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7:58 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Thunder Takes Game One

Last night's Thunder game against the Heat
Cameron Felts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) __Their first appearance in the NBA Finals started slowly but ended just fine for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat Miami 105-94 to take the opener.

Kevin Durant scored 17 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter. Russell Westbrook added 27 points and 11 assists. Durant made six of 10 shots in the fourth quarter to power the Thunder ahead after they had trailed until late in the third quarter.

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5:07 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Oklahoma 1st District Candidates Meet in Forum

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The two Republicans squaring off for the nomination to represent Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District have met for their first and likely last political forum ahead of the June 26 primary.

Five-term U.S. Rep. John Sullivan's campaign has been met with stout resistance from Navy pilot Jim Bridenstine, who says Sullivan's held the office representing northeastern Oklahoma and the city of Tulsa for too long.

The two spent about an hour Tuesday afternoon convincing an overflow crowd at a south Tulsa hotel of their conservative credentials.

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4:57 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

DHS Chair Latest to Resign

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The chairman of the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services is resigning his leadership position but plans to remain on the panel.

Chairman Brad Yarbrough announced his plans to step down after Tuesday's regular meeting of the commission, citing the fact that the duties "required an excessive investment of time."

Yarbrough was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin last year and has helped oversee the agency that provides services for vulnerable children, the elderly and disabled Oklahomans.

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4:54 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Oklahoma officials expect $600-Million Deposit in Rainy Day fund

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma finance officials project a deposit of nearly $350 million into the state's Rainy Day Fund after the fiscal year ends June 30, bringing the total balance of the fund to about $600 million.

Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger reported Tuesday that total collections to the state's general revenue fund through May exceeded last year's collections by nearly 10 percent.

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7:05 am
Tue June 12, 2012

GOP, Independents, Increasing in Numbers in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of registered Republicans and independents continues to grow in Oklahoma, but Democrats still have the advantage when it comes to registered voters.

Figures released Monday by the Oklahoma State Election Board show 46 percent of registered voters in Oklahoma are Democrats, 42 percent are Republicans and 12 percent are independents.

Despite the Democrats' advantage, the recent trend in voter registrations appears to favor Republicans and independents.

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7:02 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Teen Pleads Guilty to Coweta Murder for Hire Plot

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma City teenager has pleaded guilty to killing a man in Wagoner County in what prosecutors say was a murder-for-hire scheme.

Nineteen-year-old Michael Richardson was sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to a second-degree murder charge in Wagoner County District Court in Wagoner.

Richardson was charged in the February 2011 death of 53-year-old Arthur Burney — the father of Richardson's girlfriend — near Burney's home in Coweta.

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Local & Regional
11:19 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Oklahoma's Multicounty Grand Jury to Reconvene

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury is preparing to reconvene to investigate criminal matters.

The grand jury will reconvene Tuesday through Thursday at the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office in Oklahoma City.

The state's 13th multicounty grand jury is led by Assistant Attorney General Charles Rogers, chief of the AG's Multicounty Grand Jury Unit. Thus far, grand jurors have returned 17 indictments, in cases filed in Cleveland, Harper, McClain, Pittsburg and Oklahoma counties.

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10:28 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Lawyer for Mobster's Lover Asks for Leniency

Whitey Bulger
FBI

BOSTON (AP) — The lawyer for the longtime girlfriend of Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger is asking a judge to sentence her to 27 months in prison for helping him stay on the run for 16 years. Bugler is accused of a string of murders, including one in Tulsa.

Prosecutors have asked for a decade in prison for Catherine Greig, who faces sentencing on Tuesday.

Greig pleaded guilty in March to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud.

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7:09 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Thunderstruck: Oklahoma Goes Mad for Pro Basketball

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City has been thunderstruck by the success of its NBA franchise.

Oklahomans are, for the time being, forgetting their loyalties to their Bedlam rival and Golden Hurricane college teams.

The Thunder open the NBA finals against the Miami Heat at home on Tuesday.

The city is decked out in the blue-and-orange team colors, and one business has put up a giant beard on its facade as a tribute to Thunder guard James Harden.

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7:04 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Funds available to help Oklahomans cool homes

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services says it will have funding to help low income residents pay summer cooling bills.

DHS says it will be taking applications starting July 9 for assistance through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The agency says it will have about $22 million for this year's program.

Eligibility is based on the size and the monthly income of the household. The one-time payments are $200 for a one-person household and $250 for a home with two or more people.

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