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Houston, TX – ConocoPhillips says third-quarter profit rose 41 percent due largely to record oil prices this summer. The results easily topped Wall Street forecasts for the third-largest U.S. oil company.

The Houston-based company said net income for the July-September period rose to $5.18 billion, or $3.39 per share, from $3.67 billion, or $2.23 per share, during the same period a year earlier.

Revenue rose nearly 52 percent to $70 billion from $46.1 billion a year ago.

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma state Republicans say Democratic Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth has given out campaign materials at his state office.

State ethics rules forbid distributing campaign materials in a state building.

Roth spokesman Mike Fina says the incident was a mistake when a receptionist picked up the wrong stack of cards after a visitor asked for Roth's business card.

Roth faces Republican Dana Murphy in the Nov. 4 election.

Lawton, OK – One of the more significant pieces of legislation in U.S. history has been in effect for a few weeks. The "Economic Rescue Plan" was passed to rescue lenders and gives the Federal Reserve authority to borrow between 700 to 850 billion dollars. 4th District U.S. Representative Tom Cole from Oklahoma voted for the legislation both times it came through the house.

KCCU's David Meyer reports on why Cole's Democratic challenger Blake Cummings feels the rescue plan robs the taxpayer. This is the final part of a two part series.

Edinburg, TX – Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Rick Noriega today accepted the endorsement of some rank-and-file law officers in the Rio Grande Valley.

Noriega, standing in the shade of the Hidalgo County Courthouse, picked up manpower that will be critical in his pursuit of incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn.

Noriega, as a lieutenant colonel in Texas National Guard, served on the Texas-Mexico border as part of Operation Jumpstart to bolster local law enforcement in securing the border.

Duncan, OK – The city of Duncan is going to a four-day work week for most city offices in an effort to save money.

During a six-month trial period city offices will be open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Police, firefighters and water plant employees are not included in the change.

Duncan Public Works Director Scott Vaughn says city officials looked at fuel costs from the week of July 4 and found the city saved at least $2,000 by having offices open for only four days.

Ardmore, OK – One of the more significant pieces of legislation in U.S. history has been in effect for a few weeks. The "Economic Rescue Plan" was passed to rescue lenders and gives the Federal Reserve authority to borrow between 700 to 850 billion dollars. 4th District U.S. Representative Tom Cole from Oklahoma voted for the legislation both times it came through the house.

Austin, TX – Election officials are preparing for massive turnout when early voting begins today at hundreds of polling sites across Texas.

From Houston to Lubbock, officials are projecting record participation, prompting authorities to add polling stations, haul in extra equipment and add workers.

The early voting period ends October 31. Those eligible to vote by mail must request ballots by October 28.

Ringling, OK – An Ardmore man has been killed in a single-vehicle accident on a Jefferson County road.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says James R. Sowell was headed south on the road at a high rate of speed and his car failed to negotiate a curve near Ringling about 2:15 p.m. yesterday.

The 46-year-old Sowell tried to correct what had happened but the car left the road, rolled twice and threw him out of the wreckage about 27 feet.

The patrol says Sowell suffered massive injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Oklahoma City, OK – Tewanna Edwards remembers her late great-uncle as a gentle old man who fed her raisins and laughed as she grimaced while eating them.

She had no idea as a child that the 6-foot-3 Choctaw Indian was one of the first American Indian code talkers.

He was among 18 original Choctaw code talkers who never lived to see public recognition of their war deeds. Legislation signed by President Bush last week authorizes congressional medals to be issued to the Choctaw Nation and family members.

Houston, TX – Texas state officials say a paperwork backlog could cause delays or hassles for recently registered Texas voters who try to cast ballots during the early voting period that begins Monday.

Thousands of Texans who registered just before the October 6 deadline will likely find their names missing from official voter lists. They will be allowed to cast ballots but may have to fill out special forms at polling stations or wait a few days before voting.

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