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Tulsa, OK – An August 4th preliminary hearing is set for 38-year-old Tausha Borland. The Sand Springs woman is accused of June 9th crash that killed two bicyclists, 33-year-old Christa Voss of Owasso and 34-year-old Mathew Edmondson of Tulsa.

Borland is charged with two counts of first-degree manslaughter, DUI and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Borland is free on $300,000 bond.

St-John Medical Center

Tulsa, OK – St. John Health System has named Jan Slater to the position of Oklahoma State University Medical Center (OSUMC) chief executive officer. A seasoned medical executive with more than 33 years experience in healthcare management, Slater has served as interim chief executive officer upon OSUMC's transfer of ownership from Ardent Health Services to the OSUMC Trust on April 30, 2009.

Department of Public Safety

Miami, OK – Families struggle to cope with deaths of loved ones in devastating crash

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two families are struggling to cope with the deaths of their loved ones in a devastating chain-reaction collision in northeast Oklahoma.

The death toll from Friday's crash climbed to 10 yesterday after Frisco, Texas, resident Shelby Hayes died at a Joplin, Mo., hospital.

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Tulsa, OK – Edmondson leads in contributions

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma Ethics Commission filings show more than half the early contributions to Attorney General Drew Edmondson's gubernatorial campaign have been from private-practice lawyers and law firms.


Maimi, OK – 9 killed in Okla. turnpike traffic wreck

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has identified the victims of a chain-reaction crash that killed nine people on the Will Rogers Turnpike in far northeastern Oklahoma.

Troopers say an earlier crash had stopped eastbound traffic when a tractor-trailer slammed into at least three cars, which then crashed into more vehicles on Friday.

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Webbers Falls, OK – Prosecutor: Funds possibly misappropriated

WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. (AP) The Muskogee County District Attorney says a possible misappropriation of more than $300,000 in municipal funds is one reason he requested a state audit of Webbers Falls.

District Attorney Larry Moore says he wrote to the state auditor seeking a review of the collection of monies for fines, fees and utility services for the town.

State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Corporation Commission offers buyouts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Workers at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission are being offered voluntary buyouts to help ease a budget crisis.

Agency employees were told Friday to inform their division directors by Tuesday if they want to participate in the buyout plan.

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Miami, OK – 10th person dies from crash injuries

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A horrific chain-reaction accident on Interstate 44 in far northeast Oklahoma has claimed a 10th victim.

Tina Freeman of Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo., confirmed on Sunday that Shelby Hayes had died.

The 35-year-old Frisco, Texas, resident was admitted to the hospital in critical condition with head, internal and external injuries stemming from Friday's crash near Miami.

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Miami, OK – 9 killed in Okla. turnpike traffic wreck

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has identified the victims of a chain-reaction crash that killed nine people on the Will Rogers Turnpike in far northeastern Oklahoma.

Troopers say an earlier crash had stopped eastbound traffic when a tractor-trailer slammed into at least three cars, which then crashed into more vehicles.


Tulsa, OK – City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 2 - 3, 2009, for an employee
holiday and the first furlough day due to budget reductions for Fiscal Year 2010,
which begins July 1. Also, the City Council will not have its committee meetings on
Tuesday, June 30, or its regular meeting on Thursday, July 2.

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY, June 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE) announced that its Oklahoma Natural Gas Company division today filed an application with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission seeking a $66.08 million increase in the utility's base rates. The company has not had a base rate adjustment since July 2005.

City of Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow, OK – Broken Arrow fire chief dismissed by city manager

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Broken Arrow's interim city manager has fired the town's fire chief.

City Manager Dave Wooden ruled on Friday that Fire Chief Jackie Carner had violated city policies and been insubordinate.

Carner had been placed on administrative leave on May 29 and had a predetermination hearing on Wednesday. He had joined the Broken Arrow Fire Department in July 2008 and was a probationary employee.


Tulsa, OK – Rival SemGroup factions meet in Delaware

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Rival groups seeking control of SemGroup LP have met to discuss possible reorganization plans for the bankrupt energy company.

According to reports, New York billionaire John Catsimatidis and SemGroup CEO Terry Ronan, who are vying in court over control of the company, met in Wilmington, Del., on Thursday along with other company officials, attorneys, bankers and unsecured creditors.

Tulsa, OK – Mayor Kathy Taylor announced today the City of Tulsa has reached agreements with the Fraternal Order of Police No. 93 and the Tulsa Firefighters Local 176 on contract amendments which will insure the City can meet the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 budget objectives, as passed by the City Council in a 5-4 vote last week.

