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9:42 am
Fri December 25, 2009

Stranded in the Snow

Lawton, OK – 17 stranded motorists rescued in Comanche County

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Emergency management officials in Comanche County say they have rescued 21 motorists stranded on roadways in southwestern Oklahoma choked by heavy snow from a fierce winter storm.

Chris Killmer, the county's public information officer, says 17 motorists were rescued Thursday by a crew of transportation and emergency personnel from the county and city of Lawton.

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9:37 am
Fri December 25, 2009

Storm Price Gouging

Drew Edmondson
State of Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK – Declaration triggers state price fixing law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's price gouging law has gone into effect following Gov. Brad Henry's declaration of a statewide state of emergency because of a fierce winter storm.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson's office says the Emergency Price Stabilization Act bars an increase of more than 10 percent in the price of most goods and services when a state of emergency has been declared. The statute is enforced by Edmondson's office.

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9:35 am
Fri December 25, 2009

Holiday Plans

Tulsa, OK – HOLIDAY STORM-OKLA

Winter storm affects holiday travel plans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A fierce winter storm has closed Oklahoma's biggest airport and highways through the state, affecting the plans of holiday travelers.

Robert Smith was in Oklahoma City visiting family members and friends when the storm struck Thursday morning. He had planned to fly back to his home in Denver but canceled those plans when Will Rogers World Airport because of the storm.

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9:32 am
Fri December 25, 2009

Southwest Oklahoma Power Problems

Oklahoma City, OK – Thousands still withour power from storm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thousands of Oklahomans remain without power as a massive winter storm continues to bring heavy snow and high winds to the state.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s Web site reported Thursday evening that about 6,300 homes and businesses its serves are without power, including 4,300 in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

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Local & Regional
7:21 pm
Thu December 24, 2009

Creek Turnpike Now Closed

Tulsa, OK – The OHP shut down the Creek Turnpike between Sapulpa and the Will Rogers Gate east of Tulsa.

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5:35 pm
Thu December 24, 2009

Turner Turnpike Closed

Tulsa, OK – The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has shut down the entire length of the Turner Turnpike between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, because of accidents and snow packed roadways.

Governor Henry has declared a state of emergency is Oklahoma.

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4:35 pm
Thu December 24, 2009

Expressways Closed in OKC

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A winter storm packing heavy snow and strong winds has forced law enforcement authorities to close all interstate highways in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West said in an e-mail Thursday that the storm has led to numerous accidents and stranded vehicles are blocking all roadways. Interstates in the Oklahoma City area include I-40, I-35 and I-44.

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3:42 pm
Thu December 24, 2009

BLIZZARD WARNING FOR TULSA

Tulsa, OK – Blizzard Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
221 PM CST THU DEC 24 2009

OKZ055>058-060>063-065>068-070-071-250430-
/O.CAN.KTSA.WS.W.0003.000000T0000Z-091225T1200Z/
/O.EXA.KTSA.BZ.W.0001.000000T0000Z-091225T1200Z/
WASHINGTON OK-NOWATA-CRAIG-OTTAWA-TULSA-ROGERS-MAYES-DELAWARE-
OKFUSKEE-OKMULGEE-WAGONER-CHEROKEE-MUSKOGEE-MCINTOSH-
221 PM CST THU DEC 24 2009

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12:40 pm
Thu December 24, 2009

Blizzard Warning

Tulsa, OK – 000
WWUS44 KTSA 241650
WSWTSA

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
1050 AM CST THU DEC 24 2009

OKZ054-059-064-250100-
/O.CAN.KTSA.WS.W.0003.000000T0000Z-091225T1200Z/
/O.NEW.KTSA.BZ.W.0001.091224T1650Z-091225T1200Z/
OSAGE-PAWNEE-CREEK-
1050 AM CST THU DEC 24 2009

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST FRIDAY...

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9:41 am
Thu December 24, 2009

Unemployment Claims

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma sets unemployment claims record

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma has set a new record for unemployment benefits as the number of jobless in the state remains near a 21-year high.

John Carpenter is a spokesman for the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. He said Wednesday the state has paid a little more than $575 million in regular unemployment benefits since Jan. 1. The state paid just $182.6 million all of last year.

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