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Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Indian leaders are being encouraged to consider wind power especially for tribal casinos, medical clinics and administrative projects.

Speakers at a Sovereignty Symposium in Oklahoma City say wind turbines could be a clean, cost-effective way of providing electricity.

Osage tribal member and Chermac Energy Corporation president Jaime McAlpine says wind projects would also create tribal jobs.

Oklahoma City, OK – Slight revenue shortfall declared in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State Treasurer Scott Meacham has declared a slight revenue shortfall for Oklahoma but says the affect on most state agencies will be minimal.

Meacham said today that revenue collections for May were $357.1 million, or about 21.8 percent below estimates. That means state agencies will receive 1.42 percent less in their June allocations.

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Tulsa, OK – It was a split vote, but the Tulsa City Council has approved an assessment fee to finance the new baseball park in downtown Tulsa. The vote was 5-to-4. The 6 1/2 cent per square foot fee is for all property inside the IDL with the exception of churches, the federal government and homes with homestead exemption. It is expected the fee will raise $25 million to help finance the ballpark.

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Tulsa, OK – "Don't trust anyone over 30." That was the cry from youth of turbulent 1960s.

Sapulpa, OK – Paragon to lay off workers in Sapulpa, Muskogee

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) Pipe maker Paragon Industries is announcing plans to lay off 105 employees from its plants in Sapulpa and Muskogee.

Company officials say cheap steel pipe being imported from China makes it difficult to compete. Paragon makes steel pipe for the oil and construction industries.

The layoffs will begin in mid-July and involve 90 production workers and 15 support staff members, About 10 of the layoffs will be at the plant in Muskogee.

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Tulsa, OK – Miss Oklahoma preliminaries continue

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Miss University of Oklahoma has picked up a $1,000 cash scholarship in the talent competition on the second preliminary night of the 2009 Miss Oklahoma pageant.

Twenty-one-year-old Taylor Treat of Ada performed ballet on pointe to "Palladio" last night. Treat is a senior human relations major at the university.

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Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa police say a a man was charged today with first-degree murder in what police call a contract killing of Tulsa businessman Neal Sweeney.

Meanwhile, investigators say they're still looking for the person who hired the killer.

Police Chief Ron Palmer says 23-year-old Terrico Dion Bethel is charged with the September 4 crime. Bethel has been in jail since February 27 on unrelated charges.

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Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor says she's not running for re-election this fall so she can focus on guiding the city through turbulent economic times.

Taylor told those gathered at the Tulsa Press Club that she loves being mayor and doesn't want to have to run a political campaign while helping Tulsa cope with falling sales tax revenues and the effect it will have on municipal government. Her announcement was supposed to officially come tomorrow.

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Tulsa, OK – Shipping levels for the first four months of this year, ending April 30th, were almost identical to the same time frame in 2008. The figures quiet some speculation that the condition of the global economy would cause a drastic reduction in business at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.

Cumulative inbound/outbound shipping from January to April, 2009 was 874,658 tons compared with 876,096 tons for the same period last year.

Frontier Airlines

Tulsa, OK – Frontier Airlines to resume Tulsa-Denver flights

DENVER (AP) Frontier Airlines plans to resume daily flights between its hub at Denver International Airport and Tulsa, Okla., beginning Aug. 2.

Frontier began flying to Tulsa in May 2005 but stopped as it reduced capacity in 2008.

Its Lynx Aviation subsidiary will provide service.

Frontier has been working to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Tulsa, Ok – Miley Cyrus today announced her 2009 North American Tour, presented by Walmart, and promoted by AEG Live. The 45-show tour, featuring special guest Metro Station, launches September 14, 2009 in Portland, OR and will play in several major cities including Los Angeles, New York City, Dallas, Chicago, New Orleans and more before wrapping in Miami on December 2nd.

She will make a Tulsa concert stop on October 12th at the Tulsa BOK Center. Tickets will cost between $42 and $82.

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Bixby, OK – The Creek Nation appears to be moving forward with plans to construct a bridge connecting Jenks and Bixby with South Tulsa. The proposed bridge would span the Arkansas River opening the South County area to development. Right now the nearest bridges across the river are at Memorial Drive in Bixby and at 96th Street in Jenks.

Oklahoma City, OK – Turnpike Authority to stop automatic violations

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority will stop issuing automatic tickets for failure to pay tolls until it matches its records with new license plate numbers.

Violations were automatically generated by a computer system that manages the toll system.

Errors occurred when a Pikepass was misread and the computer couldn't match the photographed license plate number to an active Pikepass account.

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Tulsa, OK – After walking out two weeks ago, Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor goes again before City Council members to discuss the budget. She is proposing another $7.6-million dollars worth of cuts.

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Tulsa, OK – Gas prices climb 19 cents over 2 weeks

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) The U.S. price of gasoline jumped 19 cents a gallon during the past two weeks, but remains well below prices from a year ago.

That's according to the national Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday.

Analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average price of regular gasoline was $2.49 a gallon Friday, when the survey was completed.

That's up 54 cents from ten weeks ago, with most of the rise occurring during May.

Tulsa, OK – NEW: Sunoco completes sale of Tulsa refinery to Holly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Oil refiner Sunoco Inc. says it has completed the sale of its 85,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Tulsa, Okla., to Dallas-based Holly Corp. for $65 million.

Sunoco's chairman and CEO, Lynn Elsenhans, calls the move another step in Sunoco's efforts to realign its portfolio of assets and improve its competitiveness.

The company says the Tulsa refinery began production in 1913 and had been a part of Sunoco's refining system since 1968.

John Sullivan

Tulsa, OK – Spokesman: Sullivan constituent needs will be met

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A spokesman says the needs of the constituents of an Oklahoma congressmen who took a leave of absence to seek treatment for an alcohol addiction will be met while he is gone.

The Tulsa World reports from its Washington bureau that spokesman John Tidwell says U.S. Rep. John Sullivan "made specific arrangements to ensure his congressional offices in both Oklahoma and Washington will remain open and fully functional."

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Tulsa, OK – Continental Express jet makes emergency landing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Continental Express jet with 53 people on board has made an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport.

Flight 2916 from Houston to Omaha, Neb., diverted just after 9:30 a.m. Monday after the crew said they were having a "pressurization problem."

The Tulsa Fire Department and ambulances were called to the scene but there are no reports of injury.

Tom Coburn

Tulsa, OK – Coburn to run again 2010

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Sen. Tom Coburn announced this morning in Tulsa he will run for re-election to a second term.

The Oklahoma Republican has built a reputation as an anti-earmarks crusader by working to stall projects that other senators try to put into legislation.

Coburn is a medical doctor who was first elected to the Senate in 2004 when he defeated Democrat Brad Carson with 53 percent of the vote.

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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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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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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.

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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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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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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