Chickasha, OK – A tractor-trailer driver was killed when his rig rolled after he crashed into a car on State Highway 39 east of Chickasha.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Albert Pender of Chickasha died in the collision about 8:15 Monday night.

Troopers say Pender was westbound when a car in front of him slowed to make a left turn.

Investigators say Pender was unable to stop and tried to pass the car on the left but hit the car and the rig then rolled twice.

Colbert, OK – Two members of the Colbert City Council have resigned following a vote against an audit.

Vice Mayor Michelle Weger and Councilor Richard Parrish each resigned during the past week.

Their resignations came after a meeting in which the council voted 3-2 against an investigative audit of the Bryan County town.

Austin, TX – Texas has a toll-free number for consumers to report complaints about alleged price gouging related to Hurricane Ike.

The Texas attorney general's office says its consumer complaint hot line has received hundreds of calls since Ike made landfall Saturday at Galveston.

The Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act bars exorbitant prices for necessities like drinking water, food, batteries and generators during times of disaster.

Washington, D.C. – Texas Democrat Nick Lampson is asking congressional leaders to provide emergency funding to bring relief to victims of Hurricane Ike.

Lampson's southeast Texas district includes part of Galveston County, which was hit hard when Ike roared ashore early Saturday.

He says Congress needs to pass a legislative package that would immediately bring money to southeast Texas so local communities don't have to pay for most of the recovery costs.

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma employers say the state does not have enough skilled workers to bring their companies up to full employment.

Employers told members of the House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee Tuesday that more needs to be done to recruit and retain skilled workers in the state.

Brian Hayden, vice president of Advance Food Co. of Enid, says the company has hired 700 new workers over the past two years and recruits workers from as far away as Puerto Rico. But the company still has 95 job openings that remain unfilled.

Galveston, TX – Texas Governor Rick Perry says he hopes the Federal Emergency Management Agency treats Texas better in response to Hurricane Ike than the last time a big hurricane hit the state.

Perry previously criticized the agency's response after Hurricane Rita, which struck Texas in the days immediately after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Much of the nation's attention was focused on New Orleans and how it suffered through the natural disaster.

Irving, TX – Gasoline prices skyrocketed over the weekend in Texas and nationwide because of Hurricane Ike.

The auto club AAA reported Monday that gasoline was averaging $3.84 per gallon Monday, up about 13 cents from Friday. That's almost a 4 percent increase in three days.

Nationally, the average rose a dime to $3.84 per gallon.

Texarkana had the highest price Monday at $3.81, up 23 cents from Friday.

Lawton, OK – KCCU's David Meyer interviews Oklahoma State Senator Andrew Rice in part one of this U.S. Senate candidate series. A "Focus" with Senator Jim Inhofe will air at a future date.

Wichita Falls, TX – The pilot who died in the crash of a single-engine airplane into the front lawn of a Wichita Falls church has been identified as an opthalmologist.

A statement today from the city's public information office identified the victim as Doctor Jeffrey Harrington of Wichita Falls.

The city statement says the Cessna apparently lost power and crashed Sunday morning near Woodhaven Baptist Church.

The statement says Harrington was believed to have been practicing landings at Kickapoo Downtown Airport in Wichita Falls when the accident happened.

Oklahoma City, OK – Officials say Oklahoma banks are in good shape and will not be significantly affected by the credit crisis that led to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.

Oklahoma Banking Commissioner Mick Thompson says state banks are diversified and were not heavily involved in the subprime mortgage market, which led to problems in other states.


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