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1:31 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Redistricting Committee Named

Jabar Shumate (D-Tulsa) and John Trebilcock (R-Broken Arrow) are named to the committee
Oklahoma House

Oklahoma City, OK – House Speaker-Designate Kris Steele named a bipartisan Redistricting Steering Committee today that will help the House prepare for the redrawing of state and federal legislative lines following the 2010 census.

The eight members who represent each area of the state named to the committee include:

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Local & Regional
1:29 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Major Apartment Fire in Muskogee

Muskogee, OK – Fire fighters in Muskogee battle multiple alarm fire in intense heat. The blaze left 28-people homeless at the Shady Hallow Apartments. The fire broke out just before five o'clock in the morning. The temperature at the time was in the upper 70s, but jumped into the 90s by mid-morning.

The American Red Cross was called to the scene to help rehabilitate dehydrated fire fighters. The agency was also helping the displaced residents with basic needs.

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12:13 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Back to School Party Busted

The 918 Event Center is at 3601 East Admiral.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Police and the Able Commission raid the 918 Event Center at 3601 East Admiral in Tulsa. The raid took place late last night, just before midnight. Tulsa Police tell KWGS News that officers had been tipped-off to gambling.

Plainclothes officers enter the club and found games of dice underway. Police say the owner and employees were permitting the games to take place.

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Local & Regional
10:45 am
Thu August 12, 2010

State Corruption Case Update

Moore Representative Randy Terrill
Oklahoma House

Oklahoma City, OK – Terrill calls DA's allegations 'preposterous'

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A state lawmaker at the center of an investigation into possible corruption at the state Capitol says the allegations are "preposterous."

Republican State Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore told The Associated Press on Wednesday he has not talked to Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater about his investigation. He says that he has not received a second subpoena to testify before a multicounty grand jury.

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Local & Regional
10:43 am
Thu August 12, 2010

Another Clemency Request

Jeffrey Matthews in an October, 2003 picture from Oklahoma's Death Row.
Department of Corrections

Oklahoma City, OK – AG: no second clemency hearing for Matthews

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma death row inmate scheduled to die by lethal injection has asked the state Pardon and Parole Board for a second clemency hearing.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jeffrey David Matthews of Purcell is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday. He was sentenced to death for the Jan. 27, 1994, murder of Otis Earl Short during a robbery of Short's McClain County home. Matthews was the victim's great-nephew.

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10:25 am
Thu August 12, 2010

Oklahoma's Killer Heat

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla man may be state's 5th heat-related death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The state Medical Examiner's office says a man may be the fifth heat-related death of the year.

Medical Examiner's spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard says an autopsy and toxicology tests are still being conducted on 27-year-old Gerardo Espinoza, but officials believe he died of hyperthermia, an overheating of the body.

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Local & Regional
10:23 am
Thu August 12, 2010

Tobacco Earnings

Oklahoma City, OK – Tobacco fund board certifies $18M

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The board that oversees the state's tobacco settlement trust fund has certified more than $18 million in earnings to spend next year on health issues and fighting tobacco addiction.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund Board of Investors certified the amount on Wednesday after paying investment fees.

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Local & Regional
8:09 am
Thu August 12, 2010

This Morning's Local News

August 12, 2010 – Thursday's Top Local Stories

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Local & Regional
8:38 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Tribe to Appeal

Pawhuska, OK – Osage Nation says it's appealing to Supreme Court

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) The Osage Nation plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court its lawsuit that seeks to exempt tribal members who live and work in Osage County from state income taxes.

According to the tribe's website, Chief John Red Eagle says the tribe will file the appeal before Oct. 22. A federal judge and the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals have ruled against the tribe so far in its 9-year-old lawsuit against the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

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Local & Regional
2:41 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

The Final Homecoming

Oklahoma City, OK – Remains identified as missing Vietnam War soldiers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Department of Defense says the remains of two Vietnam War soldiers one from Oklahoma and one from Nebraska have been identified.

Officials announced Wednesday that the remains of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 1st Lt. Donald Wann of Shawnee and 1st Lt. Paul Magers of Sidney, Neb., will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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