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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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Local & Regional
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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9:28 am
Wed June 24, 2009

Martinson Responds to FOP

Tulsa City Councilor Bill Martinson at a recent City Council Meeting
KWGS Photo

Tulsa, OK – Text of Martinson's News Release:

On Saturday, Phillip Evans, President of the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police, issued a press release challenging the presentation I made to the City Council on Thursday, June 18th concerning the City's budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. I found the content disturbing, especially considering the importance and sensitivity of Public Safety to the community.

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Local & Regional
5:28 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Assessment Fee to be Challenged

Construction is underway at Oneok Field. A lawsuit could impact funding.
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Over a dozen downtown property owners are going to court to seek to stop the assessment fee for the new downtown ballpark. The class action lawsuit names Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and City Finance Director Mike Kier.

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Local & Regional
3:52 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Ozone Alert

Tulsa, OK – The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Ozone Alert for Wednesday in Tulsa. The hot, dry, windless weather is expected to continue.

Persons with lung or heart disease should be aware that increased pollution may cause them to experience adverse health effects. Ozone affects people differently. Learn your limits. Symptoms include chest pain, coughing, sneezing, nausea, headache and pulmonary congestion.

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1:59 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Out on Bond

38-year-old Tausha Borland
Tulsa County Jail Booking Photo

Tulsa, OK – Woman charged in bicyclists' deaths free on bond

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Sand Springs woman charged with manslaughter in the deaths of two bicyclists is again free after posting an increased bail.

Bond for 38-year-old Tausha Borland was increased Monday from $100,000 to $300,000 after prosecutors asked that it be raised to $500,000.

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