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10:15 am
Mon May 25, 2009

Home from War

Tulsa, OK – Guard soldiers return from Iraq deployment

TULSA, Okla. (AP) About 120 members of the Oklahoma National Guard are back in their home state.

Eighty soldiers with the 834th Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Company returned yesterday to Tulsa after an eight-month deployment in Iraq.

Escorted by members of the Patriot Guard motorcycle group, the troops arrived at the Army's Aviation Facility just after 1 p.m. The troops served at Balad Air Base north of Baghdad.

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10:12 am
Mon May 25, 2009

Baby Found at Sapulpa

Sapulpa, OK – Baby found alive in Sapulpa trash bin

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) Sapulpa police are asking for the public's help in finding the mother of a newborn baby found alive in a trash bin.

Sapulpa police Maj. Jeff Gilliland says a man cleaning a nearby office discovered the baby about 11 a.m. yesterday in a trash bin behind a business.

Gilliland says the baby boy appeared to be in good health and was taken to a Tulsa hospital to be checked out.

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10:46 am
Sun May 24, 2009

Lots of Holiday Travel in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Boaters, travelers hit the road across Oklahoma


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers are stepping up enforcement on state lakes, rivers and highways on Saturday as the Memorial Day weekend gets under way.

OHP Lt. George Brown says extra troopers are being stationed at several lakes popular with boaters and campers and the Illinois River in northeast Oklahoma.

At least two fatality crashes have been reported today by the highway patrol.

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10:42 am
Sun May 24, 2009

Henry Sets Veto Record

Oklahoma City, OK – Henry surpasses highest veto total

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry has now vetoed more bills this year than in any of his previous six years in office.

Henry's office announced yesterday that the governor had vetoed three more measures after the state House adjourned for the session. That brings his total for this year to 16.

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Local & Regional
9:21 pm
Sat May 23, 2009

Sky Diving Plane Accident at Skiatook

Skiatook, OK – Passengers able to walk away from plane crash


SKIATOOK, Okla. (AP) Only minor injuries have been reported after a small skydiving plane crashed in a field north of Tulsa.

Police say the six people on board were able to walk away after the single-engine plane went down in a field near Skiatook High School on Saturday afternoon.

Police say the plane lost power shortly after takeoff and struck some trees and power lines as the pilot landed it in the field.

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9:06 am
Sat May 23, 2009

Sheriff Accused of Being on Wrong Side of the Law

Muskogee, OK – Sheriff accused of stealing cash from motorist

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) The sheriff and undersheriff of McIntosh County have been accused of stealing money from a man during a traffic stop.

U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling yesterday filed a charge of deprivation of civil rights under color of law against Sheriff Terry Jones and Undersheriff Mykol Travis Brookshire.

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9:03 am
Sat May 23, 2009

Chicken Litter Update

Tulsa, OK – Agreement aimed at resolving poultry case dispute

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Cherokee Nation has reached an agreement with the state in an attempt to defeat a challenge from poultry companies in Attorney General Drew Edmondson's lawsuit over pollution in the Illinois River watershed.

After poultry companies disputed whether Oklahoma could even claim ownership of the watershed and its resources, the tribe agreed to let the state prosecute its claims in the lawsuit.

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9:00 am
Sat May 23, 2009

Med School Chief to Step Down

Tulsa, OK – President of Oklahoma State hospital to resign

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The president of the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences plans to resign this summer.

John Fernandes announced yesterday that he will be leaving his post July 1. Fernandes has led the Tulsa hospital and served as the dean of the university's medical school since 2003.

University President Burns Hargis thanked Fernandes for his leadership at a time when the medical center had an uncertain future.

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6:14 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Effort for Sine Die Dies

Oklahoma City, OK – Senate abandons early adjournment plan


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Senate has abandoned plans to adjourn the 2009 legislative session one week early.

The Senate rescinded a resolution it passed in March to adjourn on Friday after failing to pass legislation to create a central information officer who would take charge of the state's computer systems.

The Senate then abruptly adjourned for the day and will reconvene on Tuesday.

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1:36 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Getting Ready for Summer

The sign outside of the Big Splash water park on the Tulsa Fairgrounds
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Officials from the Oklahoma Department of Labor inspect the Big Splash Water Park on the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. The Labor Department recently took over the inspections following an accident at the park in 2007 when a section of the Master Blaster water ride collapsed.

Chief Safety inspector Tom Monroe says a review in February found a few minor problems that needed attention. Park owner Loretta Murphy says those repairs have been made and the park is ready to open.

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