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1:49 pm
Sat June 13, 2009

UPDATE: Video Released

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released a dashboard camera video showing an altercation between a trooper and an ambulance paramedic.

Capt. Chris West says the highway patrol decided to release the video because it had "drawn enormous attention" and a department investigation wouldn't be affected.

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10:05 am
Sat June 13, 2009

New Report On Illegal College Students

Oklahoma City, OK – Study: Few students in US illegally


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A new study shows that only a fraction of 1 percent of Oklahoma's college students are in the country illegally.

The report approved by the Advancement of Hispanic Students in Higher Education Task Force found that only 272 of the nearly 230,000 Oklahoma higher education students are not legal U.S. residents. That's about one in every 845 students, or 0.11 percent.

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9:53 am
Sat June 13, 2009

UPDATE: Severe Weather

The BOK Tower is barely visible as a strong storm rolls through Tulsa
KWGS News

Norman, OK – NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Authorities say severe thunderstorms damaged trees and blew over a fence in the Norman area.

A tornado warning was issued for Cleveland County just before 10:30 p.m. yesterday after radar indicated a storm capable of producing a tornado. A storm spotter reported seeing a funnel in southeast Norman but there was no immediate confirmation of a tornado.

Damage reported by emergency management officials was clustered between downtown Norman and Lake Thunderbird.

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1:03 pm
Fri June 12, 2009

UPDATE: Storms Hit Tulsa

A tree falls on to a house near 52nd and Riverside Drive
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Heavy thunderstorms rolled through Tulsa with high winds and large hail. The storm hit just before 10AM on Friday. The National Weather Service Issues a severe thunderstorms warning for the Tulsa Metro and estimated storm winds at 80-miles-per-hour.

Damage is being reported along Riverside Drive near I-44. A tree has fallen into a home. A resident, who declined a recorded interview, says the tree was struck by lightning

One person has been injured in Pryor from a downed tree.

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11:07 am
Fri June 12, 2009

Moving Forward at Oneok Field

The soon to be entrance to Oneok Field
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – With the assessment fee approved, the City of Tulsa, moves forward to collect the revenue. The fee is 6 cents for each square foot of property inside the Inter Dispersal Loop downtown.

The federal government, churches and private homes with homestead exemption are exempt.

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10:19 am
Fri June 12, 2009

Cartoon Upsets Hispanics

White House

Oklahoma City, OK – Cartoon of Sotomayor as pinata draws criticism

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Some Hispanics and advocates for women are criticizing an editorial cartoon that depicts Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as a strung-up pinata that President Barack Obama is inviting Republicans to whack.

The cartoon by Chip Bok of Creators Syndicate ran in The Oklahoman on Tuesday. It shows Obama wearing a sombrero and saying, quote, "Now, who wants to be first?" to a group of elephants in suits holding sticks.

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9:52 am
Fri June 12, 2009

UPDATE: Sweeney Murder Case

Murder for Hire Suspect Terrico Bethel
Tulsa County Booking Photo

Tulsa, OK – Hearing set for man accused of killing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A preliminary hearing will be held August 7 for a man charged in with murder in the shooting death of a Tulsa businessman.

Terrico Bethel is accused of shooting Neal Sweeney in the head at Retail Fuels Marketing on September 4. The 63-year-old Sweeney died the next day at a Tulsa hospital.

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4:28 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

Pandemic Declared

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the number of swine flu cases in the state has risen to 114.

Scott Sproat, the Health Department's chief of emergency preparedness and response, says state health officials have yet to see a plateau in the number of swine flu reports, even during what typically is a slow season for flu cases.

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4:12 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

Scuffle Trooper on Leave

A cellphone video camera captures the incident.

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper involved in a scuffle with a Creek Nation paramedic has been placed on administrative leave.

OHP Capt. Chris West says Trooper Daniel Martin was put on paid administrative leave June 1 while the patrol's internal affairs investigates the May 24 incident.

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10:19 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Edmondson To Make Governor's Race

Drew Edmondson and family at Tulsa Press Club, where he announced he is running for Governor
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Edmondson says he's running for governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Attorney General Drew Edmondson today announced he's running for governor next year.

Edmondson joins Lt. Gov. Jari Askins in formally announcing for the Democratic nomination to succeed Democratic Gov. Brad Henry.

Henry is completing his second term and isn't eligible to run for re-election.

Edmondson says the state's economy and budget will be the biggest issues facing the next governor.

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