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10:38 am
Sat May 30, 2009

Council Pay Cut

Tulsa Council members Dennis Troyer (L) and David Patrick (R) are proposing a council pay cut.
Tulsa City Council

Tulsa, OK – 2 Tulsa councilors suggest cut in their pay

TULSA, Okla. (AP) With the city of Tulsa planning to give city employees unpaid days off to make up a revenue shortfall two city councilors say they should give up part of their salaries.

Councilors David Patrick and Dennis Troyer say the council should show solidarity with city workers facing up to eight unpaid furlough days. The councilors say eight unpaid days off would equal a 3.1 percent pay cut and they believe the council should share the pain.

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4:39 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

Cleaning Up Downtown

City crews offer trash bags and paint to help clean-up and freshen the area around the new Oneok Field in downtown Tulsa.
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Drillers will move downtown to the new Oneok Field at Greenwood and Archer in Tulsa. The new stadium is under construction. The area is known as America's Black Wall Street, the site of Tulsa's 1921 race riot.

The area can best be described as urban plight. There is litter on the ground and graffiti scars on nearby buildings and the expressway walls. This week, city crews, civic leaders and the Tulsa Drillers picked up the trash and painted over the graffiti.

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2:39 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

Congressman Checks into Betty Ford

File photo of the Congressman at work in Washington, D.C.
Congressman Sullivan

Tulsa, OK – 44-year-old Tulsa Congressman John Sullivan (R) today announced via a news release that he has sought help from the Betty Ford Clinic for an alcohol addiction.

"Last night, I checked myself in to the Betty Ford Center in California to treat my addiction to alcohol.

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Local & Regional
10:01 am
Fri May 29, 2009

More Tulsa Budget Woes

Tulsa, OK –

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Mayor Kathy Taylor is continuing to make cuts to the $578 million budget plan she has proposed to the city council.

Taylor's top administrators are telling councilors that city employees now could face up to eight furlough days, a number that started at four and then increased to six.

City Finance Director Mike Kier says eight furlough days would practically amount to a 3.1 percent salary reduction for each of Tulsa's 4,000 employees. It would save the city $5.2 million.

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9:32 am
Fri May 29, 2009

Broken Arrow Church School Closes

The sign in front of the Grace High School at 9700 South Garnett.
KWGS News

Broken Arrow, OK – BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) Administrators of a private high school say plummeting enrollment caused by the economic slowdown has led to their decision to close its doors.

Grace Christian High School had 100 students enrolled this past year, but Superintendent Ken Stewart says that only 48 students had enrolled by the end of March for the upcoming school year.

Stewart says many students couldn't afford the tuition payments, which had not been a problem in previous years.

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4:44 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

Tulsa Holds The Mayo

The historic Mayo Hotel at 115 W. Fifth in downtown Tulsa
KWGS

Tulsa, OK – Welcome to the Mayo.

Downtown at 115 West 5th Street, the hotel was built in 1925 and was once the tallest building in Oklahoma. It has always been among the grandest.

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Local & Regional
10:00 am
Thu May 28, 2009

New Report on Oklahoma Drug Abuse

Oklahoma City, OK – Report: Substance abuse costly to state budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A national study shows that Oklahoma spent nearly 12 percent of its state budget in 2005 on costs connected to substance abuse and addiction.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in New York released its study today.

The report shows Oklahoma spent less than 1 percent of its budget during the same year on substance abuse prevention, treatment and research.

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9:46 am
Thu May 28, 2009

The Latest on the Poultry Lawsuit

Tulsa, OK – State's motion backs professor's testimony

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson says in a court filing that opinions by one of the state's expert witnesses in a poultry-litter pollution trial are based on sound science and weren't developed by attorneys to fit the lawsuit.

In a 109-page document filed Tuesday in federal court Drew Edmondson refutes a motion filed by 13 Arkansas poultry companies seeking to exclude the testimony of Valerie Harwood.

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Local & Regional
5:22 pm
Wed May 27, 2009

Which Way Tulsa? Part #2

PLANiTULSA reaches a fork in the road.
City Of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – In this installment, KWGS' John Durkee examines Scenarios C and D for Tulsa's future.

For more information:

www.planitulsa.org

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4:05 pm
Wed May 27, 2009

Bixby City Manager Resigns

Former Bixby City Manager Micky Webb, from a 2004 ground breaking at Bixby's Washington Irving Park.
Rotary Club of Bixby

Bixby, OK – Bixby city manager resigns after dispute

BIXBY, Okla. (AP) A suspended Bixby city official who recently accused the city council of violating the city charter and the state Open Meeting Act has resigned.

Members of the Bixby City Council voted 5-0 yesterday after a two-hour executive session to accept the resignation of City Manager Micky Webb.

The action officially brought to a close Webb's three-week dispute and 16-year tenure with the city.

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