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9:56 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Cell Tower At School? Neighbors say "NO"

The entrance to the Nimitz Middle School near 55th and South Harvard in Tulsa.
Tulsa Public Schools

Tulsa, OK – Cell phone tower at Tulsa school opposed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A proposal to build a 196-foot cell phone tower on the grounds of a Tulsa middle school is opposed by neighbors and has the mayor asking questions.

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor also has questions about the tower. She's sent a letter to the city's Board of Adjustment saying her administration wants to review and analyze the proposal.

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9:35 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Inhofe's Wish List

Senator Jim Inhofe meets with reporters.
Jim Inhofe

Tulsa, OK – Inhofe's spending requests top $500M

TULSA, Okla. (AP) U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has submitted requests for more than 100 spending projects totaling more than $500 million.

The Tulsa World reported today from its Washington bureau that Inhofe has requested the projects for consideration during the upcoming congressional appropriations process.

Inhofe spokesman Jared Young cautioned local communities against false expectations, saying its likely that less than 50 percent of what was requested will be funded.

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4:38 pm
Sun May 31, 2009

Suspect Arrested: Kansas Church Shooting

Dr. George Tillman

Wichita, Kansas – WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Wichita city official says a suspect is in custody in the shooting death of late-term abortion provider George Tiller.

The city official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case. The official did not provide additional details.

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10:08 am
Sun May 31, 2009

Judges Get Death Threats

Muskoogee County in red
KWGS Map

Muskogee, OK – Police probe threats against judges


MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) Muskogee police are searching for a man who called police and threatened two local judges.

Police Lt. Bobby Lee says a male caller phoned the department's investigations unit and accused one of the judges of stalking him. Lee says the caller then threatened the lives of both judges.

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10:03 am
Sun May 31, 2009

Near Drowning at Park

File Photo of Big Splash Entrance

Tulsa, OK – Boy, 6, nearly drowns at Tulsa water park

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A 6-year-old boy is in serious condition after a near drowning at a Tulsa water park.

Medics responded about 5:40 p.m. yesterday to the Big Splash Water Park in Tulsa.

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Tina Wells says medics provided life support care to the boy at the park and then transported him in serious condition to a Tulsa hospital.

The boy's name was not immediately released.

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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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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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