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10:41 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Sierra Club sues EPA over Oklahoma Power Plants

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Sierra Club has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that a loophole in federal regulations allows Oklahoma power plants to exceed emissions standards.

The environmental group claims that power plants are permitted to exceed emissions standards during certain phases of operations.

An EPA spokesman tells the Journal Record that the agency is still reviewing the lawsuit.

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7:08 am
Thu May 3, 2012

State Revenue Collections Resume Upward Climb

Ken Miller
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller says the state's total revenue collections are resuming their upward trend despite the impact that low natural gas prices are having on state finances.

Miller released figures on Wednesday that show total collections for April were $1.16 billion, an increase of 7.7 percent over the same month last year. He reported that every major source of revenue was up over the same month a year ago, with the exception of taxes on oil and natural gas production, which dropped by more than 20 percent.

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7:05 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Oklahoma Criminal Justice Legislation Clears House

House Speaker Kris Steele
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has given final approval to House Speaker Kris Steele's sweeping criminal justice overhaul bill.

The GOP-led House voted 71-18 for the measure Wednesday and sent it to Republican Governor Mary Fallin to be signed into law.

The bill was developed through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative and is designed to improve public safety by reinvesting resources in programs that reduce crime and control prison growth.

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7:10 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Tulsa Mayor, Councilor Break Ground on Statues

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and City Councilor Jack Henderson broke  ground on two statues — one of George Washington Carver and one of Booker T. Washington.

The ground-breaking was held Wednesday at noon on the northwest corner of Pine and Peoria.

The bronze, 7-foot sculptures are a donation from a local community development corporation and will be erected at the corner of two busy cross streets on the city's north side.

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7:09 am
Wed May 2, 2012

January-April Oklahoma Temperatures Warmest on Record

Jan.-April Okla. temperatures warmest on record

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Climatological Survey reports that the average daily temperature from January through April is the warmest on record in the state.

The four month stretch includes the warmest March ever recorded in Oklahoma in records that date to 1895.

Associate state Climatologist Gary McManus says the average daily temperature for the four months was 52.3 degrees — 5.5 degrees above normal — to break the previous record of 51.4 degrees set from January through April 1986.

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6:59 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Death Row Inmate Executed in Tulsa Homicide

Michael Selsor
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been put to death in connection with an armed robbery nearly 37 years ago.

Michael Selsor was executed Tuesday for the shooting death of 55-year-old Clayton Chandler, a Tulsa convenience store manager.

Selsor was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m. Tuesday after he was given a dose of lethal drugs at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

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11:42 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Former Tulsa Police Officer released from Prison

Tulsa Police Headquarters
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — One of four Tulsa police officers caught up in a corruption probe that led to dozens of convictions being overturned has been released from a federal prison in Louisiana.

A prison official said John Gray was released around 8 a.m. Tuesday from the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock, La.

Gray, a 20-year police veteran, was sentenced in December to four months in prison for his role in the scandal.

Local & Regional
10:07 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Midwest economic survey suggests growing strength

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A recent survey of supply managers suggests growing economic strength in a nine-state region of the Plains and Midwest.

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 60.0 in April, compared with 58.6 in March and 58.4 in February.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says in a report released Tuesday that heavy manufacturing continues to be propel economic growth for the region, with export-oriented manufacturers leading the way.

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9:48 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Tornadoes Strike Oklahoma, No Injuries Reported

MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says several tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma — but officials say there are no reports of injuries or serious damage.

Meteorologist Rick Smith with the weather service in Norman says the tornadoes touched down near Medford in north-central Oklahoma on Monday night. Meteorologist Bart Haaky  with the weather service in Tulsa says at least one twister also touched down near Nowata.

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7:09 am
Tue May 1, 2012

United Nations Official to Visit Tulsa School

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University of Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A United Nations official plans to visit the University of Tulsa on Thursday to meet with tribal leaders from across the region about their concerns and what challenges they face in years to come.

Tribes will meet with James Anaya, the U.N.'s special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.

Anaya has made several stops in the U.S. in recent weeks and eventually will report his findings to the Human Rights Council. He's also a professor at the University of Arizona.

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