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4:13 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Unemployment Figures

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The unemployment rate in Sequoyah County in southeast Oklahoma reached 12 percent in February, the highest among the state's 77 counties.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission on Wednesday released a county-by-county breakdown of the state's unemployment data. The report shows Latimer County at 11.6 percent and McCurtain County at 11.5 percent had the highest rates in the state. All three counties are in southeast Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
4:11 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Workers Comp Reform

Tulsa, OK – House panel approves changes to workers' comp

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A bill to overhaul the state's workers' compensation system has cleared a House committee.

The Senate bill approved Wednesday by the House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee would reduce the number of judges on the Workers' Compensation Court and limit them to one term. It also requires Senate confirmation for new judges.

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StudioTulsa
4:08 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Remembering Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010)

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Local & Regional
1:03 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Berry Trial Underway

Marcus Berry
Tulsa County Booking Photo

Tulsa, OK – The trial of convicted child molester Marcus Berry is underway in Tulsa District Court. Berry stands accused of kidnapping and molesting a two-year-old girl.

He was found with the girl, who had been reported missing, in a parked pick-up.

He was released from prison on another molestation conviction in 2007.

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Local & Regional
12:26 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Hammons Re-Elected to Another Term

Muskogee Mayor John Hammons
Wikipedia

Muskogee, OK – 21-year-old re-elected as mayor of Oklahoma town

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) A 21-year-old college student has been elected to a second term as mayor of Muskogee, avoiding a runoff in a four-person race.

John Tyler Hammons won 51.4 percent of the vote on Tuesday in the town of about 38,000 people in eastern Oklahoma. Among those he beat was Bob Coburn, the cousin of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, who received 29.4 percent of the vote. Coburn missed forcing a runoff election by 130 votes.

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Local & Regional
12:25 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

ONEOK Field Ready

The new ONEOK Field in downtown Tulsa.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – All is ready for tomorrow night's first game at the new ONEOK field in downtown Tulsa. The Tulsa Drillers have settled into to their new $60-million ball park. The first game is against Corpus Christi.

Many of the downtown restaurants are adding staff as downtown Tulsa comes alive with baseball. The ball park is located at Greenwood and Archer. The area was once known as the Black Wall Street, prior to the 1921 Race Riot.

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Local & Regional
12:21 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

New Cherokee Museum

Tahlequah, OK – Cherokees dedicate National Supreme Court museum

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) One of the state's oldest buildings now will be used as a museum operated by the Cherokee Nation.

Tribal officials including Cherokee Chief Chad Smith gathered Wednesday to dedicate the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum. The building was built in 1844 and the tribe says it is Oklahoma's oldest public building.

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Local & Regional
9:44 am
Wed April 7, 2010

Wednesday's Top Stories

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

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Local & Regional
9:35 am
Wed April 7, 2010

OSBI Under Fire

Homicide victim Aja Johnson
OSBI

Oklahoma City, OK – OSBI defends its handling of homicide cases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) After the death of a 7-year-old girl who had been the subject of a two-month search, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is defending its handling of high-profile homicide cases.

OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Tuesday the agency is involved only in the most difficult probes but that it cleared 83.7 percent of its homicide cases last year.

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Local & Regional
9:32 am
Wed April 7, 2010

Starmaker: Jim Halsey

Nashville, OK – Oklahoma exhibit to honor ex-country music manager

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A new exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center will honor Jim Halsey, a one-time country music manager/agent.

The 1,800-square-foot "Starmaker: Jim Halsey and the Legends of Country Music" exhibit will open Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

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