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3:29 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Theatre Tulsa Begins Its 92nd Season with "Les Misérables"

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One week from tonight, on August 8th, Theatre Tulsa will unveil its much-anticipated new production of the epic musical, "Les Misérables," which will run in the Tulsa PAC's John H. Williams Theatre through August 24th. The rights for "Les Mis" -- a favorite, of course, of countless musical theatre buffs worldwide -- have only recently been made available to community theatre organizations, and Theatre Tulsa will open its 92nd season with this epic. The production will feature a cast of 70+ people in a 13-performance run.

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Local & Regional
3:23 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

City Councilors Ask About Costs for Mowing Private Property

Walls built to provide protection from street noise on 81st Street between Mingo and Memorial make it tougher for property owners to mow the part of their property along the street.
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Tulsa city councilors want to how much the city has been paying to mow private property.

Streets and Stormwater Director Roy Teeters said $125 dollars for one area each mowing cycle, but that’s cheaper than the alternative.

"It comes down to about $8 a property to mow," Teeters said. "And our administrative cost and the cost of having an inspector go out and inspect it and enforce the mowing would be much more expensive than just continuing to mow."

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Local & Regional
3:16 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

New Task Force Will Look at Public Safety Tax

The City of Tulsa is assembling a task force to discuss a public safety tax that would pay for more police.
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The city of Tulsa will put together a task force to look at a public safety tax and how to spend it.

The first meeting will be Aug. 21, but who will be on the task force is still up in the air. City Councilor Skip Steele proposed having representatives from several entities on the task force.

"The mayor's office, the council, the Fraternal Order of Police, the firefighters, the firefighters union, the police union — when I say the police department, that would include the 9-1-1 center," Steele said.

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Local & Regional
1:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Teachers from Spain Begin Arriving in Tulsa

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Teachers recruited from Spain by a Tulsa school district have started to arrive in Oklahoma for the new academic year.

The Tulsa World reports four of the 11 expected educators arrived Thursday in Oklahoma. They will teach students Spanish and about the culture in Spain.

The state's education department selected Tulsa Public Schools and the Oklahoma City school district for the pilot project. Other states have participated in the guest teacher program with Spain for more than 25 years. Oklahoma recently accepted an offer to join.

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Local & Regional
11:35 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Acid Spill Reported in Kingfisher County

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HENNESSEY, Okla. (AP) — At least 300 barrels of hydrochloric acid has spilled in Kingfisher County.

The Enid News & Eagle reports between 300 and 500 barrels of the acid spilled Monday. It happened at an oil well site that was being drilled by Blake Production Co.

Company owner Blake Vernon says workers found a tank had emptied out the acid used in fracking jobs on Monday. He says a chemical was spread on the tank to counteract the acid.

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Music
11:33 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Helens of Swing on Big Band Saturday Night

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This weekend, the Helens of Swing! A couple of these songbirds you know well and you will enjoy knowing the other two...better. Join me for Big Band Saturday Night at 8 o'clock on 89.5! I'll be looking for you.

Local & Regional
11:32 am
Fri August 1, 2014

NTSB: Pilot in Fatal Plane Crash Flew into Rain

TALIHINA, Okla. (AP) — The National Transportation Board says an Arkansas pilot killed in an Oklahoma plane crash did not obtain a weather briefing before his flight and that he flew into an area of known rain.

The crash near Talihina killed 71-year-old pilot Ray Broadbent of Heber Springs, Arkansas, The wreckage was found Oct. 24, 2013, in a heavily wooded area after Broadbent's family notified authorities that he never reached his destination.

Broadbent had left Searcy, Arkansas, on Oct. 21 on a flight to Elk City, Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
7:10 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Tax Free Weekend Underway, But Only On Certain Items

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shoppers and merchants are preparing for Oklahoma's annual sales tax holiday weekend on back-to-school clothing and shoes that starts today. But a research group says the tax benefits of the event are minimal.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy says that while shoppers can buy some items tax-free, it does nothing to provide relief to low- and moderate-income taxpayers throughout the remainder of the year.

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Local & Regional
7:02 am
Fri August 1, 2014

City Holding 3 Meetings to Get Feedback on HUD

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The city of Tulsa is holding three meetings next week to get community feedback on priorities that will be used to set the city's five-year U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plan.

The meetings are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday where city officials will present information on continuing and emerging needs in Tulsa, including poverty, education, homelessness, transportation and housing.

Citizens will then be asked to prioritize their needs and their potential goals to address these issues.

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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Fri August 1, 2014

1 Killed When Guard Container Falls onto Vehicle

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police say one person was killed when a shipping container was knocked from an Oklahoma National Guard vehicle and landed on a pickup truck.

Captain Dexter Nelson says the metal bin carrying weightlifting equipment was on a trailer as it went under a railroad overpass and the bin struck the overpass and rolled onto the pickup. Nelson said investigators found no significant damage to the bridge. He said he didn't know how high the overpass is above street level.

The name of the person killed was not immediately known.

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