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11:42 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Meth Pants

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a portable methamphetamine lab exploded in a man's pants as he tried to run away from a state trooper during a traffic stop.

The incident happened shortly after midnight Friday in Okmulgee County. Authorities say the man tried to run away when the trooper asked him about a chemical smell.

Trooper Shiloh Hall says the man had an active meth lab in his pants that burst during a struggle with the trooper. The man was checked out by emergency personnel and booked in the Okmulgee County jail on a drug charge.

Local & Regional
11:39 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Oklahoma Native American Caucus Supports Center

Rep Seneca Scott of Tulsa
State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The 18 member House Native American Caucus has announced support of a planned American Indian Cultural Center along the banks of the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City.

Rep. Seneca Scott of Tulsa and a member of the caucus said Thursday it's the first time in recent years that the caucus, which includes Republicans and Democrats, has unanimously agreed to endorse a project.

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6:54 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Appeals Court Upholds Murder Conviction of Tulsan

Justices on the Court of Criminal Appeals
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Tulsa man in the shooting death of a man in a wheelchair.

The court rejected claims by 23-year-old Amos Adetula that he did not receive a fair trial, had ineffective legal counsel and that a co-defendant's confession was wrongly prohibited as evidence.

Adetula was convicted in December of second-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon in the 2009 shooting death of Norris Lynn Walton and wounding of another man at a Tulsa gas station.

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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Arrests Made in Human Trafficking in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. immigration officials say 40 people have been arrested in Oklahoma and Texas as part of a nationwide investigation into human trafficking that led to 637 arrests nationwide.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok in Dallas said Thursday that 25 were arrested in Dallas, 12 in Oklahoma City and 3 in the North Texas suburb of Carrollton, as part of an investigation that began in February.

The ICE office in Dallas covers all of Oklahoma and 128 counties in northern Texa

Local & Regional
9:19 am
Thu April 26, 2012

A Glimmer of Hope for Tulsa Distribution Center and its Jobs

Postal Center on East 21st Street in Tulsa
KWGS News Photo

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed overhaul legislation that would allow the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service to avert immediate bankruptcy, giving it a cash infusion while delaying decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday delivery.

The bill passed on a 62-37 vote.

Under the measure, the postal service would get an $11 billion refund of over payments made to a federal fund to pay down debt and finance buyouts to 100,000 postal employees.

Local & Regional
7:50 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Tulsa Man Faces more Counts in Courthouse Shooting

Shooting supect on the Court House Plaza
John Fancher/Tulsa Library

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Additional charges have been filed against a man accused of shooting a sheriff's deputy and a bystander outside a Tulsa courthouse.

Court records indicate the Wagoner County District Attorney's office filed attempted escape from arrest or detention and assault and battery on a police officer counts against Andrew Dennehy. Wagoner County is handling the case because Tulsa prosecutors recused themselves.

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Local & Regional
7:46 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Senate Allows Continued Existence of OETA

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sesame Street and other educational programs will continue to air on Oklahoma's television network, despite concerns from some conservative Republicans who think the state should cut off funding.

The GOP-led state Senate voted 38-7 Wednesday for a measure that allows the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, or OETA, to continue existing as a state agency until 2014. The bill now returns heads to the House.

There is growing opposition to the network, which provides free educational programming to residents across the state.

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Local & Regional
7:43 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Joplin Invites Techies to Help Create New Website

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin is looking for some high-tech gurus willing to work around the clock this weekend to help design a new, tornado-ready city website.

What's been labeled the Joplin "hackathon" begins Friday afternoon at City Hall and continues through Sunday afternoon. The competition is sponsored by the city of Joplin and CivicPlus, a website development company based in Manhattan, Kan.

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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Oklahoma To See Cooler Temps after Triple-Digit Heat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cooler temperatures are predicted Thursday for Oklahoma after areas in the southwestern part of the state crossed the triple-digit mark on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Norman says thunderstorms may develop near Interstates 40 and 44 on Thursday afternoon, mainly east of El Reno. Storms are possible throughout the state on Thursday and early Friday.

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Local & Regional
1:03 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Senate OKs Fallin's Income Tax Cut Plan

Governor Fallin
State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin's plan to slash and phase out the state's income tax has passed the Senate, even though there is still no agreement on how much of a cut may be possible this year.

The Senate voted 30-16 on Wednesday for Fallin's bill that would cut the top personal income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 3.5 percent and then further reduce the rate by one-quarter of 1 percent each year that state revenue grows by 5 percent or more. Fallin's plan also gets rid of numerous personal and corporate tax exemptions to help offset the lost revenue.

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