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7:57 am
Fri May 11, 2012

2 Small Temblors Detected in Central Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two small earthquakes have been detected in central Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 2.9 quake rumbled just before 2 a.m. Friday near Dibble, about 25 miles south of Oklahoma City. A magnitude 2.7 quake gave Lincoln County a mild shake at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Lincoln County quake was near Sparks, where a magnitude 3.9 quake shook the largely rural area about 50 miles east of Oklahoma City at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

No damage has been reported from the earthquakes.

Local & Regional
7:55 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Okla. governor signs bill to reauthorize OETA

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has come to Elmo's rescue.

Fallin on Thursday signed a bill that allows the state's public television network to continue to exist.

The bill reauthorizing the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, or OETA, narrowly passed the House amid opposition from a growing number of conservatives in the Legislature who argue the network is not a core function of state government.

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Local & Regional
9:06 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Bear Shops Downtown Pocola

LeFLore County is near the Arkansas Border

POCOLA, Okla. (AP) — What's there to do for a bear in downtown Pocola? Plenty, apparently.

Residents in the LeFlore County town spotted the bear Wednesday morning as it went from shop to shop, occasionally stopping to admire its own reflection in storefront windows.

Residents say the bear made stops at a Sonic restaurant, a tanning salon and a chiropractor's office before scampering across a highway and into the woods.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife suspects the bear was scouting out trash bins in search of a free meal.

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Local & Regional
8:02 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Governor Signs Bill to Slow Oklahoma Prison Growth

Governor Fallin
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a sweeping criminal justice bill designed to slow the growth of Oklahoma's booming prison population and stem the increasing amount the state spends each year housing convicted criminals.

Fallin on Wednesday signed the Oklahoma Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a key legislative priority of House Speaker Kris Steele.

The bill requires every inmate released from prison to receive nine months of post-incarceration supervision and creates intermediate revocation facilities for criminals who violate the terms of their probation.

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Local & Regional
12:56 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Oklahoma Energy Industry Report Shows Economic Boost

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A report commissioned by Oklahoma's energy industry shows one out of six jobs in the state is generated by oil and gas production.

The report released Wednesday by economists at Oklahoma City University shows the state's economy continues to be driven by oil and gas production.

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Local & Regional
8:07 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Bomb Threat STOPS Tulsa-Bound Flight

Gate marker at Tulsa International Airport
KWGS News File Photo

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say two planes have been cleared following bomb threats.

Southwest Airlines Flight 811 was stopped before it started taxiing to the runway Tuesday night at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif. It was scheduled to go to Phoenix.

Another Southwest Airlines flight had already arrived in Phoenix from Orange County. It was bound to Tulsa.  It had to be taken to an isolation pad so it could be inspected and passengers and luggage could be rescreened. That plane arrived in Tulsa several hours late, around 2:30 this morning.

Local & Regional
7:57 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Lawmaker says GOP Assaulting Women's Rights

Constance Johnson
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic state senator and a state party official say Republicans are assaulting the rights of women with proposals such as the now-defeated "personhood" bill and a proposal asking voters to wipe out affirmative action programs.

Sen. Constance Johnson on Tuesday called the proposals "insulting to women."

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins said proposed legislation to exempt out-of-state insurance companies from covering procedures such as mammograms, pelvic exams and maternity care would eliminate gains made in health care coverage.

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Local & Regional
7:52 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Lawmakers Oppose GRDA's Tulsa Office Plan

GRDA office near Langley Dam
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Eight state lawmakers from northeast Oklahoma are criticizing a plan by the Grand River Dam Authority's Board of Directors to purchase an office building in Tulsa.

Four state senators and four state House members signed a letter on Tuesday that called the plan "an assault upon and insult to Northeast Oklahoma."

An attempt to reach a GRDA spokesman after hours on Tuesday was unsuccessful.

The GRDA board plans to meet on Wednesday in a closed session to discuss the "purchase or appraisal of real property."

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Local & Regional
7:45 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Oklahoma Senate Democrats Vow to Oppose Bond Issues, Including Tulsa Museum

Proposed OKPOP Museum for Tulsa
Oklahoma History

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democrats in the Oklahoma Senate say they are united in opposition to any state-supported bond issue as long as there is still a plan to cut state income taxes. That would include a bond for the proposed OKPOP Museum for downtown Tulsa

Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage announced the caucus position on Monday. With just 16 Democrats in the 48-member Senate, Burrage doesn't have the numbers to stop a bill unless at least eight Republicans join him. A bill requires 25 votes for passage.

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Local & Regional
1:23 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Fire that Killed Two Midwest City Boys Claims Mother

Fire officials in Midwest City say a woman injured in a fire that killed her two young sons has now died.

Officials told reporters Monday that the woman died at an Oklahoma City hospital where she was taken following the Sunday fire that killed her 2- and 4-year-old sons. The names of the three were not immediately released.

Maj. David Richardson says the cause of the fire has not been determined -- but said that it began at the edge of a hallway and living room and was reported just before noon Sunday.

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