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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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7:10 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Counterclaim File in Cherokee Freedmen Dispute

Tulsa Federal Court House
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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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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.

Local & Regional
8:07 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Treasurer to Assess Oklahoma Finances for Fiscal Year

Ken Miller
State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller is to give his take on how the state fared financially in the just-concluded fiscal year.

Miller is to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Capitol.

The treasurer says he will release information on the state's economic health based on tax revenue collected in June and throughout last fiscal year.

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Local & Regional
8:04 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Lankford: $16 Trillion Debt will take Years to Cut

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford says it will take years to trim the U.S. debt level that is nearing $16 trillion.

Lankford discussed the nation's budget issues Tuesday during a citizens' forum in Oklahoma City.

Lankford says the U.S. budget deficit this year will be about $1 trillion, roughly $300 billion less than last year. He says House Republicans have developed a plan to dramatically reduce the debt over 10 years.

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Local & Regional
8:01 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Oklahoma Election Board Certifies Results of June 26 Primary Election, gets Report on Glitches

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Election Board has certified the results of the June 26 primary election for federal and state offices.

The board certified the results Tuesday, one week after voters went to the polls. Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says none of the elections were contested and no recounts were requested.

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Local & Regional
5:31 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Burn Bans Scuttle Fireworks in 2 Oklahoma Counties

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After the threat of wildfires put a damper on many Independence Day celebrations last year, only two of Oklahoma's 77 counties are banning outdoor burning and the use of fireworks as this year's Fourth of July holiday approaches.

County commissioners in Beaver and LeFlore counties have issued burn bans.

Beaver County emergency management director Keith Shadden says no one wanted to enact a burn ban so close to July 4, but officials were receiving several fire calls a day, and at least one of the fires was started with fireworks.

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Local & Regional
12:55 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Payne County Leaders OK Agreement with TransCanada

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Payne County Commission has approved an agreement that requires TransCanada to pay for any damage caused by heavy trucks or equipment as it builds the southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline through the area.

TransCanada is expected to begin construction soon on the pipeline that will run from Cushing to refineries in Texas. The Stillwater NewsPress reports (http://is.gd/kq9lJa ) that the county had a similar agreement with TransCanada when it built the smaller Keystone pipeline.

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11:29 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Low Levels At Many Oklahoma Lakes and Rivers

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — In a near-repeat of last summer, drought conditions are expanding throughout Oklahoma, causing lower water levels at several area lakes and rivers, and some forecasters are predicting little relief in sight as the state enters the worst of the season.

Even though some parts of the state could see a chance of rain next week, the National Weather Service notes that summer's not even half over yet.

Local & Regional
11:17 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Andy Griffith Dies

Don Knotts and Andy Griffith in a scene from the Andy Griffith Show

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — Andy Griffith, whose homespun mix of humor and wisdom made "The Andy Griffith Show" an enduring TV favorite, has died. He was 86.

Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie says in statement Griffith died Tuesday at about 7 a.m. He says the family will release further information.

His starring role as a small-town sheriff drew upon his own upbringing in Mount Airy, N.C. The show also starred Don Knotts and was one of the top hits of the 1960s and a perennial in reruns.

Griffith later played a shrewd Southern lawyer in another successful series, "Matlock."

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