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Tulsa Airport Authority

Tulsa, OK – Continental Express jet makes emergency landing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Continental Express jet with 53 people on board has made an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport.

Flight 2916 from Houston to Omaha, Neb., diverted just after 9:30 a.m. Monday after the crew said they were having a "pressurization problem."

The Tulsa Fire Department and ambulances were called to the scene but there are no reports of injury.

Tom Coburn

Tulsa, OK – Coburn to run again 2010

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Sen. Tom Coburn announced this morning in Tulsa he will run for re-election to a second term.

The Oklahoma Republican has built a reputation as an anti-earmarks crusader by working to stall projects that other senators try to put into legislation.

Coburn is a medical doctor who was first elected to the Senate in 2004 when he defeated Democrat Brad Carson with 53 percent of the vote.

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A designation has been delayed that would silence the horns of trains passing through downtown Tulsa. The so-called "quiet zone" designation had been expected to be implemented this spring, after work to install vehicle-proof gates at five railroad crossings was finished. City planner Dennis Whitaker says that the designation likely won't be implemented until the end of the year.


Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

Tulsa Public Schools

Tulsa, OK – Cell phone tower at Tulsa school opposed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A proposal to build a 196-foot cell phone tower on the grounds of a Tulsa middle school is opposed by neighbors and has the mayor asking questions.

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor also has questions about the tower. She's sent a letter to the city's Board of Adjustment saying her administration wants to review and analyze the proposal.

Jim Inhofe

Tulsa, OK – Inhofe's spending requests top $500M

TULSA, Okla. (AP) U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has submitted requests for more than 100 spending projects totaling more than $500 million.

The Tulsa World reported today from its Washington bureau that Inhofe has requested the projects for consideration during the upcoming congressional appropriations process.

Inhofe spokesman Jared Young cautioned local communities against false expectations, saying its likely that less than 50 percent of what was requested will be funded.

Dr. George Tillman

Wichita, Kansas – WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Wichita city official says a suspect is in custody in the shooting death of late-term abortion provider George Tiller.

The city official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case. The official did not provide additional details.


Muskogee, OK – Police probe threats against judges

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) Muskogee police are searching for a man who called police and threatened two local judges.

Police Lt. Bobby Lee says a male caller phoned the department's investigations unit and accused one of the judges of stalking him. Lee says the caller then threatened the lives of both judges.

File Photo of Big Splash Entrance

Tulsa, OK – Boy, 6, nearly drowns at Tulsa water park

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A 6-year-old boy is in serious condition after a near drowning at a Tulsa water park.

Medics responded about 5:40 p.m. yesterday to the Big Splash Water Park in Tulsa.

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Tina Wells says medics provided life support care to the boy at the park and then transported him in serious condition to a Tulsa hospital.

The boy's name was not immediately released.

Tulsa City Council

Tulsa, OK – 2 Tulsa councilors suggest cut in their pay

TULSA, Okla. (AP) With the city of Tulsa planning to give city employees unpaid days off to make up a revenue shortfall two city councilors say they should give up part of their salaries.

Councilors David Patrick and Dennis Troyer say the council should show solidarity with city workers facing up to eight unpaid furlough days. The councilors say eight unpaid days off would equal a 3.1 percent pay cut and they believe the council should share the pain.


Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Drillers will move downtown to the new Oneok Field at Greenwood and Archer in Tulsa. The new stadium is under construction. The area is known as America's Black Wall Street, the site of Tulsa's 1921 race riot.

The area can best be described as urban plight. There is litter on the ground and graffiti scars on nearby buildings and the expressway walls. This week, city crews, civic leaders and the Tulsa Drillers picked up the trash and painted over the graffiti.

Congressman Sullivan

Tulsa, OK – 44-year-old Tulsa Congressman John Sullivan (R) today announced via a news release that he has sought help from the Betty Ford Clinic for an alcohol addiction.

"Last night, I checked myself in to the Betty Ford Center in California to treat my addiction to alcohol.

Tulsa, OK –

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Mayor Kathy Taylor is continuing to make cuts to the $578 million budget plan she has proposed to the city council.

Taylor's top administrators are telling councilors that city employees now could face up to eight furlough days, a number that started at four and then increased to six.

City Finance Director Mike Kier says eight furlough days would practically amount to a 3.1 percent salary reduction for each of Tulsa's 4,000 employees. It would save the city $5.2 million.


Broken Arrow, OK – BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) Administrators of a private high school say plummeting enrollment caused by the economic slowdown has led to their decision to close its doors.

Grace Christian High School had 100 students enrolled this past year, but Superintendent Ken Stewart says that only 48 students had enrolled by the end of March for the upcoming school year.

Stewart says many students couldn't afford the tuition payments, which had not been a problem in previous years.


Tulsa, OK – Welcome to the Mayo.

Downtown at 115 West 5th Street, the hotel was built in 1925 and was once the tallest building in Oklahoma. It has always been among the grandest.

Oklahoma City, OK – Report: Substance abuse costly to state budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A national study shows that Oklahoma spent nearly 12 percent of its state budget in 2005 on costs connected to substance abuse and addiction.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in New York released its study today.

The report shows Oklahoma spent less than 1 percent of its budget during the same year on substance abuse prevention, treatment and research.

