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Names Released in Fatal Helicopter Crash
There was one survivor of the Eaglemed crash. Billy Wynn was a paramedic on the flight. He was first taken to OU Medical Center in critical condition. Two others on board did not survive.
Mark Montgomery, Chris Denning and Billy Wynn were all on board the Eaglemed helicopter when it went down. Montgomery and Denning died on impact.
Montgomery was the pilot and Denning was the flight nurse. Denning worked at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital.
The hospital sent a statement saying, "The Oklahoma Heart Hospital family is deeply saddened by the death of our friend Chris. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time."
Denning also worked for Integris-Baptist Medical Center for almost ten years. He started off in radiology, them moved to intensive care.
Integris sent an email to its employees about Denning's death. One part says, "We mourn his loss as a member of our extended family. We also extend our sympathies to the Montgomery family and all those who knew Mark."
Mark Montgomery also served as a Counterdrug Pilot for the Oklahoma National Guard. The Counterdrug Task Force called Montgomery one of its "top performers."
According to an Eaglemed spokesperson, Billy Wynn had surgery at OU Medical Center early Friday, but he was later transferred to a hospital in Dallas. We're still waiting for an update on his condition.
Posted: Friday, February 22 2013, 09:50 PM CST
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House passes GOP bill to speed pipeline approval
May 23, 2013 10:38 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans have pushed through legislation to bypass the president to speed approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.
The bill was approved 241-175 largely along party lines. It's unlikely to be taken up by the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Democrats criticized the legislation as a blatant attempt to allow a foreign company to avoid environmental review. Republicans say the measure is needed to ensure that the pipeline first proposed in 2008 is built.
The measure would deem the project approved without a presidential permit, as required under current law, and with no further environmental review. It also would limit legal challenges to the project.
President Barack Obama has twice thwarted the pipeline project amid concerns about a proposed route through environmentally sensitive land in Nebraska. The White House approved a southern portion of the project from Oklahoma to Texas.
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