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10:20 am
Fri May 28, 2010

Tornadoes End School Year

Oklahoma City, OK – 3 schools granted waivers after tornadoes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The state Board of Education has granted waivers to three school districts that ended classes early this school year after tornadoes hit their schools and communities this month.

The board on Thursday granted the exceptions to the Little Axe district in Cleveland County and the Varnum and Butner districts in Seminole County. All were forced to cancel classes after the May 10 tornado outbreak.

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10:19 am
Fri May 28, 2010

For Profit Jail---Closed

Watonga, OK – Private prison in Watonga closes

WATONGA, Okla. (AP) A private prison that was Watonga's biggest employer has closed, leaving about 300 workers either without jobs or facing transfers to other facilities.

The Diamondback Correctional Facility shipped its last prisoners away on Thursday. The prison opened in 1998 and once housed about 2,000 inmates from Arizona, but Diamondback spokeswoman Sandy Clark says officials in that state decided not to renew contracts with out-of-state prisons.

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10:17 am
Fri May 28, 2010

State Trooper Makes Drug Bust

Stroud, OK – Trooper finds almost $3M worth of cocaine in bust

STROUD, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper making a traffic stop on Interstate 44 found more than $3 million worth of cocaine in the vehicle.

The OHP says the stop came in Lincoln County and that while searching the vehicle, the trooper found 150 kilograms of cocaine in the vehicle.

The driver was arrested but hasn't been identified.

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Information from: KOCO-TV, http://www.koco.com

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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10:10 am
Fri May 28, 2010

Friday Morning's Top Stories

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

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8:36 am
Fri May 28, 2010

Education Funding

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State education officials say Oklahoma schools will face an 8.9 percent funding cut for the upcoming fiscal year, not the 2.9 percent being touted by lawmakers. During a state Board of Education meeting, assistant state superintendent for finance James White said the lower figure was based using an adjusted appropriation figure for March instead of what the Legislature originally promised common education last May for the current fiscal year.

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8:33 am
Fri May 28, 2010

Health Care Consolidation

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. Legislature OKs bill to consolidate agencies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A bill to consolidate two state agencies and modify the health care benefits system for state workers is heading to the governor's desk.

The bill approved Thursday in the House and Senate merges the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board and the Oklahoma Employees Benefits Council into one new agency. The new entity will be called the Oklahoma Health and Wellness Board.

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8:30 am
Fri May 28, 2010

Changes at Medical Examiner

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Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. House approves changes at ME's office

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma House has approved a bill that makes several changes to the state medical examiner's office.

The bill approved late Thursday would authorize the agency to move to a new facility near the University of Central Oklahoma's Forensic Science Institute in Edmond.

It also specifies the duties of the chief administrative officer of the agency and modifies the membership of its governing board.

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4:20 pm
Thu May 27, 2010

Thursday Afternoon's Top Local Stories

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

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3:19 pm
Thu May 27, 2010

Ozone Alert

Local & Regional
3:17 pm
Thu May 27, 2010

Tipsy Tow offers drivers safe option

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