Local & Regional
11:18 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Oklahoma AG Appeals District Court Decision

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office has asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a ruling by a district judge who invalidated a state statute that protects the identity of suppliers of lethal injection drugs.

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Local & Regional
10:39 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Hearing to Be Set for Oklahoma Woman in 1992 Case

Beverly Noe
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BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — A preliminary hearing is expected to be set for a woman charged in the 1992 deaths of her grandson's mother, another woman and a 6-year-old girl whose bodies were found last year in a hole dug for a septic tank.

A hearing is scheduled Friday for Beverly Noe — who has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 23-year-old Wendy Camp, Camp's 6-year-old daughter Cynthia Britto and Camp's 22-year-old sister-in-law, Lisa Kregear.

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Local & Regional
10:37 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Sonic Plans Expansion Over 10 Years

A menu screen at a Tulsa Sonic
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma-based Sonic Corp. says it plans to open 1,000 new drive-in restaurants over the next 10 years, expanding the chain by about 30 percent.

Sonic now has about 3,500 drive-ins in 44 states. Sonic's chief development and strategy officer John Budd says the company has a goal to expand into all 50 states.

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Local & Regional
10:36 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Watonga Prison Lays Off Nearly 100 Employees

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WATONGA, Okla. (AP) — A privately run prison in Watonga is laying off nearly 100 of its employees.

The Diamondback Correctional Facility has been vacant since 2010, when the state of Arizona opted not to renew its contract with the prison. The prison is run by Corrections Corporation of America.

Eight months ago, CCA hired about 100 employees in hopes of getting a new contract with the state of California. But CCA spokesman Steve Owens says the company didn't win the contract.

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Local & Regional
7:06 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Source: Haith front-runner for Tulsa job

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Missouri coach Frank Haith is in position to replace Danny Manning at Tulsa.

A person with knowledge of the situation at Tulsa says Haith is the front-runner for the job, and he was traveling to the school on Thursday afternoon. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing had been finalized.

Haith coached at Miami before taking over at Missouri. He led Missouri to a 30-5 record in 2011-12 and was The Associated Press Coach of the Year. The Tigers went 23-12 this season.

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Local & Regional
7:02 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Judges Question Attorneys at Gay Marriage Hearing

Justice Jerome Holmes
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DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States sharply questioned whether Oklahoma can legally prevent the marriages.

Jerome Holmes is one of three judges on the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals who is hearing arguments from attorneys Thursday about the state's gay marriage ban. A lower court overturned the ban.

Holmes indicated during the hearing that states cannot define marriage in a way that would "trample constitutional rights."

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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Tulsa Council Race Contested by Incumbent

The Tulsa County Election Board
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Incumbent Tulsa City Councilor Skip Steel is contesting the right of Arnie Murill0 to run against him.

In a challenge filed with the Tulsa County Election Board, Steel claims Murillo was not registered at an address in District Six at least 90-days before filing for election.

The challenge will be heard in at the Tulsa County Election Board next Wednesday.

Even if Murillo is removed from the ballot, Steel will still face a challenge from another candidate.

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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Friday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Fares could be increasing for Tulsa Transit riders.
  • Ground is broken for the new Macy's Distribution Center near Owasso.
  • An update on the I-44 widening project.
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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
12:57 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Next Time on ATJ: Highlighting Some Outstanding Jazz Trumpet Players of Today

Tune in for the next edition of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm on Saturday the 19th, right here on Public Radio 89.5-1. (We'll also offer, per custom, a 7pm re-airing of ATJ on Sunday the 20th on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel. And please note that you can learn more about our program, and can always access the latest playlist info, at this link.)

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Local & Regional
5:05 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Government, Company Leaders Officially Break Ground on Macy's Online Fulfillment Center

Matt Trotter KWGS

Local, state and national leaders broke ground today on the 1.3 million square foot Macy's distribution center in Owasso.

Peter Longo is the company's president of logistics and operations. He said several factors sold them on the location.

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