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2:36 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

No Cuts, But Tulsa Transit Makes "Tweak" to Lift Service

Credit Tulsa Transit

Extra funding means Tulsa Transit no longer has to cut hours, but Lift service passengers will see a small difference.

An additional $210,000 from city council and a $20,000 donation meant Tulsa Transit could avoid fare hikes AND service cuts. Assistant General Manager Debbie Ruggles said a review showed buses were routinely getting back after their out-of-service time.

"And so while we were funded up to the 9 p.m. as we had been promised, we discovered that we needed to tweak our pickup times just slightly so that we could stay within our budget," Ruggles said.

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Local & Regional
2:26 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Secondhand Store Ordinance Back on City Council Radar

GameStop is one retailer that would be affected by a secondhand store ordinance the city council is considering.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa City Council is again considering an ordinance tracking sales at secondhand stores.

Discussion on the ordinance began in May but was delayed by budget and river meetings. A new version was presented this week, and Tulsa Police Sgt. Shellie Seibert said the changes are minor.

"We just tried to make it a little bit more narrowly defined," Seibert said. "There were some things that were left out there about nonprofits, things like that, that we're not targeting."

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StudioTulsa
1:28 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

"I Wear the Black Hat" --- Reflections on Our Fondness for Villains, Anti-Heroes, and Other Bad Guys

Aired on Friday, July 25th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with the well-regarded author, essayist, and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman, who has published a number of books and also writes the weekly "Ethicist" column for The New York Times Magazine. Klosterman's latest title, "I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)," is just out in paperback; it's a far-reaching, often funny, and highly entertaining exploration of why we as a society are so attracted to -- yet also, of course, repelled by -- villains both fictional and nonfictional...as well as the very notion of villainy itself.

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Music
1:18 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Frank Sinatra on Big Band Saturday Night

Wikipedia

Frankie Sinatra...as he began his incredible singing career. Hear Sinatra's Columbia Record days with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey and the swooning bobby-soxers. We will also cover his first years of his solo performances and recordings. 

Don't miss this one! Big Band Saturday Night at 8 o'clock on 89.5!

Local & Regional
12:31 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Oklahoma Food Pantries Scrambling to Meet Demand

File photo of food being served at Iron Gates
Credit Iron Gates

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Food pantries and shelters across the state are scrambling to meet demand for food and other supplies by the homeless, kids left in the lurch because they don't have access to free and discounted meals offered when schools are in session and other residents who are down on their luck.

Social service workers say supplies like meat and dairy are particularly in demand during the summer months — a period when donations to agencies tend to dip.

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Local & Regional
12:19 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Police Looking to Bust Copper Thieves

Police want to solve a rash of copper wire thefts.
Credit KWGS News

Police are on the lookout for copper thieves who have been stealing wires from street lights on highways. Officer Leland Ashley says there have been at least a half dozen reports recently of copper wire thefts. He says it presents a hazard to citizens by reducing needed highway lighting and also can be dangerous for the thieves themselves.

It’s also costly for the city of Tulsa to have to repair the lights. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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Local & Regional
12:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Kansas Group Protests for Immigration Reform at Fort Sill

Members of Sunflower Community Action protest for immigration reform.
Credit SCA

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A nonprofit organization based in Kansas that focuses on immigrant rights says it plans to travel to Oklahoma and protest the housing of unaccompanied minors at Fort Sill.

A delegation from Sunflower Community Action is traveling from Wichita to Lawton on Friday to protest the housing of the children.

The group says the children continue to be detained under questionable conditions.

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Local & Regional
11:39 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Spavinaw Chief Out on Bail

The Mayes County Courthouse at Pryor.
Credit City-Data

A bond reduction hearing is held for the Police Chief of the Mayes County town of Spavinaw. 75-year-old Clarence Gregory was arrested yesterday, shocking the community of 500. He is accused of two counts of Lewd Molestation involving a child under the age of 16. Sources say two girls are involved in the case.

At this morning's hearing the judge agreed to lower Gregory's bond from $150,000 to $100,000. After the hearing the Chief was able to bond out of the jail.

He faces a hearing in September.

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Local & Regional
10:11 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Oklahoma Supreme Court Says Lawmaker Can Serve as Tulsa DA

Fred Jordan
Credit State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court says Republican state Rep. Fred Jordan of Jenks is eligible to become Tulsa County's district attorney, even though a raise for prosecutors was approved during his term in the Legislature.

In a 5-1 ruling on Friday, the state's highest court ruled that a provision of the constitution did not apply to Jordan, since he wouldn't become district attorney until after his legislative term ends.

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Music
8:35 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The Music of France, Part Two, on Performance Oklahoma

Since 2003, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble has offered Oklahoma audiences a regular season of chamber music performances presented by an ensemble of musicians largely based in the Oklahoma City metro area and special guest artists.

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