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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
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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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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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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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1:08 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Terry Nichols to Court

Denver, Co – Nichols requests lawyer in suit over prison food

DENVER (AP) Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols has asked for representation in a lawsuit against a federal prison, which he claims is causing him to "sin against God" because he doesn't get enough whole grains and fresh food.

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12:47 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Rockets on the River

Tulsa, OK – The show will go on!

Matt Meyer is the executive director of the Tulsa River Parks. Each year it is a struggle to see if enough money can be raised for the annual 4th of July fireworks display along the Arkansas River.

This year, the show will cost $104,000. Meyer says the tight economy has made this year even more difficult. When you water bill arrives from the city you can expect to find a plea.

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12:12 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Picher Closing Municipal Operations

Tar Creek pollution site
U.S.G.S. Photo

Picher, OK – Former mining community looking at Sept. 1 end

PICHER, Okla. (AP) Ravaged by decades of lead and zinc mining and a deadly tornado that killed six people last year, the northeastern Oklahoma town of Picher is likely to close Sept. 1.

But Mayor Tim Reeves says officials are still working to supply utilities to residents who choose to remain after that.

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8:57 am
Tue June 23, 2009

DA seeks investigative audit

Muskogee County colored red
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Muskogee, OK – DA seeks investigative audit

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) The Muskogee County District Attorney is seeking an investigative audit of the town of Webbers Falls.

District Attorney Larry Moore said yesterday his investigator has been examining the town's financial and government records and an audit is needed to determine the distribution of money that has come in since about 1991.

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8:49 am
Tue June 23, 2009

UPDATE: Ten Commandments

Tulsa, OK – Commissioners appeal ruling

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Haskell County commissioners want the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that a Ten Commandments monument on the county's courthouse lawn violates the U.S. Constitution.

A three-judge panel concluded June 8 that the 8-foot-tall monument in Stigler is unconstitutional because its primary effect is to endorse religion. The commissioners are appealing that decision, asking the full 12-judge panel based in Denver to weigh in.

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