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5:33 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Teen Pregnancy Rate Increases

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma child advocacy group says teen pregnancy rates are climbing in the state after years of decline. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy says the state's teen birthrate ranks fifth in the nation. That's based on analysis of federal health data.

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5:30 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Boynton High Closes

Boynton, OK – Small high school in eastern Oklahoma closes

BOYNTON, Okla. (AP) The small Boynton-Moton School District in eastern Oklahoma has closed its high school.

Superintendent Shelbie Williams says the high school with 17 students closed Tuesday because of state budget cuts. Williams said the district's pre-kindergarten through 8th grade will remain open.

Williams said the district had enough money to begin the school year but is now facing a $200,000 cut in expected funding.

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5:29 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Clemency Sought/Clemency Denied

Tulsa, OK – Clemency denied Okla. death row inmate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has unanimously rejected a clemency request from a death row inmate.

The board voted 5-0 Thursday against recommending that the governor commute Donald Ray Wackerly II's death sentence to life in prison. Wackerly is scheduled to die by lethal injection next month.

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9:53 am
Thu September 16, 2010

Palin in Tulsa

Sarah Palin

Tulsa, OK – Sarah Palin urging unity among Republicans

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Sarah Palin says it's time for Republican Party bosses to put aside their differences and capitalize on a series of victories by tea party-backed candidates heading into the November election.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate spoke to about 1,000 people Wednesday night at a gala in Tulsa.

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9:52 am
Thu September 16, 2010

Arrest in Baby's Death

Janette Mickelboro
Tulsa County Booking Photo

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A 23-year-old Tulsa mother is being held on $250,000 bond. Janette Mickelboro is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her infant son. Police say Mickelboro admitted she tied a blanket around the boy's face to hold his pacifier in place then left him in a chair for several hours.

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9:39 am
Thu September 16, 2010

Coburn Opposes Bill

Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn
US Senate

Washington, D.C. – GOP senator says he will hold up food safety bill

WASHINGTON (AP) A Republican senator is threatening to hold up food safety legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration more power to prevent outbreaks, saying Democrats must find a way to pay for it.

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says the bill, which has stalled in the Senate for more than a year, adds to the deficit and expands the power of an already troubled agency.

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8:02 am
Thu September 16, 2010

This Morning's Local News

Tulsa, Oklahoma – Your Top Local News This Thursday Morning

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Local & Regional
3:28 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Mayor Calls for River Development

Over 800 people gather to hear Mayor's State of the City Address.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK –
Mayor Bartlett delivers his first State of the City address to over 800 business and civic leaders in Tulsa. During the 36-minute speech the Mayor called for planning and developing of an Arkansas River Corridor for economic, business opportunities and environmentally correct recreation attractions.

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3:20 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Condo Residents Want to Save Trees

A tree-trimming truck backs out of the Central Park Condos.
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Tulsa, OK – "Don't cut down the trees."

That is the cry from some residents at the Central Park Condos, near 6th and Denver, downtown. The residents' board wants to cut down the trees to eliminate the mess from migratory birds. Resident Melissa Schrupt says there are other options, such as devices to keep the birds out.

Some of the residents sought a restraining order to save the trees. When the tree trimming firm learned of the action, the crew left.

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12:05 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Warning from Child Crisis Unit

Pedo-bear
Tulsa Police

Tulsa, OK – Is it a hoax?

Tulsa Police will take no chance.

The Child Crisis Unit issued a warning about Pedo-Bear. It is a cartoon character that some say is associated with pedophilia. The release says child molesters use the symbol to communicate with each other on message board.

Numerous websites have listed Pedo-Bear as a hoax.

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