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1:29 pm
Mon October 26, 2009

Furlough Protest

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) About a dozen Pardon and Parole Board employees are protesting at the state Capitol after receiving their third furlough day in as many months.

The employees held signs on the south lawn of the Capitol on Monday and waved to passing motorists.

The entire agency, which employs about 35 workers, was shut down on Monday and a recorded message at the agency headquarters said the office was closed due to state budget cuts.

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12:20 pm
Mon October 26, 2009

Sentence for Marquis Bullock

Convicted killer Marquis Bullock
Tulsa County Booking photo

Tulsa, OK – The man convicted of killing 13-year-old Cory Baker gets life in prison WITH the possibility of parole.

That was the sentence handed down to Marquis Bullock this morning in Tulsa District Court.

He was convicted of 2007 kidnapping and murdering his girl friend's little sister. Her remains were found several months later near a paint-ball park in Sapulpa.

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10:57 am
Mon October 26, 2009

Where is the Water? Lake Yahola drained!

Dry ground is visible as Lake Yahola is drained for $800K renovations.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – A large portion of the two-billion gallon Lake Yahola water reservoir is Tulsa is dry ground. That is because the City-of-Tulsa is undertaking a major renovation project at the city's oldest water reservoir near Tulsa's Mohawk Park.

The $820-thousand project got underway earlier this month. Crossland Heavy Construction is the contractor and the work should take five months.

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9:50 am
Mon October 26, 2009

Pistol Packin' Lawmaker

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Lawmaker gets OK to bring gun to state Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A retired state trooper who now serves in the statehouse says he occasionally carries his gun to the Capitol after he received threatening phone calls at home.

Oklahoma law prohibits people even those with valid concealed handgun licenses from entering state buildings while armed. However, exceptions are in place for active and retired law enforcement officers, like Rep. Mike Christian, a Republican from Oklahoma City.

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9:47 am
Mon October 26, 2009

Afghanistan Bound

Stillwater, OK – Soldiers, family gather for deployment ceremony

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) About 60 Oklahoma Army National Guard soldiers and their families gathered in Stillwater for a deployment ceremony.

The soldiers with the 1-45th Agribusiness Development Team will spend about a year in Afghanistan helping the natives learn to better manage their crops and farm.

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Local & Regional
9:45 am
Mon October 26, 2009

Jail Inspection Cut

Oklahoma City, OK – Budget cuts lead to fewer jail inspections

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State officials say budget cuts have meant fewer jail inspections but that there is no problem.

Law enforcement officials disagree.

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Local & Regional
9:13 am
Sun October 25, 2009

Tulsa in Top 10 Economies

Tulsa, OK – OKC, Tulsa rank among top 10 economies


TULSA, Okla. (AP) A new study shows the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro area economies rank among the top 10 in the country.

Using data and analysis from the Brookings Institution's new MetroMonitor study, BusinessWeek.com selected the top 40 economies based on job growth, employment, economic growth and home prices.

Oklahoma City ranked No. 3 on the list, with Tulsa at No. 7.

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Local & Regional
9:09 am
Sun October 25, 2009

Help for the Laid-Off

Oklahoma City, OK – Laid off Hertz workers eligible for aid


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Former employees of Hertz Corporation's Oklahoma City office have been ruled eligible for the Trade Readjustment Assistance program by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission announced the eligibility on Friday.

The program provides assistance to those who lose jobs or significant work hours because of increased imports or a shift in production out of the country.

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Local & Regional
9:01 am
Sat October 24, 2009

Oklahoma Quake

Carney, OK – Quake shakes Lincoln County


CARNEY, Okla. (AP) Authorities say an earthquake registering 3.0 on the Richter scale shook parts of Lincoln County.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake was reported about a mile southwest of Carney and 23 miles south of Stillwater. It was felt from Chandler to Tryon.

A Lincoln County 911 center dispatcher said reports of the earthquake came in at 9:57 p.m. Thursday.

There were no reports of damage.

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8:55 am
Sat October 24, 2009

Gun at School

Tulsa, OK – Police find gun in locker


TULSA, Okla. (AP) Authorities say campus police have found a gun in a student locker at Memorial High School in Tulsa.

School officials were questioning a 16-year-old male student who appeared to be under the influence when an employee noticed some text messages on his cell phone, which had been confiscated Friday.

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