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9:33 am
Thu June 3, 2010

Fellow Democrat to Challenge Boren

State Senator Jim Wilson
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – State senator offers primary challenge to Boren

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A Democratic state senator from Tahlequah says he plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Dan Boren in the primary race for Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District.

State Sen. Jim Wilson confirmed Wednesday he is completing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to seek the post.

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Local & Regional
9:30 am
Thu June 3, 2010

Unemployment Figures

Tulsa, OK – SE Okla. counties top unemployment rate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Southeast Oklahoma once again has the highest rates of unemployment in the state, but for the first time since December 2008, the jobless rate of all Oklahoma counties dipped below 10 percent last month.

According to statistics released Wednesday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Hughes, Latimer and McCurtain counties shared the state's highest jobless rate at 9.9 percent.

All three counties were above 10 percent in March.

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Local & Regional
9:27 am
Thu June 3, 2010

Update on I-44

Tulsa, OK – Sinkhole closes down I-44 in south Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) If you normally use Interstate 44 in south Tulsa to get from one place to another, you'd better figure out a different way to travel Thursday morning.

Police are diverting traffic from I-44 after a sinkhole opened up that eventually reached across both eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic. Authorities say the hole first opened up about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and steadily expanded.

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Local & Regional
9:15 am
Thu June 3, 2010

Thursday Morning's Top Stories

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

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Local & Regional
3:37 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Wednesday Afternoon's Top Local Stories

Tulsa, OK – Hear a review of the afternoon's Top Local Stories:

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Local & Regional
1:11 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Drug Raid Begins at Dawn

A suspect is arrested in Pittsburg County.
OBN

McAlester, OK – The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) has ended a three-month undercover drug sting in eastern Oklahoma resulting in numerous arrest warrants. OBN Spokesman Mark Woodward says nearly 100 agents and officers from several departments fanned out around 6:30 Wednesday morning armed with arrest warrants for 44 defendants in McAlester and other areas of Pittsburg County accused of selling drugs to undercover OBN agents.

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12:54 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Escapee Captured

Oklahoma Juvenile Affairs

Purcell, OK – The second of two juveniles who escaped from the L-E Rader Center is back in custody. 17-year-old William James was taken into custody this morning by an off-duty Purcell Police officer.

James and 15-year-old Dillion Herzfeld escaped from the Sand Springs facility last week. Herzfeld was captured on Monday.

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12:20 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Private Firm Blocked

Mayor Bartlett
KWGS File photo

Tulsa, OK – Just before adjournment, the state legislature passed a measure that would prohibit Tulsa from collecting its own sales tax. Mayor Bartlett tells KWGS News, the state can't do the job as well as a private firm. The mayor indicated the city may take legal action, saying the matter "is not over."

The city has felt for years that it is not getting its fair share of sales tax revenue from the state.

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11:59 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Effort to Increase Reward

OSBI poster seeking information on the case, outside of courthouse.
KWGS File photo

Henryetta, OK – Auction to raise reward money in Weleekta deaths

HENRYETTA, Okla. (AP) A Henryetta bar plans to hold an auction to raise money to increase the reward fund for information that leads to a conviction in the mysterious killing of two Weleetka-area girls two years ago.

The auction at Marvin's Place will be held Sunday afternoon. It's the third time the bar has held an auction to raise money to boost the reward funds in the case.

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11:38 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Rate Hike Pushes

Tulsa, OK – The head of the Tulsa Utility Authority pushes for water and sewer rate increases. Chairman Rick Hudson says Tulsa's 52-year-old sewer treatment plant is in need of an upgrade. He says without the increase, the plant will fall into disrepair, much like Tulsa's streets.

The rate hikes are a part of the proposed budget now before the city council. Under the proposal water rates would increase seven-percent, while sewer rates would go up 10-percent.

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