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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
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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
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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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Election
10:03 am
Wed July 11, 2012

GOP Congressional Run-Off Candidates to Debate

Mark Mullins and George Faught

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — The two Republicans vying for the 2nd Congressional District nomination will meet next week for a debate.

Markwayne Mullin and George Faught are scheduled to debate Monday at Rogers State University in Claremore. The event is sponsored by RSU-TV, the Claremore Daily Progress, the Claremore Chamber of Commerce and the RSU Department of Communications.

The event will be broadcast on RSU-TV and will be streamed live at www.rsupublictv.org .

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Local & Regional
7:01 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Sperry Man to Stand Trial in Road Worker's Death

Washington County is colored red

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — A Sperry man has been ordered to stand trial on a first-degree manslaughter charge in the death of a transportation worker.

Special Judge John Gerkin scheduled a July 25 formal arraignment for Deven Franklin on Tuesday after determining there was enough evidence for Franklin to be bound over for trial. Franklin also is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Franklin is accused in the Nov. 30 death of 42-year-old Ira Henderson.

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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Wed July 11, 2012

State Officials Project $306-Million Savings Deposit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State finance officials say Oklahoma is expected to make a record $306 million deposit into its Rainy Day Fund this week after the final revenue figures from the 2012 fiscal year are totaled.

But figures released Tuesday by the Office of State Finance showed collections to the state's general revenue fund in June were down by about $45 million compared to June 2011. The decline is mostly because of a nearly 60 percent drop in tax collections on oil and natural gas production.

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Local & Regional
7:29 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

AA and Tulsa Union Reach Tentative Agreement

American Airlines Facility in Tulsa
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DALLAS (AP) — A labor union says it has tentative contract agreements that would grant pay raises for mechanics and other ground workers at American Airlines.

The Transport Workers Union says a ratification vote will end in August before a federal bankruptcy court judge rules on whether American can impose its own terms for pay and benefits. The contract proposal calls for a 3% increase in pay. That is the same pay-hike offered to the pilot’s union.

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