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Tulsa, OK – The string of 100-plus degree days is taking a toll on pets.

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Tulsa, OK – Businessman and former City Councilor will enter the race for Mayor

Oklahoma City, OK – Conflict alleged in grand jury probe

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Legal wrangling continues over whether a former employee of the state Medical Examiner's office who resigned amid sexual harassment accusations can be made to testify before a grand jury.

Bixby, OK – The Kimberly Clark Company says it is laying-off three percent of its global workforce. That totals to nearly 1,600 people. However, the company says it will not close any of its plants, including its facility between Bixby and Jenks in South Tulsa County.

The lay-offs will impact non-production staff and salaried workers. The economy is catching the blame for the action.

TEXT of Company News Release:

Kimberly-Clark Announces Actions to Improve Organizational Efficiency and Effectiveness

City of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Below is the text of an email, Mayor Taylor sent to City Council members following the open meeting critical the Grants Administration office:


In response to many of your questions at today's committee meeting, I thought it would be helpful to review how we got to where we are on the road to improving our accountability and performance on HUD grants.

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Tulsa, OK – The City of Tulsa is in danger of losing more federal grant money. The way the funds, from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, were spent are being questioned by HUD. The city could be forced to repay an estimated $1.5 million.

This is the second time HUD has questioned city dealings in the last nine months.

State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – SENATE STUDIES

Senate leader approves interim studies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee has approved 34 interim studies on issues ranging from high-speed Internet services to creating a state commission on consumer credit.

The studies will be conducted between now and the beginning of the next legislative session in February.

Several studies deal with health insurance issues, including autism coverage and cancellation of policies for arbitrary reasons.

Justice Department

Oklahoma City, OK – Officials zero in on fraud, abuse

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State and federal officials are working together to prevent fraud, waste and abuse in the spending of more than $2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds in Oklahoma.

Ensuring accountability is the subject of a Wednesday afternoon news conference in Oklahoma City involving state Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage, FBI special agent in charge James Finch and U.S. attorneys John Richter, David O'Melia and Sheldon Sperling.

Ardmore, OK – New health center named after Tisdale

ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) A new $20 million specialty clinic planned in north Tulsa will be named after former Oklahoma basketball star Wayman Tisdale.

University President David Boren announced at a board of regents meeting Wednesday that the 50,000-square-foot clinic would be named the University of Oklahoma Wayman Tisdale Health Center.


Oklahoma City, OK – More teachers retiring

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma could be facing a shortage of teachers in the future as the number of retiring educators exceeds the amount coming into the profession.

A National Commission on Teaching and America's Future report recently warned that as baby boomers reach retirement age, states will lose large numbers of teachers. The retirements are expected to peak in the 2010-2011 school year.

Yukon, OK – At least 3 injured in explosion at Oklahoma motel

YUKON, Okla. (AP) Authorities say a pregnant woman and at least two others were injured today in an explosion at a motel in Yukon.

Yukon police spokeswoman Klare Ly says the woman, who is eight months pregnant, and a man were critically injured in the blast at the Guest Inn Motel in Yukon about 6 p.m. The Emergency Medical Services Authority says another person was treated at the scene.

Ly said a couple other people may have suffered minor injuries.

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Tulsa, OK – Text of Martinson's News Release:

On Saturday, Phillip Evans, President of the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police, issued a press release challenging the presentation I made to the City Council on Thursday, June 18th concerning the City's budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. I found the content disturbing, especially considering the importance and sensitivity of Public Safety to the community.


Tulsa, OK – Over a dozen downtown property owners are going to court to seek to stop the assessment fee for the new downtown ballpark. The class action lawsuit names Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and City Finance Director Mike Kier.

Tulsa, OK – The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Ozone Alert for Wednesday in Tulsa. The hot, dry, windless weather is expected to continue.

Persons with lung or heart disease should be aware that increased pollution may cause them to experience adverse health effects. Ozone affects people differently. Learn your limits. Symptoms include chest pain, coughing, sneezing, nausea, headache and pulmonary congestion.

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Tulsa, OK – Woman charged in bicyclists' deaths free on bond

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Sand Springs woman charged with manslaughter in the deaths of two bicyclists is again free after posting an increased bail.

Bond for 38-year-old Tausha Borland was increased Monday from $100,000 to $300,000 after prosecutors asked that it be raised to $500,000.