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7:10 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake Recorded near Medford

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MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has reported a magnitude 4.0 earthquake near Medford.

The earthquake happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. about 20 miles east of Enid and 17 miles southeast of Medford.

A Grant County Sheriff's Office dispatcher tells The Oklahoman the office hadn't received any calls concerning the earthquake or damage.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans. Damage is not likely at magnitudes below 4.0.

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Local & Regional
7:03 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Oklahoma Judge to Rule on Ten Commandments Lawsuit

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge is scheduled to decide whether to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.

A hearing is scheduled Friday before District Judge Thomas Prince on a request by the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma and alleges the monument's placement on the Capitol grounds is unconstitutional.

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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Crash Kills Tahlequah Teen

A teenager is dead and several more people are hurt in a head on collision on Highway 51 in Wagoner County.

It happened between Coweta and Wagoner. 19-year-old Jerry Winburn of Tahlequah was dead at the scene.

The car Winburn was riding in was traveling in the wrong lanes when it was hit.

Local & Regional
6:37 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A federal judge is urging Oklahoma to delay three upcoming executions.
  • Ground will be broken tomorrow for the Gathering Place.
  • Funding concerns for rapid mass transit in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Oklahoma is in a Tough Place When it Comes to Health

First, some good news from Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt on the state’s health rankings.

"Chlamydia, we’re only ranked 23rd, so you can maybe see that on a T-shirt someday soon: Oklahoma — only 23rd in rates of chlamydia!" Blatt said Wednesday during a presentation at Morton Comprehensive Health Services. "But for the rest of it, we’re really not doing so well."

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Local & Regional
3:25 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Rapid Bus Route Work Starts, Funding Already a Potential Issue

The Metro Tulsa Transit Authority and INCOG have a consultant looking at stops for a rapid bus route, but the groups have already identified funding as a possible problem in the future.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The first work is being done on a rapid bus route that will run up and down Peoria Avenue.

A consultant is working with Metro Tulsa Transit Authority and INCOG on where and what size bus stop platforms will be. James Wagner with INCOG said they needed to start now to coordinate with street rehab projects on Peoria, but don’t expect to see anything soon.

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2:08 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

StoryCorps: A Good Man

StoryCorps, the renowned oral history project, will soon be collecting stories in Tulsa at the Guthrie Green.  Their Airstream mobile recording studio will be parked across from the Zarrow building.  Interview someone at StoryCorps; get a CD; and send one to the Library of Congress. Public Radio Tulsa is proud to host StoryCorps in northeastern Oklahoma beginning October 16. Learn More about StoryCorps.

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Local & Regional
2:05 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Oklahomans Urged to Mail In Votes

Absentee ballots now available.
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With the mid-term congressional elections coming up, Oklahomans are being urged to vote by mail to avoid long lines on election day. Absentee applications are now being taken. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says any registered voter may request an absentee ballot, you don’t need a special reason to do so.

You may download an application from the Tulsa County Election Board site or pick one up in person at the Board at 555 North Denver Avenue.

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1:16 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

In "Boom," Actor and Playwright Rick Miller Explores the Baby Boomer Generation at the Tulsa PAC

Aired on Thursday, September 18th.

On this installment of ST, we speak with the award-winning Canadian actor, playwright, and humorist Rick Miller, who will present his one-man show, "Boom," on Saturday the 20th at 7:30pm at the Tulsa PAC's Williams Theatre. As Miller tells us by phone, his 100-minute production offers a sweeping, fascinating, and maybe even educational exploration of the Baby Boomer generation -- from Che Guevara to Janis Joplin, from Buddy Holly to Nikita Khrushchev, and from Walter Cronkite to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Local & Regional
1:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Western Governors to Discuss Drought Challenges

The National Weather Service Radar Center in Norman
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governors from across the western United States are heading to the National Weather Center in Norman for a two-day forum on how drought conditions are affecting the energy industry.

An initiative of Western Governors' Association Chairman Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, the two-day forum begins Thursday and will include a welcome from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

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