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4:23 pm
Tue August 11, 2009

A Bite of the Big Apple

New York City from the top of the Empire State Building.
KWGS News Photo

New York City, NY –
The Tulsa Chamber of Commerce is taking a bite out of the Big Apple. A trade delegation, featuring Governor Henry and Mayor Taylor are holding an Economic Round Table in New York City.

Mike Neal is the Chamber's President. He says they are calling on businesses based in New York with Oklahoma ties.

The Oklahoma delegation held a reception last night after the Tulsa Ballet performed last night at the Joyce Theater.

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Local & Regional
10:59 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Early Childhood Education

Tulsa, OK – $30M announced for early childhood education

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A $30 million public-private partnership in Tulsa will result in the construction of three early-childhood learning centers that will provide early care and education for 600 at-risk infants and toddlers.

The George Kaiser Family Foundation announced Thursday it will match $15 million of federal education stimulus-grant money approved for the projects.

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10:30 am
Tue August 11, 2009

State Meth Lab?

Oklahoma City, OK – Meth lab found in state building in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers say a meth lab has been found in a stairwell of the State Services Building in downtown Tulsa.

OHP Lt. George Brown calls it the most brazen location he's ever seen a meth lab.

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Local & Regional
8:41 am
Tue August 11, 2009

State Shortfall

Oklahoma City, OK – Revenue down in July, shortfall declared


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State Treasurer Scott Meacham says officials have ordered a 5 percent across-the-board cut in budget allocations to state agencies this month due to a sharp decline in revenue in July.

Meacham on Tuesday released his revenue report for July, the first month of the new fiscal year. He says collections for the month were well below the prior year and the official estimate.

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Local & Regional
8:34 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Boot Scootin' Boogie

Nashville, Tenn – NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Brooks & Dunn are done.

The best-selling country duo posted a message on its Web site Monday saying they've agreed to "call it a day" after 20 years of making music together.

"This ride has been everything and more than we could ever have dreamed ... We owe it all to you, the fans," Kix Brooks and former Tulsa resident Ronnie Dunn said in the message. "If you hear rumors, don't believe them, it's just time."

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Local & Regional
8:33 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Teacher Fired

John Gisler
Tulsa County Jail booking photo

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa School board has fired teacher John Gisler. He has been charged .but not convicted with sexually assaulting a teenage boy while serving as Big Brother mentor.

The victim was not Gisler's student at the Whitney Middle School. Gisler remains in the Tulsa County Jail.

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Local & Regional
6:17 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Welcome Home

Weatherford, OK – WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) The first of about 740 Oklahoma Army National Guard soldiers have arrived home after a 10-month deployment to Kuwait and Iraq and participated in welcoming ceremonies.

About 140 of those soldiers from the Enid-based 45th Fires Brigade participated in a ceremony on Monday afternoon at Southwestern Oklahoma State University's Wellness Center.

The crowd of about 600 gave the soldiers a standing ovation as they entered the building. Many waved U.S. flags or held "welcome home" signs.

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Local & Regional
6:08 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Top State Honor for Underwood

Carrie Underwood and her Grammy Award
Carrie Underwood

Oklahoma City, OK – Underwood selected to state music Hall of Fame

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Checotah native Carrie Underwood heads a list of three new selections for induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

Underwood is the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year and four-time Grammy winner.

She'll be inducted Sept. 17 with Oklahoma artists and performers Rocky Frisco and Ramona Reed at the Muskogee Civic Center.

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Local & Regional
5:12 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Southwest/Frontier

The Frontier Counter at Tulsa International.
KWGS News Photo

San Antonio, TX – Southwest bids on Frontier Airlines
The Associated Press


Southwest Airlines is making a firm bid to buy Frontier Airlines out of bankruptcy protection. That sets up a Tuesday auction with regional airline operator Republic Airways Holdings Inc.

Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz confirmed to The Associated Press that the airline put in a firm bid for Frontier on Monday. He says more details will come later.

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