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12:05 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Pilots say No! Judge to Rule on American Contracts Today

Jet inside the new American Hangar at Tulsa International
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DALLAS (AP) — The pilots' union at American Airlines has rejected the company's latest contract offer. The move could clear the way for a judge to decide whether American can impose its own cost-cutting terms, including layoffs.

The union board voted 11-5 on Wednesday to reject the company's offer.

A federal bankruptcy judge is scheduled to rule tomorrow on whether American can break its current contracts with pilots and other union workers. The pilots' union wants a delay in that ruling.

American and parent AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in November.

Local & Regional
7:03 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Down 3-1 to Heat, Thunder vow to keep fighting

MIAMI (AP) — Down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, history says the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't coming back.

Nobody have ever rallied from that deficit in the NBA Finals. Then again, few have erased a 2-0 deficit in any playoff series, and the Thunder did that just one round ago when they charged past the San Antonio Spurs.

So don't write off the Thunder just yet.

Local & Regional
6:52 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Grant for Community Medicine School

OU President David Boren, center, welcomes people to the grant announcement
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The Oxley Foundation says it will donate $30 million for the proposed Tulsa School of Community Medicine.

The planned school will be a partnership between the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. The universities say they're creating the four-year community medical education program to help address Oklahoma's physician shortage.

Oxley Foundation trustee R.H. Harbaugh says the gift is the largest commitment the foundation has ever undertaken

The first class at the Tulsa School of Community Medicine is expected to start in fall 2015.

Local & Regional
7:03 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Oklahoma Lottery Panel hires Longtime State Official

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Lottery Commission has selected long-time state official Rollo Redburn as the agency's new executive director.

Five of the board's seven members met Tuesday and voted 5-0 to hire Redburn at an annual salary of $140,000.

Redburn is a 29-year employee of the Office of State Finance and helped launch the lottery after it was approved by Oklahoma voters in 2004. He served previously as the commission's director of administration and became interim director after James Scroggins resigned in March.

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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Ex-Stroud Cheerleading Coach Facing Sex Charge

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STROUD, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a former Stroud kindergarten teacher and high school cheerleading coach has been arrested on allegations of making indecent proposals to a minor.

The OSB says 35-year-old Mandi Layne Guerrero surrendered to Lincoln County authorities Tuesday afternoon on a complaint of lewd or indecent proposals to a child under 16.

Online court records did not list an attorney for Guerrero and an after-hours phone call to the school district was not answered.

Local & Regional
8:08 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Church Called-off after Child Comes Down with Meningitis

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — A church in Sand Springs canceled its Sunday services after a young member was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

The Word of Life canceled its services Sunday after learning of the child's diagnosis. The church says the child is hospitalized and receiving treatment.

The church says the youth had attended three nights of summer Bible school the past week. The church says it canceled services out of caution to minimize the risk to other congregants.

Local & Regional
8:49 am
Sun June 17, 2012

Oklahoma Reaches All-time Employment High in May

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the state reached an all-time high of more than 1.7 million persons employed in May.

Commission officials say Oklahoma's jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent from 5 percent in April. Statistics show 85,120 people were unemployed last month.

May's rate also is below the 5.9 percent jobless rate in May 2011.

Officials say seasonally adjusted non-farm employment dropped by 1,900 jobs.

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Local & Regional
8:46 am
Sun June 17, 2012

Trial to begin in Tulsa Businessman's Death

Suspect Terrico Bethell
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge says the trial of a man accused of killing a businessman three years ago will begin next week.

According to a story in Saturday's Tulsa World, Terrico Bethel told District Judge Tom Gillert on Friday that his team wasn't ready to proceed. But Gillert said jury selection will start on Monday.

Prosecutors have charged Bethel with first-degree murder in the September 2008 fatal shooting of 63-year-old Neal Sweeney. Three others have been charged in what investigators believe was a murder for hire.

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Local & Regional
8:44 am
Sun June 17, 2012

Woman Killed while Walking on Oklahoma Highway

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CASTLE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a Castle woman who was walking in the middle of a highway in Okfuskee County was struck by a car and killed.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says paramedics pronounced 67-year-old Lois Gauze dead at the scene of the accident early Saturday on Oklahoma Highway 48 near Castle.

Troopers say Gauze was walking south on the highway about 12:10 a.m. when a northbound vehicle struck her. The patrol says the woman hit the hood of the car, rolled over the roof and landed on the vehicle's trunk.

Local & Regional
8:41 am
Sun June 17, 2012

GOP Looks to Turn Congressional Slate Red in 2012

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hoping to build on huge gains in the 2010 elections, Republicans are setting their sights on the last large swatch of Democratic blue in Oklahoma — the state's sprawling 2nd Congressional District seat in eastern Oklahoma.

Thrown open last summer when U.S. Representative Dan Boren announced plans to not seek a fifth term, six Republicans are looking to flip the only Democrat-held seat in the state's congressional delegation from blue to red.

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