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Local & Regional
6:47 pm
Thu June 25, 2009

Bartlett will run for Mayor

Dewey Bartlett, Jr. announces at the Tulsa Press Club he is running for mayor.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Businessman and former City Councilor will enter the race for Mayor

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6:39 pm
Thu June 25, 2009

Grand Jury Probe

Oklahoma City, OK – Conflict alleged in grand jury probe

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Legal wrangling continues over whether a former employee of the state Medical Examiner's office who resigned amid sexual harassment accusations can be made to testify before a grand jury.

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Local & Regional
3:03 pm
Thu June 25, 2009

Lay-Offs at Kimberly Clark

Bixby, OK – The Kimberly Clark Company says it is laying-off three percent of its global workforce. That totals to nearly 1,600 people. However, the company says it will not close any of its plants, including its facility between Bixby and Jenks in South Tulsa County.

The lay-offs will impact non-production staff and salaried workers. The economy is catching the blame for the action.

TEXT of Company News Release:

Kimberly-Clark Announces Actions to Improve Organizational Efficiency and Effectiveness

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Local & Regional
10:43 am
Thu June 25, 2009

KWGS Exclusive: Mayor Responds

Mayor Kathy Taylor
City of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Below is the text of an email, Mayor Taylor sent to City Council members following the open meeting critical the Grants Administration office:

Councilors,

In response to many of your questions at today's committee meeting, I thought it would be helpful to review how we got to where we are on the road to improving our accountability and performance on HUD grants.

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Local & Regional
10:41 am
Thu June 25, 2009

Tulsa Could Be Forced to Payback Federal Funds

Tulsa City Councilors question Tulsa Risk Director Cathy Criswell on HUD allegations.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – The City of Tulsa is in danger of losing more federal grant money. The way the funds, from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, were spent are being questioned by HUD. The city could be forced to repay an estimated $1.5 million.

This is the second time HUD has questioned city dealings in the last nine months.

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Local & Regional
8:54 am
Thu June 25, 2009

Legislative Studies

The Oklahoma State Capitol
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – SENATE STUDIES

Senate leader approves interim studies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee has approved 34 interim studies on issues ranging from high-speed Internet services to creating a state commission on consumer credit.

The studies will be conducted between now and the beginning of the next legislative session in February.

Several studies deal with health insurance issues, including autism coverage and cancellation of policies for arbitrary reasons.

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Local & Regional
6:44 pm
Wed June 24, 2009

Stimulus Crack Down

U.S. Attorney David O'Meilia next to the fraud hotline number
Justice Department

Oklahoma City, OK – Officials zero in on fraud, abuse

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State and federal officials are working together to prevent fraud, waste and abuse in the spending of more than $2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds in Oklahoma.

Ensuring accountability is the subject of a Wednesday afternoon news conference in Oklahoma City involving state Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage, FBI special agent in charge James Finch and U.S. attorneys John Richter, David O'Melia and Sheldon Sperling.

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12:26 pm
Wed June 24, 2009

Center to be Named After Tisdale

Ardmore, OK – New health center named after Tisdale

ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) A new $20 million specialty clinic planned in north Tulsa will be named after former Oklahoma basketball star Wayman Tisdale.

University President David Boren announced at a board of regents meeting Wednesday that the 50,000-square-foot clinic would be named the University of Oklahoma Wayman Tisdale Health Center.

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12:25 pm
Wed June 24, 2009

Teacher Shortage Ahead?

The sign in front of the Tulsa Education Service Center.
KWGS News

Oklahoma City, OK – More teachers retiring

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma could be facing a shortage of teachers in the future as the number of retiring educators exceeds the amount coming into the profession.

A National Commission on Teaching and America's Future report recently warned that as baby boomers reach retirement age, states will lose large numbers of teachers. The retirements are expected to peak in the 2010-2011 school year.

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10:34 am
Wed June 24, 2009

Blast Leaves Trio Hurt

Yukon, OK – At least 3 injured in explosion at Oklahoma motel

YUKON, Okla. (AP) Authorities say a pregnant woman and at least two others were injured today in an explosion at a motel in Yukon.

Yukon police spokeswoman Klare Ly says the woman, who is eight months pregnant, and a man were critically injured in the blast at the Guest Inn Motel in Yukon about 6 p.m. The Emergency Medical Services Authority says another person was treated at the scene.

Ly said a couple other people may have suffered minor injuries.

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