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7:45 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Missing Tulsa Woman Found Alive in Freezer

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police say a Tulsa woman missing since Saturday has been found alive in a deep freezer, where she apparently hid during severe storms over the weekend.

Tulsa police officer Jillian Roberson says the 59-year-old woman was found Wednesday morning after worried relatives went to the woman's apartment complex in search of her. She was transported with frostbite on her legs to a Tulsa hospital, where she is listed in fair condition.

Local & Regional
7:03 am
Thu September 13, 2012

New Hours for Wildfire Disaster Center in Mannford

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MANNFORD, Okla. (AP) — Emergency management officials say the weekend hours of operation are changing at a wildfire disaster assistance center in Mannford.

The center opened Aug. 27 to provide Creek County residents with information about disaster aid available as a result of wildfires that burned in the county between Aug. 3 and Aug. 14.

State and federal officials say the center located next to the library in Mannford will no longer be open on Sundays and that Saturday is the final Saturday it will be open. The center will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.

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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Deadline looms for Oklahoma mortgage settlement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thursday is the deadline for Oklahomans to apply for part of the state's $18.6 million settlement with the nation's largest lenders.

Oklahoma was the only state that did not sign off on a $25 billion settlement agreement with the nation's largest mortgage lenders, instead reaching a separate agreement with the companies.

Any homeowners who believe their foreclosure or loan modification involved unfair practices are urged to apply with the Oklahoma attorney general's office.

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Local & Regional
1:02 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Hobby Lobby Sues over Morning-after Pill Coverage

An Oklahoma Hobby Lobby store
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Christian-oriented Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit over a mandate in the health reform law that requires employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill.

The Oklahoma City-based chain sued Wednesday in federal court, claiming the government is forcing the business owners to "violate their own faith."

The business says it could be fined more than $1 million a day for not complying with the law.

Hobby Lobby calls itself a "Biblically founded business" that is closed on Sundays.

Local & Regional
7:55 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Walker's Tulane Teammates Miss Him, but Carry On

Devon Walker
Tulane Sports Information

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Devon Walker's closest Tulane teammates cite his drive to play his first two seasons without a scholarship, all while pursuing a difficult degree, as reasons they believe he has the courage to cope with his spinal injury.

Walker, a senior safety, is due to graduate with a degree in cell and molecular biology in May.

Tulane cornerbacks Ryan Travis and Kendrick Washington say they miss Walker and eagerly await a chance to speak with him, but remain confident he'll lead a fulfilling life even if he winds up with physical limitations.

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Local & Regional
7:53 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Inhofe Co-sponsors Military Marriage Bill

Senator Jim Inhofe
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe has joined fellow Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi in sponsoring a bill regarding marriages on military bases.

The "Military Religious Freedom Act" was announced Tuesday by Inhofe and Wicker in a news release.

The bill would prohibit marriage or "marriage-like" ceremonies on military bases unless the marriage is between one man and one woman. It would also allow military chaplains to refuse to conduct ceremonies involving same-sex marriages.

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Oklahoma Lawmaker Resumes Review of Tax Incentives

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker who fought unsuccessfully during the legislative session earlier this year to eliminate dozens of state tax breaks for various industries is picking up where he left off.

Republican state Rep. David Dank of Oklahoma City will chair the House Tax Credit and Economic Incentive Oversight Committee that meets Wednesday for a briefing by officials with the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the Commerce Department.

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Local & Regional
2:51 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

State Lawmakers Mull Switch to Debit Card Refunds

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma agencies are saving money by switching to debit cards instead of paper checks for things like unemployment benefits and tax refunds, but at least one lawmaker is concerned the cards are posing problems for some citizens and leading to huge windfalls for a private contractor.

State Rep. Scott Inman of Del City outlined his concerns Tuesday during a meeting of the House Government Modernization Committee.

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Election
2:47 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

GOP Candidate Hospitalized in Tulsa

Markwayne Mullin
Mullin Campaign

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Republican congressional candidate Markwayne Mullin remains in a Tulsa hospital in good condition with a torn esophagus.

Mullin's campaign manager Tim Ross said Tuesday that Mullin is feeling better but still is unable to eat and drink and is being fed intravenously.

Ross said Mullin was having dinner Saturday night with his wife in Muskogee when he began having trouble swallowing and breathing. He was taken to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, where he is expected to remain until Friday.

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Local & Regional
7:16 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Former Judge Leaves Bar

District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has accepted a former judge's resignation from the state Bar Association.

The court took the action Monday in the case of former Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure. Bass-LeSure pleaded guilty in March to two counts of fraud in a deal with prosecutors who alleged she and her husband, Karlos LeSure, claimed foster payments and adoption assistance for children who didn't live with them. Karlos LeSure also pleaded guilty.

Bass-LeSure and her husband each received a three-year deferred sentence.

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