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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.
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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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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
10:33 am
Mon July 27, 2009

Sale Tax Figures

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Many Tulsa-area suburbs are starting off their fiscal years with declining sales-tax revenues.

But Owasso has bucked the trend and is up 4.1 percent.

Oklahoma Tax Commission reports indicate that Jenks is down 4.3 percent compared with the same period in 2008.

Glenpool's sales-tax growth spurt after the opening of a Wal-Mart Supercenter finally ended. The city posted an 11.8 percent decrease.

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Local & Regional
10:32 am
Mon July 27, 2009

UPDATE: M.E. tells other side

The Medical Examiner's office in Tulsa is on Southwest Blvd.
KWGS photo

Oklahoma City, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) The state medical examiner says lawmakers criticizing his office haven't done their homework, and he'll use documentation to show they're wrong. The office has recently come under fire amid federal and state investigations and criminal charges against a former investigator.

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Local & Regional
9:29 am
Sun July 26, 2009

UPDATE: Two Oklahoma Lawmen Killed

Seminole County is colored red
KWGS News Map

Seminole, OK – SEMINOLE, Okla. (AP) A 22-year-old woman remains in serious condition after being hit by a stray bullet during a confrontation that left two Seminole County deputies dead.

Jennifer Bowen was standing in a yard across the street from where the deputies tried to serve an arrest warrant Sunday afternoon when gunfire broke out.

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Local & Regional
8:22 am
Sun July 26, 2009

OKC Plane Crash

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A local businessman has died and four others remain hospitalized after their single-engine plane crashed in Oklahoma City.

The Medical Examiner's Office confirmed late Saturday that 59-year-old Ron Meyer died. A University of Oklahoma Medical Center official said two victims were in fair condition, but she didn't have information about the other two.

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Local & Regional
8:03 am
Sat July 25, 2009

OG&E Rate Hike

Oklahoma City, OK – OG&E rates going up in August

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has approved a settlement for a $48 million rate increase for Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. The action will affect customer bills in August.

The rate increase averages $6.50 a month for OG&E customers, but officials say most residential customers will receive a slight decrease in their monthly bills because of changes in the fuel adjustment formula.

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Local & Regional
8:01 am
Sat July 25, 2009

Terror Test

Washington, D.C. – Government to conduct terror prevention exercise

WASHINGTON (AP) The government is conducting its first-ever nationwide exercise Monday aimed at preventing a terrorist attack.

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Local & Regional
2:53 pm
Fri July 24, 2009

WNBA to Tulsa?

WNBA announcement is made at the BOK Center
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Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Investors who want to bring a WNBA franchise to Tulsa face a Sept. 1 deadline to land a team for the start of the June 2010 season.

WNBA president Donna Orender laid out the deadline on Wednesday. She told The Associated Press that Tulsa is "well down the road" when it comes to the preparation work.

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Local & Regional
1:11 pm
Fri July 24, 2009

Threats Against Tulsa M.E. Office

The Tulsa Medical Examiner's Office.
KWGS Photo

Tulsa, OK – There are more problems at the Medical Examiner's Office in Tulsa.

A suspended employee of the State Medical Examiner's Oklahoma City office has apparently made threats against the Tulsa Office. This following grand jury indictments against a former chief investigator.

The employee has been suspended and his key card access terminated. Tulsa Police have been on the scene and are closely watching the facility.

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