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5:31 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

"What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs"

Aired on Monday, March 2nd.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Cat Warren, a university professor and former journalist who for several years had an admittedly strange hobby -- that is, she and her German shepherd, Solo, would often go searching for the dead. Solo, now retired, was a cadaver dog -- and what began as an effort to make the best of Solo's unruly energy and boundless enthusiasm eventually became, for our guest today, a quest to learn all she could about so-called "working" dogs, their handlers, and their trainers.

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Local & Regional
2:52 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Presley Family Ministries Plans Unique Berryhill Development

Dr. Richard Presley of Presley Family Ministries.
Credit KWGS News

Presley Family Ministries gets approval for a unique, mixed-use development in West Tulsa County where not much has been built for decades. Dr. Richard Presley says plans for the nearly 22 acres at West 41st and the Gilcrease Expressway include homes, green space, two lakes, a community meeting area, and even a chapel.

He sees it as kind of a mini-gathering place for the Berryhill area. The development would take place in phases and isn’t scheduled for completion until 2020.

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Local & Regional
1:08 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Sapulpa, Owasso Voters Among Those Visiting the Polls Tomorrow

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A Tulsa Public Schools bond issue isn’t the only matter Tulsa-area voters will consider tomorrow.

Money is at stake for the city of Sapulpa. Voters will consider bonds totaling $6.6 million spread among four propositions. Economic Development Director Ted Fisher says just over half will go toward mandated repairs to Sahoma Lake Dam and the city’s sewer system.

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Local & Regional
11:52 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Mom of Dead Oklahoma State Coach Gets Bulk of Settlement

PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) — The parents of an Oklahoma State University assistant women's basketball coach killed in an Arkansas plane crash settled a wrongful death claim for $250,000, according to Kay County records.

The Oklahoman reported Monday the parents of Miranda Serna reached a confidential settlement with the pilot's insurance company, but details became public when her divorced parents disagreed on how to split the money.

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Local & Regional
11:42 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Bill Gives Oklahoma Governor Sweeping New Powers

The Governor at last month's State of the State Address.
Credit KWGS News/OETA

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's governor would have broad new powers to appoint the directors of ten different state entities under a bill being considered by a Senate committee.

Broken Arrow Republican state Sen. Nathan Dahm is expected to present the bill Monday in the Senate General Government Committee that he chairs. It calls for the heads of ten different state agencies and boards to be fired effective Jan. 1 and allows the governor to name their replacement.

Dahm did not return telephone messages seeking comment about his bill.

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Local & Regional
11:26 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Two Tulsans on the Forbes Billionaire List

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Unless you are George Kaiser or Lynn Schusterman,  you did not make the list of billionaire Tulsans. The two Tulsans are listed among Forbes Magazine's Annual Billionaire list.

In fact, in Oklahoma, only five billionaires are on the list that we spotted:

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Local & Regional
9:13 am
Mon March 2, 2015

February report: Economic growth likely in Midwest, Plains

Dr. Ernie Goss talks with reporters
Credit Creighton University

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report suggests economic growth is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.

The survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the regional growth is likely although areas "linked closely to the energy sector, including ethanol, are experiencing pullbacks in economic activity."

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Local & Regional
7:59 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Oklahoma County, Hospital Fight Over Inmates' Medical Bills

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has agreed to decide a legal dispute between Oklahoma County and the University of Oklahoma Medical Center over who should pay for emergency medical care for county jail inmates.

The Oklahoman reports the hospital is seeking roughly $3 million from the county to cover unpaid medicals bills. It's the third time in the past 10 years that the hospital has asked the courts to help resolve a dispute with Oklahoma County. The county settled two prior lawsuits with OU Medical Center, in 2005 and 2010, for a combined $8 million.

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Local & Regional
7:56 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Calculations Make Oklahoma, US Earthquake Numbers Differ

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Records indicate that the Oklahoma Geological Survey reported half as many magnitude 4.0 and higher earthquakes in Oklahoma last year as the U.S. Geological Survey did.

The Tulsa World reports that the differences are due to the way the agencies calculate earthquake magnitudes.

While OGS reports six earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 and higher last year, the USGS reported 14 earthquakes in that range. This year, 13 earthquakes in that range have been reported by OGS while 21 have been reported by the USGS.

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Local & Regional
7:55 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Calculations Make Oklahoma, US Earthquake Numbers Differ

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Records indicate that the Oklahoma Geological Survey reported half as many magnitude 4.0 and higher earthquakes in Oklahoma last year as the U.S. Geological Survey did.

The Tulsa World reports that the differences are due to the way the agencies calculate earthquake magnitudes.

While OGS reports six earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 and higher last year, the USGS reported 14 earthquakes in that range. This year, 13 earthquakes in that range have been reported by OGS while 21 have been reported by the USGS.

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