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4:36 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

New DPS Commissioner

Michael Thompson
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma Governor-elect Mary Fallin today selected Michael C. Thompson as her nominee for secretary of safety and security and commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.

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1:47 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Equalization Board Figures

Treasurer Scott Meacham
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Preliminary revenue estimates to be presented to the State Board of Equalization on Tuesday show the Oklahoma state budget may need to be cut by as much as $226 million in the next fiscal year, State Treasurer Scott Meacham said today.


Meacham said the $226 million reduction would come in spite of an estimated $276.1 million or 5.65 percent projected increase in General Revenue Fund collections.

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Local & Regional
12:03 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Stillwater Mayor in Court

Stillwater Mayor Nathan Bates

Stillwater, OK – Judge says no trial for Stillwater mayor on charge

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) A Payne County judge says Stillwater Mayor Nathan Bates should not be tried on a felony charge of violating Oklahoma's Computer Crimes Act.

Bates was accused of using his city-issued computer and e-mail to promote a private business venture. But Special Judge Phillip Corley ruled Monday that the city's policy on computer use doesn't apply to elected officials like Bates.

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Local & Regional
9:07 am
Mon December 20, 2010

More Homes Foreclosed

Oklahoma City, OK – As 2010 winds down, the number of homes being foreclosed in Oklahoma ramps up. Foreclosures are up 15-percent over last year.

The head of the Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association is Doyle Providence. He attributes the increase to lenders being more aggressive in solving delinquencies.

He says a foreclosed home in your neighborhood should have little impact on your property value . However several homes in disrepair will impact your home's value.

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Local & Regional
8:10 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Wind Farms for Osage County

Pawhuska, OK – Wind farms could be coming to NE Oklahoma

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) Plans call for at least three wind farms to be built across the northern half of Osage County.

The Tulsa World reports that neither the plans for the wind farms nor the companies involved have been officially announced but that area landowners already are talking about the projects. County officials are working on regulations concerning the environmental and economic impact of the wind farm.

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Local & Regional
8:07 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Drug Money

Oklahoma City, OK – Anti-drug agency seizes $2M in property in '10

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control officials say the agency has profited this year from almost $2 million of seized or forfeited property as the result of drug crimes.

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Local & Regional
8:05 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Lincoln County Quake

Chandler, OK – 3.6 magnitude quake hits north-central Oklahoma

KENDRICK, Okla. (AP) A 3.6 magnitude earthquake in Lincoln County apparently has not caused any damage or injuries.

The Oklahoman reports that the U.S. Geological Survey says the quake occurred about 11:05 p.m. Saturday.

The earthquake was centered about four miles northwest of Kendrick and about five miles southeast of Agra.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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Local & Regional
7:58 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Monday 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
9:51 am
Sat December 18, 2010

Another $10 Million

University President Mark Rutland
ORU

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) The family of Oklahoma City businessman Mart Green is donating another $10 million to Oral Roberts University for campus renovations and maintenance in 2011. Green is chairman of the ORU board and the family owns Hobby Lobby and Mardel stores.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com


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Local & Regional
9:48 am
Sat December 18, 2010

School Pension Problems

Oklahoma City, OK – New Okla. Senate leader announces pension panel

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The incoming Republican leader of the Oklahoma Senate says he'll create a special committee to examine the state's unfunded pension liabilities.

President Pro Tem-designate Brian Bingman said Friday that ten senators will serve on the Select Committee on Pensions. Republican Sen. Mike Mazzei of Bixby will serve as chairman.

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