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8:48 am
Mon March 29, 2010

Monday Morning's Top Stories

Tulsa, Ok – Hear a quick recap on Monday's Top Local Stories:

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Local & Regional
10:48 am
Sun March 28, 2010

New IT Director

Oklahoma City, OK – Henry names Pettit to technology post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry has named Alex Pettit as Oklahoma's first chief information officer.

Henry announced the appointment on Friday. He says Pettit, a technology consultant in Denton, Texas, and a project manager for Brown University, will begin his duties on April 5.

A law passed by the Legislature last year authorized the governor to appoint a chief information officer to oversee state computer information and technology operations.

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Local & Regional
9:58 am
Sat March 27, 2010

CIA link to OKC Bombing

The Oklahoma City Murrah Building after the 1995 bombing.
OKC Bombing Memorial

Salt Lake City, UT – Ruling links CIA to OKC bombing prosecution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal judge has turned down a Utah attorney's request for access to secret CIA documents about the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing in a ruling that links the agency to the prosecution of Timothy McVeigh.

A decision handed down Friday by U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups in Salt Lake City rejected attorney Jesse Trentadue's Freedom of Information Act request for 12 CIA documents. The judge says they are legally exempt from disclosure.

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9:46 am
Sat March 27, 2010

Execution on Hold

The Oklahoma State Prison at McAlester

Oklahoma City, OK – Henry grants temporary stay of execution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry has granted a temporary stay of execution to an Oklahoma death row inmate sentenced to die for a 1986 killing.

Henry issued the stay Friday after the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended the governor commute the death sentence of Richard Tandy Smith to life in prison without parole.

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Local & Regional
2:41 pm
Fri March 26, 2010

County Wants to Work with Mayor

Tulsa, OK – Fresh on the heels of a City Council 5-4 vote to reject a City/County cooperation effort, the Tulsa County Commission immediately announced its unanimous support for redirecting such an effort to working with Mayor Bartlett's administration.
On Thursday night, the Tulsa City Council voted down a resolution brought forward by Councilor G.T. Bynum to create a committee of City and County representatives to evaluate opportunities to save money.

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10:17 am
Fri March 26, 2010

Oologah Update

Oologah Schools
Oologah Chamber of Commerce

Oologah, OK – Limbs of boy with meningococcal disease amputated

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The grandfather of an Oologah-Talala student who contracted meningococcal disease earlier this month says the six-year-old has undergone surgery to amputate his arms and legs.

Rockie Mitchell says doctors operated on Jeremiah Mitchell on Wednesday. Rockie Mitchell says the child also doesn't have any blood circulating in his chin and his left cheek up to his eye, which will require more surgery.

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10:15 am
Fri March 26, 2010

Unemployment Aid on Hold

Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn
US Senate

Washington, D.C. – Senate Republicans hold up jobless benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Senate Republicans are blocking speedy passage of a stopgap bill to extend jobless benefits, saying its $9 billion cost should not be added to the national debt.

The clash comes less than a month after Republicans shied away from a similar battle that led to an interruption in unemployment benefits eligibility for some people and a two-day furlough for some Transportation Department employees.

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10:11 am
Fri March 26, 2010

Pay Cut for Lawmakers?

The Oklahoma Capitol
KWGS File Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – Lawmakers' per diem rates could be slashed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Senate leader Glenn Coffee says he will file a bill to allow cuts in the per diem expenses paid to state lawmakers during a budget shortfall.

Coffee outlined the idea Thursday while discussing budget cuts at the state Senate.

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9:57 am
Fri March 26, 2010

Court Upholds Ruling

Tulsa, OK – Appeals court upholds murder conviction ruling

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court ruling that granted a new trial to an Oklahoma death row inmate.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday Lonnie Richie's first-degree murder conviction had to be overturned because the jury wasn't instructed that it could have considered a second-degree depraved-mind murder verdict.

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9:24 am
Fri March 26, 2010

Friday's Top Stories

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

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