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9:23 am
Sun September 23, 2012

State Questions Impact on Affirmative Action

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters will decide in November on a Republican-backed proposal to wipe out affirmative action programs in state government. It's an initiative that opponents say is designed only to stoke racial tensions and drive white, conservative voters to the polls.

The Legislature voted in 2011 to send the proposal to a vote of the people over the objection of Democrats who argued there already was a prohibition on racial or gender quotas in state government and that such a change was unnecessary.

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Local & Regional
9:02 am
Sun September 23, 2012

TU Defeats Fresno State

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa overcame an early 13-point deficit and two interceptions returned for touchdowns by Fresno State to rally for a 27-26 victory on Saturday night.

Trey Watts hit Thomas Roberson for a 26-yard touchdown on a tailback option pass for the go-ahead score in the third quarter, and the Golden Hurricane (3-1) used defense and field position to protect the one-point lead. On their last six drives, the Bulldogs (2-2) advanced no farther than their 33-yard line, punting five times and having the clock run out on the last possession.

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Local & Regional
8:31 am
Sat September 22, 2012

U.S. crude oil closes week at $92.89 a barrel

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil rose slightly Friday, but still had its biggest weekly decline since late June as traders are uncertain about the global economy.

Oil got a boost the past few weeks as the U.S. and European central banks implemented measures designed to bolster their economies. But demand for oil remains sluggish and supplies are plentiful. Global growth is sluggish, which means less demand for energy products. That led traders to pull back this week, with oil falling $8 per barrel in three days.

Local & Regional
8:28 am
Sat September 22, 2012

New EPA Chief for Oklahoma Region

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HOUSTON (AP) — A former top New Mexico environmental official has been appointed head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency region that includes some of the nation's biggest oil and gas-producing states.

Ron Curry will assume his post Monday. He succeeds Al Armendariz, who resigned in April after Republicans lambasted him for using the word "crucify" to describe how he would go after companies that violated environmental laws.

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Local & Regional
8:26 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Fall Arrives, but Fire Danger Persists

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Exceptional drought conditions and the danger of wildfires linger across Oklahoma as summer comes to an end.

Associate state Climatologist Gary McManus  said Friday that long-term rainfall is needed statewide to replenish lakes and soil moisture.

The U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows 42 percent of Oklahoma in exceptional drought — the worst rating — and 53 percent in extreme drought — the second worst. The monitor's forecast is for drought conditions to persist through mid-December.

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Local & Regional
1:26 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Claremore Man Charged in Slaying of Female Escort

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Claremore man who is accused of strangling a female escort and throwing her from a bridge.

Prosecutors on Wednesday charged 35-year-old Vance Dillon Wright with first-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Kelsey Jean Bray.

Wright has not been arrested but the Tulsa World reports that bond is set at $1 million.

Prosecutors say a body was found in October along Interstate 44 in Rogers County. The badly decomposed corpse was later identified as Bray's.

Local & Regional
7:58 am
Fri September 21, 2012

$1-Million Powerball Ticket Claimed in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney representing the winner of a $1 million Powerball drawing has submitted the winning ticket and claimed the prize.

Lottery officials said Thursday that attorney William Henley claimed the prize Tuesday in Oklahoma City on behalf of Lucky Stars Trust.

The name or names of those who bought the ticket were not released.

The ticket matched the first five balls from the Aug. 8 drawing — but did not match the Powerball. The numbers are 3, 7, 11, 15 and 28. The Powerball number was 12.

Local & Regional
7:56 am
Fri September 21, 2012

42% of Oklahoma Remains in Exceptional Drought

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows about 42 percent of Oklahoma remains in exceptional drought — the most severe category.

The monitor released Thursday shows exceptional drought stretching from Osage County westward across the Oklahoma Panhandle and in much of the southwestern corner of the state.

Extreme drought is reported in about 43 percent of the state and severe drought in more than 4 percent of the remaining sections of Oklahoma.

Local & Regional
8:03 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Civil Lawsuit Filed in Tulsa Skyscraper Death

The round University Club tower
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman accused of pushing her husband to his death from their high-rise apartment has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the building's owner.

Amber Hilberling filed the lawsuit Wednesday against University Club Tower. The 20-year-old remains jailed on a second-degree murder charge in last year's death of 23-year-old Joshua Hilberling, who fell from their 25th-floor apartment.

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Local & Regional
7:59 am
Thu September 20, 2012

2 Die in Early Morning Motorcycle Crash in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after a motorcycle crash in east Tulsa early Thursday morning.

Tulsa police say the crash happened at about 2 a.m. in the Regency Park subdivision. Authorities say the motorcycle was likely traveling too fast when the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road and crashed into two parked cars in a driveway.

Police say the man driving the motorcycle was killed instantly. His female passenger died later Thursday.

Authorities say neither person was wearing a helmet.

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