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8:15 am
Tue June 16, 2009

Pike Pass At The Airport

Members of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the Tulsa Airport Authority cut the ribbon on the new Pike Pass lane at Tulsa International.
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – The parking facilities at Tulsa International Airport are now equipped with Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Pike Pass readers. If you have a credit-card backed Pike Pass account, you simply enter through a designated Pike Pass lane. Your Pike Pass account will be automatically billed when you exit. There is no need to pull a ticket or wait to pay at the exit.

The Airport Authority announced the service last week.

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5:04 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

No Charges Against Alba

Photographs of actress Jessica Alba pasting shark posters in Oklahoma City have been widely circulated on the internet.

Oklahoma City, OK – Alba won't face charges

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Police have decided not to pursue a criminal vandalism case against actress Jessica Alba over some whale posters that were plastered up in downtown Oklahoma City.

Police Sgt. Gary Knight said none of the owners of property on which the posters were placed wanted to pursue charges against Alba, who has apologized for the incident.

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3:44 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

New Information: On Trooper/EMT ruckus

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Attorney defends trooper's actions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An attorney for a state trooper who pulled over an ambulance with a patient inside said the lawman had the legal right to make the traffic stop.

Gary James, attorney for trooper Daniel Martin, said at a news conference Monday that since the ambulance was not running with its emergency lights and sirens on, Martin was allowed to pull over the vehicle for failing to yield the right of way in a previous traffic incident.

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2:24 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

Earthquake Southwest of Tulsa

Lincoln County is marked in red
KWGS Map

Sparks, OK – Small earthquake recorded in Lincoln County

SPARKS, Okla. (AP) A small earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale has been recorded near the town of Sparks in Lincoln County.

No injuries or damage is reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake struck at 3:31 p.m. Sunday. The epicenter was about two miles northwest of Sparks about 40 miles east of Oklahoma City.

A magnitude 2.5 to 3 quake is generally the smallest that is felt by people.

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2:13 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

UPDATE: Harris Charges Dropped

Oklahoma Supreme Court Network

Tulsa, OK – Case dropped against district judge

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Prosecutors have dropped an indecent exposure case against Tulsa County District Judge Jesse Harris.

A trial for Harris was to begin this week, with jury selection on Monday.

Harris was accused of exposing himself to two women in a hotel parking lot. He repeatedly denied the allegations.

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Local & Regional
11:51 am
Mon June 15, 2009

Mentoring Grant

Alcott Elementary Principal Julian Wilson, surrounded by school children, discusses the grant for the Tulsa Mentoring program.
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Mayor Kathy Taylor announced the Bank of America and the Walton Family Foundation have donated funding to benefit 18 community school after-school programs in at risk areas through the City of Tulsa's Mentoring to the Max initiative.

The grants total $40,000. The announcement was made by bank and Walton family spokesmen at the Alcott Elementary School in North Tulsa.

Alcott is one of the schools that will benefit from the grant.

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10:01 am
Mon June 15, 2009

Broken Arrow Finance

Broken Arrow, OK – Study says city could close fire station

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) A consultant's study for the city of Broken Arrow recommends closing a fire station and evaluating whether the city should operate its own jail.

The report by ICMA Consulting Services was to find ways the police and fire departments can operate more efficiently.

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Local & Regional
10:34 am
Sun June 14, 2009

UPDATE: Norman Tornado

File Photo of tornado damage

Norman, OK – Norman tornado likely an EF-1

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Meteorologists at the National Weather Service say a tornado that struck Norman will likely be rated as an EF-1.

The weather service issued a statement yesterday saying that a weak tornado left a 2-mile damage path in southeastern Norman on Friday night.

A tornado with an EF-1 rating would have winds between 86 and 109 mph. The weather service says the tornado likely was on the low end of that scale.

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9:46 am
Sun June 14, 2009

Highway Rescue

Tulsa, OK – Man standing on sign over Tulsa highway rescued

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Emergency crews have rescued a man who found himself stuck standing on a sign over a Tulsa highway.

Tulsa police say the man was walking along a bridge above the city's Inner Dispersal Loop near downtown just before 6 a.m. yesterday when he fell and landed on the sign's platform.

Tulsa firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Authority workers got the man to safety while police shut down the highway for about 15 minutes.

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Local & Regional
1:49 pm
Sat June 13, 2009

New Information: The Ten Commandements

Sallisaw, OK – Monument could be built on private property


POTEAU, Okla. (AP) A Ten Commandments monument that had been planned on the Le Flore County Courthouse lawn may instead be built on private property.

Former Poteau Mayor Don Barnes says the monument could be built along a major road in Poteau where thousands of people would drive past it.

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