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4:54 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Wildfires Keep Firefighters Busy

A wildfire approaches 61st and North Birmingham
Credit KWGS News

Strong south winds and dry conditions help quickly spread wildfires across the Tulsa metro. The fire, pictured here, was in the Turley area near 6100 North Birmingham.

The fire spread to some old tires, which created thick black smoke that could be seen for miles. At one point, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol considered if it should shut down Highway 75 because of the smoke. It did not.

One home, a car and about a quarter mile of grass and brush were consumed by the flames.  

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Local & Regional
3:15 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Cherokee Veteran Headed to the Super Bowl

Cherokee veteran Dustin Butler (green shirt) is among 11 veterans receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to the Super Bowl from Operation Enduring Respect. He's pictured with (from left) Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin Sr.
Credit Cherokee Nation

A veterans’ group picks a Cherokee among 11 veterans to receive a free trip to the Super Bowl.

"To be able to take these guys, it's just honoring them for their service and thanking them for their service and the sacrifices they made and sacrifices their families make for those guys going overseas," said Kevin Phelps with Operation Enduring Respect.

Marine Corps and Air Force Reserves veteran Dustin Butler leaves Oklahoma Friday for the big game. He said getting Phelps’ call was unbelievable.

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Local & Regional
3:02 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Executions on Hold as Supreme Court Reviews Drug

Credit Oklahoma-DOC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Executions are again on hold in Oklahoma after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state's request to postpone lethal injections while justices review a challenge over the use of a particular sedative.

The court on Wednesday ordered Oklahoma to halt lethal injections after both the state and the lawyers for three inmates who faced execution between now and March requested the temporary stay.

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StudioTulsa
2:18 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

A Conversation with Stacey Bess, a Noted Teacher and Education Advocate Soon Appearing in Tulsa

Aired on Wednesday, January 28th.

On Friday the 30th, beginning at 7:45am, the Community Action Project of Tulsa (or simply "CAP Tulsa") will present a special event entitled Sunny Side Up. It's a fundraising breakfast that will spotlight recent graduates from CAP Tulsa's CareerAdvance Program; it happens at the Cains Ballroom in downtown Tulsa. CAP Tulsa is, per its website, "the largest anti-poverty agency in Oklahoma. We believe every family and every child deserves the same opportunity for success.

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Local & Regional
1:46 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Fallin: Oklahoma Budget Should be Legislature's Top Priority

Mary Fallin
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 should be the Legislature's top priority, and she wants lawmakers to closely examine tax credits and other policies that drain available revenue.

Fallin made the comments Wednesday during a speech to reporters and editors at The Associated Press' annual legislative forum.

Fallin also gave some hints on policies she would endorse for the session that begins on Monday, including a ban on texting while driving in Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
7:06 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Red Flag Warning Issued over Wildfire Danger in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service in Tulsa has issued a Red Flag Warning for nine northeastern Oklahoma counties where forecasters say the threat of wildfires is high.

The warning is in effect from noon until 6 p.m. Wednesday. It means there is a dangerous combination of weather conditions and dry vegetation favoring rapid growth and spread of any wildfire. The primary weather factors are strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures.

The warning affects the counties of Pawnee, Washington, Osage, Nowata, Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Tulsa and Rogers.

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Local & Regional
7:03 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Norman Authorities ID Victim in Fatal Fire

Credit KWGS News

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Officials in a central Oklahoma city have identified a woman who died following an early morning fire at her home.

Norman fire officials on Tuesday identified 56-year-old Eva Ann Stewart Tresner as the victim in last week's blaze. They say she suffered extensive burns to more than 95 percent of her body. She was taken to a hospital, where she later died.

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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Cherokee Veteran Gets All-Expense Paid Trip to Super Bowl

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A citizen of the Cherokee Nation is getting an all-expense paid trip to the Super Bowl.

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dustin Butler of Tahlequah is among 10 veterans nationwide picked to attend Sunday's game in Phoenix.

Butler was chosen by the national nonprofit Operation Enduring Respect to watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots. He will receive free transportation, lodging and food and will also attend an NFL Hall of Fame luncheon with Earl Campbell, Roger Staubach and other former NFL greats.

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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • An organization forms to fight, what it calls, "hate legislation".
  • Yet another Tulsa water line break.
  • Tulsa Police make arrests in a murder case.
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StudioTulsa
2:15 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

TU Theatre Offers Two Staged Readings of "The Hourglass Project" by Lee Blessing

Aired on Tuesday, January 27th.

On this edition of ST, we present a chat with the prolific and award-winning contemporary American playwright, Lee Blessing, who's working on the University of Tulsa campus this week with students and faculty in TU's Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre.

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