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2:08 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

H1N1 Update

Oklahoma City, OK – 6 more die from swine flu complications

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State health officials say six more Oklahomans have died from complications of the swine flu.

The Oklahoma State Health Department reported Thursday that the deaths included nine children under 19 years of age and five people who were 65 or older.

The deaths bring the total number of deaths associated with the H1N1 virus to 33 since Sept. 1, when the agency began its surveillance of the disease. Another death occurred in June.

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9:50 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Stimuls Fraud in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma City, OK – Stimulus dollars listed in non-existent districts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The federal government's Web site shows millions of dollars in federal stimulus money going to congressional districts in Oklahoma that don't exist.

The errors are being blamed on data entry problems.

They include $11.6 million to the state's 25th Congressional District and $10 million to the 51st District. Oklahoma has only five congressional districts.

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9:18 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Remodeling on hold

Tulsa Police Chief Ron Palmer
City of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Remodeling is being placed on hold at the Police Headquarters. The work was started in the chief's section but became under fire following police officer lay-offs.

The work stopped yesterday following a critical editorial in the Tulsa World.

The department was using forfeiture funds to pay for the work. Under law, those funds cannot be used for salary expenses.

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8:58 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Three Homes Damaged

KWGS File Photo

Tulsa, OK – An overnight fire in Tulsa damages three homes. It happened about 12:30 Thursday morning near 31st and 129th East Avenue. Fire officials are looking for the cause.

The blaze started in one home then spread to houses on either side. The Fire department says no one was injured in the blaze.

The Red Cross reports it is assisting one family of four.

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8:54 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Big H1N1 Tulsa Crowd

People line-up outside the Fairground's Exchange Center in Tulsa for H1N1 vaccinations.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – The lines were long as over five-thousand people waited to get H1N1 flu vaccinations in Tulsa. The crowd yesterday gathered at the Exchange Center on the fairgrounds to get the vaccinations. This was the first time that anyone, over the age of six-months, could get the vaccine.

The Tulsa Health Department's Melanie Christian says they processed people through the line at a rate of 900-per hour. All together, 5,296 people were vaccinated yesterday.

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3:02 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Another Oklahoma Quake

Ardmore, OK – Quake shakes southern Oklahoma

VELMA, Okla. (AP) Authorities say a small earthquake shook parts of southern Oklahoma, but no damage was reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.1-magnitude quake struck about 10 p.m. Monday near Velma in northern Stephens County.

Residents in northwestern sections of neighboring Carter County also reported feeling the tremor.

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3:00 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Poultry Lawsuit Update

Tulsa, OK – Lawyer says expert ignored other pollution sources

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A poultry company attorney is accusing a scientist of disregarding nearly 20 possible sources of pollution in a sensitive watershed in northeastern Oklahoma.

Tyson Foods Attorney Tom Green ticked off the list Wednesday while cross-examining geochemist Roger Olsen, an expert witness for Oklahoma's federal lawsuit against 11 Arkansas poultry companies.

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2:58 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving Road Trip?

Oklahoma City, OK – AAA expects increase in Thanksgiving travelers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The number of people expected to travel at least 50 miles from home during the Thanksgiving holiday is expected to rise both nationwide and in Oklahoma over last year.

A survey by AAA predicts nearly 38.4 million Americans will be traveling. That's a 1.4 percent increase over 2008. The number includes an increase in the number of those driving while the number of people flying to their destinations is expected to fall by 2.1 percent.

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10:39 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Palin Coming to Oklahoma

Norman, OK – Palin's book signing tour to include Norman stop

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will stop in Norman as part of her national book tour.

Palin will sign copies of her book "Going Rogue: An American Life" starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 at Hastings Books. The 413-page memoir with 16 color photos published by Harper-Collins went on sale Tuesday.

Palin will sign books bought at Hastings and store manager Rob Wood says customers will be limited to two signed books each.

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10:36 am
Wed November 18, 2009

Health Center Threat

Owasso, OK – Man arrested for threatening health center

OWASSO, Okla. (AP) An Owasso man has been arrested for threatening to blow up a health center in Rogers County if workers didn't give him drugs.

Joel Deubler is being held on one count of making a telephone bomb threat.

Authorities say Deubler threatened the Grand Lake Mental Health Center with plastic explosives.

It was not clear whether Deubler had yet hired an attorney.

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Information from: KOTV-TV, http://www.newson6.com

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