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10:29 am
Fri June 19, 2009

Keeping Aerospace Jobs

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Tulsa, OK – A three day conference on aerospace and its future in Oklahoma wrapped up yesterday. Spirit Bank President and CEO Albert "Kell" Kelly says aerospace is vital to Oklahoma's prosperity.

Conference Coordinator Mary Smith says the aerospace industry is becoming very competitive and Oklahoma must do more to keep and attract the industry's high paying jobs.

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9:04 am
Fri June 19, 2009

Stimulus Update

Oklahoma City, OK – Stimulus spending on schools in Oklahoma defended

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A spokesman for Gov. Brad Henry is defending how Oklahoma spent its federal stimulus dollars on education.

Paul Sund says Oklahoma met federal guidelines in spending the money and increased overall funding for education.

Sund commented after the Obama administration warned Pennsylvania it may withhold millions of dollars if states use stimulus money to plug budget holes instead of increasing aid for schools.

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5:57 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Judge Crawford---Out

Presiding Judge Dan Crawford signs an order
City of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa council votes against judge

In a special session of the Tulsa City Council, its members decided not to reappointed a municipal judge facing complaints of sexual harassment and nepotism.

Callers to an ethics hot line complained that Presiding Judge Dan Crawford asked a female employee about her underwear and allowed his daughter to work in his courtroom on a paid internship.

Crawford's two-year term is due to expire at the end of the month.

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4:58 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Big Homeland Security Grant

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Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa metropolitan area will soon get $2,160,500 to enhance communications, planning and capabilities for fire, police and medical emergency agencies through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Urban Areas Security Initiative.

Sixty-two urban areas nationwide are eligible to receive funding through the program this fiscal year. Tulsa is one of only two cities added to the program this year.

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2:34 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Former State Official Named in Indictments

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A former auditor for the Commissioners of the Land Office has been indicted on 174 counts of embezzlement.

Roger Melson appeared Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court. Prosecutors allege he stole more than $1.16 million in royalty payments to the office over the last five years.

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10:44 am
Thu June 18, 2009

Budget Approved

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor
KWGS photo

Tulsa, OK – After several hours of debate, the Tulsa City Council approves the budget as presented by Mayor Taylor.

The new city spending plan calls for eight furlough days for all city employees as a way to save money. The budget is some $18-million less than last year's because of a major drop in sales tax revenues caused by the recession. The furlough days will be grouped around holidays.

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9:51 am
Thu June 18, 2009

Heat Alert Issued for Thursday

Tulsa, OK – Paramedics say it's time to start talking heat. So far this month, EMSA has treated only two patients in the Tulsa area with suspected heat-related illness. However, the week's forecast is cause for concern. Each year, hundreds of Americans die from heat-related illness, and with higher temperatures and high humidity expected this week in Tulsa, our health risk will increase.

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9:40 am
Thu June 18, 2009

Pay Cut for Many

Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma personal income declines in Q1

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma's personal income posted a 0.1 decline from the fourth quarter of 2008 to the first quarter of this year, but that figure was still better than most states.

Estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis showed that Oklahoma has not been as hard-hit as states like Florida, Nevada and Arizona, where the housing bust continued to take a toll on those economies.

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5:02 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

Driller Stadium! What Next?

The first-base line at the current Driller's Stadium.
Tulsa Drillers

Tulsa, OK – What to do with the old Driller's ballpark? Tulsa County leaders are trying now to decide. Next fall, the Tulsa Drillers will move from the Tulsa State Fairgrounds to the new Oneok Field downtown . That will leave an empty ballpark at the fairgrounds.

The Tulsa County Commission has formed a committee to examine the options for the property. It could be left as a ballpark or torn down and the land used for some other event. The committee is made up of county and civic leaders including Tulsa City Councilor Eric Gomez.

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4:46 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

Teacher Dismissed

Tulsa Hale High School on East 21st street
Tulsa Public Schools Photo

Tulsa, OK – No criminal charges are anticipated, but a Tulsa High School teacher is headed to the unemployment line. Hale High School social studies teacher, 42-year-old Scott Factor has been dismissed.

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