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5:27 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

AAA: Average Price of Gasoline Falls in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says the average price of a gallon of gas has fallen 8 cents in the state during the past week.

AAA said Tuesday that the statewide average for a gallon of self-serve regular is $3.59 — down from $3.67 a week ago. The average is 9.5 cents lower than a month ago and is down 11 cents per gallon from a year ago.

The average price in Tulsa is just below $3.47 per gallon while drivers in Oklahoma City are paying an average of $3.55.

Local & Regional
5:24 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Anti-abortion Group Vows 'Personhood' Fight

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An anti-abortion group is urging House leaders to bring a so-called 'personhood' bill to the House floor for a vote and vows to paint any lawmaker who refuses to support the move as what they call "pro-abortion."

A group of ministers and anti-abortion advocates made the comments Tuesday after the House approved a non-binding resolution that grants personhood rights at "all stages of human development."

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Local & Regional
11:02 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Agreement Reached on Oklahoma Air Quality Rules

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says the state has reached an agreement with Public Service Company of Oklahoma and the Environmental Protection Agency on federal air quality rules for PSO's two coal-fired power plants in Oologah.

The Attorney General's Office sued the EPA in May to allow more time for the state to craft a solution. The agreement allows PSO to comply with EPA rules while protecting Oklahoma consumers and ratepayers.

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Local & Regional
10:09 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Man Dies after Accident at Oklahoma City Oil Rig

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say a man died after an accident at an oil rig in southeast Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City television station KWTV reports that the accident happened at about 10 p.m. Monday in the 3400 block of Southeast 59th Street.

Authorities say the man was pinned beneath metal at the oil rig. Authorities say coworkers freed the man and performed CPR, but they weren't able to save him.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not yet released his name.

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Information from: KWTV-TV, http://www.news9.com/

Local & Regional
7:34 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Apache Corporation Donates $350K for new Woodward Sirens

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WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Apache Corp. has donated $350,000 to replace the tornado warning system in Woodward, where six people were killed this month by a twister that struck shortly after midnight.

The oil and gas company announced the donation Monday. Woodward officials say lightning knocked out electricity to the town's warning system, and few residents heard the sirens as the storm approached on April 15.

Six people died, 30 were injured and more than 200 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

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Local & Regional
7:03 am
Tue April 24, 2012

American Airlines argues in Bankruptcy Court to throw out Labor Contracts with Unions

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NEW YORK (AP) — American Airlines is arguing "a restructured job is better than no job at all," as it seeks approval of a federal bankruptcy judge for its restructuring plan.

After losing more than $10 billion in the decade leading up to its declaration of bankruptcy last November, the airline says that its union contracts must be changed to make the company financially stable. It wants to eliminate 13,000 union jobs or about one in every four union workers. It's also looking to freeze or terminate pension plans, curb health benefits, reduce time off, and impose many other cuts.

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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Oklahoma Highway Officials urge Work Zone Caution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be alert and cautious in road and bridge construction zones.

State highway officials are observing Work Zone Awareness Week by reminding motorists that the men and women who work on the state's highways are mere feet away from high-speed traffic with often only a cone or barrel that mark construction zones separating them.

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Local & Regional
7:46 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Man Arrested after Standoff with Tulsa Police

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say a man is in jail after a four-hour standoff near the University of Tulsa campus.

Police say the man allegedly threatened two people with a machete then barricaded himself inside an apartment near campus. The  incident began Sunday night at about 11 p.m.

Police accuse the man of trying to attack his brother and a woman with the machete. The two were able to escape the home unharmed.

Police say the standoff ended at about 3 a.m. Monday, when officers fired pepper balls into the apartment to force the man out. No one was injured.

Local & Regional
7:03 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Hearing Delayed for Okmulgee Man

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OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A judge has delayed a hearing for an Okmulgee man facing separate murder charges for the death of his girlfriend and the deaths of two young Weleetka girls.

Kevin Sweat was due in court Monday for a preliminary hearing in the death of his girlfriend, Ashley Taylor. Sweat is also charged in the June 2008 shooting deaths of 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker.

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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Broken Arrow City Manager Fired over Casino Flap

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — The Broken Arrow City Council has voted to fire the city manager, who was criticized by a neighborhood group for how the city handled a proposal to build an American Indian casino in the Tulsa suburb.

Officials say David Wooden will receive six months of severance pay, or about $71,750 plus benefits.

Wooden wasn't present when council members terminated his employment late Friday, but in a statement he said he has enjoyed his career.

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