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4:40 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Tulsa Schools Will Hold Classes on Monday

Keith Ballard
Credit KWGS News Photo

Statement from Dr. Ballard, Superintendent, re: decision not to close school on Monday, March 30, for Education Rally

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StudioTulsa
3:21 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

"Whistler and the British Etching Revival" Now on View at Philbrook

Aired on Thursday, March 26th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we learn about a show on view at the Philbrook Museum of Art through April 5th: "Whistler and the British Etching Revival." This small but engaging exhibition, culled from Philbrook's permanent collection, displays prints by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) and Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910) -- who was Whistler's brother-in-law -- as well as similar works by several artists who came after these two.

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Local & Regional
1:10 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Damage Review

Stop sign toppled in Downtown Tulsa
KWGS

Some pictures of the damage in and around the Tulsa area.

Local & Regional
11:30 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Task Force Hears Novel Idea for Offsetting Dams' Environmental Impacts

Credit KWGS News

Area cities looking to build low-water dams in the Arkansas River may have an option when it comes to mitigating environmental impacts.

Under agreements with the EPA, permanent conservation work in the same watershed can earn credits toward the affects of nearby projects — even if someone else does the work.

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Local & Regional
9:31 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Tornado Damage Update

Damage in Sand Springs from last night's tornado.
Credit Robyn Cagle

Tornado Bullet Points:

  • PSO is working to restore the power. As of this writing, 7,000 customers are still off line in Tulsa County.
  • Governor Fallin will tour the area later today to survey the tornado damage.
  • Clean-up is getting underway across the region.
  • State officials are warning victims to watch for potential scams.
  • 50-mobile homes damaged or destroyed at Sand Springs. One person killed.
  • National Weather Service crews will access the damage and rate the tornado.
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Local & Regional
8:02 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Creeks Get Federal Grant

Credit Oklahoma Historical Society

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based Indian tribe has received a $480,000 federal grant for its tribal transportation program.

The grant awarded to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation by the Federal Highway Administration will pay for safety improvements at a busy intersection in Okmulgee.

The tribe will work with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Okmulgee County to complete the project.

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Local & Regional
7:58 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Former SAE Member Apologizes For Racist Chant

Former Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity member Levi Pettit, surrounded by leaders of Oklahoma’s African American community, apologizes for participating in a racist chant that was caught on video.
Credit Jacob McClelland/KGOU

One of the two Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members who was expelled from the University of Oklahoma for participating in a racist chant apologized on Wednesday. Levi Pettit spoke with black politicians, pastors and community leaders for about two hours and later addressed the press at the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City, but Pettit would not reveal how he learned the infamous chant.

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Local & Regional
7:52 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Mental exam Ordered for Man Accused in Workplace Beheading

Vaughn Foods in Moore
Credit Google Street View

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a Moore food processing plant last year.

The Oklahoman  reports defense attorneys for Alton Alexander Nolen had asked for the evaluation. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley approved their request, and her order was filed Wednesday.

An expert from the state Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Department will examine Nolen. The findings will then be reported to the judge.

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Local & Regional
6:10 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Thursday

In the local news:

  • One dead, more injured in last night's tornado.
  • PSO reports over 10K customers still off line this morning.
  • Storms cancels schools in Tulsa and Sand Springs.
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Local & Regional
3:56 am
Thu March 26, 2015

One Dead, More Injured as Tornadoes Slice Tulsa County

Credit file photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Severe storms were bearing down on the Tulsa area, ending a quiet start to the nation's tornado season.

Tornado warnings were issued and sirens blared for a time Wednesday night as a pair of storms moved across the area.

After the first storm passed, amateur radio operators reported damage in the Sand Springs community west of the city. That is where the fatality took place. A second storm passed through the city a half-hour later, prompting another tornado warning.

Sand Springs and Tulsa Schools are closed today because of power outages.

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