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10:16 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Refinery Sold

Tulsa, OK – NEW: Sunoco completes sale of Tulsa refinery to Holly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Oil refiner Sunoco Inc. says it has completed the sale of its 85,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Tulsa, Okla., to Dallas-based Holly Corp. for $65 million.

Sunoco's chairman and CEO, Lynn Elsenhans, calls the move another step in Sunoco's efforts to realign its portfolio of assets and improve its competitiveness.

The company says the Tulsa refinery began production in 1913 and had been a part of Sunoco's refining system since 1968.

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10:08 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Update on John Sullivan

File-photo: Congressman Sullivan at Washington Meeting
John Sullivan

Tulsa, OK – Spokesman: Sullivan constituent needs will be met

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A spokesman says the needs of the constituents of an Oklahoma congressmen who took a leave of absence to seek treatment for an alcohol addiction will be met while he is gone.

The Tulsa World reports from its Washington bureau that spokesman John Tidwell says U.S. Rep. John Sullivan "made specific arrangements to ensure his congressional offices in both Oklahoma and Washington will remain open and fully functional."

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5:31 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

Plane Diverted to Tulsa

An aerial view of Tulsa's International Airport
Tulsa Airport Authority

Tulsa, OK – Continental Express jet makes emergency landing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Continental Express jet with 53 people on board has made an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport.

Flight 2916 from Houston to Omaha, Neb., diverted just after 9:30 a.m. Monday after the crew said they were having a "pressurization problem."

The Tulsa Fire Department and ambulances were called to the scene but there are no reports of injury.

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12:33 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

Coburn to seek re-election

Tom Coburn

Tulsa, OK – Coburn to run again 2010

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Sen. Tom Coburn announced this morning in Tulsa he will run for re-election to a second term.

The Oklahoma Republican has built a reputation as an anti-earmarks crusader by working to stall projects that other senators try to put into legislation.

Coburn is a medical doctor who was first elected to the Senate in 2004 when he defeated Democrat Brad Carson with 53 percent of the vote.

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10:04 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Tulsa's No Whistle Zone

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A designation has been delayed that would silence the horns of trains passing through downtown Tulsa. The so-called "quiet zone" designation had been expected to be implemented this spring, after work to install vehicle-proof gates at five railroad crossings was finished. City planner Dennis Whitaker says that the designation likely won't be implemented until the end of the year.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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9:56 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Cell Tower At School? Neighbors say "NO"

The entrance to the Nimitz Middle School near 55th and South Harvard in Tulsa.
Tulsa Public Schools

Tulsa, OK – Cell phone tower at Tulsa school opposed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A proposal to build a 196-foot cell phone tower on the grounds of a Tulsa middle school is opposed by neighbors and has the mayor asking questions.

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor also has questions about the tower. She's sent a letter to the city's Board of Adjustment saying her administration wants to review and analyze the proposal.

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9:35 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Inhofe's Wish List

Senator Jim Inhofe meets with reporters.
Jim Inhofe

Tulsa, OK – Inhofe's spending requests top $500M

TULSA, Okla. (AP) U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has submitted requests for more than 100 spending projects totaling more than $500 million.

The Tulsa World reported today from its Washington bureau that Inhofe has requested the projects for consideration during the upcoming congressional appropriations process.

Inhofe spokesman Jared Young cautioned local communities against false expectations, saying its likely that less than 50 percent of what was requested will be funded.

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4:38 pm
Sun May 31, 2009

Suspect Arrested: Kansas Church Shooting

Dr. George Tillman

Wichita, Kansas – WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Wichita city official says a suspect is in custody in the shooting death of late-term abortion provider George Tiller.

The city official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case. The official did not provide additional details.

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10:08 am
Sun May 31, 2009

Judges Get Death Threats

Muskoogee County in red
KWGS Map

Muskogee, OK – Police probe threats against judges


MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) Muskogee police are searching for a man who called police and threatened two local judges.

Police Lt. Bobby Lee says a male caller phoned the department's investigations unit and accused one of the judges of stalking him. Lee says the caller then threatened the lives of both judges.

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10:03 am
Sun May 31, 2009

Near Drowning at Park

File Photo of Big Splash Entrance

Tulsa, OK – Boy, 6, nearly drowns at Tulsa water park

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A 6-year-old boy is in serious condition after a near drowning at a Tulsa water park.

Medics responded about 5:40 p.m. yesterday to the Big Splash Water Park in Tulsa.

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Tina Wells says medics provided life support care to the boy at the park and then transported him in serious condition to a Tulsa hospital.

The boy's name was not immediately released.

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