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9:41 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Stormy Weather

Hoyt, OK – ornado spotted in Haskell County

HOYT, Okla. (AP) A Haskell County sheriff's deputy reported a brief tornado touchdown in the western part of the county.

No injuries or damage is reported.

The deputy said the twister touched down about 6 p.m. Wednesday near the community of Enterprise, southwest of Hoyt.

The National Weather Service says storms damaged storage sheds and barns in Mayes, Pittsburg and Sequoyah counties. Wind gusts up to 135 miles per hour were reported in Pittsburg County.

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5:40 pm
Wed June 10, 2009

Edmondson Runs for Governor

Attorney General Drew Edmondson with his family at the Tulsa Press Club.
KWGS News

Oklahoma City, OK – Edmondson says he's running for governor


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Attorney General Drew Edmondson has announced plans to run for governor, saying his huge environmental lawsuit against Arkansas poultry companies should be resolved by the end of the year.

Edmondson, a Democrat, said Wednesday he hopes to succeed Democratic Gov. Brad Henry, who is completing his second and final term.

Edmondson joins Lt. Gov. Jari Askins in the race for governor.

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4:08 pm
Wed June 10, 2009

Road Work Ahead

Memorial Drive, between 96th and 111th is a bottleneck because of construction. Now, 101st Street is being closed at Memorial for additional work.
KWGS

Tulsa, OK – The City of Tulsa and Tulsa County have joined in a cooperative effort to widen East 101st Street at South Memorial Drive. The City of Tulsa will provide the cost of materials and Tulsa County will provide labor for construction. Tulsa County will post message boards in the project area to notify motorists of traffic conditions.

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11:37 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Another Big Act for the BOK

Tulsa, OK – Britney Spears in association with AEG Live is bringing "The Circus Starring Britney Spears" to the BOK Center in Tulsa on Tuesday, September 15. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 19 at 10:00am and are available online at www.bokcenter.com, Reasor's stores, Arby's Box Office or by calling 1-866-7-BOKCTR.

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9:39 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Two Killed on Bicycles

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Sand Springs, OK – SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) Authorities say a possibly impaired driver crashed into three bicyclists in Sand Springs killing two and injuring the third.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 30-year-old Angela Voss of Owasso was dead at the scene and 34-year-old Matthew Edmonds of Tulsa died later at a Tulsa hospital. The third cyclist was treated and released at a Tulsa hospital.

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9:21 am
Wed June 10, 2009

New Oklahoma Jails

Washington and Washita Counties in Red
KWGS Map

Oklahoma City, OK – Voters approve jails in 2 counties

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Voters have approved new jails in two Oklahoma counties.

Washita County residents voted in favor of a three-quarter-cent sales tax that will go toward building a new jail and renovating the current one.

In Washington County, voters passed a measure that will create a quarter-cent sales tax for a new county jail there.

Elsewhere, a proposal to fund a new ambulance in Seiling passed.

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9:18 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Tulsa Revenue Woes

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa sales tax revenue falls 7.5 percent in June

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Sales tax revenue for the city of Tulsa continues to decline with a drop of 7.5 percent in June.

The city received nearly $1.3 million less than in June last year.

The City Council is currently considering a budget for next year that must be approved by June 23.

Last week Mayor Kathy Taylor presented $7.6 million in budget cuts for next fiscal year that include eight unpaid furlough days for all 4,000 city employees.

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4:09 pm
Tue June 9, 2009

Families Deal with a Painful Day

William Whittaker, father of 11-year-old murder victim Skyla Whittaker, talks with reporters outside the Okfuskee County Court House.
KWGS News

Okemah, OK – OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) Law enforcement officials pleaded today for the public's help in finding the killer or killers of two Weleetka girls on the anniversary of the shootings.

Thirteen-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker were found shot to death a year ago today on a rural road near Weleetka.

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2:32 pm
Tue June 9, 2009

Senate Art Work Being Moved

Oklahoma City, OK – Over the course of the next three days more than 80 paintings belonging to the State Senate Art Collection will be removed from the state Capitol. The artwork is being transported to the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, where it will be displayed from July through October.

Dr. Duane King, Executive Director of the Gilcrease Museum, said the collection is an extraordinary reflection of the state's culture.

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2:26 pm
Tue June 9, 2009

Settle Early: Get a Better Deal

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Attorney General Drew Edmondson says a now-defunct poultry company got a better deal in settling an environmental lawsuit with the state because it was first to negotiate an agreement.

Springfield, Mo.-based Willow Brook Foods Inc. was originally one of the 13 companies named in Oklahoma's 2005 environmental lawsuit alleging bird waste pollution in the Illinois River watershed.

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