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12:11 pm
Fri November 13, 2009

TPS Coming Up Short

Dr. Keith Ballard talks with reporters.
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Tulsa, OK – The economic news is not good for the Tulsa Public Schools. The monthly distribution from the state was over one million dollars short according to school superintendent Doctor Keith Ballard. Based on a meeting he had yesterday in Oklahoma City, he now fears a worst-case budget scenario will play-out.
Figures from the state indicate an 8-to-10 million dollar shortfall is not out of the question.

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12:10 pm
Fri November 13, 2009

Killed Fort Hood Solider Back in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The body of a soldier who was among the 13 people killed during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas last week has been returned to Oklahoma.

A plane carrying Spec. Jason Dean Hunt landed at the Air National Guard Base at Will Rogers World Airport around 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

About 20 minutes later, four police officers on motorcycles emerged, followed by a hearse, a funeral home limousine and government vehicles.

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11:44 am
Fri November 13, 2009

Hall of Fame Honors

Tulsa, OK – 7 inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Oklahoma Hall of Fame has added seven new members, including a posthumous honor for basketball star and musician Wayman Tisdale. Tisdale died earlier this year at age 44.

Also inducted Thursday by the Oklahoma Heritage Association were OU football great Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Steven W. Taylor and Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis.

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9:41 am
Fri November 13, 2009

Doctor Indicted

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Oklahoma doctor indicted by grand jury

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal grand jury in Louisiana has indicted an Oklahoma doctor on 48 counts alleging he defrauded a government program, insurance companies and other entities out of $1.3 million.

The indictment against Dr. Gregory Khoury, unsealed on Thursday, accused him of fraudulently submitting claims for patients who weren't physically present in his office. Medicare and Blue Cross and Blue Shield were among those billed.

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4:43 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

Bartlett and Taylor Meet

Mayor Kathy Taylor and Mayor-Elect Dewey Bartlett hold a joint news conference at city hall.
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Tulsa, OK – Dewey Bartlett now has an office at Tulsa's City Hall. Mayor Taylor has made space available for the Mayor-elect to have a transition office. The space is across the hallway from Taylor's office on the 15th floor of the One-Technology Center.


The two leaders held a joint news conference in the city board/conference room. Taylor has invited Bartlett to take part in all city meetings and policy decisions. Bartlett will take office on December 7th.

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2:38 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

Poultry Trial

Tulsa, OK – Exec didn't follow up on environmental handbook

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Cargill Inc. executive says he didn't check to see if company farmers were following an environmental handbook he helped draft in 2002 warning them not to spread too much chicken manure on their land.

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2:36 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

H1N1 Update

Tulsa, OK – 7 more Oklahomans die from swine flu complications

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State health officials say seven more Oklahomans have died from complications of the swine flu.

The state Health Department says the deaths include two women and a boy from Tulsa county, a man and a woman from Oklahoma County, a boy in Garfield County and a man from Kay County.

There are now 28 deaths in the state attributed to complications from the swine flu which is also known as the H1N1 virus.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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1:17 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

Housing Authority Update

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa housing voucher list to close

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa Housing Authority is preparing to close a long waiting list for a program that helps low-income people pay for housing.

Applications will be accepted through Friday on the waiting list for Section 8 vouchers.

There are more than 7,000 families on the list. The program is at capacity with more than 4,500 vouchers issued.

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1:15 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

Sinclair Cuts

The Sinclair Refinery in Tulsa is on Southwest Blvd.
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Tulsa, OK – Sinclair to cut work force at Tulsa refinery

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A spokesman for Sinclair Tulsa Refining Co. says jobs will be cut before Dallas-based Holly Corp. takes possession of the refinery.

John Goodwin said Wednesday the total number of jobs being cut will be announced later. He said he is one of those being let go and his last day will be Nov. 30. Goodwin says every employee being laid off has been notified.

The refinery has about 300 employees.

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9:47 am
Thu November 12, 2009

Critical Report of DHS

Tulsa, OK – Report: Treatment of kids in DHS care 'immoral'

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A child welfare expert says five foster children in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services were scalded in bath water, sexually molested, beaten with tree switches and belts and hit in the mouth a pattern of abuse the expert called "outrageous and immoral."

The 121-page report by independent consultant Peg McCartt Hess was filed Wednesday afternoon in Tulsa federal court as part of a 2008 class-action lawsuit that accuses DHS of mistreating its foster children.

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