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8:46 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Skiatook Grand Jury

Tulsa, OK – Attorneys representing ousted Skiatook School Superintendent Gary Johnson have filed a motion to get the judge supervising a grand jury disqualified. The jury was seated earlier this month to look into possible overspending in the Skiatook school district. This follows a state auditor's report that claimed the school district wasted near $750,000 on over prices supplies. The grand jury is to finish its work this week.

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8:41 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Would Be Bomb

Bartlesville, OK – Device found in Okla. parking lot not dangerous

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) Authorities say a potential explosive device found in the Bartlesville High School parking lot didn't pose a danger.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. George Brown said Tuesday the device was determined to be a digital clock attached to a propane bottle.

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8:39 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Police Investigate

Tulsa, Ok – 2 bodies found in restroom at Tulsa, Okla., store

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Police say the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found inside a restroom at a Tulsa convenience store may have resulted from a murder followed by a suicide.

Police did not provide names of the two people found in the Kwik Stop restroom Tuesday evening. Investigators said a gun was also found in the restroom.

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Local & Regional
8:30 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Wednesday Morning's Top Local Stories

Tulsa, OK – Hear a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories:

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Local & Regional
3:41 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Cemetery Vandalism

Wagoner County is red.
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Wagoner, OK – Headstones smashed, damaged at Wagoner cemetery

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) Authorities say vandals turned over and smashed 40 to 50 headstones in the Elmwood Cemetery in Wagoner.

Ron Ross, the Wagoner city cemetery sexton, says the damage happened sometime over the weekend. He says it'll take three to four days to repair the headstones.

Ross says it will be difficult to fix everything, because some of the damaged headstones are very old.

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3:40 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Tar Creek Violation?

Tar Creek pollution site
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Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. Court: Trust violated Open Meeting Act

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a trust overseeing a voluntary buyout program for residents of the Tar Creek Superfund site has violated the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act.

The state's highest court made the ruling in an 8-1 decision handed down Tuesday.

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3:37 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Possible Plane Crash

Tecumseh, OK – Okla. authorities looking for possible plane crash

TECUMSEH, Okla. (AP) Authorities are looking for a small airplane that may have crashed in Pottawatomie County.

Tecumseh Emergency Manager Melvin Potter said 36 square miles had been searched but crews hadn't found any wreckage Tuesday morning.

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9:40 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Body IDed

Broken Arrow Police Major Carole Newell
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Broken Arrow, OK – Authorities identify body found in BA field

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) Broken Arrow police have identified a man whose body was found on an undeveloped plot of land.

Police Maj. Carole Newell says it was the body of 29-year-old Joshua Michael Wilson of Broken Arrow that was found on June 13 by horseback riders.

Police initially investigated the case as a homicide, but Newell said Monday there is nothing at this time to indicate foul play was involved in Wilson's death.

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9:34 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Cash Crisis Eases

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. state revenue shows improvement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State revenue is projected to improve over the coming year, a sign that Oklahoma is slowly pulling out of the national economic slump.

The state Board of Equalization Monday certified revenue that will be available to pay for state services during the fiscal year that begins July 1. That certification is more than $308 million more than revenue estimates the board approved in February.

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9:32 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Rate Heads Up

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma unemployment rate reaches 6.7 percent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) New figures show more Oklahomans were out of work in May than in April or during the same period in 2009.

According to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, a slight increase over the 6.6 percent rate reported in April. The agency says the rate represented 119,430 people.

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