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8:59 am
Sun November 22, 2009

Prison Fights

Oklahoma City, OK – Inmates hurt in prison disturbances

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Corrections officials say several inmates were hurt after disturbances erupted at three prisons in Oklahoma.

Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie said Saturday six inmates were taken to hospitals in southwestern Oklahoma after a fight broke out at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.

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10:25 am
Sat November 21, 2009

Fatal Tulsa Fire

Tulsa, OK – Man injured in fire dies

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa fire officials say a man has died from injuries he sustained in a fire.

Crews responded about 9:30 a.m. Friday to a blaze at a south Tulsa residence. Fire Capt. Bill French says when firefighters arrived, they found evidence that the fire already was out.

Fifty-five-year-old Billy Martin McCoy received CPR in the backyard from firefighters before he was transported to Hillcrest Medical Center in critical condition.

French says McCoy later died at the hospital.

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10:20 am
Sat November 21, 2009

Officer to Stand Trial

Officer Travis Ludwig's booking photo at the Tulsa Jail.
Tulsa County Jail

Tulsa, OK – Judge finds probable cause to charge Tulsa officer

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A judge says Tulsa police Officer Travis Ludwig should be bound over for trial on a charge of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

The 37-year-old Ludwig appeared in court Friday before special Tulsa County District Judge Kirsten Pace.

The judge denied a motion from a lawyer for Ludwig, seeking to bar prosecutors from using as evidence some materials seized by police. Police say the cocaine was found in Ludwig's police car during an unrelated investigation.

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9:32 am
Fri November 20, 2009

Dryer Death Update

Tulsa, OK – Judge orders settlement meeting in Cintas case

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal judge is ordering a meeting between Cintas Corp. and the widow of a former employee who is suing the company to try to settle her 2007 wrongful death lawsuit.

The order this week from U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul J. Cleary is a last attempt to settle the case before a jury trial would begin in April against the nation's largest uniform supplier.

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9:30 am
Fri November 20, 2009

GOP Senators Want Session NOW

The Oklahoma Capitol
KWGS News Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – Senate GOP caucus calls for Dec. special session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Senate Republican Caucus wants Gov. Brad Henry to call a special session of the Legislature for December.

Henry, a Democrat, had suggested earlier this week that a January special session might be possible to deal with the state's ongoing budget issues, after the state Board of Equalization releases revenue estimates on Dec. 21. State revenues have been below projections for the last 10 months.

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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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