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10:23 am
Wed May 5, 2010

Cherokees Seek Artifacts

Tahlequah, OK – TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - In its effort to restore the old Cherokee National Prison and turn it into a museum, the Tahlequah-based tribe is asking the public for artifacts that can be displayed.

The facility was the only penitentiary building in what then was Indian Territory from its completion in 1875 until 1901. The building now is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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9:54 am
Wed May 5, 2010

Death Row Inmate Found Dead

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Department of Corrections officials say a death row inmate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester has died.

Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie says correctional officers found the prisoner in a cell he shares with another inmate late Tuesday afternoon.

He says initial indications are the inmate may have died of natural causes, but an investigation hasn't been completed.

Massie says the inmate's name wasn't immediately released because his family hadn't been notified.

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9:37 am
Wed May 5, 2010

Muskogee Mall Shooting Update

Muskogee, OK – Woman wants DA removed in Okla. mall shooting case

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) The attorney for a woman charged in the deadly shooting at a Muskogee mall wants the district attorney's office disqualified from the case.

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Local & Regional
4:13 pm
Tue May 4, 2010

Open Carry to Governor

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Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. House sends open carry bill to governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahomans soon may have the right to openly carry a gun in public.

Members of the state House voted 74-24 on Tuesday for the bill to allow those with a concealed-handgun license to carry the firearm openly. The measure now heads to the governor for consideration.

To carry a handgun openly, citizens must meet the background check and training requirements currently needed to obtain a license.

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2:27 pm
Tue May 4, 2010

Tulsa to DC

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Government and Civic leaders are pressing the flesh in DC. About 60-people made the trip. They are lobbying Oklahoma's Congressional Delegation.

The Tulsa Chamber's Mike Neal says they are presenting the One-Voice area agenda to the delegation.

Topping the wish list are funds for several transportation projects, including funding for I-244 replacement bridges and Gilcrease Expressway expansion.

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12:58 pm
Tue May 4, 2010

Old City Hall Update

air view of the old city government complex.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council will vote on Thursday if to move forward the sale of old city Hall. The council yesterday, reviewed an resolution, turning the property over to the Tulsa Development Authority for the purpose of negotiating the sale.

In March, Brickhuggers LLC announced it would pay one million dollars for the facility in "as-is" condition. The firm's intention is to turn the building into a 200 room hotel.

Brickhuggers is the same firm that renovated the old Mayo Hotel.

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Local & Regional
12:24 pm
Tue May 4, 2010

New Comer School Avoids Closure

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa's New Comer will remain an international school for now. School Board members, like Anna America, wanted to see more research before making a decision.

The proposal was to convert New Comer into a three-and-four year old center and disperse the current --mostly Hispanic - student population into other schools.

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Local & Regional
12:20 pm
Tue May 4, 2010

Appointment Set For Vote

Former Councilor Eric Gomez discusses his appointment with city council members.
KWGS News Photo/TGOV

Tulsa, OK –
The Mayor nominates former councilor Eric Gomez to the Planning Commission. That has some neighborhood groups upset.

They claim that when on the council, Gomez was not supportive of neighborhood causes. He told the council he realizes the perception is there, but feels, because of the district's make up, industrial, downtown and residential, that is a misconception.

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Local & Regional
9:33 am
Tue May 4, 2010

Tuesday's Top Local Stories

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

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9:31 am
Tue May 4, 2010

Door-to-Door Census

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Between 5,000 and 6,000 census takers have started going door-to-door to count the number of Oklahomans.

U.S. Census officials say the workers began making home visits last week and will continue until mid-July in an effort to count the population of the nation and of Oklahoma.

More than 72 percent of all U.S. households and about 66 percent of Oklahoma households that received a census form have mailed it back.

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