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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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Local & Regional
7:11 am
Mon August 10, 2009

AG Edmondson Reacts

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Twelve poultry companies being sued by Oklahoma for polluting the Illinois River watershed are asking a judge to throw out a statement made by a member of their own legal team on how poultry litter is used.

In their filling, in Tulsa federal court, the companies cited a statement made by defense attorney Patrick Ryan at a preliminary hearing in 2008 that there's no question "that there has been an over-application of litter on some or many farms. That's not an issue in our book."

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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Broken Arrow Election

Broken Arrow Mayor Mike Lester.
KWGS News Photo

Broken Arrow, OK – Residents in Broken Arrow go to the polls tomorrow to vote on four proposals that top out at $16-million. Civic leaders stress the plan will not increase taxes:

Proposition #-1 $8-million
This would provide funding for a new Public Safety Complex

Proposition #-2 $8-million
This would provide funding for a Hotel and Convention Center near the Broken Arrow Expressway

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Local & Regional
10:02 am
Sun August 9, 2009

Abortion Law Headed to Court

Tulsa, OK –

TULSA, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma County judge is set to hear oral arguments in a legal challenge to a 2008 state law requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion.

In October, Nova Health Systems, the parent group of Reproductive Services in Tulsa, filed suit against the law. It is represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City.

Enforcement of the law was blocked in October. It was set to take effect Nov. 1.

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9:58 am
Sun August 9, 2009

The Afghan War: Oklahoman Remembered

Cashion, OK – Fallen Marine buried in Cashion

CASHION, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma Marine who was killed in Afghanistan has been laid to rest.

Lance Cpl. Jonathan Stroud was buried in his hometown of Cashion Saturday.

Stroud, 20, joined the Marine Corps in 2008 and deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year. He was killed during a gun battle in Afghanistan on July 30.

Friends say Stroud and his wife, Lacie, married last year, and the couple were expecting their first child.

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Local & Regional
9:50 am
Sat August 8, 2009

Rig Count

Houston, TX – Number of active rigs up by 18

HOUSTON (AP) The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States went up by 18 this week to 966, including four rigs gained in Oklahoma.

Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that of the rigs running nationwide, 681 were exploring for natural gas and 277 for oil. Eight were listed as miscellaneous.

A year ago, the rig count stood at 1,967.

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9:36 am
Sat August 8, 2009

Carter Visits Norman

Former President Jimmy Carter
Stanford University

Norman, OK – Carter praises Clinton for trip to North Korea


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Former President Jimmy Carter has praised the work of another ex-president, Bill Clinton, in securing the freedom of two U.S. journalists held by North Korea.

Carter said Friday that during the early stages of planning for the trip, he was approached as a possible emissary to the North Koreans, but it eventually was decided that Clinton would fill that role.

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Local & Regional
1:05 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

Ten Commandments in Haskell County

Stigler, OK – Appeal sought in Ten Commandments monument case

STIGLER, Okla. (AP) Haskell County commissioners who erected a Ten Commandments monument on the courthouse lawn plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case.

Last week the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals narrowly let stand an earlier decision that the monument is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.

Kevin Theriot of the Alliance Defense Fund says he will ask the high court to hear the case within 90 days.

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1:03 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

UPDATE: Weleetka Murders

OSBI

Weleetka, OK – Latest tips in girls' deaths "not so valuable"

WELEETKA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents say many recent tips in the case of two girls shot to death near Weleetka last year are "not-so-valuable."

Agents say they've received a large number of new tips since the reward in the case was raised to $160,000.

A group of Tulsa-area oilmen last week helped increase the reward in the killings of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker.

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