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9:59 am
Sat February 27, 2010

Oklahoma Quake

Image from monitor at Leonard, OK
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Tulsa, OK – Magnitude 4.4 quake hits Lincoln County, Okla.

SPARKS, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit Lincoln County, but no injuries and little property damage were reported.

The agency said the earthquake hit about three miles east of Sparks about 4:22 p.m. Saturday. Sparks is between Chandler and Meeker.

A Lincoln County 911 dispatcher said no injuries and only minor property damage were reported.

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5:01 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Grand Jury Update

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3:21 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Oklahoma House: No Sale

Oklahoma City, OK – Bill to ban women selling eggs passes state House

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that would ban women from selling their eggs.

The bill passed the House by an 85-8 vote and now heads to the Senate. Its author, Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, D-Oklahoma City, says the measure is necessary because women are being injured by the procedure used to obtain the eggs.

She says low-income women and college students are particularly vulnerable to enticements to undergo the procedure.

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12:38 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Pickens Gives More to OSU

With billionaire Boone Pickens looking on, OSU President Burns Hargis makes the announcement.
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Stillwater, OK – Pickens gives another $100-million to Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens says he's giving $100 million to fund a major endowment for scholarships at Oklahome State University, his alma mater.

Pickens is announcing his gift at an event Friday to announce the start of a $1 billion campaign to raise money to fund scholarships, faculty positions, research and buildings at the Stillwater school.

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12:37 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Your Are Entering the Cone Zone

Tulsa, OK – Two highly-anticipated widening projects are set to get underway on Monday, March 1. While this does mean the addition of two more construction zones in Tulsa, both of these projects will be making major improvements to portions of US-169 and I-44. Details of the projects are as follows:

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10:24 am
Fri February 26, 2010

Conviction Reversed

DOC booking photo of Phillip Summers
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Tulsa, OK – Court overturns man's convictions in killings

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the murder convictions of a man found guilty of killing a Tulsa couple.

In a ruling released Thursday, the judges ordered a new trial, concluding that the exclusion of testimony from a witness violated Phillip Summers' right to a fair trial.

A Tulsa County jury convicted Summers in 2008 of first-degree murder and recommended death for the fatal shootings of Ples and Shelly Vann.

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10:22 am
Fri February 26, 2010

Education Shortfall

Tulsa, OK – Garrett: Okla. schools still will have shortfall

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State Superintendent Sandy Garrett says that despite legislative attempts to shield education from budget cuts, Oklahoma's education budget still will be about $50 million short.

About $172 million in emergency funding has been designated for education, but Garrett says that won't cover the entire shortfall.

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10:15 am
Fri February 26, 2010

150 Jobs Leave Duncan

Duncan, OK – Duncan to lose 150 Halliburton jobs to transfers

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) Halliburton Co. plans to transfer about 150 employees in Duncan to a research and development facility being built in Houston.

The company began telling employees of its plans last week. Among the employees to be relocated from the company's former hometown are chemists and engineers. About 400 employees work at Halliburton's technology center in Duncan.

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9:51 am
Fri February 26, 2010

City Council Action

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council okays rising the fares for the Tulsa Transit's Lift program. Lift transports the elderly and disabled who cannot easily use regular mass transit. The council okayed raising the fare from $2.50 to $3.00 per trip. The Americans With Disabilities Act limits how much the city can charge for the service.

In other council action, The council agreed to repurpose a federal grant to rehiring 35-of the laid-off Tulsa Police officers. That means 89-officers are still out of work.

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9:41 am
Fri February 26, 2010

Fire Fighters Hurt on the Job

Tulsa, OK – Two Tulsa Fire-Fighters are hurt overnight while doing battle with a building fire. It happened at a strip-mall near 21st and South Garnett.

The two fire-fighters were fighting the blaze from inside a bar when they both tripped and fell off a platform. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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