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8:26 pm
Mon August 17, 2009

Tinkering with GM

Oklahoma City, OK – Former GM plant opens with new mission


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Political, military and business leaders have helped open a new aircraft repair and maintenance facility at the former General Motors plant in Oklahoma City.

Sen. Jim Inhofe and Rep. Mary Fallin were among those on hand at Monday's ceremony at the Tinker Aerospace Complex.

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5:34 pm
Mon August 17, 2009

Veterans Center

A sign hangs from the ceiling title marking the new Veterans Center on the TU campus.
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Tulsa, OK – To better support student-veterans, The University of Tulsa is proud to announce the opening of the Albert E. Schwab Veterans Resource Lounge. The center provides a central place for veterans to meet and study, as well as consolidates veterans services on campus.

An increased number of military members are returning from deployment and are taking advantage of the Yellow Ribbon Program at TU, which provides 100 percent tuition to qualified veterans. TU has expanded its veterans services to welcome them to campus.

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8:31 am
Mon August 17, 2009

Cleaning the Record

Hobart, OK – HOBART, Okla. (AP) Gov. Brad Henry is considering whether to expunge the criminal record of man convicted of stabbing a woman 25 years ago in Oklahoma City.

Henry already has granted a pardon to Harold Gene Weatherly in 2007, but a new law allows him to also expunge the man's record, essentially declaring him an innocent man.

Henry spokesman Paul Sund says Henry is sympathetic to Weatherly's situation, but struggling with whether to overturn a jury's decision.

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8:31 am
Mon August 17, 2009

Power Outage Tied to Texting

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa police blame texting teen for outage

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa police say an accident that left about two dozen people without power in central Tulsa happened after a teenage driver who was sending a text message crashed into a power pole.

The accident happened about 8:45 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of 23rd and Yale. Police say the teen was texting when he looked up at the last second, swerved to avoid a car and crashed into the pole.

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8:28 am
Mon August 17, 2009

Powerful Storms Slam Oklahoma

Enid, OK – Thunderstorms pound Garfield Co.

ENID, Okla. (AP) Some heavy storms have pounded Garfield County, causing flash flooding and damage at Chisholm High School and several area buildings.

Pieces of tin roofing and tree limbs were scattered across the high school parking lot after the thunderstorms packing high winds and heavy rain rolled through late Sunday night. Some areas reported receiving up to 6 inches of rain.

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Local & Regional
8:36 am
Sun August 16, 2009

Oklahoma Economic Woes

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Oklahoma City, OK – Thought 2009 was bad? As of July, '10 may be worse


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma was on shaky financial ground when it closed the books on its 2009 fiscal year following six straight months of declining revenue amid a spiraling economy and plummeting energy prices.

If the first month of the new fiscal year is any indication, the state will face far worse in 2010.

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Local & Regional
6:47 pm
Sat August 15, 2009

Troopers In Trouble

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Oklahoma City, OK – 3 troopers reprimanded for falsifying logs


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Three Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have been reprimanded for falsifying logs to show they were working to guard the Governor's Mansion at night.

The Oklahoman reported Saturday that troopers Trevor Flanagan, Jerome Baxter and Paul Kenney were reprimanded May 1. The three did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

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8:54 am
Sat August 15, 2009

PSO Rate Hike

Oklahoma City, OK – PSO seeks to recover investment costs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Public Service Company of Oklahoma wants the Corporation Commission to let it recover investment costs for providing reliable electrical service.

PSO filed its so-called rider recovery proposal Friday. The utility says approval would amount to a small increase in customer costs because two existing riders are set to expire in the coming months.

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8:43 am
Sat August 15, 2009

Another Oklahoma Quake

Midwest City, OK – Earthquake near Midwest City

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed an earthquake in Oklahoma County.

According to the USGS Web site, the quake occurred at 3:08 p.m. Friday about two miles west of Midwest City and seven miles east of Oklahoma City. It had a magnitude of 2.3 on the Richter Scale.

There have been no reports of injury or damage.

The survey records about 50 earthquakes a year in Oklahoma, though few are reported as being felt by residents

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Local & Regional
3:18 pm
Fri August 14, 2009

UPDATE: Poultry Lawsuit

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal judge has ruled that poultry litter can be considered a solid waste under federal environmental laws.

The ruling Friday morning by U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell was a victory for Oklahoma in the state's pollution lawsuit against 12 Arkansas poultry companies. A trial will be Sept. 21.

Attorneys for the companies had argued that the litter should not be labeled a solid waste because it has a beneficial use as a fertilizer and has market value.

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