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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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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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8:28 am
Mon June 8, 2009

A New Miss Oklahoma

21-year-old Taylor Treat, Miss Oklahoma 2009.
Kiwanis Club of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Miss Oklahoma ready for reign


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The newly crowned Miss Oklahoma says judges who selected her over 41 other contestants in the statewide pageant were looking for more than just a pretty face.

Taylor Treat talked with reporters Sunday, a day after the 21-year-old was crowned Miss Oklahoma 2009 and given the opportunity to represent the state in the Miss America pageant in January.

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Local & Regional
8:22 am
Mon June 8, 2009

Road Work Dangers

Tulsa, OK – Dangers increase for state road crews


TULSA, Okla. (AP) Dangers are expected to increase for Oklahoma transportation crews as road and bridge projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act get under way.

The number of work zone accidents causing an injury or fatality in Oklahoma has increased almost every year since 2003, records show.

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Local & Regional
1:37 pm
Sun June 7, 2009

Inhofe Remarks Rebuked

Senator Jim Inhofe meets with reporters.
Jim Inhofe

Tulsa, OK – Inhofe remarks on Obama speech criticized


TULSA, Okla. (AP) The head of the Oklahoma Democratic Party is criticizing U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe for describing President Barack Obama's speech in Egypt as "un-American."

Party chairman Todd Goodman told the Tulsa World's Washington bureau that Inhofe prefers to smear Obama rather than address important facts about the president's address in Cairo on Thursday.

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9:50 am
Sun June 7, 2009

Roadside Ruckus Update

A video recorder captures as scuffle between an Oklahoma State and an EMT
U-tube Video

Tulsa, OK – No charges planned over scuffle


TULSA, Okla. (AP) A prosecutor has decided not to file charges in a physical confrontation between a state trooper and a paramedic in Okfuskee County.

Max Cook, district attorney for Creek and Okfuskee counties, said Friday that after reviewing reports and talking to witnesses, it would not be appropriate to file charges against either the trooper, Daniel Martin, or the paramedic, Maurice White Jr.

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Local & Regional
11:57 am
Sat June 6, 2009

Senate Art Work Heads to Gilcrease

A Gilcrease Museum membership card.
City of Tulsa/University of Tulsa

Oklahoma City, OK – Starting on Monday, June 8, more than 80 paintings that are part of the State Senate Art Collection will be taken off the State Capitol walls to be shipped to the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. The collection will be on display at the museum from July through October.

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11:34 am
Sat June 6, 2009

Update on Sweeney Case

Contract murder suspect Terrico Bethel
David Moss Correction Center-Booking photo

Tula, ok – Prosecutors mull death penalty in case


TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa County District Attorney says a man accused of fatally shooting a Tulsa businessman could face the death penalty.

Twenty-three-year-old Terrico Bethel was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the Sept. 4 death of Neal Sweeney at Sweeney's company, Retail Fuels Marketing.

DA Tim Harris said today the case would meet the legal threshold for the death penalty if Bethel is convicted of taking money in exchange for the killing.

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Local & Regional
6:06 pm
Fri June 5, 2009

TU Prof Worked for Judge Sotomayor

Dr. Robert Spoo visits \"Studio Tulsa\" at KWGS.
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Walking the Halls of the U.S. Senate office building is Court of Appeals Second District Judge Sonia Sotomayor. As President Obama's nominee to the U-S Supreme Court, she is allowing Senators to get a chance to know her prior to her confirmation hearing. Today, we hear from someone who already knows the Judge well. Dr. Robert Spoo is an associate professor of law at the University of Tulsa. In 2001-and 2002, he served as a clerk in Judge Sotomayor's chamber.

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