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3:52 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Man Arrested in Texas in More than 20-year-old Tulsa Slaying

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say a man in Texas has been arrested on a murder charge in the 1994 beating death of a woman in Tulsa.

Sgt. Dave Walker announced Friday that 52-year-old Leroy Edward Gilbert Jr. was arrested Thursday in Bonham, Texas, on a first-degree murder warrant in the death of Erma Goodou at Goodou's home in north Tulsa.

Walker says DNA evidence taken from the scene was matched to Gilbert in February 2014.

Court records do not list an attorney for Gilbert.

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Local & Regional
3:08 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

House Approves Pop Culture Museum for Tulsa

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One day after failing to pass a $25 million bond proposal to build a new museum in Tulsa, the Oklahoma House reversed course and narrowly passed a plan to build the facility dedicated to the state's icons of popular culture.

The House voted 51-40 Friday to approve the bond issue, one day after the same measure fell seven votes short of passing. A bill needs 51 votes to pass in the House. It now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin for consideration.

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Local & Regional
3:05 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Senate Gives Final Approval to $7.1 Billion State Budget plan

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has given final approval to a roughly $7.1 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, despite concerns that state leaders didn't do enough to rein in millions of dollars' worth of costly tax credits.

The general appropriations bill easily cleared the Senate Friday on a 38-9 vote and now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin, who is expected to sign it.

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2:48 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Oklahoma Watch Forum: Mental Health for Women

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Oklahoma Watch sponsored a free community forum on the topic of mental health for women. It was held at the Circle Cinema on May 21 in Tulsa.

Featured speakers were Janet Cizek, Center for Therapeutic Interventions managing partner and CEO; Roxanne Hinther, Women in Recovery clinical director; and Dr. Nicole Washington, Family and Children’s Services psychiatrist. Oklahoma Watch Executive Editor David Fritze was the moderator.

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Local & Regional
8:03 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Check the Weather Radar

The National Weather Service has posted a Flash Flood Watch through the holiday weekend.

You can check the Weather Radar right here.

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Friends of Man Shot by Deputy Support Outside Investigation

Eric Harris
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Those who knew an unarmed Oklahoma man who was fatally shot by a Tulsa County Sheriff's Office volunteer deputy last month are confident an outside prosecutor brought in to investigate the agency will help restore the public's trust in the embattled office.

Questions have arisen about the reserve deputy program since volunteer Robert Bates shot Eric Harris on April 2nd. Bates has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter, saying he confused his stun gun and handgun.

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Local & Regional
7:42 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Fort Sill Soldier's Body Recovered from Flooded Oklahoma Creek

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FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — The body of a Fort Sill soldier whose vehicle was swept into Medicine Bluff Creek has been recovered.

According to a Fort Sill news release, the body of Staff Sgt. David Hawkins was recovered Thursday afternoon by Fort Sill firefighters and an Oklahoma Highway Patrol water rescue team.

The release says the 32-year-old was apparently attempting to drive across a low water crossing on Sunday when his vehicle was swept into the flooded creek. The car was recovered on Monday.

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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Oklahoma House Defeats Museum of Popular Culture Legislation

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that would authorize $25 million in bonds to build the Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa.

House members voted 49-44 Thursday against the Senate-passed bill. The House sponsor of the bill, Republican Speaker Jeff Hickman of Fairview, kept the measure alive by giving notice he may ask the House to reconsider its vote.

The bill would fund construction of a 75,000-square-foot museum, nicknamed OKPOP, and a parking garage in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A Flash Flood Watch is posted for the much of Oklahoma, including Tulsa.
  • OK-Pop fails in the state house. Backers are expected to try again today.
  • Hayden Griffith graduates at Ramona without a feather in her cap.
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Local & Regional
5:00 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Tulsa 44th on National City Park Ratings List

Kendall-Whittier Park is located behind Kendall-Whittier Elementary School at Fifth Place and Birmingham Avenue.
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Despite falling from 40th to 44th in a national park system rating, Tulsa gains ground.

Peter Harnik is director of the Center for City Park Excellence with the Trust for Public Land. He said they rated 15 more cities this year: the largest 75 in the U.S. instead of the largest 60.

"Ten cities came in ahead of Tulsa, and the city only lost four spots," Harnik said. "If we hadn't added any new cities, Tulsa would be No. 35 this year."

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