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Local & Regional
7:48 am
Fri July 20, 2012

GOP Candidates Spar over Gun Charges

Marywayne Mullin and George Faught

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Republican candidates in the race for the open congressional seat in eastern Oklahoma are sparring over the latest attack ad that highlights federal gun charges against a former employee of Markwayne Mullin.

The ad by George Faught's campaign that began airing this week details the conviction of former Mullin Plumbing employee Timothy Saylor on federal gun charges. It goes on to suggest that Mullin himself could face charges in connection with the investigation, a claim that Mullin campaign manager Tim Ross dismissed Thursday as "laughable."

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Local & Regional
7:43 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Rogers County Firefighters Hurt while Battling Grass Fire

OOLOGAH, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters had to battle the heat as well as a large grass fire near Oologah in northeast Oklahoma.

A firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion at a hospital and four others were treated at the scene for heat exposure Thursday afternoon. A woman answering the phone at the North West Rogers County Fire Department says the firefighters weren't seriously hurt.

The woman, who wouldn't identify herself, said firefighters were "mopping up" at the site of the blaze Thursday evening. She says no homes were damaged or had to be evacuated.

Local & Regional
7:07 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Corporation Commission Approves Rate Hike for ONG

ONG Headquarters in downtown Tulsa
KWGS News File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has approved a settlement in a rate case for Oklahoma Natural Gas that will result in an increase of nearly $1 per month for residential customers.

The three-member state regulatory agency announced Thursday that they had approved the settlement with ONG.

Commission Chairman Dana Murphy called the settlement "a balanced approach." The agreement was supported by the attorney general's office, the commission staff and the Oklahoma Industrial Energy Consumers.

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Local & Regional
9:27 am
Thu July 19, 2012

No ruling Yet in Shooting Spree Hearing

Alvin Watts and Jacob England
Tulsa County Jail

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge has continued the preliminary hearing for two men accused of killing three black people and wounding two more during a shooting spree.

Tulsa County Special Judge David Youll scheduled the hearing to resume August 14th while he considers defense motions. The defense contends that police took statements from Jake England and Alvin Watts in violation of their constitutional rights.

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Local & Regional
11:34 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Vinita Manufacturer to Shift Operations to Texas

A Cinch Connector plant.

VINITA, Okla. (AP) — Leaders in Vinita say 180 people will be out of work after a manufacturing plant moves its operations to Texas.

J.C. Kinder, the executive director of the Vinita Area Chamber of Commerce, says the Cinch Connectors plant will move to McAllen, Texas, before the end of the summer.

Kinder tells The Oklahoman that the plant employs 120 full-time workers and 60 workers through temporary employment agencies. Kinder says officials will begin laying off workers within 60 days and the plant will be completely closed by the end of the year.

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Local & Regional
7:57 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Oklahoma Pageant Sued over 'Hello Kitty' Use

File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Japanese company that owns the Hello Kitty brand has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against an Oklahoma child beauty pageant that reportedly used the cartoon cat's image on its tiaras and trophies.

Sanrio Co. filed the suit in federal court against Cherilyn Holden and Kristi Musick, who run beauty pageants in Oklahoma under the name Definitely Divas. The suit claims Definitely Divas used the image without permission in the "Tickle Me Pink" beauty pageant last September.

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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Two Mounds Police Officials Charged with Embezzlement

Mounds is in Creek County

MOUNDS, Okla. (AP) — Two Mounds police officers have been charged with embezzlement in connection with an investigation into missing money and property room items.

Creek County prosecutors filed the charges Tuesday against police chief Chad Long and assistant chief Jerry Grafton, and warrants for the men's arrests were issued.

The Tulsa World  reports Long and Grafton were suspended from last month, and the Creek County Sheriff's Office took over law enforcement services for the town of about 1,170 people.

Local & Regional
6:49 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Testimony: Shooting Suspect Admitted to Slayings

Tulsa County Court House

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An inmate has testified that one of two Tulsa men charged in the killings of three black people admitted to his role in the shootings.

Tulsa jail inmate Timothy Hoey testified Wednesday during a preliminary hearing for 19-year-old Jake England and 33-year-old Alvin Watts. The two are charged with killing three people and wounding two others in Tulsa.

Hoey said he's known England his whole life and that England told him the day after the April shooting spree that he and Watts had shot some black people.

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Local & Regional
2:03 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Bedbug Discovery Prompts Closure of Tulsa Library

Tulsa's Central Library, downtown
Tulsa Library

The Tulsa Central Library is temporarily closed after bedbugs were discovered on a chair.

Library CEO Gary Schaffer says library staff quickly removed the chair from the building after the bedbugs were found. Shaffer says the library notified the Tulsa City-County Health Department about the bedbugs.

The library provided the health department's contact information to any patron who was in the library Tuesday.

The library says an exterminator is on site to deal with the situation. Shaffer hopes to have the Library reopened tomorrow.

Local & Regional
7:05 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Gasoline Cheaper Elsewhere

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of gasoline nationwide has dropped about 7 cents over the past three weeks.

The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices puts the average price for a gallon of regular at $3.41.

Analyst Trilby Lundberg says the national average for a gallon of mid-grade is $3.57. For premium it's $3.69 a gallon.

Lundberg says diesel prices fell 5 cents a gallon over the past three weeks, to $3.73.

Jackson, Mississippi had the nation's lowest average price for gas at $3. Chicago, Illinois had the highest at $3.78.