Local & Regional
2:46 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

State of the State

Governor Henry addressed the legislature as Lt-Governor Jari Askins watches.
KWGS News Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – In his eighth and final State of the State address to the Oklahoma Legislature, Gov. Brad Henry outlined his plans for tackling the state's $1.3 billion revenue shortfall through a combination of surgically precise budget cuts and use of the state's emergency reserves fund.


"This budget crisis will test each of us, and it will demand our best," the Governor told a joint legislative session.

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Local & Regional
2:42 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Legislative Session Begins

Oklahoma Capitol
State Of Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK – Serious financial problems greet Okla. Legislature

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Legislature begins its annual session today with Governor Brad Henry to deliver his final state of the state address.

Lawmakers are facing unprecedented financial problems that likely will force deeper cuts or higher fees for state services.

The Legislature last year approved a $7.2 billion budget hammered by a sluggish economy and a drop in natural gas prices. The budget for 2010-11 will likely be around $5.9 billion.

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Local & Regional
2:40 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Monday Morning's Top Stories

Tulsa, OK – Hear a recap of Monday morning's top local news stories.

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Local & Regional
12:59 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Economic Good News

Omaha, NE – The January Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region, a leading economic indicator from a survey of supply managers in a nine-state area, rose to a healthy level. The index expanded to 54.7 from December's 50.3 and November's 47.5. An index of 50.0 is considered growth neutral. Creighton University's Dr. Ernie Goss conducts the survey.

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Local & Regional
12:58 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Bank Robbery Suspect Nabbed

Suspect Keith Collins was booked into the Tulsa jail early this morning.
Tulsa County Jail Booking Photo

Tulsa, OK – Quick work by the Tulsa Police.

A suspect in a Saturday bank robbery is nabbed early this morning at a Tulsa motel near 31st and Memorial after his car was spotted in the parking lot.

47-year-old Keith Collins was taken into custody for the robbery of the J-P Morgan/Chase Bank near 41st and Yale.

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What's New?
12:07 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

State of the State LIVE on Public Radio 89.5 HD1

Public Radio Tulsa – Listen Monday afternoon for LIVE coverage (beginning about 12:45 pm) of Governor Brad Henry's State of the State speech on Public Radio 89.5 HD1.

Local & Regional
10:06 am
Mon February 1, 2010

Winter Storm Update

Tulsa, OK – Okla. utility patrons without power under 80,000

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State officials say the number of Oklahoma homes and businesses without power has dropped below 80,000.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reports 79,393 homes and businesses remain without electric service due to the winter storm of last week.

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Local & Regional
9:48 am
Mon February 1, 2010

Haiti Quake: Oklahoma Connection

Oklahoma City, OK – Supplies sent from Oklahoma to stricken Haiti

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A planeload of supplies from Oklahoma is heading to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

The load that includes medical supplies, tents, quilts and pillows was put on the plane Sunday at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City.

It is to leave Monday for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., then on to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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Local & Regional
8:13 pm
Sun January 31, 2010

Fire Union Votes for Pay Cuts

KWGS File Photo

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Fire Fighters' union did NOT follow the example set by the FOP. The Union voted to take a five-point-two percent wage cut rather lay-offs. The union's action will save the jobs for 147 fellow fire fighters.

The fire fighter's union says its rank and file will take a pay cut for 17-months in order to ensure jobs.

Tulsa's other two city unions, Police and support staff, voted for lay-offs.

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Local & Regional
9:14 am
Sun January 31, 2010

Emergency Aid for Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – White House declares emergency for Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The White House says President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in Oklahoma, which was hit hard by a crippling winter storm.

The announcement Saturday said Obama had ordered federal aid made available to supplement state and local response efforts in the area struck by the storm.

The declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

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