Local & Regional
10:17 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Henry's Future

Governor Brad Henry
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Gov. Brad Henry to join Edmond law firm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry says he will join the law firm of Lester, Loving and Davies in Edmond after he leaves office next week.

Henry told The Oklahoman will be of-counsel to the firm meaning he will not be an associate or partner in the firm. Henry says he wants to sharpen his legal skills while still having time to work with charitable and nonprofit organizations.

The governor said he is also considering other opportunities - but declined to elaborate.

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Local & Regional
8:10 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Getting it All

Terry Simonson before the City Council
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa officials say the city plans to hire private auditors in an effort to increase collections of delinquent sales taxes.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett signed a contract in principle last May with Revenue Discovery Systems of Birmingham, Ala., before the Oklahoma Legislature passed a law that allows only the state Tax Commission to handle sales-tax collections.

The city has sued over the new law.

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Local & Regional
8:09 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Thursday's Top Local Stories

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

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Local & Regional
8:08 am
Thu January 6, 2011

No Changes at State IT

Oklahoma City, OK – Gov.-elect retains chief information officer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov.-elect Mary Fallin has decided to retain Alex Pettit as the chief information officer for Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Legislature created the position in 2009, and Pettit became the first person named to the post in 2010.

Fallin said Wednesday Pettit already has helped streamline some state operations leading to cost savings.

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Local & Regional
8:01 am
Thu January 6, 2011

CNG Stations

Truck at a Tulsa CNG Pump
KWGS News File Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – 6 CNG fueling stations opening across Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Chesapeake Energy Corp. says it's partnering with convenience store chain OnCue Express to bring compressed natural gas fueling stations to six Oklahoma towns in the coming weeks.

The companies say CNG stations will open in Weatherford, Waynoka, Lindsay, Arkoma and Wilburton between Jan. 12 and Jan. 18. Another station will open in El Reno later this winter.

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Local & Regional
8:00 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Execution Tonight

Billy Don Alverson
Corrections Department

McAlester, OK – Okla. inmate to be executed for 1995 murder
TIM TALLEY,Associated Press


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The first death row inmate to be executed in the U.S. in 2011 is scheduled to die by lethal injection in Oklahoma for the baseball-bat beating death of a convenience store worker almost 16 years ago.

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StudioTulsa
5:35 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Arkansas River Development: An Update

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Local & Regional
4:32 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Escapee Back in the Slammer

Seminole, OK – Suspect in Seminole shooting escapes, recaptured

SEMINOLE, Okla. (AP) Good Samaritans have helped capture a man wanted in a fatal shooting who escaped from a Seminole jail.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown says two people chased Christian Farris in Seminole then sat on him after he fell to the ground until police arrived about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Brown says the men noticed a man in an orange jumpsuit and recognized Farris from a photograph shown at a police checkpoint.

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Local & Regional
4:29 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Tulsa Businessman Cleared

Tulsa, Ok – Appeals court reverses Okla. child porn conviction

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal appeals court has reversed the conviction of a Tulsa businessman who was accused of knowingly receiving child pornography.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday set aside the 2008 conviction of Terry Brian Dobbs.

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Local & Regional
1:30 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Electricty Rates to Change

PSO power plant at Oologah.
KWGS News

Oklahoma City – The result is in - the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has voted unanimously to approve a restructuring of electricity rates charged by the Public Service Company of Oklahoma.

Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said, "The average residential customer, using 1000 kilowatts, will see a rate increase of 33 cents a month."

Industrial rates will be decreased slightly in an effort to achieve what Skinner called "rate parity."

The agreement will result in no net gain in revenue for PSO.

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