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7:56 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Governor Vetoes Bill with Agency Head Raises

Governor Fallin
KWGS News File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have given the director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation more power to set his top executives' salaries.

The bill that passed in the waning days of the legislative session also would have removed the salary caps for director salaries at the Board of Dentistry, Board of Nursing, Teachers' Retirement System and State Banking Department.

Local & Regional
7:49 am
Thu May 31, 2012

2 DHS Commissioners Resign from Posts

Steven Dow
Tulsa-CAP

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two members of the commission that oversees the Oklahoma Department of Human Services have resigned from their posts.

Gov. Mary Fallin said she accepted the resignations Wednesday of Commissioners Steven Dow and Anne Roberts, both of whom were appointed by Fallin's predecessor Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat.

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Local & Regional
7:45 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Kialegees ask for Sports Bar at BA Casino Site

Sign at former Casino site
KWGS News File photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Indian tribe that hoped to open a casino in Broken Arrow is asking a federal judge to allow them to build a sports bar and music venue instead.

The Kialegee Tribal Town filed a motion Wednesday, asking U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell to modify an injunction issued May 18 that prohibits the tribe from building on the site.

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Local & Regional
7:55 am
Wed May 30, 2012

US High Court won't Hear 'Let's Go Thunder' Case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a man who argued that he owned the copyright to the phrases "Go Thunder" and "Let's Go Thunder."

The Oklahoman reports  the high court rejected the case this week without comment. Charles Syrus sued the NBA team's ownership group, arguing that the phrases were protected by copyright because he used them in a song about the Thunder.

By declining to hear the appeal, the high court leaves in place a federal appeals decision that sided with the Thunder.

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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Heavy Weather Pounds Central Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service warns that flash flooding is likely in the Oklahoma City area Wednesday morning, while severe thunderstorms are possible in much of southern and central Oklahoma.

Wednesday's forecast comes after storms dropped enormous hail on the Oklahoma City area Tuesday night. The National Weather Service received preliminary reports of softball-sized hail or larger in the Kingfisher area.

No deaths were reported but authorities say a handful of people were injured by the large hailstones.

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Local & Regional
11:24 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Broken Arrow Mayor Resigns Amid Casino Dispute

Mike Lester
City of Broken Arrow

The mayor of Broken Arrow says he'll step down amid criticism of a proposed Indian casino.

Mayor Mike Lester says he'll resign as mayor but retain his seat on the city council. Lester says he does not want good news in Broken Arrow to be overshadowed by the casino controversy.

Last week, the National Indian Gaming Commission said the site for a proposed casino in Broken Arrow can't be used for gambling. The Kialegee Tribal Town hoped to build the Red Clay Casino there.

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Local & Regional
7:09 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Oklahoma Treasurer Announces College Savings Contest

Ken Miller
State of Oklahoma-File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two students will win money for higher education as state leaders launch a contest to celebrate National 529 College Savings Day.

State Treasurer Ken Miller and two Oklahoma City Thunder Girls will read to second-graders Tuesday morning at Capitol Hill Library in Oklahoma City. The event is part of the state's Think Big! Save for College! Sweepstakes.

Local & Regional
7:05 am
Tue May 29, 2012

2 Killed in Motorcycle-SUV Crash in Grant County

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MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed in Grant County when an SUV crashed into their motorcycle on Memorial Day.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the crash happened Monday night on Oklahoma Highway 11 near Medford. Authorities say a man was driving east on the highway and tried to turn onto County Road 910.

Authorities say the driver did not see an oncoming motorcycle and crashed into it. Killed in the collision were 60-year-old Craig Beavers and 49-year-old Leisa Beavers. Both were from Alva.

The three people in the SUV were not injured.

Local & Regional
5:18 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

New end-of-year Tests block Diploma for 2K Seniors

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The new end-of-year testing that's required for Oklahoma high school students to graduate has kept about 2,000 seniors from getting their diplomas, even though they've passed all their classes. The class of 2012 is the first class required to meet the new requirements, which stipulate that students have to pass at least four of seven end-of-year exams. The Oklahoman reports (http://is.gd/e0tJPr ) that students who were denied their diplomas can appeal, but the process can take more than two months.

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Local & Regional
9:32 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012: Oklahoman Killed in Afghanistan

NATO

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —The Department of Defense announced Sunday that Hospitalman Eric Warren died Saturday of wounds he received when an improvised explosive device detonated in the Sangin District of Helmand Province. His age wasn't listed in the news release, and the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office didn't immediately return a call seeking additional information on Sunday.

Warren, of Shawnee, was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

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