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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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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
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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10:22 am
Tue June 9, 2009

Graduation Progress

Oklahoma City, OK – State graduation rate exceeds national average

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's high school graduation rate fell slightly from 2005 to 2006 but remains ahead of the national average.

The 2009 "Diplomas Count" report released today shows nearly 71 percent of public high school students graduated in Oklahoma in 2006 the most recent year in which data is available.

That compares to about 69 percent nationally.

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Local & Regional
5:33 pm
Mon June 8, 2009

Tulsa Gets New Buses

Tulsa Transit HQ at 5th and South Rockford
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Stimulus money helps Tulsa bus conversion

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa's public transportation system plans to use federal stimulus funds to convert a large portion of its fleet from diesel-powered buses to ones that run on compressed natural gas.

The $13 million project will switch out 13 of the Tulsa Transit's 62 long buses and all 35 of the Lift Program's paratransit mini buses.

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4:21 pm
Mon June 8, 2009

H1N1 Death in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – First Okla swine flu death reported

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A 43-year-old man from Kay County has become the first person to die in Oklahoma of swine flu.

State health officials say the patient had sought medical care for his flu symptoms but had not been hospitalized. He did have underlying chronic medical conditions, including asthma.

A total of 109 cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the state.

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Local & Regional
9:38 am
Mon June 8, 2009

Momument Illegal

Denver, CO – DENVER (AP) A federal appeals court in Denver ruled today that a Ten Commandments monument outside the Haskell County, Oklahoma, courthouse endorses religion.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the monument has the primary effect of endorsing religion when taken in context with the Stigler, where it sits.

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