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3:48 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Tulsa County DA Remains Prosecutor for Police Officer's Murder Trial

TPD officer Shannon Kepler is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of his daughter's boyfriend. The murder happened while Kepler was off duty.
Credit Tulsa County Booking Photo

A Tulsa County judge denies a motion to disqualify the district attorney as prosecutor of a Tulsa police officer charged with murder.

TPD officer Shannon Kepler’s attorney Richard O’Carroll alleged Steve Kunzweiler told a key witness what to say earlier this year.

"He could be arrested right now for obstruction of justice and suborning perjury," O'Carroll said.

Kunzweiler and Judge Caroline Wall disagreed. Kunzweiler said the judge at the earlier hearing gave O’Carroll every opportunity to delve into the matter, citing two dozen pages of transcripts.

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Local & Regional
2:56 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Following the Bouncing Gas Pump

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Oklahoma has increased by a penny during the past week.

AAA Oklahoma reported Tuesday that the statewide average price for a gallon of self-serve unleaded is $2.26 per gallon. The national average is $2.41 per gallon.

Average prices in selected cities around the state range from $2.10 per gallon in Wagoner to $2.46 in Alva. Motorists in Tulsa are paying an average of $2.21 per gallon while those in Oklahoma City are paying $2.26.

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Local & Regional
2:54 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Oklahoma Indian Gaming Revenues Rise While State Fees Fall

slot machines
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A recent report says that Oklahoma Indian gaming revenue increased more than $60 million in 2013, but the amount of tribal fees paid to the state has decreased by more than $3.1 million.

The Oklahoman reports the 2015 edition of Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report released Monday revealed the revenue disparity may be due to the change in types of games that are in Oklahoma Indian casinos.

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StudioTulsa
12:49 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

"The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World"

Aired on Tuesday, March 31st.

Why are we so addicted to our cell phones, our Facebook pages, our email In Boxes, and so forth? Some say it's a culture-wide (and incurable?) case of "FOMO" -- or, fear of missing out. On this installment of ST, we explore that fear by speaking with Christina Crook, a Canadian journalist. Back in 2012, Crook disabled the data on her smartphone, turned off her email, and entirely avoided the Internet for 31 days. That experience is chronicled in her new book, "The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World," which she discusses with us today.

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Local & Regional
7:05 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Public Meeting Set for Update on EPA Brownfield Grants

A vacant Tulsa building that is included in a brownfield designation
Credit City of Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The city is planning a public meeting to update residents on Tulsa's brownfield grants it received from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013.

The April 8 meeting is at City Hall downtown.

In 2013, the city received $1.4 million in brownfield grants— including $600,000 for the cleanup of the city-owned Evans-Fintube site and $800,000 for a revolving loan fund in partnership with the Indian Nations Council of Governments and the Tulsa Industrial Authority.

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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Oklahoma Senate Committee Passes Right to Try Measure

State Senate Chamber entrance
Credit State Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that would give terminally ill patients in Oklahoma access to experimental medications that are not yet on pharmacy shelves has been approved by a state Senate panel.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 7-0 Monday to send the measure to the full Senate for a vote. It has already been approved by the state House.

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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Public Hearing Set on Housing, Community Needs in Tulsa Area

Tulsa City Hall
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A public hearing has been scheduled next month to explore affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions in the Tulsa area.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's community development committee in Tulsa plans to receive comments from the public on April 8.

The city's draft 2015-2019 consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the HUD grant programs.

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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Educators rally at the Oklahoma Capitol.
  • Work begins on Oklahoma's first Costco store.
  • A man and woman are murdered in a Bristow motel.
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StudioTulsa
4:18 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Dan and Cheryl Foliart -- a Hollywood Composer and a Music Executive -- Visit the TU Campus

Aired on Monday, March 30th.

On this edition of AT, an interesting and far-reaching chat with Dan and Cheryl Foliart -- a husband-and-wife team who are, respectively, a Hollywood composer and a music executive, and who are both currently visiting TU as J. Donald Feagin Guest Artists.

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Local & Regional
1:15 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Educators Flood the State Capitol

One on the many signs for lawmakers to see.
KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thousands of educators, parents and schoolchildren are rallying at the state Capitol seeking a boost in funding for public schools and a reduction in the number of state-mandated tests.

Wearing T-shirts from their hometown schools, attendees wandered the halls of the Capitol and congregated outside legislators' offices to talk about the importance of more funding for schools.

A similar rally held last year drew an estimated 25,000 people.

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