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9:16 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Little Relief at the Pump this Labor Day

NEW YORK (AP) — The big spike in gasoline prices is just about over, but it's too late to bring much relief for Labor Day weekend.

The national average price for gasoline inched up just 0.3 cents Friday to $3.83 per gallon, ending a string of dramatic increases caused by Hurricane Isaac.

"We're in the ninth inning of this," said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service.

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Local & Regional
9:13 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Fallin to Campaign for Romney During DNC in NC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin apparently can't get enough of political conventions, and is planning to head to North Carolina next week for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

A spokesman for the Oklahoma Republican governor said Friday the governor will be doing surrogate campaign work for the campaign of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Weintz says Fallin won't actually attend the convention, but will be doing interviews with various media outlets to offer a counterpoint to the Democratic message.

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Local & Regional
9:11 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Sperry Schools are Considering Review of Sisney's Tenure There

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former school superintendent who has been indicted on bribery and conspiracy charges could face further investigation into possible wrongdoing at another school district where he once worked.

Former Broken Arrow Public Schools superintendent Jim Sisney was fired by that district in 2008 amid allegations of wrongdoing. He was hired in 2009 as superintendent of Sperry Public Schools and retired in 2011.

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Local & Regional
9:08 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Tulsa Police Officer Charged with Robbery

Chief Chuck Jordan announces the arrest one week ago, today.
KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Tulsa police officer with second-degree robbery for allegedly stealing money from five motorists.

Five counts were filed Friday in Tulsa County District Court against Marvin Blades Jr., who was booked and released on $25,000 bond.

Investigators from the Tulsa Police Department and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs conducted an undercover operation after allegations arose that Blades was targeting Hispanic drivers during traffic stops and stealing money.

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Local & Regional
5:02 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Official says Inmate's Parole Not Withdrawn

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board official says the parole of a woman sentenced to 12 years in prison on a first-offense drug conviction was never withdrawn.

Parole board Deputy Director J.D. Daniels said Thursday that Patricia Spottedcrow's parole recommendation was suspended — not withdrawn.

Spottedcrow was moved to a community correction center in Oklahoma City after Gov. Mary Fallin had approved the board's April parole recommendation.

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Local & Regional
4:59 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Firefighters Battle Grass Fire in Central Oklahoma

KINGFISHER, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a grass fire near Kingfisher.

Kingfisher Fire Capt. Tom Hendricks says fire trucks and brush pumpers were dispatched to the blaze several miles east of Kingfisher Thursday afternoon and some structures may be threatened.

Hendricks says he didn't have any information on whether anyone had been injured.

Oklahoma has been plagued by wildfires this summer. Triple-digit heat that gripped the state for weeks has subsided, but a lingering drought has left grass and vegetation dry in much of the state.



Local & Regional
3:01 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

State Nears Record for West Nile Cases

KWGS News

(Oklahoma City AP)-Oklahoma moves closer to the record number of West Nile virus cases in one year. Nine new cases are confirmed.

There have been 101 confirmed cases this year in 22 counties.

Five people have died, two each in Oklahoma and Carter counties and one in Seminole County.

The record of 107 West Nile cases was set in 2007. Eight people died then.

Election
11:12 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Oklahoma Election Board Denies Group Spot on Ballot

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Election Board is denying a state group's attempt to place Libertarian presidential candidates on Oklahoma's November ballot.

Oklahoma Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax  said Wednesday the agency's legal counsel issued a legal memorandum advising against placing the Americans Elect Party's presidential and vice presidential candidates on the ballot.

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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Thu August 30, 2012

More than $3M in Aid for Oklahoma Fire Vctims OK'd

The Mannford fire earlier this month
Samatha Robbins

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal Emergency Management Agency officials say state and federal assistance for victims of the wildfire in Creek County has reached more than $3 million.

Officials said Wednesday that figure includes nearly $2.9 million in housing assistance and more than $207,000 in Other Needs Assistance. Maximum grants of $31,400 each to 74 qualified applicants have been approved since the August 22nd presidential disaster declaration.

Officials say nearly 370 individuals and families have registered with FEMA.

Local & Regional
6:52 am
Thu August 30, 2012

New Developments in AA Reorganization

American Hangar at TIA
KWGS News File photo

NEW YORK (AP) — The parent of American Airlines says a "group of substantial creditors" might be willing to provide financing as part of the airline's bankruptcy reorganization plan.

Fort Worth-based AMR Corporation says in a court filing yesterday that the group "represents a substantial and diverse group of creditors of American."

The bankrupt airline maintains a maintenance facility in Tulsa.

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