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11:53 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Flu Season Continues

Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the number of reported influenza-associated deaths has risen to 17 after two more fatalities were reported last week.

Officials said Thursday the deaths were of two people in the 65 years and older group who lived in Garfield and McClain counties.

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11:41 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Texting Ban Update

Oklahoma City, OK – Texting would be banned in school zones and for motorists under the age of 18 under legislation approved by an Oklahoma House committee.

The measure by Rep. Danny Morgan of Prague was approved 9-7 Wednesday by the House Public Safety Committee and sent to the full House for consideration.

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11:35 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Health Advisory Due to Fires

Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has issued a health advisory in three southeastern Oklahoma counties because of smoke from fires.

Children and the elderly and people with respiratory or heart diseases in Pushmataha, Atoka and Pittsburg counties are advised to avoid prolonged outdoor activities on Thursday because of the smoke.

The fires have burned in northern Atoka and northwestern Pushmataha counties.

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7:59 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Askins New Job

Jari Askins

Norman, OK – Askins takes job with OU Health Sciences Center

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jari Askins has been named to an administrative position at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

OU President David Boren announced Wednesday that Askins will serve as associate provost for external relations. She'll work to inform residents about the services provided at medical center in Oklahoma City.

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7:57 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Meth Mess

Oklahoma City, OK – House panel votes to tighten meth ingredient rules

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A common cold medication that contains the key ingredient for making methamphetamine would be available only by prescription under legislation approved by an Oklahoma House committee.

The House Public Safety Committee voted 13-4 for the measure Wednesday and sent it to the full House for a vote.

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7:53 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Funeral Protests

KWGS News File Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. lawmaker sees little impact on protest bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma senator who's sponsoring a bill to limit protests at funerals says he doesn't think a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing a fundamentalist church to protest outside military funerals will affect his bill.

The court ruled 8-1 Wednesday that the First Amendment protects Westboro Baptist Church members who have held anti-gay protests at funerals.

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7:47 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Thursday Morning's Top Local Stories

Tulsa, OK – Hear a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS:

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2:52 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Immigration Bill Clears Senate Committee

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla Senate panel approves tough immigration bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The author of a sweeping anti-illegal immigration bill says he jokingly suggested Oklahoma erect a wall around the state to keep out illegal immigrants because he's frustrated the federal government won't take action on the issue.

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10:49 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Non Stop Feuding At City Hall

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Tulsa, OK – Tulsa City Councilor John Eagleton is asking the attorney general to review Mayor Bartlett. Eagleton has apparently sent a letter to the Governor asking for the review. Eagleton was scheduled to give a presentation at yesterday's council meeting detailing alleged misdeeds by the Mayor, but delayed it until tomorrow. So far, Eagleton has not made public his allegations against the administration.

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9:06 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Economic Rebound

Omaha, NE – For the fourth straight month, the Business Conditions Index, or leading economic indicator, for the nine-state Mid-America region advanced. According to recent surveys of supply managers, the region will continue to expand at a very healthy pace for the first half of 2011, but with rising inflationary pressures at the wholesale level.

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