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7:03 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Pre-Schooler Drowns

WAURIKA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old drowned at a lake in southern Oklahoma after he wandered away from a tent.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the boy, James Traywick Wyler of Ryan, was asleep in a tent. But then he somehow got out and headed toward the water's edge early Saturday.

Authorities say the boy was found in up to 18 inches of water at Waurika Lake in Jefferson County.

Emergency responders took him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Local & Regional
7:01 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Oklahoma Leaders Still Mulling Federal Health Care

State Capitol
KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the sweeping federal health care law, Oklahoma's political leaders have offered few specifics about how the state will proceed in complying with its provisions.

Members of the Republican-controlled Legislature were quick to issue press releases condemning the high court's decision. Some have vowed to continue fighting implementation of the law in Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
11:38 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Tulsa Police Seek Suspects after 'Fireworks War'

KWGS News File photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police are looking for a group of people who shot off fireworks directly at officers and a television news crew.

Tulsa television station KOTV says it's the second time this week that police have been hit with fireworks. The latest incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. in north Tulsa.

Police say the group fired mortars and Roman candles at officers and a news crew. Authorities say one officer was hit in the back and a reporter was struck in the back of the head.

No one was seriously injured.

Local & Regional
11:35 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Fallin Departs for Air Trade-Show in United Kingdom

Governor Fallin
File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin is leading a delegation of seven Oklahoma aerospace companies to the Farnborough International Air Show in the United Kingdom.

Fallin and Science and Technology Secretary Stephen McKeever planned to depart Friday for the show, which begins Monday in Farnborough, England. Fallin spokesman Aaron Cooper says the governor will return to the United States on July 12 and then spend the rest of next week at the National Governor's Association's annual meeting in Williamsburg, Va.

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Local & Regional
11:33 am
Fri July 6, 2012

State to Announce Stillwater Aerospace Expansion

The old Mercury Marine plant in Stillwater
Mercury Marine

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — City and state leaders plan an event Monday to announce the sale of a manufacturing facility in Stillwater to an international aerospace company.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will join Stillwater Mayor John Bartley and other leaders at the Monday morning press conference. The announcement comes as Gov. Mary Fallin attends the Farnborough International Air Show in the United Kingdom.

The Stillwater NewsPress reports that a privately owned Belgian aerospace company has purchased the former MerCruiser manufacturing facility on Perkins Road in Stillwater.

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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Man Drowns in Illinois River near Tahlequah

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a Tahlequah man has drowned in the Illinois River.

Thursday's death is the third in less than a week on waterways under the jurisdiction of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission.

Commission administrator Ed Fite says 54-year-old Leslie Angel, who used the nickname "Rocky," drowned at about 3 p.m. on the Illinois River just east of Tahlequah.

Local & Regional
12:31 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Decline in Energy Taxes Slows Oklahoma Growth Rate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's treasurer says the state's economy continues to show positive signs, but that declining revenue from oil and natural gas production is slowing the state's economic growth.

Figures released on Thursday by Treasurer Ken Miller show gross collections of oil and gas production taxes in June dropped more than 42 percent compared to June 2011. It was the seventh consecutive month that gross production taxes fell compared to the same month of the last year.

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Local & Regional
10:22 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Shelters Scramble for Resources Amid Heat

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — As Oklahoma heads into the cruel summer months, area shelters and pantries are scrambling to keep pace with the demand for services.

Workers are making sure plenty of water and food are stocked on shelves and are finding additional bed space for the thousands of homeless men and women they anticipate will seek shelter from the sweltering heat.

For many, the heat is an unwelcome repeat of last year's record-busting summer in Oklahoma, when supplies began running low and panic set in as those in need kept coming at a steady clip.

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Local & Regional
7:10 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Counterclaim File in Cherokee Freedmen Dispute

Tulsa Federal Court House
File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Interior has asked a federal judge for an injunction against the Cherokee Nation to prevent the tribe from denying tribal citizenship for the descendants of freed slaves.

The agency filed a counter-lawsuit in the long-running case on Monday in U.S. District Court in Tulsa.

The department argued an 1866 treaty between the federal government and the tribe provided the Cherokee freedmen and their descendants with all the rights of native Cherokees.

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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Tulsa Man Drowns in Flint Creek

WEST SILOAM SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a Tulsa man has drowned in a creek in northeastern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission says 28-year-old Nelson Vasquez was playing around in 5 feet to 8 feet of water in Flint Creek about 1 p.m. Wednesday when he went under the water.

Officials say other swimmers recovered him 10 minutes to 20 minutes after he didn't resurface and attempted to revive him.

Paramedics arrived and transported Vasquez to a Siloam Springs, Ark., hospital. He was pronounced dead about 2:10 p.m.

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