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6:59 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Charges filed in Tulsa courthouse plaza shooting

Shooting incident on the plaza
John Fancher/Tulsa Library

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa man accused of injuring two people in a shooting at a plaza outside Tulsa County District Court has been formally charged in the incident.

Online court records show a prosecutor on Tuesday filed two counts of shooting with intent to kill and two weapons charges against 23-year-old Andrew Joseph Dennehy.

The records do not list an attorney for Dennehy.

Authorities say a deputy and a bystander were wounded when Dennehy opened fire on March 7. A deputy returned fire, wounding Dennehy. All are recovering.

Local & Regional
6:52 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Oklahoma activists to demonstrate during Obama visit

State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Activists plan to hold a demonstration calling for "Clean Energy and Peace" when President Obama visits Oklahoma.

The Peace House says protesters will call on the president to end the war in Afghanistan and ignore the calls to seek solutions that don't involve the military to Iran's possible nuclear capabilities. The activists also say they want the federal budget's priorities to be refocused on ending wars and serving human needs.

Obama is scheduled to arrive in Oklahoma City Wednesday night before visiting an oil hub near Cushing on Thursday.

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Local & Regional
12:00 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

It was thunder, not an earthquake

National Weather Service office at 11th and Highway 169
KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service office in Tulsa reports receiving several phone calls from residents who mistook a strong clap of thunder for an earthquake.

Meteorologist Pete Snyder says he felt his south Tulsa home shake during the thunder Tuesday morning and that people from across the Tulsa metro area called the weather service to ask if it was an earthquake.

Local & Regional
7:50 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Sand Springs teacher is accused of rape

27-year-old Erin Queen
Tulsa County Jail Booking photo

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a 27-year-old Sand Springs teacher has been arrested on a rape complaint involving a 17-year-old student.

Police say they arrested the female teacher Saturday morning at a hotel in Tulsa.

The woman is an employee at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs. The woman has not been formally charged, and police released few details because the student is a minor.

Local & Regional
7:10 am
Mon March 19, 2012

No injuries reported with tornadoes in SW Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say no injuries have been reported as possible tornadoes moved through southwestern Oklahoma.

Beckham County Emergency Management Director Lonnie Risenhoover says a large storm touched down south of Carter Sunday night and a twister was spotted near Retrop in the southeastern part of the county.

In Greer County, emergency management director Glynadee Edwards said a possible tornado damaged power lines near Willow, but officials hadn't received reports of injuries or additional damage.

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Local & Regional
5:12 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Oklahoma lawmakers pass key legislative deadline

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers have passed a key deadline and approved hundreds of bills from the floor, but still have no agreement on a plan to cut the state income tax.

Last week was the deadline for bills to be heard on the floor in the house of origin, and this week begins the second round of committee work in the House and Senate.

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Local & Regional
9:13 am
Sun March 18, 2012

Oklahoma Senate OK's bill to simplify tuition criteria

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has approved a measure to simplify the criteria for students to be eligible for in-state tuition at Oklahoma colleges and universities.

Under Senate Bill 1624, a U.S. citizen who is an Oklahoma resident when he or she graduates from a state high school will always be eligible for in-state tuition.

Economy
5:09 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

GM Puts Volt Into 'Neutral' To Let Sales Catch Up

Workers assemble a Chevrolet Volt at GM's Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant in October. The auto maker says it will idle the plant for five weeks, to allow demand to catch up with inventory.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

General Motors will suspend production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks amid disappointing sales.

A GM spokesman said Friday that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

"We're taking a temporary shutdown," said GM spokesman Chris Lee. "We're doing it to maintain our proper inventory levels as we align production with demand."

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U.S.
4:38 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Air Force Mortuary Official Resigns Amid Scandal

The remains of a U.S. Army private arrive at Dover Air Force Base for a transfer ceremony last November. The mortuary at Dover Air Force Base has come under accusations that body parts of the nation's war dead were cremated and the ashes dumped in a Virginia landfill.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 4:46 pm

One of three officials accused of mismanaging the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., and of retaliating against three whistle-blowers, has resigned.

The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, said Friday that Quinton Keel had resigned and that it is in touch with Air Force officials about their final decisions on disciplinary action against the two other accused officials.

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