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7:05 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Tax Cut Issue Dead for this Year

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —Governor Mary Fallin is acknowledging a deal to cut the state's income tax won't be reached before lawmakers adjourn on Friday and that she won't call them back into a special session to address the issue.

The Republican governor said Thursday she's disappointed the House and Senate failed to reach a final agreement on what was one of her top priorities for the legislative session.

Local & Regional
7:04 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Grant to Help Upgrade Oklahoma Rail for Oil Shipments

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State transportation officials say a federal grant to upgrade rail lines in western Oklahoma will help keep up with increased oil and natural gas production in the region.

A $6.75 million federal grant has been awarded to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. It's part of an $8.5 million project to rehabilitate 49 miles of state-owned tracks between Clinton and Sayre in Beckham County.

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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Thu May 24, 2012

House Kills Bond Issue for Oklahoma Capitol Repairs

Steps of the state capitol are blocked off for safety
KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to issue $200 million in bonds for repairs to the state Capitol and several nearby state buildings has been overwhelmingly shot down in the Oklahoma House.

House members voted 77-15 against the plan on Wednesday after some argued it was fiscally irresponsible to borrow that much money while the state was considering tax cuts.

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Local & Regional
11:29 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Tax Plan Unraveling

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House will not take up a proposal announced last week to slash Oklahoma's income tax and has instead come up with its own plan to cut taxes.

House leaders said Wednesday there was too much opposition among House Republicans to the proposal announced last week by the governor and Senate leaders that would cut income taxes by nearly one-half of 1 percent.

Local & Regional
8:11 am
Wed May 23, 2012

UPS Plane Makes Emergency Landing at Tulsa Airport

An UPS Jet at the cargo terminal at Tulsa International
KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say no one was injured when a cargo plane made an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport.

 An UPS airplane that was headed to Tulsa from Louisville, Ky., made the emergency landing Wednesday after a warning light indicated landing gear problems.

The plane landed safely but a crew had to tow the jet off the runway. Shortly afterward the runway reopened to commercial traffic.

Authorities say the UPS plane had two people aboard and neither was injured.

Local & Regional
7:06 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Moment of Silence Marks Joplin Tornado Anniversary

KWGS News Photo

JOPLIN Mo. (AP) — Much of Joplin has fallen silent to mark the precise moment the city was hit by a tornado one year ago.

A moment of silence at 5:41 p.m. coincided with the minute the monstrous tornado first hit the city last May 22. The storm killed 161 people, wiped out neighborhoods, destroyed a hospital and forever changed the look of the southwest Missouri city.

The moment Tuesday followed a 4-mile "Walk of Unity" in which politicians, residents and volunteers marched through some of the city's hardest-hit neighborhoods.

Local & Regional
7:02 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Tulsa Teen Shot Outside Bar Dies from Wounds

The Gilcrease Division in North Tulsa
KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a 13-year-old boy who was shot outside a sports bar where a birthday party was being held has died.

Tulsa police said Tuesday that Jordan Sigli died from wounds he received in the weekend shooting.

Officers say Sigli had just gotten out of a vehicle to attend a party at Tanzi Sports Bar when someone from a passing car opened fire about 10:20 p.m. Sunday. Jordan was struck in the chest and driven by private vehicle to a hospital, where he underwent surgery and later died.

Local & Regional
9:19 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Prosecutors Seek Delay in Tulsa Shooting Case

Alvin Watts and Jacob England
Tulsa County Jail Booking photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking a delay in a preliminary hearing for two men charged in a Tulsa shooting spree that left three people dead and two others wounded.

Prosecutors filed a request to delay the scheduled May 30 hearing for Jacob England and Alvin Watts. The men are charged with first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill and malicious harassment in the April shootings.

Authorities claim the men intentionally targeted black people — an allegation that England's attorney denies. A judge has entered not-guilty pleas on behalf of England and Watts.

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Local & Regional
7:53 am
Tue May 22, 2012

8 Hurt in Oklahoma City Shooting after NBA Playoff

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say eight people are hurt after shots rang out in Oklahoma City as thousands of people left the NBA playoff game between the Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O'Leary says seven people were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds after the melee Monday night. She says a pregnant woman was also taken to the hospital after she was assaulted in the scuffle.

Local & Regional
6:49 am
Tue May 22, 2012

President Address Joplin High School

President Obama speaks to Joplin High School Graduates
White House

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the graduating seniors of a Missouri town devastated by deadly tornadoes are a "source of inspiration" to him and the nation.

Obama says the story of Joplin, Mo., is one of a community coming together in response to tragedy.

The president was speaking on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the tornado that killed 161 people. Joplin High School was destroyed and the students spent their senior year taking classes in a converted department store.

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