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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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Local & Regional
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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9:56 am
Wed May 27, 2009

Tribe Seeks Racetrack

Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby
Chickasaw Nation

Oklahoma City, OK – Chickasaw Nation to bid on Remington

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby says a subsidiary of the tribe will try to buy Remington Park racetrack and casino in Oklahoma City.

Anoatubby told The Oklahoman in a copyright story that the tribe's Global Gaming Solutions will do all it can to buy the facility and Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Texas.

The two horse racing facilities are among four being sold by bankrupt Magna Entertainment Corp.

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Local & Regional
5:03 pm
Tue May 26, 2009

Which Way Tulsa? Part #1

PLANiTULSA has hit a fork in the road.
City of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – In this installment, KWGS' John Durkee reviews the first two scenarios being discussed for Tulsa's new comprehensive plan.

We hear from Tulsa City Planners Theron Warlick and Martha Shultz, as well as Glen Bolen, the Vice President of Fregonese and Associates.

Tomorrow, in Part#2, we will learn about scenarios C and D.

For More information:
www.planitulsa.org

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5:00 pm
Tue May 26, 2009

Natural Gas Line Break

Tulsa, OK – NEW: Part of OSU-Tulsa campus evacuated after gas leak

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A gas leak that authorities say happened after a vehicle hit a commercial meter outside a building resulted in the evacuation of parts of Oklahoma State University's Tulsa campus.

Classes were not under way this afternoon when about 50 people were evacuated from two buildings as a precaution.

Officials have since shut off the meter and stopped the leak. Readings inside the buildings indicated the level of natural gas was not dangerous.

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9:47 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Downtown Whistle Stop

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A designation has been delayed that would silence the horns of trains passing through downtown Tulsa. The so-called "quiet zone" designation had been expected to be implemented this spring, after work to install vehicle-proof gates at five railroad crossings was finished. City planner Dennis Whitaker says that the designation likely won't be implemented until the end of the year.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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9:31 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Reba asks for mercy

The country music/sitcom star sends a letter to a federal judge on behalf of a childhood friend.
Reba McEntire

McAlester, OK – Country singer asks judge for leniency

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) Country music superstar Reba McEntire is among dozens of people asking a federal judge to show leniency on a Kiowa businessman scheduled to be sentenced this week.

McEntire is one of 46 people who wrote a letter or affidavit to U.S. District Judge Ronald White on behalf of Steve Phipps. The Kiowa businessman pleaded guilty in 2007 to a federal conspiracy charge and is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Muskogee.

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Local & Regional
10:30 am
Mon May 25, 2009

Youngster and Guard Injured in Arson Fire

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa fire investigators looking into 3 blazes


TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa fire investigators are looking into three separate blazes at a midtown apartment complex and two northside houses.

Fire officials say that at about 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, a security guard spotted a fire in an outdoor hallway at the Normandy Apartments and saw two people run away.

The guard and a 9-year-old boy were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. No serious damage was reported.

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