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2:20 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

Illegal Drugs

Lawton, OK – A Lawton pharmacist and member of the State Board of Health is accused of willingly selling precursor drugs to methamphetamine cooks in a Multicounty Grand Jury indictment unsealed today, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said.

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2:04 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

Plea in Funny Money Case

Muskogee, OK – Texan pleads guilty to Okla. counterfeiting charge

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) A federal prosecutor in Oklahoma says a Texas man has pleaded guilty to taking part in ring that spread counterfeit money in Oklahoma, Texas and Washington state.

U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling said Tuesday that 21-year-old Allen Kyle Osborne of Sherman, Texas, pleaded guilty in federal court in Muskogee.

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1:50 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

Tulsa-Based Megellan Grows

Tulsa, OK – Magellan Midstream Partners to Purchase Longhorn Pipeline

TULSA, Okla., July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP) announced today that its purchase of substantially all of the assets of Longhorn Partners Pipeline, L.P. has been approved by the bankruptcy court. Closing is set for July 29, with no additional approvals required.

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9:15 am
Tue July 28, 2009

Chapel Vandals

The new Sapulpa Police Headquarters.
Sapulpa Police

Sapulpa, OK – Sapulpa chapel hit by vandals

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) Police in Sapulpa are looking for vandals who heavily damaged a small chapel that provides food and clothing for the needy.

Officials say the Harvest Chapel Outreach was heavily damaged with Satanic sayings drawn on walls and religious symbols, a broken toilet that cause flooding and a piano damaged.

A cost estimate of the damage was not available.

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9:09 am
Tue July 28, 2009

NEW INFORMATION: Regarding Deputies Slain

Ezekiel Holbert
Oklahoma County booking photo

Wewoka, OK – Man grins while charged in deaths of 2 deputies

WEWOKA, Okla. (AP) A man charged with the murder of two Seminole County deputies as they tried to arrest him grinned and chuckled to himself as he appeared in court Monday.

Prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty against 26-year-old Ezekiel Gilbert Ray Holbert of Seminole.

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6:57 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

918 Area Code

Oklahoma City, OK – Recommendation made for new area code


TULSA, Okla. (AP) An administrative law judge has recommended a method for creating new telephone numbers in Tulsa and surrounding areas.

This area, now served by the 918 area code, is expected to run out of telephone numbers by late 2011.

A judge seconded a recommendation by public utility staff members that the problem be fixed with an overlay, where a new area code would be set over the existing area code territory.

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5:00 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

Education Funding

Oklahoma City, OK – Report: Oklahoma low in student spending

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A report by the U.S. Census Bureau says Oklahoma spends more money per public school student than only four other states.

The figures released Monday show Oklahoma spent $7,420 per pupil during the 2006-2007 academic year to rank fifth-lowest in the nation.

The Oklahoman reported from its Washington bureau that only Arizona, Tennessee, Idaho and Utah spent less per student.

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2:16 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

QuikTrip Back Pay

Tulsa, OK – QuikTrip to pay nearly $750,000 in back pay

WASHINGTON (AP) Convenience store operator QuikTrip Corp. is paying current and former employees in nine states nearly $750,000 in overtime back wages following an investigation by the Labor Department.

The agency found the Tulsa, Okla.-based store failed to pay 3,819 workers the overtime compensation they were supposed to receive.

The employees worked in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

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1:58 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

NEW INFORMATION: On Slain Deputies

Ezekiel Holbert from an earlier booking in the Oklahoma County jail.
Oklahoma County Booking photo

Seminole, OK – SEMINOLE, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma man arrested in the shooting deaths of two Seminole County deputies was wanted for allegedly trying to strangle his mother.

And his sister said in filing for a protective order two years ago that he had threatened to kill her children and her husband.

Ezekiel Holbert was arrested yesterday after deputies Robbie Chase Whitebird and Marvin Williams were killed while trying to serve an arrest warrant for Holbert at his mother's home.

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12:46 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

Wage Hike

Tulsa, OK – Some question minimum wage increase

ATLANTA (AP) The federal minimum wage goes up 70 cents today, from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour.

Backers of the increase say it's long overdue for millions of the nation's working poor.

But some economists say the increase could prolong the recession, by forcing small businesses to lay off the same workers that the pay hike was meant to help.

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