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9:23 am
Tue September 1, 2009

Air Quality

Tulsa, OK – Cool weather might help Tulsa skip air list

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Unexpectedly cooler weather could keep Tulsa County from violating federal air standards.

Nancy Graham of the Indian Nations Council of Governments' air quality program says the county likely will avoid the Environmental Protection Agency's so-called "dirty air" list.

Graham had been warning the county was headed for the list because of a series of ozone standard violations.

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9:20 am
Tue September 1, 2009

Picher Closing Municipal Operations

Tar Creek pollution site
U.S.G.S. Photo

Picher, OK – Fading mining town's city offices to close

PICHER, Okla. (AP) City offices in the mining-scarred town of Picher are set to close Tuesday, as most of the final few-dozen residents left make plans to leave the blighted area.

Shuttering City Hall will mostly be a formality, since the northeastern Oklahoma town has been fading for months. The schools closed in July, and most of the Main Street businesses are already gone.

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2:45 pm
Mon August 31, 2009

Flu at Owasso

Owasso, OK – Owasso is the latest school district to report the H-1-N-1 virus. A sixth grader has been confirmed to have the flu. School officials say the student will remain home from school for a week. The youngster had apparently been to a birthday party over the weekend. They are monitoring other children who were at the same party.


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Below is a letter from the Owasso Superintendent:
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Dear Parents,

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Local & Regional
2:23 pm
Mon August 31, 2009

Construction Crack Down

This construction crew on the TU campus had utility lines marked prior to excavation.
KWGS News Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – State Rep. Wade Rousselot held an interim study today to alleviate concerns about legislation to protect underground utilities that may be advanced in the 2010 session.

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2:01 pm
Mon August 31, 2009

Bartlesville Fire

Bartlesville, OK – Blaze destroys historic Bartlesville building

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) Firefighters in Bartlesville are still mopping up hot spots after an early morning blaze that destroyed a nearly 100-year-old downtown building.

Fire officials say the fire was first reported about 3 a.m. Monday, and it took more than three hours to extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported.

Located across from the ConocoPhillips office complex, the historic building housed eight tenants, including a restaurant.

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11:41 am
Mon August 31, 2009

Grand Jury Review

McAlester, OK – McALESTER, Okla. (AP) A grand jury investigation will get under way in McAlester this week into alleged crimes by a convicted child rapist. The Pittsburg County grand jury was seated last week at the request of Attorney General Drew Edmondson's office. The panel was convened to look into allegations against 65-year-old convicted child rapist David Harold Eugene Earls.

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10:38 am
Mon August 31, 2009

Here Comes the Judge

Oklahoma City, OK – Judges asked to squeeze more money from defendants

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) As state courts deal with a decline in revenue, the Supreme Court is pressing local judges to squeeze more fines out of criminal defendants.

Judges are encouraged at workshops to raise fines in certain instances and to not forgive court costs. They also have been told they should require those getting probation to pay more upfront.

A handbook encourages "defendants to pay their fines, fees and costs by credit card."

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10:37 am
Mon August 31, 2009

Our Energy Future

The Congressman was featured on the Chamber's program.
KWGS Photo

Tulsa, OK – Last week, we told you about a congressional hearing that was held here in Tulsa dealing with the federal energy policy. It was hosted by Congresswoman Mary Fallin and chaired by Pennsylvania Democrat Jason Altmire. This morning, we hear from Tulsa's Congressman John Sullivan. He favors a revision of the nation's energy policy.

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10:12 am
Sun August 30, 2009

Elderly Woman Hurt in Invasion

A Tulsa Police cruiser
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa woman, 95, beaten during home invasion

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A 95-year-old Tulsa woman is recovering after police say she was beaten during a home-invasion robbery.

Police say a man broke into the woman's home early Saturday while she was asleep, struck her in the face and body, and demanded money and guns.

Police records show the robber took a coin purse, a BB gun and $100 in cash.

A neighbor called police, who arrested 51-year-old Danny Wilson about two blocks away.

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10:07 am
Sun August 30, 2009

Sandy Garrett: The Future

Oklahoma City, OK – Garrett says education will remain in her future

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Even those on the other side of the aisle recognize state Superintendent Sandy Garrett as a consummate politician.

But after almost two decades as arguably Oklahoma's most popular elected official, she's ready to try something else.

Garrett announced earlier this week she doesn't plan to seek re-election for a sixth term as superintendent and will step down at the end of her current term, which runs through 2010.

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