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8:54 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Oklahoma Lawmakers Consider Next Move for Museum

Museum under construction in Oklahoma City
Indian Cultural Museum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to erect a Smithsonian-quality museum to showcase Oklahoma's Native American heritage has proved to be a thorn in the state's side.

Officials announced Thursday that construction on the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City will be suspended because the project has run out of money.

The Legislature has spent more than $63 million on the project and private donations and other funding pushed the cost to $91 million. Museum officials need an additional $80 million to finish the center.

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Local & Regional
8:51 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Oil Prices Up 10%

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil soared the by the largest single day amount in more than three years in Friday's New York trading.

West Texas Intermediate crude priced at Oklahoma's Cushing hub closed the week up nearly ten percent at $84.96 a barrel.

Gas producers like Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy got some good news as natural gas rose by nearly 4 percent, to finish the week at $2.82 per thousand cubic feet. Chesapeake's stock price has been battered in the past year by the nationwide gas glut and questions about corporate governance.

Local & Regional
8:49 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Tulsa Woman Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

The Tulsa County Court House
KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A woman whose manslaughter conviction was overturned may only spend about another year in prison.

Susan Pryor pleaded guilty on Thursday to first-degree manslaughter in the 2007 fatal shooting of her friend, Timothy Lannom. The Tulsa World reports that Tulsa County District Judge Tom Gillert sentenced Pryor to four years in prison and gave her credit for the two years she's served.

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Local & Regional
8:45 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Wild Fires Scorches Hundreds of Acres in Creek County

DRUMRIGHT, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters in northeastern Oklahoma have contained several fires that have scorched hundreds of acres.

Olive assistant fire chief Jason Dobson told KJRH-TV electrical lines caused the fire near the small Creek County town.

Officials say there have been no reports of injuries or damage to homes.

More than 40 firefighters from eight departments and a helicopter helped bring the fires under control. By late Friday, they were mostly contained.

Local & Regional
2:07 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Tulsa Corps Approves Keystone XL Segment

The XL Pipeline would go through Cushing
KWGS News File photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Tulsa has approved a segment of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline planned to run from Cushing to Texas.

Ross Adkins, chief of public affairs for the Tulsa district, confirmed the decision Friday. If the overall project is approved by the president, the pipeline would eventually transport tar sands oil from western Canada down to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.

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Local & Regional
7:09 am
Fri June 29, 2012

June Temperatures Shatter Records Across Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Temperature records for June are being set across Oklahoma with 22 new record highs during the month and 13 others being tied.

Associate state climatologist Gary McManus said Thursday that it's too early to say that the summer heat will approach the record-setting heat of last year. But he acknowledged there is growing concern. McManus said the combination of the heat and a lack of rain since April has led to the extreme temperatures.

Local & Regional
7:01 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Wine Initiative Petition

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has narrowly approved an initiative petition that seeks a vote of the people on a proposal to allow grocery stores in Oklahoma's largest counties to sell wine.

In a 5-4 decision Thursday, the court rejected arguments by opponents of the petition that it violates the state and U.S. constitutions.

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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Oklahoma Administrative Law Judge OKs ONG Settlement

ONG/OneOk Headquarters in dowtown Tulsa
KWGS News File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Monthly service charges will increase for Oklahoma Natural Gas customers under a $9.5 million rate case settlement that has been recommended for approval.

Oklahoma Corporation Commission administrative law judge James Myles on Thursday recommended adoption of the agreement reached by ONG, Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office and a group representing industrial consumers. The settlement now goes to commission members for final approval.

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Local & Regional
11:20 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Would be BA Casino turned into Giant Fireworks Stand

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma says a small Indian tribe is violating a federal order barring activity at the site of a half-built casino by operating a fireworks stand out of the facility and trucking in building supplies.

In May, U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell ruled the Kialegee Tribal Town lacked jurisdiction to build a casino on a 20-acre parcel in Broken Arrow and issued an injunction halting construction at the site.

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Local & Regional
11:16 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Oklahoma's Delegation Responds to Court Ruling

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation are decrying the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the federal health care law.

U.S. Rep Tom Cole says the court has spoken — and it's up to voters to make their voices heard in the November presidential election. Rep. John Sullivan, who was defeated in Tuesday's primary, says the ruling could "forever change" the relationship between the federal government and its citizens.

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