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9:26 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Wednesday's Top Stories

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

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Local & Regional
3:37 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Council Investigation

Terry Simonson at today's city council meeting.
KWGS News Photo/T-GOV

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council will go behind closed doors Thursday afternoon. Council Chair Rick Westcott says they want to discuss the best way to move forward in a review of comments made by Mayor's Chief of Staff Terry Simonson.

At issue, is whether Simonson mislead the council and/or the federal government regarding using a grant to rehire laid-off police officers.

The meeting will begin at 5PM, just ahead of the regular 6PM council meeting

Read the memo chief deputies sent to the police chief:

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1:40 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Smoking Poll Released

Tulsa, OK – Poll shows support for smoking ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Supporters of further limits on smoking in public have released a new poll indicating most Oklahomans favor banning smoking in bars and restaurants.

The poll commissioned by the Smoke Free Oklahoma coalition found 71 percent of Oklahomans favor eliminating indoor smoking in public places. It also found 94 percent of Oklahoma voters believe secondhand smoke is a health hazard.

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1:40 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

USS Oklahoma Sailor's DNA

The capsized USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor, December, 1941
US Navy

Tulsa, OK – Texan's DNA could help ID Pearl Harbor sailor

DALLAS (AP) A Dallas-area woman for decades kept a letter from her Navy brother and that mail could help identify him as a victim of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Sandy Patton of Trophy Club says her brother was serving in the radio room of the USS Oklahoma during the Japanese attack.

The 89-year-old woman hoped, at a recent meeting in San Antonio, to be informed that recovered remains include those of her sibling. Patton last year provided a DNA sample.

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10:28 am
Tue March 23, 2010

More Federal Help for Storm Victims

Governor Brad Henry
State of Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK – Gov. Brad Henry announced today that more Oklahoma counties have been approved for federal disaster aid to assist with infrastructure damage and response costs related to the Christmas Eve blizzard and the January 28 ice storm.

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9:03 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Tuesday's Top Stories

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

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4:46 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Lawsuit Urged

House Speaker Chris Benge and Senate President Pro-Tem Glen Coffee talk to reporters at state capitol. They are surrounded by fellow Republican senators.
Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma City, OK – Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee and House Speaker Chris Benge urged Oklahoma's Attorney General on Monday to file suit against the federal government, challenging the constitutionality of yesterday's health care legislation.

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4:45 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Back to School at Oologah

Oologah school superintendent Rick Thomas
KWGS News Photo

Oologah, OK – Students return to the classroom at Oologah. Yesterday, was the first day of school following a meningitis outbreak that left two students dead.

Oologah Superintendent Rick Thomas says while the outbreak was centered in the lower elementary, it impacted the entire district. He says he has never seen a disease spread so rapidly.

Three children remain hospitalized with the disease.


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3:55 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Teacher Cuts Could Be Ahead

Tulsa School Superintendent Keith Ballard.
KWGS News File Photo

Tulsa, OK –
The Tulsa School board tonight will be asked to take initials steps toward shedding the district of over 200- school teachers.

The action is necessary to balance the school district's budget. It is unknown how many, if any, teachers will be laid off or if the gap can be filled by non-renewed contracts and attrition.

Funding for the district has already been slashed by seven million dollars this year and is expected to be trimmed by 10-to-15-million next year.

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1:52 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Maternal Health Care

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