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FEMA aid comes after long wait for Ratliff City fire victims

Posted: 06/26/2009 - RATLIFF CITY, OK – The Federal Emergency Management Agency declared Carter County along with eight other area counties a disaster area, almost a week ago. Now federal aid is starting to roll in, but families who lost everything to the wildfires in April say they've been waiting more than two months for federal help.

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Experts hopeful economy will improve soon

Updated: 06/26/2009 - SHERMAN, TX--A housing bust, which led to a bank crisis, which has turned the economy on its ear, and after months of layoffs and bailouts, perhaps finally some good news is on its way.

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Conference held to help end Oklahoma's meth epidemic

Posted: 06/25/2009 - ARDMORE, OK -- Oklahoma has the highest percentage of meth abuse in the United States, but the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics wants to end that trend through prevention. OBN teamed up with the Carter County Health Department today for part one of their "Lunch & Learn" drug awareness conferences.

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Renovations, new fire station in the works for Denison Fire Department

Updated: 06/25/2009 - DENISON, TX -- The Denison Central Fire Station is getting a much needed upgrade. Officials say the station was built in the 1970s and was falling apart. Rita Kotey talked with fire officials to find out how renovations are going and with firefighters who say the changes make work a little easier.

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Great Days of Service in Sherman

Updated: 06/25/2009 - SHERMAN, TX -- Community leaders served their own servicemen and women at the 14th Annual Great Days of Service on Thursday in Sherman.

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Durant man, 18, arrested for sexual assault of a child

Posted: 06/25/2009 - DURANT, OK -- Durant Police have arrested a man who investigators say has admitted to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old child. Travis Steele, 18, was charged with sexual assault of a child.

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Safe Family: Snakes in the summer

Updated: 06/25/2009 - Because of the heat, snakes are moving around a lot more to look for shade and water. Here’s more in our Safe Family report.

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Radio operators recognized

Posted: 06/24/2009 - GRAYSON CO, TX- One group of people has been working for nearly 20 years to communicate information to authorities and residents during bad weather and emergencies. This week is amateur radio operator week...and operators say they're happy to share information that can help keep the public safe. Rita Kotey has the story.

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Murder/suicide suspect has criminal history

Updated: 06/25/2009 - McBRIDE, OK -- First News is learning more about the man investigators say is responsible for an apparent murder-suicide in Marshall County Tuesday afternoon.

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Grayson County plans for the worst

Posted: 06/24/2009 - GRAYSON CO, TX---We've heard about emergency management plan for catastrophic events like deadly tornadoes, but today Grayson County leaders and community members spent all day planning for something they've never planned for before.

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Red cedar trees continue to invade Oklahoma

Updated: 06/25/2009 - CARTER COUNTY, OK -- Red cedar trees were once a solution to erosion, but in spite of natural control measures they continue to invade over 700 acres of land each day. And the problems could only become worse without proper attention. Tom Johnson has the story.

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Ardmore residents now able to get emergency warnings via cell phone

Updated: 06/24/2009 - ARDMORE, OK -- Residents of Ardmore will now be able to get advanced emergency warnings on their cell phones. The City of Ardmore signed a contract with the Connect CTY mass messaging server back in April. Today that system goes online.

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Possible change to homebuilding regulations in Grayson Co.

Updated: 06/23/2009 - GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Grayson County commissioners are considering changing requirements when it comes to homebuilding. While the decision is up to commissioners, it could effect the lives of every resident who lives in the county.

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Sherman firefighters to take knowledge overseas

Updated: 06/23/2009 - SHERMAN, TX -- A group of local firefighters are taking their knowledge overseas all the way to Azerbaijan. Five Sherman firefighters were selected by an international training organization to travel, all-expenses-paid, to Azerbaijan for two weeks.

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Names released in Marshall Co. murder/suicide

Updated: 06/25/2009 - McBRIDE, OK -- The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigations is working an apparent murder-suicide that has shocked an entire rural Marshall County community. Christine Pierson Hooper, 83, and her son, 56-year-old Jeffrey Steven Hooper, were found shot to death inside a McBride home, close to Lake Texoma.

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Miss Texas visits Texoma

Posted: 06/22/2009 - WHITESBORO, TX -- Earlier this month we told you about Miss Oklahoma, Ada's own Taylor Treat.Now Miss Texas is making a commitment to the young women of North Texas.

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Ardmore aims to revitalize downtown by 2020

Posted: 06/22/2009 - ARDMORE, OK -- It is more than a decade away, but the City of Ardmore is already planning for 2020 and what they want the city to look like by then. Daniel Armbruster has the story.

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