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8:37 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

Joplin Rebuilds: One Year After the Tornado

Steps to nowhere, yet someone remembers
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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The tornado that tore through Joplin a year ago already ranks as the deadliest twister in six decades. Now it carries another distinction — the costliest since at least 1950.

Insurance policies are expected to cover most of the $2.8 billion in damage. But taxpayers could supply about $500 million in the form of federal and state disaster aid, low-interest loans and local bonds backed by higher taxes. That's according to records obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with federal, state and local officials.

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Local & Regional
5:26 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

Wheat Harvest Underway

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Harvest is now under way of wheat in Oklahoma with officials and farmers optimistic that the 2012 crop will far surpass the drought-ravaged 2011 crop.

Debbie Wedel (WAY'-dul) with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission says nearly 155 million bushels are expected to be harvested — up from 70.4 million last year.

The 2011 crop was the smallest since the 1950s.

Wheat farmer David Gammill of Chattanooga said he's getting 30 to 40 bushels per acre after averaging 9 last year.

Local & Regional
12:32 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

Checotah Man Dies in Oklahoma Plane Crash

CHECOTAH, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 42-year-old Checotah man has been killed when the home-built aircraft he was piloting crashed.

The OHP says Douglas Hyer was dead at the scene about two-and-a-half miles west of Checotah in eastern McIntosh County.

Troopers say a witness reported seeing the plane turn to the right then nose dive into the ground just after 4 p.m. Saturday.

The OHP says Hyer was flying a Titan Tornado II — a one-person aircraft that is built from a kit.

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Local & Regional
9:07 am
Sun May 20, 2012

OKC-based investors buy bankrupt Dippin' Dots ice cream

Dippin Dots

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of investors from Oklahoma City has completed a $12.7 million transaction to buy the Dippin' Dots LLC flash-frozen ice cream company out of bankruptcy.

The deal approved Friday will enable company founder Curt Jones to act as chief executive officer. Dippin' Dots will remain headquartered at Paducah, Ky.

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Local & Regional
8:56 am
Sun May 20, 2012

Oklahoma Lake Patrols Face Staffing Shortage

People playing in the water at Taylor's Ferry on Fort Gibson Lake
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says there's a shortage of troopers trained to patrol the state's lakes and that the marine enforcement division will be spread thin as the summer boating season begins.

Highway Patrol Captain Victor Lee said Friday that every troop in the state needs more officers.

Troopers in marine enforcement carry out routine boat inspections before the boats launch and investigate boat crashes and drownings. They also take part in search and rescue.

Local & Regional
7:43 am
Sat May 19, 2012

Cooler at Medical Examiner's Office Fixed

The Tulsa Medical Examiner's Office (pictured here) was not impacted
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A morgue cooler where bodies are stored at the state Medical Examiner's Office has been repaired.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says a part needed to fix the unit was found and installed.

The agency had to move more than two dozen bodies to refrigeration trucks after an employee noticed the cooling system wasn't working properly early Wednesday. Elliott says there was concern about finding the part to fix the cooler because the equipment is about 40 years old.

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Local & Regional
7:40 am
Sat May 19, 2012

Oklahoma Probation Officer Killed in Shooting

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says a man who was killed in a shooting in Midwest City was a probation and parole officer.

Police were responding to a disturbance call about noon Friday when they found a body in the street. Corrections spokeswoman Joyce Jackson later told reporters the victim was 32-year-old Jeff McCoy, who had worked as a probation officer for almost seven years.

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Local & Regional
7:36 am
Sat May 19, 2012

State Budget Deal at Hand

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislative leaders and officials in Governor Mary Fallin's office say they expect to announce a deal on Monday on how to divvy up Oklahoma's $6.6 billion budget.

House Speaker Kris Steele and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman met with the governor's office until about 6 p.m. Friday to hammer out the final details of the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st.

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Local & Regional
7:08 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Lottery Ticket Worth $2-million Bought in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Lottery officials are looking for the owner of a $2 million ticket from Wednesday's Powerball drawing.

Officials said Thursday the ticket was sold at Murphy USA on Santa Fe Avenue in Edmond.

A $2 ticket that matches five numbers in the drawing but not the Powerball wins $1 million. If the buyer adds on the $1 multiplier, the winning amount doubles to $2 million.

The winner has 180 days to come forward and claim the prize.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Local & Regional
7:05 am
Fri May 18, 2012

2 Killed in Motorcycle-Car Crash in Broken Arrow

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after a motorcycle and car collided in Broken Arrow.

Police say the wreck happened Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Elm Place and Fargo Street. The Broken Arrow Police Department says a man was driving a white motorcycle at a "high rate of speed." He went over a hill and crashed into a woman driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix who was turning left onto Elm Place.

The motorcycle struck the driver's door of the Pontiac. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

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