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10:30 am
Tue August 11, 2009

State Meth Lab?

Oklahoma City, OK – Meth lab found in state building in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers say a meth lab has been found in a stairwell of the State Services Building in downtown Tulsa.

OHP Lt. George Brown calls it the most brazen location he's ever seen a meth lab.

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8:41 am
Tue August 11, 2009

State Shortfall

Oklahoma City, OK – Revenue down in July, shortfall declared


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State Treasurer Scott Meacham says officials have ordered a 5 percent across-the-board cut in budget allocations to state agencies this month due to a sharp decline in revenue in July.

Meacham on Tuesday released his revenue report for July, the first month of the new fiscal year. He says collections for the month were well below the prior year and the official estimate.

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8:34 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Boot Scootin' Boogie

Nashville, Tenn – NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Brooks & Dunn are done.

The best-selling country duo posted a message on its Web site Monday saying they've agreed to "call it a day" after 20 years of making music together.

"This ride has been everything and more than we could ever have dreamed ... We owe it all to you, the fans," Kix Brooks and former Tulsa resident Ronnie Dunn said in the message. "If you hear rumors, don't believe them, it's just time."

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8:33 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Teacher Fired

John Gisler
Tulsa County Jail booking photo

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa School board has fired teacher John Gisler. He has been charged .but not convicted with sexually assaulting a teenage boy while serving as Big Brother mentor.

The victim was not Gisler's student at the Whitney Middle School. Gisler remains in the Tulsa County Jail.

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6:17 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Welcome Home

Weatherford, OK – WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) The first of about 740 Oklahoma Army National Guard soldiers have arrived home after a 10-month deployment to Kuwait and Iraq and participated in welcoming ceremonies.

About 140 of those soldiers from the Enid-based 45th Fires Brigade participated in a ceremony on Monday afternoon at Southwestern Oklahoma State University's Wellness Center.

The crowd of about 600 gave the soldiers a standing ovation as they entered the building. Many waved U.S. flags or held "welcome home" signs.

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6:08 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Top State Honor for Underwood

Carrie Underwood and her Grammy Award
Carrie Underwood

Oklahoma City, OK – Underwood selected to state music Hall of Fame

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Checotah native Carrie Underwood heads a list of three new selections for induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

Underwood is the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year and four-time Grammy winner.

She'll be inducted Sept. 17 with Oklahoma artists and performers Rocky Frisco and Ramona Reed at the Muskogee Civic Center.

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5:12 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Southwest/Frontier

The Frontier Counter at Tulsa International.
KWGS News Photo

San Antonio, TX – Southwest bids on Frontier Airlines
The Associated Press


Southwest Airlines is making a firm bid to buy Frontier Airlines out of bankruptcy protection. That sets up a Tuesday auction with regional airline operator Republic Airways Holdings Inc.

Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz confirmed to The Associated Press that the airline put in a firm bid for Frontier on Monday. He says more details will come later.

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2:32 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Juvenile Justice

Sand Springs, OK – More Rader staffers assaulted

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) Records show a 43 percent increase in assaults on staff members since Oklahoma's maximum-security lockup for juvenile offenders was placed under federal oversight.

The state Office of Juvenile Affairs reports that in fiscal year 2009, there were 53 assaults on staffers by youths at the L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs. According to a story in the Tulsa World, that's a 43 percent jump from the 37 assaults reported the previous year.

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10:59 am
Mon August 10, 2009

FOP Wants Stimulus Funds for Police Department

A Tulsa Police cruiser
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council, today, is expected to take-up the issue of using federal stimulus money to hire 18 additional police officers. Some council members are worried what will happen when the federal funds run-out.

Fraternal Order of Police President Phil Evans say attrition will take care of it.The FOP is urging the Council to accept the funds.

A study last summer shows the police department lacking in staff. The report recommended nearly 100 new employees to the force.

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8:26 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Text Message Death?

Seminole, OK – College administrator charged in cyclist's death

SEMINOLE, Okla. (AP) Prosecutors have charged a Seminole State College administrator with negligent homicide in connection with an accident that killed a bicyclist near Seminole last month.

Prosecutors charged 56-year-old Bradley Meredith Walck of Shawnee in the death of 50-year-old Ardie Lewis. Walck, who is the vice president for student affairs at Seminole State College, faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor charge.

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