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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.
KWGS News Photo

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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11:40 am
Wed September 15, 2010

Major Drug Bust at Tahlequah

Tahlequah, OK – More than 1,000 pounds of marijuana seized

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Agents from a drug task force have seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana from a pickup stopped by authorities near Tahlequah.

Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault says authorities seized about 39 bundles of the drug and arrested two people during the bust on Monday. He says authorities received a tip about a pickup moving the marijuana through the area.

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10:18 am
Wed September 15, 2010

Murder Trial Underway

John R. Kastner
Tulsa County Booking Photo

Tulsa, OK – With a jury seated, testimony gets underway today in the first degree murder trial of John Kastner. The former Webster High School coach and teacher stands accused of the killing his wife, Lori. The trial is being held in Judge Tom Gilert's courtroom.

At the time of the murder in 2008, Kastner claimed his wife was killed by an intruder at their west Tulsa home. Police says evidence pointed to Kastner as the killer and allege he did so to collect insurance money to offset debt.

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10:17 am
Wed September 15, 2010

Wednesday's Top Stories

Tulsa, Oklahoma – Your Top Local News This Wednesday Morning

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Local & Regional
4:42 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

CONTINUING COVERAGE: Women in Custody

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Child advocates say Oklahoma's children are paying the price for the state's tough-on-crime sentencing policies. During a legislative hearing today, experts say the state's female incarceration rate leads the nation, with 131 women behind bars for every 100,000 residents. That's nearly double the national rate.

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2:25 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

Mixed State Revenue Report

Scott Meacham
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Revenue collections for August show growth from the prior year, but are marginally below the estimate, State Treasurer Scott Meacham said today as reports for the second month of Fiscal Year 2011 were released.

Preliminary reports show General Revenue Fund collections for August 2010 were $350.8 million. That amount is:

$15.5 million or 4.6 percent above the prior year; but
$1.5 million or 0.4 percent below the official estimate.

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1:05 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

More City Hall Wrangling

Councilor Jack Henderson and Mayor Bartlett discuss their differences at today's council meeting.
KWGS News/TGOV

Tulsa, OK – The Mayor and City Councilors spar over mediation. Mayor Bartlett wants to meet one-on-one with each of the nine city councilors to settle the differences. The council wants the meetings to be in public.

Both sides have agreed to talk in the past, but can't seem to settle on a format or time.

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1:04 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

Skiatook Principal Suspended

Donna Brogan
Skiatook Public Schools

Skiatook, OK – The principal at the Skiatook High School is suspended with pay. Principal Donna Brogan was served with a letter from the interim superintendent stating that her immediate suspension was necessary for the best interest of students.

The case involves cash handling and allowing a school counselor time-off without it being charged for the absence. Brogan has denied the allegations. She was named Oklahoma's Secondary Principal of the Year and was to attend an award banquet in Washington, D.C. later this month.

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10:20 am
Tue September 14, 2010

Tuesday Morning's News

Tulsa, Oklahoma – Your Top Local News this Tuesday Morning

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