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8:07 am
Wed January 12, 2011

It Really Can Happen

Woodward, OK – Okla. boy rescued after tongue gets stuck on pole

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) In a scene straight from the movie "A Christmas Story," an 8-year-old Oklahoma boy got his tongue stuck to a metal pole after he licked it on a dare.

Officials say when rescue crews arrived Tuesday morning, the boy was standing on his tiptoes, trying to wriggle his frozen tongue free from a stop sign pole across the street from Woodward Middle School.

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7:57 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Guilty Plea in VA Theft

Muskogee, OK – Checotah, Okla., man pleads guilty to VA theft

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) The U.S. attorney's office at Tulsa says a 36-year-old Checotah man has entered a guilty plea to a charge of theft or embezzlement of public money that accused him of fraudulently obtaining $45,000 in education benefits from the federal Veterans Affairs Department.

A news release from the federal prosecutor's office Tuesday said Shane Miller had entered his plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven P. Shreder at Muskogee.

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Local & Regional
7:55 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Replacement Elected

Oklahoma City, OK – OKC Republican elected to fill state Senate seat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A 32-year-old Republican from Oklahoma City has won a special election to fill a state Senate seat vacated by the new lieutenant governor.

In a special election Tuesday, Greg Treat beat four other GOP candidates seeking the District 47 seat that had been held by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb. No Democrats filed for the election, so a Senate spokeswoman said Treat will take office as early as Jan 19.

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Local & Regional
7:54 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Execution Carried Out

Death Row Inmate Jeffrey Matthews
DOC

McAlester, OK – Oklahoma inmate executed for 1994 slaying

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma death row inmate has been executed for the 1994 slaying of his 77-year-old great uncle.

Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie says Jeffrey David Matthews was pronounced dead at 6:09 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a lethal injection of drugs.

The 38-year-old Matthews was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the Jan. 27, 1994, slaying of Otis Earl Short during a robbery.

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Wednesday Morning's Top Local Stories

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

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StudioTulsa
5:02 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

"My Nine Lives: A Memoir of Many Careers in Music"

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Local & Regional
11:27 am
Tue January 11, 2011

State Revenue Up

Treasurer Ken Miller
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma's economy appears to be continuing its slow and steady recovery from the recession, State Treasurer Ken Miller said today as he issued revenue reports for December and the first half of the state's fiscal year.

Preliminary reports show General Revenue Fund collections in December are $454.5 million. That amount is:

$52.1 million or 13 percent above the prior year; and,
$18.9 million or 4.3 percent above the estimate.

Happy Holidays Shown

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Local & Regional
8:01 am
Tue January 11, 2011

Roads Better

Oklahoma City, OK – Winter weather affecting travel in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Winter weather has been affecting travel in much of Oklahoma, with two fatal accidents occurring on icy roadways in as many days.

A 66-year-old Sapulpa woman died Sunday when her car went off an icy road and into a pond in Tulsa County. And on Monday, a 68-year-old Muskogee man died after his pickup lost control on a bridge and slid off Interstate 40 near Henryetta and hit a tree.

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7:59 am
Tue January 11, 2011

Execution Tonight

The Oklahoma State Prison at McAlester

McAlester, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma inmate is scheduled to be executed tonight at 6 p.m. Jeffery David Matthews' execution has been stayed three times. He was sentenced to death for the murder of his great uncle during a robbery in 1994.

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Local & Regional
7:56 am
Tue January 11, 2011

Graham to Leave TU

Tulsa, Okla. – -- University of Tulsa Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham announced tonight the resignation of TU Head Football Coach Todd Graham. In a simultaneous announcement, University of Pittsburgh officials reported Graham has been named Head Football Coach of the Panthers. Graham will formally be introduced as the Pittsburgh coach at a news conference on Tuesday.

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