden Driller stands outside the Quik-Trip Center on the Tulsa Fairgrounds.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Sheriff's office will be patrolling the Tulsa State Fair again this year. The city annexed the fairgrounds earlier this year, but is declining to provide patrols for the fair without a fee.

The city has contended all along that it only annexed the fairground into the city-limits. Tulsa County still owns the fairgrounds. The Tulsa State Fair is a Tulsa County production and it is responsible for fair grounds security.

The Tulsa State Fair starts October 1st.

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Local & Regional
9:17 am
Thu August 20, 2009

Turnpike Business Closes

A sign marks the Bristow exit on the Turner Turnpkike.
Okhighways.com

Bristow, OK – BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) The McDonald's restaurant located along the Turner Turnpike near Bristow is closing at the end of business today. Turnpike officials say McDonald's chose not to renew its lease at the Bristow location and has instead renovated its restaurant at the Stroud service plaza.

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Local & Regional
5:28 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Housing Starts Head Up

The sign in front of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa announced today that housing starts in metro Tulsa continued to heat up in July to 292, an 18.2 percent increase over the prior month. The July figure is the highest number of starts in one month since May of 2008 and 18.7 percent higher than starts reported in July of 2008.

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Local & Regional
4:25 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

UPDATE: Special Session Ahead?

The Oklahoma Capitol
State of Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry and legislators are discussing a possible special session that may deal with additional cuts to state agency budgets.

Henry's spokesman, Paul Sund, said Wednesday the governor is discussing the issue but a final decision hasn't been made.

Earlier this month, agency leaders learned that more cuts may be in order after July tax collections came in nearly $76 million below what's needed to pay the state's bills.

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Local & Regional
2:58 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Homeless Rate on the Increase

Tulsa, OK – An annual count of the homeless population in Oklahoma City indicates a four percent increase in 2009.

Here in Tulsa, Sandra Holden with the Day Center for the Homeless says they are seeing more service requests. She says people are looking for items like food and diapers. Some are asking for help will bills.

She says they are seeing 10-to-12 more requests per week. She says the number has jumped in the last two months.

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