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Tulsa, OK – The price of crude oil is bouncing all over the place and that is causing our gasoline prices to do the same. Tulsan Dewey Bartlett, Junior is the president and CEO of Tulsa based Keener Oil. He says the price of oil has jumped about $10 a barrel within a month. He believes the spikes are brought on by what some see as an economic recovery.

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Lake Keystone, OK – A Tulsa man missing for almost a week is found dead at Keystone Lake west of Tulsa. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of 53-year-old Jerry Dale Adkins was found Sunday morning about nine.

The Patrol says Adkins had drown. He went missing from his home earlier in the week. Tulsa Police had been searching for him because of a medical problem. It is not known if the medical condition contributed to his drowning .

Oklahoma City, OK – Computer system targets uninsured drivers


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Uninsured motorists might soon find it more difficult to elude Oklahoma state troopers.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol could be using the state's electronic insurance verification system in time for the Memorial Day weekend travel rush.

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Tulsa, OK – Polar bear at Tulsa Zoo euthanized after illness


TULSA, Okla. (AP) A 23-year-old polar bear at the Tulsa Zoo has been euthanized after fighting kidney disease.

A press release issued by the zoo says the bear, named Kavek, died Thursday.

Kavek had been undergoing treatment for the illness since December. After zookeepers noticed a change in the animal's appetite, he was given an emergency medical examination, which indicated that his kidney disease had progressed dramatically.

Wayman Tisdale

Tulsa, OK – UNDATED (AP) Former Oklahoma All-America and NBA basketball player Wayman Tisdale has died at a Tulsa hospital after a two-year battle with cancer.

Tisdale died about 8 this morning at St. John Medical Center. He was 44.

After three years at OU Tisdale spent 12 seasons in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns, then became an award-winning jazz musician.

Tisdale also played on the U.S. team that won the gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Games.

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Tulsa, OK – On May 12, 2009, Mayor Kathy Taylor kicked off a brand-new mentoring initiative called, "Mentoring to the Max with Music. This new program came about through the leadership and vision of Dr. Barry Epperley, artistic director and conductor for TCC's Signature Symphony. Dr. Epperley said, "The fact is that music is the universal language because that's how we're built and we can measure it. An individual's brain lights up when music is played during a CAT scan or an MRI -- it's how we're made."

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa sets record for days of consecutive rainfall

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The wet weather in recent weeks in Oklahoma has resulted in a record-setting stretch of rainfall for the state's second-largest city.

The National Weather Service says that through Thursday, Tulsa has had 20 straight days with at least a trace of precipitation.

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Tulsa, OK – Restoration continues on unearthed 1957 car

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Nearly two years after it was pulled from a concrete vault in Tulsa, a rusted-out 1957 Plymouth Belvedere is still being restored in New Jersey.

The two-door car was buried in the concrete time capsule near the Tulsa County Courthouse in 1957 as part of a contest. The person who most accurately guessed the city's 2007 population would receive the car.

Tulsa, OK – Topping off the tank in time for that summer trip!

Oklahoma City, OK – Stimulus brings $22M more to Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Another $22 million in economic stimulus money is headed to Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma District Attorneys Council will receive more than $16 million to fight illegal drug production and trafficking and gang-related crime through funding announced Wednesday by Attorney General Eric Holder.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced $6.4 million for four other areas in Oklahoma.

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Tulsa, OK – Expect to pay more at the pump. Gasoline prices in Tulsa took a jump overnight. The cost of regular unleaded fuel reached $2.09 per-gallon. Chuck Mai with the AAA auto club says prices have not been this high since November of last year. He expects prices to continue to climb during the summer months, in part because of signs the recession may be ending.

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Tulsa, OK –
Tulsa Police are seeking your help in finding a missing Tulsa man with medical issues. Police say 53-year-old Jerry Adkins disappeared on May 10th when he left his home in the 1300 block of North 77th East Avenue.

The Police Department says Adkins has health issues and takes medication daily. They are concerned for his well being, especially without his medication. Adkins has not been to work or known to have called anyone.

State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Bill passed for drug testing of welfare moms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A Senate budget committee has passed a bill calling for drug testing of mothers who receive welfare payments.

The measure was sent to the Senate floor on Tuesday, despite a warning from a Department of Human Services official that it could lead to a loss of federal stimulus money.

Sen. Randy Brogdon, an Owasso Republican, said the goal of his measure is not to penalize recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Family payments.

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Catoosa, Oklahoma – It may sound a little silly but the Catoosa Fire Department would like to cut-up your car for practice. Catoosa Fire Chief Dennis Benton says his department is seeking donations of junk cars. The Catoosa Fire Department is a combination department, with eight paid fire fighters and 16 volunteers. Chief Benton they need training.

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Oklahoma City, OK – Agreement reached on civil justice plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Compromise legislation affecting the way Oklahomans file and litigate lawsuits has been unveiled by Republican legislative leaders.

Lawmakers described Monday's announcement as a historic agreement that will help block frivolous lawsuits and lower medical malpractice and other insurance costs.

