Local & Regional
7:55 am
Thu June 2, 2011

PSO Recovery

PSO power plant at Oologah.
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – PSO seeks $17.4 million to recover ice storm costs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Public Service Company of Oklahoma wants the Corporation Commission to let it recover $17.4 million in costs associated with an ice storm that knocked out power to more than 68,000 customers in southwestern Oklahoma.

PSO has reached a tentative agreement with the commission's staff, the Attorney General's Office and consumer groups to recover the costs. The agreement will be outlined before an administrative law judge on Thursday.

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Local & Regional
7:53 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Revenue Up for Oklahoma

Treasurer Ken Miller
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla treasurer says state revenues hit milestone

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State Treasurer Ken Miller says Oklahoma's revenue collections have reached a milestone.

Miller says the state's revenue collections for the past 12 months topped $10 billion for the first time in almost two years. He's called a news conference for Thursday morning at the state Capitol to discuss what that number means for Oklahoma's economy.

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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
3:26 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Investigation Continues

KWGS News File Photo

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Local & Regional
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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Local & Regional
11:40 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Projects Halted

KWGS File Photo

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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Local & Regional
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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