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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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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
3:26 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

UPDATE: Bikers Fatality Crash

Tausha Borland shown here being booked into the Tulsa jail
Tulsa Jail booking photo

Tulsa, OK – Woman charged with manslaughter in bikers' deaths

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Sand Springs woman has been charged with manslaughter in the deaths of two bicyclists.

Tulsa County prosecutors charged 38-year-old Tausha Borland with two counts of first-degree manslaughter and one count each of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a fatality accident.

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2:24 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

Grand Jury Indictment

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma's Multicounty Grand Jury adjourned from its June session today after issuing one sealed indictment, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said.

The indictment accuses one person on 174 counts. The indictment will be unsealed at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in Oklahoma County District Court.

Edmondson's office administers the Multicounty Grand Jury which is scheduled to reconvene July 20.

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Local & Regional
2:02 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

Tulsa Welcomes SWAT Teams

The sniper range at the U.S. Shooting Academy in North Tulsa
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa hosts national championship for SWAT teams

TULSA, Okla. (AP) SWAT teams and sniper squads from across the U.S. will compete in Tulsa this week to be named the best in the nation.

The U.S. National SWAT Championships begin Monday with the first of two days of sniper competitions featuring two-person teams made up of a sniper and a spotter.

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Local & Regional
7:32 am
Wed June 17, 2009

Tulsa's Budget Debate

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa City Councilors have their pencils all sharpened. They are making the last edits to the new City of Tulsa budget.

Mayor Kathy Taylor trimmed over $10-million from her original budget as city sales tax revenue continues to decline. However, some council members worry that the cuts may be too deep. At yesterday's budget meeting there was much discussion on adding dollars back into the budget.

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Local & Regional
4:17 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

License Plates Miss Revenue Target

The new Oklahoma Auto License Design
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Revenue down in license plate reissuance

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's first statewide license plate reissuance is not producing the kind of revenue officials had hoped it would.

Preliminary figures from the Oklahoma Tax Commission indicate that revenue from Oklahomans who pay to keep their old license plate number is far below expectations.

State officials had expected to collect $2.1 million from motorists who pay a $15 fee to reserve their old license plate number.

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