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7:44 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Broken Arrow Tribal Casino Fight Moves to Federal Court

The federal court house in downtown Tulsa
KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A months-long feud over whether a small American Indian tribe can legally build a casino in a Tulsa suburb moves to federal court.

Oklahoma's attorney general has sued the Kialegee Tribal Town, and District Judge Gregory Frizzell will consider the state's request Wednesday for an injunction to halt building at the site in Broken Arrow.

The state says the tribe lacks authority under federal law to operate a gaming facility.

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7:04 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Governor Signs Bill for Open Carry of Guns in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill allowing residents with a permit to openly carry their firearms in most public places.

Fallin signed the bill Tuesday, despite concerns from opponents and some law enforcement officials who say the legislation could cause problems for police.

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Local & Regional
11:39 am
Tue May 15, 2012

American Mechanics Reject Offer-Mayor and Chamber Reaction

The American Airlines entrance on North Mingo Road
KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An estimated 2,100 jobs could be lost at the American Airlines maintenance hub in Tulsa after mechanics rejected the company's final labor contract offer.

The Transport Workers Union said Tuesday that five of its work groups approved the company's offer. But its largest group, the mechanics, rejected the offer with 56 percent voting against. The union's store clerks group also voted "no."

American filed for bankruptcy protection in November and announced a plan in February to eliminate 13,000 union jobs as part of a cost-cutting move.

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Local & Regional
8:05 am
Tue May 15, 2012

State Lawmakers Propose Overhaul of Oklahoma DHS

House Speaker Kris Steele
State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State lawmakers are proposing a major overhaul of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services that includes abolishing the agency's current governing board and replacing it with four separate advisory panels, each charged with overseeing a different agency division.

House Speaker Kris Steele unveiled the proposals on Monday with members of a House working group that has been studying the agency since the state settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit over how Oklahoma cares for vulnerable children.

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7:56 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Search Resumes in Tulsa for Missing Florida Girl

The search site near 61st and Mingo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Forensic crews have resumed their search for a missing 14-year-old Florida girl who may be buried at or near a strip mall in Tulsa.

Police said the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey and crime scene investigators returned Monday morning to the spot near 61st Street and Mingo Road where they believe Ashani Creighton may be buried.

Florida authorities notified police in March that they had received tips that Ashani's body was at the mall. Her mother last saw her in Orlando on March 21, 1997.

No arrests have been made.

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Local & Regional
7:54 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Oklahoma DHS' Federal Funding is Threatened

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal agency says in a letter to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services that it could lose federal funding because of its public reports on the histories of children who are killed or nearly killed by child abuse or neglect.

State Representative Jason Nelson calls the threat "irresponsible" and says more than $50 million is at stake.

The letter from the federal Administration for Children and Families says state law allowing public disclosure of previous investigations involving suspected child abuse goes beyond what is allowed in federal law.

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Local & Regional
7:49 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Oklahoma Republican State Convention Turns Raucous

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Chairman of Oklahoma's Republican Party says a sergeant at arms and a Cleveland county deputy had to break up an altercation between supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul and likely presidential nominee Mitt Romney yesterday.

Oklahoma's State Republican Party convention turned raucous as a Ron Paul supporter was allegedly struck by a man wearing a Romney campaign sticker during the convention in Norman.

Paul supporter Lukus Collins said Sunday that one person was hit in the head and another in the back during Saturday's meeting.

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Local & Regional
8:45 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Escapee Captured South of Bixby

Keith Smith
Okfuskee County Booking Photo

STONE BLUFF, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say the last of three men to have escaped from the Okfuskee County Jail has been arrested.

Okfuskee County Sheriff's Department says 45-year-old Keith Dewayne Smith was captured on Friday near Stone Bluff, which is south of Bixby.

Two other men, Gerald Adams and Tanner Hicks, were captured earlier in the week.

The Oklahoman reports the men escaped from the jail on Monday.

 

(Information in the following story is from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com)

Local & Regional
8:42 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Ruling Soon on B.A. Casino

Casino site at 129th East and 111th South
KWGS News-File photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal judge could decide whether a little-known Indian tribe of 350 members can legally build a casino in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow.

Oklahoma's attorney general has sued the Kialegee Tribal Town in federal court, asking for an injunction to halt building at the site. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Tulsa before U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell.

Opponents of the casino say the tribe doesn't have the authority under federal law to operate a gaming facility.

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Local & Regional
8:37 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Oklahoma Wheat Farmers Rejoice! 2012: A Bumper Crop

Oklahoma wheat shaping up for bumper harvest

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma winter wheat farmers are starting to harvest, and agriculture officials say good weather has made for a much stronger crop this year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts that Oklahoma will harvest 154.8 million bushels over 4.3 million acres. Oklahoma on average produces 110 million bushels per year.

The harvest began several weeks earlier than usual, with the mild spring providing ideal conditions for wheat to grow and ripen.

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