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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

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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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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
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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9:05 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Newspaper Lay-offs

Tulsa, Ok – Tulsa World lays off 18, cites soft economy

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Officials at the Tulsa World have reduced the newspaper's staff by 18 positions, or 3 percent.

Publisher Robert E. Lorton III said Tuesday softness in the local and national economies led to the decision to lay off employees. Lorton says readers and subscribers won't notice any change in the amount of content the newspaper provides.

Executive Editor Joe Worley the newsroom is restructuring to make use of staff in a more efficient manner.

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Local & Regional
9:03 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Auditor Nominee

Clift Richards
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – The Mayor nominates Clift Richards to be the city auditor. The 71-year-old has been a CPA for nearly 50-years.

He would fill the unexpired term of Preston Doerfligner. Doerflinger resigned to join Governor Fallin's Cabinet.

The city council would need to approve the appointment.

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8:52 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Prison Help

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. plans $5.2M prison fund shift

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Republican leaders in the Oklahoma Legislature have reached a deal to divert $5.2 million within the Department of Corrections to spare the agency from forcing prison guards and other workers to take additional furlough days.

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