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1:58 pm
Mon November 23, 2009

Local Housing Starts UP

The Home Builders Association is if far East Tulsa.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Local housing starts reached their third-highest monthly total this year, with 249 new building permits issued in October, according to information released by permit-tracking service New Orders Weekly. This is a 36 percent increase over the 183 starts reported in September and 38 percent ahead of starts logged in October of 2008.

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1:53 pm
Mon November 23, 2009

Poultry Lawsuit Update

Tulsa, OK – More delays mar Okla poultry waste pollution trial

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma's trial against the Arkansas poultry industry continues to be marred by delays and squabbling attorneys.

Things boiled over again Monday morning, when poultry company attorneys objected to an expert witness Oklahoma wanted to put on the stand.

The objection caught U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell by surprise, because he was out of state late Friday when the motion was lodged with the court.

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Local & Regional
9:58 am
Mon November 23, 2009

Stimulus Funds for Picher?

Picher, OK – PICHER, Okla. (AP) The director of the Picher Housing Authority is looking for ways to use more than $135,000 in federal stimulus money. Residents in the town are being bought out and officials never asked for the money but the federal stimulus package included money for every active housing authority in the nation.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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9:55 am
Mon November 23, 2009

Billy Joe Daugherty Dies

Rev. Billy Joe Daugherty
Victory Christian Center

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A memorial service is being planned for Nov. 30 for the Rev. Billy Joe Daugherty. Daugherty was the founding pastor of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa and died Sunday after a short battle with lymphoma. He was 57.

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9:53 am
Mon November 23, 2009

State Capitol Evacuated

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. Capitol cleared after incident at checkpoint

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The offices of Oklahoma's governor and lieutenant governor were temporarily evacuated Monday after a man threw a package onto an X-ray machine at a security checkpoint on the east side of the state Capitol.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, which provides security at the building, described the situation as a bomb threat.

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Local & Regional
9:53 am
Sun November 22, 2009

Bartlett names Chief

Mayor Kathy Taylor and Mayor-Elect Dewey Bartlett hold a joint news conference at city hall.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Mayor-elect Dewey Bartlett has appointed Tulsa County Governmental Affairs Director Terry Simonson to his legal counsel and chief-of-staff.

Simonson, 58 has served in a similar capacity in the Inhofe and Crawford administrations.

He has notified the county of his resignation and will begin his duties with the City-of-Tulsa when Bartlett takes over as mayor on December 7th.

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8:59 am
Sun November 22, 2009

Prison Fights

Oklahoma City, OK – Inmates hurt in prison disturbances

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Corrections officials say several inmates were hurt after disturbances erupted at three prisons in Oklahoma.

Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie said Saturday six inmates were taken to hospitals in southwestern Oklahoma after a fight broke out at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.

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10:25 am
Sat November 21, 2009

Fatal Tulsa Fire

Tulsa, OK – Man injured in fire dies

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa fire officials say a man has died from injuries he sustained in a fire.

Crews responded about 9:30 a.m. Friday to a blaze at a south Tulsa residence. Fire Capt. Bill French says when firefighters arrived, they found evidence that the fire already was out.

Fifty-five-year-old Billy Martin McCoy received CPR in the backyard from firefighters before he was transported to Hillcrest Medical Center in critical condition.

French says McCoy later died at the hospital.

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10:20 am
Sat November 21, 2009

Officer to Stand Trial

Officer Travis Ludwig's booking photo at the Tulsa Jail.
Tulsa County Jail

Tulsa, OK – Judge finds probable cause to charge Tulsa officer

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A judge says Tulsa police Officer Travis Ludwig should be bound over for trial on a charge of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

The 37-year-old Ludwig appeared in court Friday before special Tulsa County District Judge Kirsten Pace.

The judge denied a motion from a lawyer for Ludwig, seeking to bar prosecutors from using as evidence some materials seized by police. Police say the cocaine was found in Ludwig's police car during an unrelated investigation.

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