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Local & Regional
4:55 pm
Wed June 30, 2010

Oklahoma Senators' Opposition

Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma labor group representatives want the state's two U.S. senators to end their opposition to a bill that would extend unemployment benefits for laid-off workers.

Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn joined other Republicans last week in opposing an extension of unemployment benefits as part of a larger tax and spending package, citing concerns about adding to the budget deficit.

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Local & Regional
4:55 pm
Wed June 30, 2010

KWGS Wins Awards from AP

Oklahoma City, OK – KWGS receives four citations from the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters. Public Radio 89.5 was the only Tulsa radio station to be honored.

KWGS won a first place award for an hour long documentary produced by Brad Gibson, John Durkee and Denise Brewer dealing with the H1N1 virus and Oklahoma. The program was broadcast last November.

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Local & Regional
10:05 am
Wed June 30, 2010

New Muskogee Jobs

Muskogee, OK – Company plans wind tower facility in Muskogee

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) A veteran steel fabrication entrepreneur says his new company plans to build a 175,000-square-foot wind turbine manufacturing facility in Muskogee.

Tom Word, the founder of Eagle Claw Fabrication LLC, says about 175 jobs should be created during the first phase of the project. Word says construction on the $28 million facility should begin in the third quarter of this year and it could open as early as next spring.

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9:41 am
Wed June 30, 2010

Drug Bust

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. drug bust nets alleged Mexican cartel leader

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Narcotics agents in Oklahoma say a high-ranking member of a Mexican drug cartel has been arrested in a sting operation.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward says it appears the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel have moved from Arizona to Oklahoma because of Arizona's new immigration law. He says 18 people were arrested Tuesday during raids in Elk City, Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Norman, Yukon, Mustang, and Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
9:17 am
Wed June 30, 2010

Wednesday Morning's Top Stories

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

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Local & Regional
4:48 pm
Tue June 29, 2010

Grand Jury Indictments Unsealed

Former Skaitook Superintendent Gary Johnson.
Tulsa County Jail/Booking photo

Tulsa, OK – It is former Skiatook School Superintendent Gary Johnson who is named in those grand jury indictments handed down last week. Johnson was taken into custody yesterday accused of embezzlement and bribery.

The jury also reported it had "no confidence" in Johnson's interim replacement.

The investigation started in February, when a state audit turned up 750-thousand dollars wasted on over priced supplies.

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2:32 pm
Tue June 29, 2010

Expressway Work

Tulsa, OK – 129th East Avenue bridge over I-244 closed for deck repair
through Thursday

The 129th East Avenue bridge over Interstate 244 will be closed through Thursday, July 1, for repair of a failure through the deck. Also, the outside westbound lane of I-244 under the bridge will be closed for motorists' safety during the repairs.

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Local & Regional
1:14 pm
Tue June 29, 2010

Sardis Lake water to go to OKC

Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The city of Oklahoma City can get access to most of the water in Sardis Lake after giving the Oklahoma Water Resources Board $27 million to retire the debt owed on constructing the lake.

Oklahoma City Manager Jim Couch said Monday the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust gave the state agency the money June 16 so the state could finish paying the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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12:40 pm
Tue June 29, 2010

Court to hear death sentence appeal

Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A Cuban immigrant sentenced to death for the 2003 shooting death of his common-law wife wants the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to overturn the penalty.

Oral arguments are set for Tuesday in the case of Carlos Cuesta-Rodriguez. The 54-year-old Cuesta-Rodriguez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the May 31, 2003, fatal shooting of Olimpia Cardina Fisher at their southwest Oklahoma City home.

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12:31 pm
Tue June 29, 2010

Comissioners Give Again

Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two of Oklahoma's Corporation Commissioners are giving part of their salaries back to the state because of losses experienced by furloughed workers at the agency.

Commissioners Bob Anthony and Dana Murphy said Monday they plan to return part of their pay for a second time. Because state law prohibits cutting their salaries, the commissioners write checks back to the state.

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