Local & Regional
9:24 am
Mon May 24, 2010

ME Trial Underway

Kevin Rowland
Oklahoma County

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Trial begins for former ME investigator

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Jury selection is set to begin in the sexual battery trial of the former chief investigator for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Prosecution and defense attorneys will begin selecting a 12-member jury Monday for the trial of Kevin Rowland. The 44-year-old Rowland was indicted by a multi-county grand jury last year for allegedly inappropriately touching a male co-worker he supervised.

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Local & Regional
10:32 am
Sun May 23, 2010

Funny Money At Muskogee

Muskogee, OK – Counterfeit $20 in Muskogee, student had 4 bills

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Secret Service is joining an investigation into counterfeit $20 bills in Muskogee including one used by an elementary student.

Police said Friday that the student tried to buy a yearbook Thursday at Ben Franklin Science Academy with the fake bill. Police investigator Lonnie Bemo says the student had four counterfeit bills and police are trying to determine where the child got them.

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Local & Regional
8:44 am
Sun May 23, 2010

Fatalities Down in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Traffic fatalities in Oklahoma down from 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety is reporting that traffic fatalities in the state are down by more than 100 from 2009.

DPS said in a news release Saturday that 154 people have been killed in vehicle accidents so far this year. That's 103 fewer than the 257 that had occurred by this time of year in 2009.

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What's New?
4:52 pm
Sat May 22, 2010

Iraq, the Next Act

PUBLIC RADIO 89.5 HD1 – Host Deborah Amos visits Iraq to examine whether the country is ready to stand on its own, a look at one of the thorniest and potentially destabilizing issues in the country-the status of the city of Kirkuk, Plus, interviews with Iraqi exiles here in the US about their new lives and if they plan to return home. Listen Friday at 8:00 on Public Radio HD1.

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Local & Regional
11:12 am
Sat May 22, 2010

Senate Comes Up Short

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. Senate fails to override health care veto

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Senate has failed to override Democratic Gov. Brad Henry's veto of a bill intended to let Oklahomans opt out of a new federal health care law.

The Senate voted 28-16 Friday to override the veto, falling short of the 32 votes needed.

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Local & Regional
11:11 am
Sat May 22, 2010

House Passes Budget

Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge-(R)-Tulsa.
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. House, Senate approve $6.68B budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma House and Senate have approved a nearly $6.68 billion spending bill for the upcoming fiscal year that cuts most state agency budgets by about 7 percent.

But opposition to the plan began to grow Friday as individual lawmakers began analyzing details of the budget that emerged late this week.

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Local & Regional
11:09 am
Sat May 22, 2010

Diploma Ordered

Tulsa, OK – SPERRY, Okla. (AP) A judge says Sperry Public Schools must issue a diploma to a Vietnamese exchange student. Sperry's school board had voted against making an exception in the 18-year-old students' case. But the Oklahoma Education Code says students who transfer from out of state after junior year can't be denied the opportunity to receive a diploma because of differing graduation requirements.

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Local & Regional
11:02 am
Sat May 22, 2010

School Funding: Near the Bottom

Oklahoma City, OK – Report: Oklahoma 49th in education funding

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A national report says Oklahoma ranks 49th among the states and the District of Columbia in per-pupil expenditures but is 27th in the number of students enrolled in public schools.

The annual report was issued Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. It reflects enrollment and school revenues and expenditures for each state and the District of Columbia as of the 2007-08 school year.

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Local & Regional
12:44 pm
Fri May 21, 2010

Budget approved in Senate

The State Senate Chambers
State Senate

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Senate has given final approval to a $6.67 billion appropriations bill for the upcoming fiscal year that cuts most state agency budgets by about 7 percent.

The Senate on Friday voted 42-5 for the measure, which now heads to the House for final consideration.

The budget bill was the result of months of negotiations between Democratic Gov. Brad Henry and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature, who grappled with how to fill a $1.2 billion deficit.

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