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7:50 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Oklahoma Twister One of the Strongest

Norman, OK – NWS: Oklahoma tornado upgraded to EF-5

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) The National Weather Service has upgraded a tornado that tore through central Oklahoma last week to EF-5, the highest rating given to tornadoes.

The weather service in Norman said Wednesday the May 24 tornado that started in Binger and traveled 75 miles to Guthrie had maximum winds of 210 mph.

Nine people died in the storm, which traveled across four counties.

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7:45 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Thursday Morning's Top Local Stories

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

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3:26 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Unemployment Falls

Tulsa, OK – The jobless rate in the Tulsa metro area dropped to 5.6% in April. This marks the second month of declining unemployment. John Carpenter of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says this means that about 20,000 people in the area are unemployed. April's figures are down 1% from March's 6.6% unemployment.

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3:26 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Investigation Continues

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11:45 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Economic Rebound

Omaha, NE – Economist: Exports aiding Midwest economic growth

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A survey in nine Midwestern and Plains states suggests that exports are helping fuel regional economic growth.

A report released Wednesday says the Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region rose in May, to 60.2 from 57.7 in April.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey. He says that although higher commodity prices have hampered the regional economy, exports are making "a significant contribution to growth."

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11:40 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Projects Halted

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Shawnee, OK – SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) The Sac and Fox Nation says it will stop providing financial support for transportation projects in Shawnee and Pottawatomie County.

The Oklahoman reports the American Indian tribe is upset county commissioners endorsed a proposed Interstate 40 interchange in Shawnee that's been opposed by the tribe.

The tribe says the proposed interchange could "potentially exterminate vital traditional cultural practices" including funerals, feasts, adoptions, clan ceremonies and annual dances.

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9:03 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Sentence in Toddler's Death

Chandler, OK – Suspended sentence given in death of Okla toddler

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) A Chandler woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the heat death of a toddler has received a three-year suspended sentence.

Prosecutors charged 21-year-old Jessica Lorene Holmes after 2-year-old Atrinity Hasbell died when she was left in a hot minivan on May 25, 2010. The temperature was around 90 that day.

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8:05 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Crime Spree Update

Tulsa Police Special Operations Team command post on the Wal-Mart parking lot.
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Tulsa, OK – TU student identified as victim of fatal shooting

TULSA, Okla. (AP) University of Tulsa officials say a 24-year-old student was the victim of an attempted carjacking and fatal shooting.

TU President Steadman Upham says Sufeng He was a "bright and promising" electrical engineering master's degree student from China.

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8:00 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Governor to tell Troops "Farewell"

Mary Fallin
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin visits Okla troops preparing to deploy

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is flying to Camp Shelby, Miss., to visit Oklahoma National Guard troops as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan.

Fallin planned to fly to Mississippi on Wednesday with Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, the adjutant general for Oklahoma's Army and Air National Guard.

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