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12:11 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Dollars for Education

Tulsa County Treasurer Dennis Semler
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Tulsa, OK – Tulsa County Treasurer Dennis Semler announced today the first reimbursement payment to school districts from property tax exemptions of certain manufacturing facilities. The State of Oklahoma allows property tax exemptions as an incentive to many manufacturing companies.

The first payment of the year returned to Tulsa County was $2,697,688.00. All of this will be apportioned to school districts as a reimbursement and the districts will receive an electronic deposit on Thursday, June 24.

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Local & Regional
8:49 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Council Says NO

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council has said no to a proposed settlement with Tulsa County. The latest feud is over a past-due utility bill. The County offered $108,000 settlement on a $265,000 bill.

It now heads back to a mediator for more discussion.

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Local & Regional
8:46 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Skiatook Grand Jury

Tulsa, OK – Attorneys representing ousted Skiatook School Superintendent Gary Johnson have filed a motion to get the judge supervising a grand jury disqualified. The jury was seated earlier this month to look into possible overspending in the Skiatook school district. This follows a state auditor's report that claimed the school district wasted near $750,000 on over prices supplies. The grand jury is to finish its work this week.

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Local & Regional
8:41 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Would Be Bomb

Bartlesville, OK – Device found in Okla. parking lot not dangerous

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) Authorities say a potential explosive device found in the Bartlesville High School parking lot didn't pose a danger.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. George Brown said Tuesday the device was determined to be a digital clock attached to a propane bottle.

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Local & Regional
8:39 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Police Investigate

Tulsa, Ok – 2 bodies found in restroom at Tulsa, Okla., store

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Police say the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found inside a restroom at a Tulsa convenience store may have resulted from a murder followed by a suicide.

Police did not provide names of the two people found in the Kwik Stop restroom Tuesday evening. Investigators said a gun was also found in the restroom.

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Local & Regional
8:30 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Wednesday Morning's Top Local Stories

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

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3:51 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

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Local & Regional
3:41 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Cemetery Vandalism

Wagoner County is red.
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Wagoner, OK – Headstones smashed, damaged at Wagoner cemetery

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) Authorities say vandals turned over and smashed 40 to 50 headstones in the Elmwood Cemetery in Wagoner.

Ron Ross, the Wagoner city cemetery sexton, says the damage happened sometime over the weekend. He says it'll take three to four days to repair the headstones.

Ross says it will be difficult to fix everything, because some of the damaged headstones are very old.

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Local & Regional
3:40 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Tar Creek Violation?

Tar Creek pollution site
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Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. Court: Trust violated Open Meeting Act

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a trust overseeing a voluntary buyout program for residents of the Tar Creek Superfund site has violated the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act.

The state's highest court made the ruling in an 8-1 decision handed down Tuesday.

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