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9:24 am
Fri May 21, 2010

Council Says No

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa city Council says no to a 120-thousand dollar budget amendment to pay salaries in the salaries in the mayor's office.

City Councilor Jack Henderson says the mayor's office is no different than other departments when it comes to cut backs. He says when budgets were trimmed earlier this year, other departments were not given the chance to transfer money around. Councilor Bill Christiansen said "What's good for the goose is good for the gander."

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8:53 am
Fri May 21, 2010

Open Carry Veto Sustained

KWGS News File Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. House sustains open carry veto

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma House has sustained Gov. Brad Henry's veto of legislation to allow concealed gun license holders to carry their weapons openly.

The House voted 65-29 Thursday to override Henry's veto, less than the two-thirds vote needed. At least 68 members of the 101-member chamber must agree to override a gubernatorial veto.

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8:36 am
Fri May 21, 2010

Friday Morning News

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

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Local & Regional
3:37 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Thursday Afternoon's Top Stories

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

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Local & Regional
1:30 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Governor Asks for Help

Tulsa, OK – Gov. Brad Henry today asked the White House to approve a major disaster declaration for 15 counties impacted in the first round of a series of violent storms last week that left two dead and hundreds of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed.

The Governor's request for individual assistance includes Alfalfa, Carter, Cleveland, Grant, Johnston, Kay, Mayes, McClain, McIntosh, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Pottawatomie, Rogers and Seminole counties.

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11:50 am
Thu May 20, 2010

Hearing Date Set

Robert Yerton, Junior
Tulsa County Booking Photo

Tulsa, OK – A preliminary hearing is set for Monday morning for 41-year-old Robert Yerton, Junior.

The Skelly Elementary School is charged with five counts of molesting young boys. He was released from jail on bond this morning.

The Tulsa School board has started termination proceedings.

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11:37 am
Thu May 20, 2010

Budget Update

Oklahoma Capitol
KWGS News

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State lawmakers are confirming the Democratic governor and GOP leaders of the House and Senate have reached a deal on a state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Senate Democratic leader Charles Laster said Thursday the agreement between Gov. Brad Henry, House Speaker Chris Benge and Senate President Pro Tem was reached late Wednesday night.

Laster says he's hasn't seen the proposal, but was offered a few of the details, which he declined to disclose.

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8:34 am
Thu May 20, 2010

Clemency to Oklahoma Killer

The Oklahoma State Prison at McAlester

Oklahoma City, OK – Clemency granted to Okla. death row inmate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry has granted clemency to a death row inmate and commuted his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Henry took the action Wednesday in the case of Richard Tandy Smith.

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8:30 am
Thu May 20, 2010

State Budget Update

Oklahoma City, OK – Denate Dems delay $23M tax credit suspension

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Senate Democrats have delayed the suspension of two tax credit programs that would have saved the state about $23 million.

In a straight party-line vote, minority Democrats in the Senate on Wednesday opposed the suspension of two tax credit programs. Although the bill passed 26-22, the emergency clause on the measure did not get the two-thirds vote needed for passage, delaying the effective date of the bill for three months.

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8:28 am
Thu May 20, 2010

Storms Hit Oklahoma Again

Oklahoma City, OK – Several tornadoes touch down across Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Authorities say two mobiles homes were destroyed and several homes and businesses were damaged but there were few injuries during a rash of tornadoes in Oklahoma.

In Kingfisher County, Emergency Management Director Steve Loftis says a semi-truck driver wasn't seriously hurt when his vehicle overturned about five miles north of Kingfisher on Wednesday afternoon. At least two tornadoes were reported in the county.

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