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2:40 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

UPDATE: SemGroup

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Tulsa, OK – SemGroup, Catsimatidis settle lawsuit

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Billionaire investor John Catsimatidis (cats-uh-muh-TEE'-dees) and Tulsa-based SemGroup L.P. have agreed to settle their lawsuit against each other.

In addition Catsimatidis and three of his supporters will resign from the bankrupt energy company's management committee.

Catsimatidis will also support SemGroup's reorganization plan after previously opposing it.

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11:35 am
Mon July 20, 2009

NEW REPORT: Critical of ME's Office

The Medical Examiner's Office is on Southwest Blvd in Tulsa.
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Oklahoma City, OK – Finding "either willful blindness or gross incompetence" on behalf of administrators, the state's Multicounty Grand Jury today issued an interim report stemming from its investigation into the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said.

The report says employees have been "victimized psychologically, emotionally and sexually," and accused previous chief medical examiners of "turning a blind eye" to the problems.

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9:42 am
Mon July 20, 2009

Youth Shelters Change Hands

Tulsa, OK – Commission takes over shelters from Oklahoma DHS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two state youth shelters that were operated by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services are now in the hands of the state Commission on Children and Youth.

The handover that became effective July 1 was part of the terms of a bill overhauling how the state deals with abused and neglected youngsters. It was signed into law by Gov. Brad Henry.

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Local & Regional
9:42 am
Mon July 20, 2009

Buildings Come Down

The Graves Office Building at 51st and Lewis comes down as part of the I-44 widening project.
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Tulsa, OK – A large back hoe rips into a multi story building along 51st street just east of Lewis.

Matt Casillas is the project manager for the I-44 widening project from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. We met him in the parking lot where the Graves office building was coming down to make way for the interstate widening project. This is not the only project that has to me moved out of the way, two other buildings on the northeast corner of 51st and Lewis must be razed.

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Local & Regional
9:35 am
Mon July 20, 2009

I-244 Roadwork

Tulsa, OK – he single-largest project ever awarded in the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's history is underway. This $75 million stimulus-funded project will rebuild the north and west legs of Tulsa's Inner Dispersal Loop (includes portions of I-244, US-412, US-64 and SH-51), replace the decks on 44 bridges on the north and west legs, and will repair the surface on portions of the east and south legs.

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Local & Regional
8:16 am
Sun July 19, 2009

Juvenile Justice

Tulsa, OK – Panel looks at private juvenile prison

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Board of Juvenile Affairs is considering a possible private prison for juvenile offenders.

The board is expected to vote in September on whether to solicit proposals to build or manage a private lockup. The move would require closing at least one of the agency's three prisons, the L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs and two others in Manitou and Tecumseh.

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Local & Regional
8:01 am
Sun July 19, 2009

Funding Education

Oklahoma City, OK – School find out about funding

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma school superintendents now know how much of the $1.8 billion in state aid their districts will receive for the coming school year.

Notification documents also reflect money from the $167 million Oklahoma stabilization fund that is funded through the federal economic stimulus program.

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Local & Regional
9:48 am
Sat July 18, 2009

Sinclair Expansion Delayed

The expansion of Tulsa's Sinclair Refinery is placed on hold.
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Tulsa, OK – Sinclair refinery expansion on hold


TULSA, Okla. (AP) Sinclair Oil Co.'s proposed $1 billion expansion of its west Tulsa refinery is on hold.

Sinclair spokesman John Goodwin said Friday its two-year growth project is shelved indefinitely because of "external economics." Goodwin says the work hasn't been canceled, it's just on hold.

The refinery will continue with environmental improvements required by a federal court settlement. Reports indicate Sinclair must spend millions to reduce emissions.

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Local & Regional
9:32 am
Sat July 18, 2009

Cronkite's Tulsa Connection

Walter Cronkite
Arizona State University

Tulsa, OK – The late Walter Cronkite spent his formative years in and around Tulsa. When the "Most Trusted Man in America" was just six-months old his family moved to Sapulpa and stayed with relatives while his father fought in World War I.

Later he would return to Tulsa to be a fill-in/vacation relief United Press reporter. His book "A Reporter's Life" details his efforts to write an oil column for the wire service.

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Local & Regional
9:24 am
Sat July 18, 2009

EMSA Smash up

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Tulsa, OK – Ambulance collides with car

TULSA, Okla. (AP) An ambulance and a private vehicle have collided in north Tulsa.

The Emergency Medical Services Authority says the collision occurred about 4 p.m. Friday at an intersection. The ambulance, which had its emergency lights and sirens activated, was en route to a 911 medical call at the time of the crash.

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