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2:24 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

Grand Jury Indictment

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma's Multicounty Grand Jury adjourned from its June session today after issuing one sealed indictment, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said.

The indictment accuses one person on 174 counts. The indictment will be unsealed at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in Oklahoma County District Court.

Edmondson's office administers the Multicounty Grand Jury which is scheduled to reconvene July 20.

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2:02 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

Tulsa Welcomes SWAT Teams

The sniper range at the U.S. Shooting Academy in North Tulsa
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa hosts national championship for SWAT teams

TULSA, Okla. (AP) SWAT teams and sniper squads from across the U.S. will compete in Tulsa this week to be named the best in the nation.

The U.S. National SWAT Championships begin Monday with the first of two days of sniper competitions featuring two-person teams made up of a sniper and a spotter.

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7:32 am
Wed June 17, 2009

Tulsa's Budget Debate

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa City Councilors have their pencils all sharpened. They are making the last edits to the new City of Tulsa budget.

Mayor Kathy Taylor trimmed over $10-million from her original budget as city sales tax revenue continues to decline. However, some council members worry that the cuts may be too deep. At yesterday's budget meeting there was much discussion on adding dollars back into the budget.

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4:17 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

License Plates Miss Revenue Target

The new Oklahoma Auto License Design
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Revenue down in license plate reissuance

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's first statewide license plate reissuance is not producing the kind of revenue officials had hoped it would.

Preliminary figures from the Oklahoma Tax Commission indicate that revenue from Oklahomans who pay to keep their old license plate number is far below expectations.

State officials had expected to collect $2.1 million from motorists who pay a $15 fee to reserve their old license plate number.

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2:54 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

Latest on Trooper/EMT Ruckus

Cell phone video of confrontation.

Oklahoma City, OK – Paramedic wants trooper's gun and badge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The paramedic who scuffled with an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper says he wants the trooper to have "his badge and his gun" taken away.

Maurice White Jr. said on the CBS Early Show Tuesday that trooper Daniel Martin was in a state of rage and totally disregarded the patient in the ambulance.

Martin stopped the ambulance May 24 near Paden and told the driver he was going to ticket him for failing to yield.

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2:50 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

TB in Cushing

Cushing is in Payne County. Payne County is marked in red.
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Cushing, OK – Payne County residents tested for tuberculosis

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) Health officials are testing Payne County residents for tuberculosis after a Cushing High School student was diagnosed with the disease.

Associate tuberculosis control officer Dr. Phillip Lindsey at the state Health Department says about 125 people who had contact with the student were asked to have skin tests for the disease.

He says about half of the 125 have been tested and 16 of those have tested positive.

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10:35 am
Tue June 16, 2009

Harvest Looking Better

Enid, OK – Crop showing some positive signs

ENID, Okla. (AP) Wheat farmers in Oklahoma say the crop has taken a beating but is showing some positive signs.

The harvest is well under way in some parts of the state while just getting started in areas such as Enid.

Waukomis Cooperative manager James Wilson says farmers there have been cutting for about 10 days and are getting from 18 to 30 bushels an acre.

Wheat production has been inconsistent in recent years.

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9:45 am
Tue June 16, 2009

UPDATE: Mohawk Park Plane Crash

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Federal investigators say a Dallas pilot who was killed when his plane crashed in Tulsa was disoriented by freezing rain and pushed the aircraft beyond its stress limits.

Darrin Ogletree radioed flight controllers about an equipment failure shortly before his plane went down in Mohawk Park on Jan. 16, 2008.

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9:31 am
Tue June 16, 2009

Broken Arrow Manager Out

Broken Arrow City Manager James Twombly resigns.
City of Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow, OK – Broken Arrow city manager leaving

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) The Broken Arrow City Council has voted 5-0 to accept a "separation agreement" and end the contract of City Manager Jim Twombly.

The vote Monday night comes two weeks after Twombly placed Fire Chief Jackie Carner on paid leave for undisclosed reasons.

City officials say the two instances are not related and that the city needs different leadership.

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8:15 am
Tue June 16, 2009

Pike Pass At The Airport

Members of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the Tulsa Airport Authority cut the ribbon on the new Pike Pass lane at Tulsa International.
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – The parking facilities at Tulsa International Airport are now equipped with Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Pike Pass readers. If you have a credit-card backed Pike Pass account, you simply enter through a designated Pike Pass lane. Your Pike Pass account will be automatically billed when you exit. There is no need to pull a ticket or wait to pay at the exit.

The Airport Authority announced the service last week.

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