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Tulsa, OK – Tulsa schools drop lawsuit over charter schools

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa school board has voted unanimously to drop a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Charter Schools Association.

The lawsuit claimed the state's Charter Schools Act adopted in 1999 violates the state Constitution's provision against "local" or "special" laws.

But last month an Oklahoma County judge ruled the law to be constitutional.

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Tulsa, OK – An update for you on the H1N1 virus in the Tulsa Public Schools. There has been one confirmed case of the virus, better known as the swine flu, at the Jackson Elementary School at 2137 North Pittsburg.

Below is the text of a letter the Tulsa School District sent home with parents in the Jackson district on Monday:

May 11, 2009

RE: H1N1 Influenza in staff member at Jackson Elementary School

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Picher, Oklahoma – It is the story of Picher, Oklahoma. Once, it was a community of 20,000 with its own newspaper and radio station. Then the mines closed and left over tailings turned the water red. In the 1980's Picher became a Federal Superfund site. After remediation failed, the federal government started a buy-out of the residents. One year-ago, yesterday, in the middle of the buy-out, an E-F four tornado sliced through the town leaving six people dead.

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Tulsa, OK – Motion seeks to exclude testimony from professor

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Poultry companies being sued by Oklahoma for allegedly polluting the Illinois River watershed want a judge to exclude the testimony of one of the state's expert witnesses in the case.

In a 431-page motion filed Friday in federal court, the poultry companies say that testimony offered by Valerie Harwood is unreliable and would be "confusing and unfairly prejudicial if presented to a lay jury."

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Tulsa, OK – University of Tulsa to hire 20 new faculty

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tough economic times won't keep the University of Tulsa from hiring about 20 full-time faculty members next fall.

Provost Roger Blais calls the hiring normal turnover for the university's staff of approximately 320 faculty members.

Blais says the university benefited from a deep pool of highly qualified applicants because many other schools are either cutting jobs or have a hiring freeze in place.

Oklahoma City, OK – Budget work shouldn't require special session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry and legislative leaders have agreed to keep their negotiations for next year's budget secret, but all parties agree that a special session shouldn't be necessary.

The governor and lawmakers have already exchanged proposals for the budget, which is expected to require some cuts from this year's $7.1 billion budget.

Tulsa, OK – Report: Reclaiming mines would cost Oklahoma $143M


TULSA, Okla. (AP) Facing a daunting $143 million price tag for the work, Oklahoma may never reclaim some abandoned coal mines that pose a danger to people or the environment.

The state received a miniscule portion of that total in federal funding for such projects this year, and director Mike Kastl of the state Conservation Commission's abandoned mine lands program says some old mines may never be restored.

Sallisaw, OK – Liquor vote planned in Sequoyah County


SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) Voters in Sequoyah County will decide next week whether to allow sales of liquor by the drink.

Fifty of Oklahoma's 77 counties have begun serving liquor by the drink since it was legalized in Oklahoma in 1985, and neighboring LeFlore County recently approved a measure allowing the practice.

Bartlesville, OK – Woman considers options after missing spouse found

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) The attorney for a Bartlesville woman whose husband resurfaced after going missing for almost seven years says she is considering what to do next.

Attorney Alan Carlson has been advising Peggy Rockey since her husband, 58-year-old David Rockey, disappeared in August 2002.

Carlson says that Peggy Rockey, who now works at a Bartlesville day care center, still considers herself to be married.

Stillwater, OK – STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma State University spokesman says a female OSU student has recovered after suffering from the swine flu.

That's one of three new cases reported today, bringing the state's total number of confirmed cases to 17.

OSU spokesman Gary Shutt says university graduates were told of the student's illness today during commencement exercises.

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry today vetoed legislation that would allow public schools to operate as charter schools free of many state school mandates.

Henry said that would turn back the clock on decades of education reforms.

The bill was supported by some school administrators and school boards who claimed it would have given them more local control. It was opposed by the Oklahoma Education Association, which said it could eliminate school librarians and counselors.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma – Last week, we heard from Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor as she presented her proposed city budget to the Tulsa Council.

After a week to review, today, we hear from two members of the council. Both have concerns about the Mayor's $578 spending plan.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Gas prices top $2 per gallon in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The price of gasoline has gone back above $2 per gallon in Oklahoma.

AAA Oklahoma reported Friday the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in the state is just more than $2.02.

AAA spokesman Chuck Mai says it's difficult to find a reason for the increase other than a general feeling that the economy is starting to recover.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma – Springtime in Oklahoma!

May has been one soggy month with over eight inches of rain in some parts of Northeast Oklahoma and more on the way. Steve Peltz is the Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Tulsa. He says predicting a heavy rain event is difficult.

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Kellyville, Oklahoma – 25-miles southwest of Tulsa is the Creek County town of Kellyville. That is where Phyllis and Tom Holcomb raise hogs on their farm.

She doesn't like the term swine flu. She prefers to call the flu strain by its clinical name H1N1. The Holcombs raise mostly show-hogs. Is she worried about the market falling apart because of scare?

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