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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chesapeake Energy Corp. says it has laid off 740 employees, most of them at its Oklahoma City headquarters, after the company reported a second-quarter loss of more than $4 billion in August.

The company released a statement saying Tuesday's layoffs represent about 15 percent of its workforce. The layoffs hit hard at the company's Oklahoma City office, where more than 560 people lost their jobs.

In the local news:

  • The court ordered removal of the 10 Commandments monument at the state capitol will be carried out in the next 15-days.
  • Richard Glossip's execution is set for 3 p.m. this afternoon.
  • A top award from the federal government for a Tulsa high school.
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Gov. Mary Fallin will not intervene in the case of Richard Glossip, who is scheduled for execution tomorrow afternoon.

"Richard Glossip has had almost 18 years of hearings, trials, appeals. He’s had three stays on his execution. He took it all the way to the Court of Criminal Appeals," Fallin said during a day-long visit to Tulsa. "It’s the law of the state of Oklahoma; my job as the governor is just to make sure the law is carried forth."

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While it’s been doom and gloom for local energy companies, a Broken Arrow tech firm grows.

L3 AMI makes various simulators for military and private sector clients. The machines help pilots learn how to fly different aircraft or even help truck drivers brush up on their skills.

Vice President Ron Falk said the company is adding 30 well-paying tech jobs in the next six months and has added 84 in last year.

Top Award for TSAS

Sep 29, 2015
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U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences  has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Principal Liesa Smith said, "I am very proud of the hard work of our teachers and students that culminated in this award. TSAS is a very special school and I am glad to see this recognition, especially as we are moving and expanding our program next year.” Representatives from TSAS will travel to Washington DC for the awards ceremony on November 10th.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will serve in a national role for his campaign in 2016.

The former Florida governor announced in a press release Tuesday that Pruitt will serve as the campaign's national chairman of federal-state relations.

In that role, Pruitt will lead a group dubbed the "Restoring Federalism Task Force."

Elected as part of a Republican wave in Oklahoma in 2010, Pruitt has made fighting the federal government in court a centerpiece of his administration.



EUCHA, Okla. (AP) — A man has been arrested in the shooting of another man in Eucha in Delaware County.

The Tulsa World reports a 31-year-old man was arrested Monday afternoon on complaints of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and possession of a controlled substance.

Authorities say 36-year-old Johnny Leaf was shot in the back around 5 a.m. Monday. According to a news release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, he was transported to a hospital and is in stable condition.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Carly Fiorina is meeting with oil and natural gas producers in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association says the former Hewlett-Packard CEO will make a stop at the group's headquarters on Tuesday for a town hall discussion with independent oil and natural gas producers. The event is by invitation only and is not open to the public.

U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas both spoke to the same organization earlier this year.



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state panel charged with overseeing artwork at the state Capitol has ordered the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the statehouse grounds after a court found the sculpture violated the Oklahoma constitution.

The Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission voted 7-1 Tuesday during a special meeting to authorize the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to remove the one-ton granite monument.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Authorities are investigating after an inmate died while in custody of the Oklahoma County jail.  
 Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Opgrande says the inmate was found unresponsive in a cell on Monday night. The inmate was pronounced dead at a hospital.  
 Authorities have not yet released the name of the inmate, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death.  
     No cause of death has been released yet.