Tulsa, OK – State's motion backs professor's testimony

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson says in a court filing that opinions by one of the state's expert witnesses in a poultry-litter pollution trial are based on sound science and weren't developed by attorneys to fit the lawsuit.

In a 109-page document filed Tuesday in federal court Drew Edmondson refutes a motion filed by 13 Arkansas poultry companies seeking to exclude the testimony of Valerie Harwood.

City Of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – In this installment, KWGS' John Durkee examines Scenarios C and D for Tulsa's future.

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Rotary Club of Bixby

Bixby, OK – Bixby city manager resigns after dispute

BIXBY, Okla. (AP) A suspended Bixby city official who recently accused the city council of violating the city charter and the state Open Meeting Act has resigned.

Members of the Bixby City Council voted 5-0 yesterday after a two-hour executive session to accept the resignation of City Manager Micky Webb.

The action officially brought to a close Webb's three-week dispute and 16-year tenure with the city.

Chickasaw Nation

Oklahoma City, OK – Chickasaw Nation to bid on Remington

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby says a subsidiary of the tribe will try to buy Remington Park racetrack and casino in Oklahoma City.

Anoatubby told The Oklahoman in a copyright story that the tribe's Global Gaming Solutions will do all it can to buy the facility and Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Texas.

The two horse racing facilities are among four being sold by bankrupt Magna Entertainment Corp.

City of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – In this installment, KWGS' John Durkee reviews the first two scenarios being discussed for Tulsa's new comprehensive plan.

We hear from Tulsa City Planners Theron Warlick and Martha Shultz, as well as Glen Bolen, the Vice President of Fregonese and Associates.

Tomorrow, in Part#2, we will learn about scenarios C and D.

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Tulsa, OK – NEW: Part of OSU-Tulsa campus evacuated after gas leak

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A gas leak that authorities say happened after a vehicle hit a commercial meter outside a building resulted in the evacuation of parts of Oklahoma State University's Tulsa campus.

Classes were not under way this afternoon when about 50 people were evacuated from two buildings as a precaution.

Officials have since shut off the meter and stopped the leak. Readings inside the buildings indicated the level of natural gas was not dangerous.

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A designation has been delayed that would silence the horns of trains passing through downtown Tulsa. The so-called "quiet zone" designation had been expected to be implemented this spring, after work to install vehicle-proof gates at five railroad crossings was finished. City planner Dennis Whitaker says that the designation likely won't be implemented until the end of the year.


Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

Reba McEntire

McAlester, OK – Country singer asks judge for leniency

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) Country music superstar Reba McEntire is among dozens of people asking a federal judge to show leniency on a Kiowa businessman scheduled to be sentenced this week.

McEntire is one of 46 people who wrote a letter or affidavit to U.S. District Judge Ronald White on behalf of Steve Phipps. The Kiowa businessman pleaded guilty in 2007 to a federal conspiracy charge and is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Muskogee.

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa fire investigators looking into 3 blazes

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa fire investigators are looking into three separate blazes at a midtown apartment complex and two northside houses.

Fire officials say that at about 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, a security guard spotted a fire in an outdoor hallway at the Normandy Apartments and saw two people run away.

The guard and a 9-year-old boy were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. No serious damage was reported.

Tulsa, OK – Guard soldiers return from Iraq deployment

TULSA, Okla. (AP) About 120 members of the Oklahoma National Guard are back in their home state.

Eighty soldiers with the 834th Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Company returned yesterday to Tulsa after an eight-month deployment in Iraq.

Escorted by members of the Patriot Guard motorcycle group, the troops arrived at the Army's Aviation Facility just after 1 p.m. The troops served at Balad Air Base north of Baghdad.

Sapulpa, OK – Baby found alive in Sapulpa trash bin

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) Sapulpa police are asking for the public's help in finding the mother of a newborn baby found alive in a trash bin.

Sapulpa police Maj. Jeff Gilliland says a man cleaning a nearby office discovered the baby about 11 a.m. yesterday in a trash bin behind a business.

Gilliland says the baby boy appeared to be in good health and was taken to a Tulsa hospital to be checked out.

Oklahoma City, OK – Boaters, travelers hit the road across Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers are stepping up enforcement on state lakes, rivers and highways on Saturday as the Memorial Day weekend gets under way.

OHP Lt. George Brown says extra troopers are being stationed at several lakes popular with boaters and campers and the Illinois River in northeast Oklahoma.

At least two fatality crashes have been reported today by the highway patrol.

Oklahoma City, OK – Henry surpasses highest veto total

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry has now vetoed more bills this year than in any of his previous six years in office.

Henry's office announced yesterday that the governor had vetoed three more measures after the state House adjourned for the session. That brings his total for this year to 16.

Skiatook, OK – Passengers able to walk away from plane crash

SKIATOOK, Okla. (AP) Only minor injuries have been reported after a small skydiving plane crashed in a field north of Tulsa.

Police say the six people on board were able to walk away after the single-engine plane went down in a field near Skiatook High School on Saturday afternoon.

Police say the plane lost power shortly after takeoff and struck some trees and power lines as the pilot landed it in the field.

Muskogee, OK – Sheriff accused of stealing cash from motorist

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) The sheriff and undersheriff of McIntosh County have been accused of stealing money from a man during a traffic stop.

U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling yesterday filed a charge of deprivation of civil rights under color of law against Sheriff Terry Jones and Undersheriff Mykol Travis Brookshire.