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7:02 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Police find Broken Arrow Man Stabbed to Death

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Police in Broken Arrow say officers responding to a domestic disturbance call found a man stabbed to death.

Captain Rich Shea said in a news release that the 32-year-old man was found dead on the city's north side shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday.

The victim's name has not been released.

Police say there have been no arrests.

Local & Regional
6:58 am
Mon July 16, 2012

CONTINUING COVERAGE: Man Buying Gift for Wife Victim in Tulsa Shooting

Tulsa Police HQ, downtown
KWGS News

TULSA (AP) — The sister of a Tulsa shooting victim says her brother was buying a birthday gift for his wife while holding his 10-year-old daughter's hand when he was shot Saturday.

Police say 58-year-old Graydon Brown died at a hospital following Saturday's shooting outside a Best Buy store that also killed 34-year-old Scott Norman of Tulsa. Police told reporters that Norman was the target of the shooting and that a stray bullet that shattered the store's glass window hit Brown in the chest.

Local & Regional
10:20 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Indian Affairs post filled by Oklahoma Cherokee

Thomas Thompson
Native American News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has been named the director of the Indian Affairs Office of Budget Management in Washington D.C.

Thomas Thompson was selected for the post by acting Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Donald Laverdure.

Thompson is currently the senior advisor to the area director of the Indian Health Service in Phoenix, Arizona.

Laverdure said in a statement that Thompson will help find efficient and cost-effective ways to provide services in Indian Country.

Local & Regional
1:00 pm
Sat July 14, 2012

Federal Agent On Wrong Side of the Law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An FBI special agent has pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement of public money for allegedly taking more than $43,000 in public funds.

Timothy Klotz entered the plea Friday before U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange, who ordered a pre-sentence investigation report. A formal sentencing date will be scheduled once the report is completed.

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Local & Regional
8:37 am
Sat July 14, 2012

3 Cherokee Tribes Meet in North Carolina

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Leaders of three federally recognized Cherokee tribes have met for the first time in their historical homeland since 1838.

Chiefs of the Cherokee Nation, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees and the Eastern Band of Cherokees gathered Friday for a Tri-Council meeting in North Carolina, the home base for the Eastern Band.

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Local & Regional
8:28 am
Sat July 14, 2012

Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday Celebrated

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Woody Guthrie's hometown will celebrate the folk singer's 100th birthday this weekend, even though a local state lawmaker said Guthrie was "probably not one of the favorite sons" while he was alive.

Saturday marks the centennial of the birth of Woody Guthrie, which will be feted as part of the 15th annual Woody Guthrie Festival in the eastern Oklahoma town of Okemah.

Democratic State Senator Roger Ballenger notes that while Guthrie wasn't popular while alive, fondness for his music grew in the years following his death in 1967.

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Local & Regional
8:25 am
Sat July 14, 2012

Oklahoma House, Senate Consider Interim Studies

State Capitol
KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele has approved a list of 59 topics that will be studied by lawmakers before the next legislative session begins in February.

Steele announced the studies on Friday, saying he pared the final list from initial requests for studies of 89 separate topics.

Interim studies give lawmakers an opportunity to receive testimony and examine issues in depth to decide whether to draft legislation on a particular topic.

Among the topics to be studied are education, government modernization, veterans' issues and public finance.

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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Governor Appoints Native American Liaison

Governor Fallin
State of Oklahoma-File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has tapped a Tulsa woman to advise her on Native American affairs.

Fallin announced Tuesday that Jacque Secondine Hensley will be her Native American liaison, an executive branch position created when the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission was eliminated in 2011.

Hensley has a bachelor's degree in education from Oklahoma State University and a master's degree in counseling and psychology from the University of Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Thu July 12, 2012

All Oklahoma House Members Vote to Repeal Health Care Law

Dan Boren
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Members of Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation, including the lone Democrat, have voted for a resolution to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Congressman Dan Boren joined fellow U.S. Representatives Tom Cole, James Lankford, Frank Lucas and John Sullivan, all Republicans, in passing HR 6079, which would repeal the law in its entirety. Boren was among five U.S. House Democrats who voted for the resolution on Wednesday.

Some 185 House members voted against the measure.

Local & Regional
11:31 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Oklahoma, Arkansas Fear Repeat 0f 2011 Drought

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — As extreme drought and scorching heat creep back into the Southern Plains, ranchers and state foresters fear a repeat of last summer's tinderbox conditions that turned pastures into wasteland, sparked hundreds of wildfires and ravaged countless acres of crops.

The region is emerging from a blistering June where temperatures reached 112 degrees in the Oklahoma towns of Buffalo and Freedom and 106 degrees in Harrison and Russellville in Arkansas.

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