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12:49 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

Plea Entered in Abuse Case

Meredith Howard
Tulsa County Jail

Tulsa, OK – A not guilty plea for Tulsa Day Care worker Meredith Howard. She is the John Knox Child Care worker accused of abusing a 19-month-old girl in her care.

The plea was entered this morning in Tulsa District Court by her attorney Alan Smallwood. The 38-year-old Howard will be back in court next month.

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9:56 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Pension Woes

Scott Meacham
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Meacham offers plan to deal with pension liability

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Outgoing state Treasurer Scott Meacham is outlining a plan he says will help Oklahoma deal with its $16.5 billion unfunded liability for the state's public pension system.

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9:55 am
Thu November 18, 2010

BOK Center Threat

Tulsa's BOK Center
BOK Center

Minneapolis, MN – Minn. man sentenced for false bomb threat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A Minnesota man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for reporting a false bomb threat to the FBI.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 26-year-old Daniel Gerald Peterson of Hutchinson was sentenced Wednesday to 33 months on one count of offering false information and hoaxes.

Peterson pleaded guilty in June.

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9:53 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Wagoner Murder

Muskogee, OK – Police looking into stabbing death of Okla. man

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) Wagoner police and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are looking into a fatal stabbing at an apartment complex.

Police Capt. Tony Ponds says 36-year-old Taft resident Cornelius Powell was stabbed about 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Autumn Woods Apartments.

Ponds told the Muskogee Phoenix that Powell was at the apartment when a fight broke out.

He says investigators have a suspect in the killing but no arrest has been made.

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9:51 am
Thu November 18, 2010

One Dead in Plane Crash

Oklahoma City, OK – Pilot killed in small plane crash in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Authorities say a small plane crash in the Oklahoma City area has killed one person.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the pilot of a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza was killed when the plane crashed Wednesday night near Yukon, about two miles south of Wiley Post Airport. Lunsford says the plane was flying from Lawton to Oklahoma City.

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Local & Regional
12:34 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Police Lay Offs

Stillwater, OK – 2 Stillwater police officers to be laid off

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Stillwater's council has accepted a plan to lay off two police officers in the Payne County town.

The council unanimously approved the measure Monday, saying the layoffs are needed to help close a budget gap the city says was created when an arbitration panel ruled in the police union's favor in a contract dispute.

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12:34 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

More Appointments

Mary Fallin

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma Governor-elect Mary Fallin today named staffers to fill policy, legal and communications positions in her administration.

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Local & Regional
12:28 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Homicide update

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Police have released a letter that may be a key piece of evidence in a homicide investigation. The letter, written by a woman named Kee-Kee, was sent to homicide victim Damesha Hunter about a month before she was killed.

In the letter, the Kee-Kee claims to be pregnant with Hunter's husband's child. Police want to contact the letter writer in connection with the homicide investigation.

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9:59 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Natural Gas Proposal

Truck at a Tulsa CNG Pump
KWGS News File Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – Pickens not optimistic about natural gas proposal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Billionaire energy magnate T. Boone Pickens isn't optimistic that Congress will act this year on a proposal to spur the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel in the U.S.

In September, Pickens had said he remained hopeful that Congress would pass what is known as the NAT GAS Act by the end of the year. Among the measure's goals is to subsidize the conversion of long-haul trucks so that they would run on compressed natural gas.

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9:53 am
Wed November 17, 2010

School Funding in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. Education Board delays budget vote

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Board of Education is expected to request an increase of more than $300 million for public schools, despite an anticipated tight budget in the upcoming fiscal year.

The board met Tuesday and discussed the proposed budget request, but delayed voting until Dec. 14.

During last year's legislative session, lawmakers tried to shield education from the deepest cuts and limited its budget reduction to about 3 percent.

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