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6:38 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Monday Morning Local News

In the local news:

  • The lack of an agreement between the public safety unions and the city is hampering city budget preparation.
  • More earthquakes shake north central Oklahoma.
  • Work gets underway on a pond project that will close lanes on the Creek Turnpike in Tulsa.
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9:18 am
Sun April 6, 2014

As Oil Prices Climb, Exploration Becomes Active

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine this week to 1,818.

The Houston firm said in its weekly report Friday that 1,498 rigs were exploring for oil and 316 for gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 11 rigs, Oklahoma increased by five, and New Mexico increased by two. Louisiana lost six rigs.

West Texas Intermediate futures closed at $101.14 a barrel on Friday.

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9:16 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Oklahoma Prison Boss Clearing County Jails

Oklahoma Correction Director Robert Patton
Credit State of Arizona

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After just a few months on the job, the new director of Oklahoma's prison system is pushing more inmates into vacant beds at work centers and halfway houses.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton has nearly tripled the intake rate of prisoners into state facilities as he looks to tighten the agency's budget. He's starting with a backlog of more than 1,700 offenders in county jails awaiting transfer to DOC custody.

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9:13 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Secrecy Surrounds Execution Drugs in Most States

Credit KWGS News File Photo

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The vast majority of the country's 32 death penalty states refuse to disclose the source of their execution drugs.

A review by The Associated Press has found that the states cloaked in secrecy include some with the most active death chambers. Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Missouri are among them.

The secrecy comes as most states now rely on loosely regulated "compounding pharmacies" for execution drugs but refuse to name them. They cite concerns about backlash that could endanger the supplier's safety.

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9:10 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Shake, Rattle and Roll: More Oklahoma Earthquakes

Credit File photo

CRESCENT, Okla. (AP) — Several earthquakes have been reported in north-central Oklahoma, including a magnitude 4.2 temblor north of Crescent.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the 4.2 magnitude quake was recorded at 7:42 a.m. Saturday in a lightly populated area 12 miles north of Crescent — about 45 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

There are no reports of damage or injury.

The quake is one of eight recorded Friday and Saturday morning in the region near Langston, Medford, Perry and Pawnee with the other quakes ranging in magnitude from 2.2 to 3.0.

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8:45 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Traffic Fatality Figures Released

Credit KWGS File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Department of Public Safety says 35 people were killed in February from fatalities, with Oklahoma County leading the state.

DPS says Oklahoma County had six fatalities, followed by Bryan and Lincoln counties with three.

Three pedestrians died in crashes during February. Three of the crashes were alcohol-related.

DPS says 30 of the fatality victims were Oklahoma residents. Five were non-residents.

Twenty of the victims were males, while 14 were females. One was reported as an unknown gender.

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8:39 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Disappointment in Tulsa as Danny Manning Leaves

The center of the TU Campus
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa players are expressing disappointment over the departure of coach Danny Manning to Wake Forest.

Rashad Smith, a 6-foot-7 forward, says he found out on ESPN, before Manning texted the team. Smith says he's happy for Manning.

Athletic director Derrick Gragg says Tulsa President Steadham Upham put together a "very highly competitive offer" to try to keep Manning after two seasons ended with two trips to the postseason.

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8:22 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Oklahoma National Guard Unveils New Helicopters

An UH-72-A
Credit US Army

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma National Guard is planning to unveil four new UH-72A "Lakota" helicopters that are replacing an aging fleet of choppers that have been in service for more than 30 years.

Guard officials plan to unveil the new helicopters Sunday at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City.

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8:16 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Death Row Inmates Ask for Stay of Executions

Entrance to prison at McAlester
Credit File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for two Oklahoma death-row inmates say that despite adverse rulings for condemned killers from Missouri and Texas before the U.S. Supreme Court, they believe their challenge to the state's execution law won't meet the same fate.

Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner sued the state in February over what they called a "veil of secrecy" surrounding execution protocols and the origins of drugs used in lethal injections.

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2:14 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Recruits Graduate from the Tulsa Police Academy

Emily Michie gets her badge pinned on after graduation ceremonies from the Tulsa Police Academy.
Credit KWGS News

16 new police officers get badges today. A ceremony is held at the Tulsa police academy to mark the graduation of the 16 recruits after six months of training. One of the grads is Emily Michie, who is following in her father’s footsteps. He spent 25 years on the Tulsa Police Force. She says it was kind of always in the back of her mind to become a law officer, but she didn’t really make up her mind until after college.

The recruits now transition to officers in training and will spend the next 16 weeks with field training officers.

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