Local & Regional
11:52 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Tulsa Mental Health Association Expands

A simple name change actually means a lot. The Tulsa Mental Health Association takes on a new mission and a new name. Executive Director Mike Brose says it reflects what they do for the state as a whole.

"The Mental Health Association formerly in Tulsa, now the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, is now doing business in the Oklahoma City metro area."

Brose says they have worked on projects in Oklahoma City for a long time but are now taking a step further.

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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Candidates to File for 2014 Oklahoma Elections

Credit KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Elections for both of Oklahoma's U.S. Senate seats, the open 5th Congressional District seat and statewide seats including governor will highlight a busy 2014 political season that formally kicks off this week.

Candidates will start arriving at the State Capitol on Wednesday to file paperwork and pay fees to have their names placed on the ballot.

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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Mon April 7, 2014

USGS Records 3 Earthquakes near Langston

LANGSTON, Okla. (AP) — The United States Geological Survey has recorded three earthquakes — including one of magnitude 4.0 — near Langston.

The USGS reports the 4.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 9:58 a.m. Sunday 1 mile south of Langston — about 35 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

No injuries or damage are reported.

The other quakes registered a preliminary magnitude of 3.0 and 2.7 and were recorded at 9:25 a.m. and 10:04 a.m. in the same area.

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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Mon April 7, 2014

OklahomaTransportation Commission Plans Meeting

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is set to meet and plans to discuss proposed state funding changes that have been passed by a state Senate committee.

The Senate Appropriations Committee last week voted 20-3 for a bill that would divert hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue from transportation directly to public schools in Oklahoma during the next several years.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

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Local & Regional
6:38 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Monday Morning Local News

In the local news:

  • The lack of an agreement between the public safety unions and the city is hampering city budget preparation.
  • More earthquakes shake north central Oklahoma.
  • Work gets underway on a pond project that will close lanes on the Creek Turnpike in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
9:18 am
Sun April 6, 2014

As Oil Prices Climb, Exploration Becomes Active

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine this week to 1,818.

The Houston firm said in its weekly report Friday that 1,498 rigs were exploring for oil and 316 for gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 11 rigs, Oklahoma increased by five, and New Mexico increased by two. Louisiana lost six rigs.

West Texas Intermediate futures closed at $101.14 a barrel on Friday.

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Local & Regional
9:16 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Oklahoma Prison Boss Clearing County Jails

Oklahoma Correction Director Robert Patton
Credit State of Arizona

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After just a few months on the job, the new director of Oklahoma's prison system is pushing more inmates into vacant beds at work centers and halfway houses.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton has nearly tripled the intake rate of prisoners into state facilities as he looks to tighten the agency's budget. He's starting with a backlog of more than 1,700 offenders in county jails awaiting transfer to DOC custody.

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Local & Regional
9:13 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Secrecy Surrounds Execution Drugs in Most States

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The vast majority of the country's 32 death penalty states refuse to disclose the source of their execution drugs.

A review by The Associated Press has found that the states cloaked in secrecy include some with the most active death chambers. Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Missouri are among them.

The secrecy comes as most states now rely on loosely regulated "compounding pharmacies" for execution drugs but refuse to name them. They cite concerns about backlash that could endanger the supplier's safety.

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Local & Regional
9:10 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Shake, Rattle and Roll: More Oklahoma Earthquakes

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CRESCENT, Okla. (AP) — Several earthquakes have been reported in north-central Oklahoma, including a magnitude 4.2 temblor north of Crescent.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the 4.2 magnitude quake was recorded at 7:42 a.m. Saturday in a lightly populated area 12 miles north of Crescent — about 45 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

There are no reports of damage or injury.

The quake is one of eight recorded Friday and Saturday morning in the region near Langston, Medford, Perry and Pawnee with the other quakes ranging in magnitude from 2.2 to 3.0.

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Local & Regional
8:45 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Traffic Fatality Figures Released

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Department of Public Safety says 35 people were killed in February from fatalities, with Oklahoma County leading the state.

DPS says Oklahoma County had six fatalities, followed by Bryan and Lincoln counties with three.

Three pedestrians died in crashes during February. Three of the crashes were alcohol-related.

DPS says 30 of the fatality victims were Oklahoma residents. Five were non-residents.

Twenty of the victims were males, while 14 were females. One was reported as an unknown gender.

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