Local & Regional
10:38 am
Sat August 28, 2010

McNuggets Plant Moving to Ponca City

Ponca City, OK –
Poultry company to open plant in Ponca City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Poultry companies in Oklahoma and Arkansas say they'll be announcing plans for a chicken processing plant in Ponca City with 350 new jobs.

Oklahoma City-based Dorada Foods and Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods released a statement Friday saying a formal announcement is planned for Monday in Ponca City.

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Local & Regional
10:37 am
Sat August 28, 2010

Coal Ash Problems

PSO power plant at Oologah.
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Groups say coal-ash site in Okla. tainting water

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Three environmental groups say a coal ash disposal site in Oologah is contaminating groundwater in the area.

A report released Thursday by the Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice and the Sierra Club say the water has arsenic and heavy metals in it. The groundwater is under American Electric Power-Public Service Co. of Oklahoma's Northeastern Station.

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Local & Regional
10:22 am
Sat August 28, 2010

BA School District Leaked

State Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage
State of Oklahoma

Broken Arrow, OK – A leaked draft audit report indicates wrong doing in the Broken Arrow Public Schools. The report, not due out for another week, accuses former Broken Arrow school board members of by-passing the Oklahoma competitive bidding laws. The audit says almost $3.2 million dollars worth of business was given to a Broken Arrow Air Conditioning and Cooling Company with following the proper guidelines.

Former School Superintendent Jim Sisney was terminated after began an eternal probe into the alleged sweetheart deals.

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StudioTulsa
6:22 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

"Views of a Toxic America Through Photographs"

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Local & Regional
2:13 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

ACT Scores

Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Schools in Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman have the state's top average composite ACT exam scores for 2010.

State Department of Education officials released the school-by-school ACT numbers on Thursday. The college admission and placement test is graded on a scale from 0 to 36.

The Oklahoma School for Science and Mathematics in Oklahoma City had the top average composite score, with a 31.4.

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Local & Regional
2:02 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Labor Day Travel Up

Tulsa, Okla. – Students get their first holiday next week, and many more Americans than last year will be taking advantage. AAA reports that the number of Americans expected to travel over the Labor Day weekend is up almost 10 percent from last year.

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Danial Karnes says the number of Oklahomans traveling is expected to be up by about nine percent.

He says it is all down to the economy.

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Local & Regional
2:00 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Auditor Pleads Guilty

Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A former auditor for the Commissioners of the Land Office in Oklahoma has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1 million from the agency.

Roger Melson pleaded guilty Friday to 174 counts of embezzlement and faces up to 20 years in prison on each count. Oklahoma County District Judge Kenneth Watson scheduled sentencing for Nov. 9.

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Local & Regional
2:00 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Bond Deal Expands Plant

Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma agency has approved a $20 million bond deal that will help pay for the expansion of the Goodyear tire-making plant in Lawton.

The Council of Bond Oversight on Thursday authorized the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority to issue $20 million in bonds for the project.

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Local & Regional
1:59 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Drought Official

The sign in front of the National Weather Service Office on 11th Street near Highway 169.
KWGS News Photo

Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Following nearly a month-and-a-half of searing temperatures across Oklahoma, about half of the state is now in a mild drought.

The Oklahoma Climatological Survey in Norman said Thursday that the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the southeastern half of Oklahoma in a "flash drought." The OCS says a flash drought occurs when abnormally dry weather combines with very hot temperatures in a short period of time.

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Local & Regional
1:54 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Council Rejects Mediation

City Hall at One-Technology Center
KWGS Photo

Tulsa, Okla. – City Council is refusing to mediate with the Mayor. At yesterday's meeting the Council voted against closed-door mediation as a way to confront its disputes with Mayor Bartlett.

Instead it suggested a series of public sessions for negotiating with the Mayor, in order to promote transparency.

The Mayor was disappointed with the Council's decision, and hopes to be able to convince councilors Bynum and Eagleton, who were the sole votes in favor of the Mayor's offer, to engage in mediation.

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