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1:11 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Police Training Class Increases

Tulsa, Okla. – Tulsa police have added a dozen recruits to its latest training class, bringing the total to 42.

The agency was awarded a $4.5 million federal grant that will pay salaries for 23 of the officers for three years. The Tulsa World reports that cuts in overtime and other expenses enabled the city to fund the other 19 recruits from within the department's existing budget.

Tulsa police last conducted a training academy in January 2009.

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Local & Regional
12:56 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Bankruptcy Up in Oklahoma

Tulsa, Okla. – The number of Oklahomans filing bankruptcy last year is up; more than 14,000 cases were filed in 2010.

Bankruptcy trustee Patrick Malloy III credits the upward trend not only to continued economic strife, but also to a return to normalcy following bankruptcy reform in 2005, a year in which more than 39,000 bankruptcy cases were filed.

The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protects Act tightened income limits and set new standards for evaluating debtors' financial situations.

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Local & Regional
10:50 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Coffee to Be Secretary of State

Glenn Coffee
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Governor-elect Mary Fallin today announced she has selected Glenn Coffee to serve as secretary of state.

Coffee, who was the first Republican to serve as president pro tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate, currently serves as co-chairman of the governor-elect's transition committee.

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Local & Regional
10:49 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Governor Henry Exit Interview

Governor Brad Henry
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Hear an exit interview with Oklahoma's 26th Governor, Brad Henry

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Local & Regional
8:06 am
Tue January 4, 2011

UPDATE: State Corruption Case

Oklahoma City, OK – Terrill, Leftwich turn selves in on charges

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A member of the Oklahoma House and a former member of the state Senate who face felony bribery charges have made their initial court appearance.

Oklahoma County Special Judge Russell Hall entered not guilty pleas on Monday afternoon for Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore and former Sen. Debbe Leftwich of Oklahoma City. Hall set their next court appearance for March 17. Leftwich and Terrill are free on a $2,000 bond.

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Local & Regional
8:01 am
Tue January 4, 2011

City Hires Tax Auditors

City Hall at One-Technology Center
KWGS Photo

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa hiring auditors to boost tax collections

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa officials say the city plans to hire private auditors in an effort to increase collections of delinquent sales taxes.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett signed a contract in principle last May with Revenue Discovery Systems of Birmingham, Ala., before the Oklahoma Legislature passed a law that allows only the state Tax Commission to handle sales-tax collections.

The city has sued over the new law.

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Local & Regional
7:56 am
Tue January 4, 2011

City Hall News

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council will go behind closed doors today to discuss a lawsuit filed to block a charter change election. If approved, the question would make the city attorney's position elective rather than appointed.


The council will also discuss allowing the fire department to charge a user fee for responding to car wrecks.

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Story

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

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Local & Regional
1:17 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Missing Tulsa Teen

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Police are searching for 19-year-old Gabriel Claxton. He was last seen at the Greyhound bus station downtown on November 10th.

He told a friend he was going to visit family but never arrived and no ticket was issued. Police fear for his safety because of a history of depression.

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Local & Regional
1:16 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

State Lawmakers Surrender

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A member of the Oklahoma House and a former member of the state Senate who face felony bribery charges have turned themselves in at the Oklahoma County jail.

County sheriff's spokesman Mark Myers says former Sen. Debbe Leftwich of Oklahoma City was booked at 10 a.m. and state Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore followed at 10:15 a.m. Myers says both have already left the jail.

Terrill and Leftwich are scheduled to make their initial court appearances in the case Monday afternoon.

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