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10:15 am
Tue May 12, 2009

Tulsa Board Drops Charter Lawsuit

Tulsa School Board President Dr. Lana Turner-Addison
City of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa schools drop lawsuit over charter schools

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa school board has voted unanimously to drop a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Charter Schools Association.

The lawsuit claimed the state's Charter Schools Act adopted in 1999 violates the state Constitution's provision against "local" or "special" laws.

But last month an Oklahoma County judge ruled the law to be constitutional.

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5:44 pm
Mon May 11, 2009

Update on Flu in Tulsa Schools

Tulsa School Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard discusses the H1N1 Virus in the Tulsa Public Schools.
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – An update for you on the H1N1 virus in the Tulsa Public Schools. There has been one confirmed case of the virus, better known as the swine flu, at the Jackson Elementary School at 2137 North Pittsburg.

Below is the text of a letter the Tulsa School District sent home with parents in the Jackson district on Monday:

May 11, 2009

RE: H1N1 Influenza in staff member at Jackson Elementary School

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5:06 pm
Mon May 11, 2009

Town Does Not Rebuild After Killer Tornado

One of the tornado damaged homes that will not be repaired in Picher, Oklahoma.
KWGS News

Picher, Oklahoma – It is the story of Picher, Oklahoma. Once, it was a community of 20,000 with its own newspaper and radio station. Then the mines closed and left over tailings turned the water red. In the 1980's Picher became a Federal Superfund site. After remediation failed, the federal government started a buy-out of the residents. One year-ago, yesterday, in the middle of the buy-out, an E-F four tornado sliced through the town leaving six people dead.

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11:05 am
Mon May 11, 2009

New Developments in Poultry Suit

KWGS

Tulsa, OK – Motion seeks to exclude testimony from professor

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Poultry companies being sued by Oklahoma for allegedly polluting the Illinois River watershed want a judge to exclude the testimony of one of the state's expert witnesses in the case.

In a 431-page motion filed Friday in federal court, the poultry companies say that testimony offered by Valerie Harwood is unreliable and would be "confusing and unfairly prejudicial if presented to a lay jury."

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Local & Regional
10:34 am
Mon May 11, 2009

New Faculty at TU

The McFarlin Library on the campus at the University of Tulsa.
KWGS

Tulsa, OK – University of Tulsa to hire 20 new faculty

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tough economic times won't keep the University of Tulsa from hiring about 20 full-time faculty members next fall.

Provost Roger Blais calls the hiring normal turnover for the university's staff of approximately 320 faculty members.

Blais says the university benefited from a deep pool of highly qualified applicants because many other schools are either cutting jobs or have a hiring freeze in place.

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10:05 am
Mon May 11, 2009

Budget Work Continues at Oklahoma Capitol

Oklahoma City, OK – Budget work shouldn't require special session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry and legislative leaders have agreed to keep their negotiations for next year's budget secret, but all parties agree that a special session shouldn't be necessary.

The governor and lawmakers have already exchanged proposals for the budget, which is expected to require some cuts from this year's $7.1 billion budget.

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Local & Regional
10:25 am
Sun May 10, 2009

Oklahoma's Mining Past

Tulsa, OK – Report: Reclaiming mines would cost Oklahoma $143M


TULSA, Okla. (AP) Facing a daunting $143 million price tag for the work, Oklahoma may never reclaim some abandoned coal mines that pose a danger to people or the environment.

The state received a miniscule portion of that total in federal funding for such projects this year, and director Mike Kastl of the state Conservation Commission's abandoned mine lands program says some old mines may never be restored.

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Local & Regional
10:20 am
Sun May 10, 2009

Not All Counties Have Liquor-By-The-Drink

Sallisaw, OK – Liquor vote planned in Sequoyah County


SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) Voters in Sequoyah County will decide next week whether to allow sales of liquor by the drink.

Fifty of Oklahoma's 77 counties have begun serving liquor by the drink since it was legalized in Oklahoma in 1985, and neighboring LeFlore County recently approved a measure allowing the practice.

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7:52 pm
Sat May 9, 2009

Wife Ponders Her Options As Missing Husband Surfaces

Bartlesville, OK – Woman considers options after missing spouse found

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) The attorney for a Bartlesville woman whose husband resurfaced after going missing for almost seven years says she is considering what to do next.

Attorney Alan Carlson has been advising Peggy Rockey since her husband, 58-year-old David Rockey, disappeared in August 2002.

Carlson says that Peggy Rockey, who now works at a Bartlesville day care center, still considers herself to be married.

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7:47 pm
Sat May 9, 2009

More Swine Flu H1N1 Cases in Tulsa

Stillwater, OK – STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma State University spokesman says a female OSU student has recovered after suffering from the swine flu.

That's one of three new cases reported today, bringing the state's total number of confirmed cases to 17.

OSU spokesman Gary Shutt says university graduates were told of the student's illness today during commencement exercises.

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