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4:42 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

Missing Tulsan May be in Danger

53-Year-Old Jerry Adkins
Tulsa Police Department

Tulsa, OK –
Tulsa Police are seeking your help in finding a missing Tulsa man with medical issues. Police say 53-year-old Jerry Adkins disappeared on May 10th when he left his home in the 1300 block of North 77th East Avenue.

The Police Department says Adkins has health issues and takes medication daily. They are concerned for his well being, especially without his medication. Adkins has not been to work or known to have called anyone.

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10:06 am
Wed May 13, 2009

Drug Testing for Welfare Moms

State Senator Randy Brogdon (R) Owasso
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Bill passed for drug testing of welfare moms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A Senate budget committee has passed a bill calling for drug testing of mothers who receive welfare payments.

The measure was sent to the Senate floor on Tuesday, despite a warning from a Department of Human Services official that it could lead to a loss of federal stimulus money.

Sen. Randy Brogdon, an Owasso Republican, said the goal of his measure is not to penalize recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Family payments.

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Local & Regional
5:09 pm
Tue May 12, 2009

Nearby Fire Department Needs Practice

A Turner Wrecker Truck ready to load a donation to the Catoosa Fire Department.
KWGS News

Catoosa, Oklahoma – It may sound a little silly but the Catoosa Fire Department would like to cut-up your car for practice. Catoosa Fire Chief Dennis Benton says his department is seeking donations of junk cars. The Catoosa Fire Department is a combination department, with eight paid fire fighters and 16 volunteers. Chief Benton they need training.

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Local & Regional
3:16 pm
Tue May 12, 2009

Agreement Reached on Lawsuit Reform

The Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Agreement reached on civil justice plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Compromise legislation affecting the way Oklahomans file and litigate lawsuits has been unveiled by Republican legislative leaders.

Lawmakers described Monday's announcement as a historic agreement that will help block frivolous lawsuits and lower medical malpractice and other insurance costs.

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Local & Regional
10:15 am
Tue May 12, 2009

Tulsa Board Drops Charter Lawsuit

Tulsa School Board President Dr. Lana Turner-Addison
City of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa schools drop lawsuit over charter schools

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa school board has voted unanimously to drop a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Charter Schools Association.

The lawsuit claimed the state's Charter Schools Act adopted in 1999 violates the state Constitution's provision against "local" or "special" laws.

But last month an Oklahoma County judge ruled the law to be constitutional.

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Local & Regional
5:44 pm
Mon May 11, 2009

Update on Flu in Tulsa Schools

Tulsa School Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard discusses the H1N1 Virus in the Tulsa Public Schools.
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – An update for you on the H1N1 virus in the Tulsa Public Schools. There has been one confirmed case of the virus, better known as the swine flu, at the Jackson Elementary School at 2137 North Pittsburg.

Below is the text of a letter the Tulsa School District sent home with parents in the Jackson district on Monday:

May 11, 2009

RE: H1N1 Influenza in staff member at Jackson Elementary School

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Local & Regional
5:06 pm
Mon May 11, 2009

Town Does Not Rebuild After Killer Tornado

One of the tornado damaged homes that will not be repaired in Picher, Oklahoma.
KWGS News

Picher, Oklahoma – It is the story of Picher, Oklahoma. Once, it was a community of 20,000 with its own newspaper and radio station. Then the mines closed and left over tailings turned the water red. In the 1980's Picher became a Federal Superfund site. After remediation failed, the federal government started a buy-out of the residents. One year-ago, yesterday, in the middle of the buy-out, an E-F four tornado sliced through the town leaving six people dead.

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11:05 am
Mon May 11, 2009

New Developments in Poultry Suit

KWGS

Tulsa, OK – Motion seeks to exclude testimony from professor

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Poultry companies being sued by Oklahoma for allegedly polluting the Illinois River watershed want a judge to exclude the testimony of one of the state's expert witnesses in the case.

In a 431-page motion filed Friday in federal court, the poultry companies say that testimony offered by Valerie Harwood is unreliable and would be "confusing and unfairly prejudicial if presented to a lay jury."

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Local & Regional
10:34 am
Mon May 11, 2009

New Faculty at TU

The McFarlin Library on the campus at the University of Tulsa.
KWGS

Tulsa, OK – University of Tulsa to hire 20 new faculty

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tough economic times won't keep the University of Tulsa from hiring about 20 full-time faculty members next fall.

Provost Roger Blais calls the hiring normal turnover for the university's staff of approximately 320 faculty members.

Blais says the university benefited from a deep pool of highly qualified applicants because many other schools are either cutting jobs or have a hiring freeze in place.

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10:05 am
Mon May 11, 2009

Budget Work Continues at Oklahoma Capitol

Oklahoma City, OK – Budget work shouldn't require special session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry and legislative leaders have agreed to keep their negotiations for next year's budget secret, but all parties agree that a special session shouldn't be necessary.

The governor and lawmakers have already exchanged proposals for the budget, which is expected to require some cuts from this year's $7.1 billion budget.

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