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12:11 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

UPDATE: Poultry Lawsuit

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 filing Tuesday 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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12:11 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Inhofe to Vote NO

Senator Inhofe announces he will not support the extension.
Jim Inhofe

Washington, D.C. – Oklahoma U.S, Senator Jim Inhofe will not vote to extend the "Cash for Clunkers" incentive.

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Local & Regional
11:59 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Back 2 School

The Police Department's Mingo Valley Division is at Highway 169 and 11th Street
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Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Police Department, Mingo Valley Division, Tulsa Public Schools and Bilingual Solutions of Oklahoma will conduct a Back 2 School Bash, on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at the Mingo Valley Division, located at 11012 E. 11th Street. The event is schedule from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. The purpose of the Back 2 School Bash is to help local families with needed school supplies. Kids will be provided with free school supplies along with a free back pack. There will be free food and drinks along with games and lots of fun for the whole family.

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Local & Regional
11:58 am
Wed August 5, 2009

OSHA Slaps Sinclair

The Sinclair refinery is near 2600 Southwest Blvd in West Tulsa
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Tulsa, OK – OSHA cites Tulsa refinery

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Sinclair Oil Co.'s Tulsa refinery may face more than $240,000 in potential fines for allegedly not responding to mandated safety improvements.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Sinclair for "willful and serious" violations following a February inspection.

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11:21 am
Wed August 5, 2009

New Airline Service from Old Carrier

Balloons welcome travelers are Frontier Airlines resumes Tulsa service.
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Tulsa, OK – With little fan-fare, Tulsa picked up a new airline service this week. Frontier Airline is not a new name to Tulsa. It has been around for decades and has served Tulsa in the past. But on Monday, Tulsa service for the financially troubled airline started again. On board that maiden flight was the airline's Steve Snyder.

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Local & Regional
6:08 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

The Tulsa Olympics?

Tulsa, OK – Council hears plan on Olympics bid


TULSA, Okla. (AP) A committee has presented city leaders with a pitch to make a bid to host the 2020 summer Olympic games.

The Tulsa 2020 Committee on Tuesday told city councilors it would raise private funds to conduct a campaign, but it would need the mayor and council's approval to apply.

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6:07 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

New Unemployment Record

Oklahoma City, OK – State unemployment claims set record


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma has set a new record for unemployment claims as the impact of the global recession continues to be felt in the state.

John Carpenter of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Tuesday the state paid out $20.8 million last week on 64,190 claims. Carpenter says that's an all-time record and that the commission has been setting new unemployment claims records since the beginning of the year.

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12:24 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

Economic Recovery

Omaha, NE – Economist: Midwest economy on the mend

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A survey of supply managers and other business executives in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests that for the first time in almost a year, the economy is expanding.

The Mid-America Business Conditions index released Monday rose to 51.7 in July from June's 49.3. July's index was the first time since August 2008 that it rose above growth-neutral 50.

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7:54 am
Tue August 4, 2009

EPA Fines

Osage County is colored red.
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Washington, D.C. – EPA fines Osage County oil facilities


BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has imposed a $1,900 fine against two Osage County oil production facilities.

The EPA said Tuesday the fine followed an inspection of the facilities, known as the Velma Chinn Lease Battery and the Larry Chinn Tank Battery. The agency says the facilities violated federal rules regarding spill prevention, control and countermeasures.

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6:21 am
Tue August 4, 2009

Furloughs Called Off

Oklahoma City, OK – Furloughs canceled at Corporation Commission

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A plan to close the Oklahoma Corporation Commission one day a month and place employees on unpaid leave has been canceled.

Members of the three-member commission canceled the furlough plan on Monday. They say it became unnecessary after some internal cost cutting and approval by legislative and administration officials for the agency to broaden its use of existing revenue.

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