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9:07 am
Sat December 4, 2010

Plane Crash Near Claremore

Claremore, OK – 2 escape after plane crash in eastern Oklahoma

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) Authorities say a couple escaped serious injuries when their small airplane crashed in a wooded area near the Claremore airport.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the twin-engine plane went down about 5:30 p.m. Friday just north of Oklahoma 20.

The husband and wife were able to get out of the aircraft safely before it caught fire. Claremore Fire Chief Bob Anderson says by the time crews arrived, the plane was engulfed in flames.

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Local & Regional
9:00 am
Sat December 4, 2010

The Winner is....... Union

Stillwater, OK – STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) It was a wild Oklahoma Class 6A football championship game, with almost 100 points scored last night between Union and Jenks. Union pulled it out 50-47 after wide receiver Stephon Weaver threw a 28-year touchdown to Christian Hoods with 39 seconds left. Jenks had beaten union earlier in the year, so both teams finished 13-1.


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Local & Regional
8:55 am
Sat December 4, 2010

Hearing Delayed

Bartlesville, OK – Hearing delayed for Okla. woman accused in death


BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) A Washington County judge has scheduled a Jan. 25 preliminary hearing for a woman charged with child neglect in the death of her 10-day-old daughter.

Associate District Judge Russell Vaclaw set the date during Friday for Lyndsey Fiddler.

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Local & Regional
8:51 am
Sat December 4, 2010

Contract Review

KWGS News File Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – Contract delayed while Senate probe launched

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The signing of a $10 million contract to operate a new juvenile justice center has been delayed after reports of a relationship between a state senator and a lobbyist for the company that won the contract.

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Local & Regional
1:51 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

UPDATE: Death Threat Against DA

DA Tim Harris
Tulsa County

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa District Attorney Tim Harris is the victim of a death threat. The threat appears to be connected to the prosecution in the murder for hire death of Tulsa businessman and former TU football star Neal Sweeney.

Apparently one of the suspects was attempting to get local gang members to carry out the hit, apparently to hinder prosecution in the Sweeney case.

Tulsa Police officers are investigating. Harris and his family are now under 24-hour protection.

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Local & Regional
1:23 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Flu Season is Here

Oklahoma City, OK –


TULSA, Okla. (AP) Health officials say it's too early to predict just how nasty Oklahoma's flu season will become this season.

The flu is blamed for one death since Sept. 1 and sent at least 30 people to the hospital. The flu was blamed for 47 deaths in Oklahoma last year and 1,300 hospitalizations.

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Local & Regional
8:02 am
Fri December 3, 2010

UPDATE: Mill Explosion

Ottawa County is red
KWGS Map

Fairland, OK – 3 men hurt at mill improving at Oklahoma hospital

FAIRLAND, Okla. (AP) An eastern Oklahoma contractor says three Missouri men who were burned in an explosion at a Fairland mill are improving and may be released from a Tulsa hospital soon.

Anderson, Mo., residents Spike Bequette and John Rosenbohm, and Chad Slinkard of Jane, Mo., were injured at the Simmons Feed Mill Wednesday.

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Local & Regional
7:58 am
Fri December 3, 2010

The State Pension Woes

Oklahoma Capitol
KWGS News

Oklahoma City, OK – Lawmakers eye changes to state pension systems

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) With another projected budget shortfall and billions in unfunded pension liabilities, Oklahoma lawmakers are considering changes to the state's pension systems.

The heads of five state pension systems testified Thursday that the combined unfunded liability is about $16 billion. By far the largest component is the Teachers Retirement System, which has an unfunded liability of $10.4 billion.

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Local & Regional
7:55 am
Fri December 3, 2010

City Council Action

City Hall at One-Technology Center
KWGS Photo

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council delays action on two items.

One was a special use permit for the Tulsa Holiday Parade. Councilor Rick Westcott wants to hold up the permit until the name is changed to Christmas Parade.

That however, may not be legal, so long as the parade doesn't pose any public safety or road closure concerns, the council may not have legal grounds to halt the parade.

Meanwhile, the council delayed its no confidence vote on acting city attorney David Pauling. Both issues will come up on Tuesday.

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Local & Regional
7:35 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Friday's Top Local Stories

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

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