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8:03 am
Fri May 22, 2015

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The National Weather Service has posted a Flash Flood Watch through the holiday weekend.

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Friends of Man Shot by Deputy Support Outside Investigation

Eric Harris
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Those who knew an unarmed Oklahoma man who was fatally shot by a Tulsa County Sheriff's Office volunteer deputy last month are confident an outside prosecutor brought in to investigate the agency will help restore the public's trust in the embattled office.

Questions have arisen about the reserve deputy program since volunteer Robert Bates shot Eric Harris on April 2nd. Bates has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter, saying he confused his stun gun and handgun.

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7:42 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Fort Sill Soldier's Body Recovered from Flooded Oklahoma Creek

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FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — The body of a Fort Sill soldier whose vehicle was swept into Medicine Bluff Creek has been recovered.

According to a Fort Sill news release, the body of Staff Sgt. David Hawkins was recovered Thursday afternoon by Fort Sill firefighters and an Oklahoma Highway Patrol water rescue team.

The release says the 32-year-old was apparently attempting to drive across a low water crossing on Sunday when his vehicle was swept into the flooded creek. The car was recovered on Monday.

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6:57 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Oklahoma House Defeats Museum of Popular Culture Legislation

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that would authorize $25 million in bonds to build the Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa.

House members voted 49-44 Thursday against the Senate-passed bill. The House sponsor of the bill, Republican Speaker Jeff Hickman of Fairview, kept the measure alive by giving notice he may ask the House to reconsider its vote.

The bill would fund construction of a 75,000-square-foot museum, nicknamed OKPOP, and a parking garage in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A Flash Flood Watch is posted for the much of Oklahoma, including Tulsa.
  • OK-Pop fails in the state house. Backers are expected to try again today.
  • Hayden Griffith graduates at Ramona without a feather in her cap.
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Local & Regional
5:00 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Tulsa 44th on National City Park Ratings List

Kendall-Whittier Park is located behind Kendall-Whittier Elementary School at Fifth Place and Birmingham Avenue.
Credit KWGS News

Despite falling from 40th to 44th in a national park system rating, Tulsa gains ground.

Peter Harnik is director of the Center for City Park Excellence with the Trust for Public Land. He said they rated 15 more cities this year: the largest 75 in the U.S. instead of the largest 60.

"Ten cities came in ahead of Tulsa, and the city only lost four spots," Harnik said. "If we hadn't added any new cities, Tulsa would be No. 35 this year."

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3:25 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Council Split on More Money for Mow Problems

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Grass is shaping up to be a point of contention in Tulsa’s 2016 budget.

More money means more frequent mowing. Streets and Stormwater Director Terry Ball says $645,000 has been budgeted right now.

"What that will do, is it will allow for seven mowing cycles. That'll be closer to your 30-day [cycles]," Ball said. "When we had shown it originally with the 10 cycles, that was allowing you to do a 21-day mowing cycle."

City Councilor Phil Lakin wants to see another $180,000 in the budget for mowing so there are 10 cycles.

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Local & Regional
3:15 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Some Tulsa City Councilors Balk at Utility Rate Increases

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Proposed water and sewer rate increases of 7 and 9 percent aren’t sitting well with some Tulsa city councilors.

"The people that I represent cannot afford year after year after year after year to keep getting those big hits like that," said Councilor Jack Henderson. "I just want to go on record that I'm not going to be voting for this budget as long as that's on there."

Henderson said he understands the city needs more money for its utility infrastructure and would consider smaller rate increases.

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2:46 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Health Officials Warn Oklahoma Travelers of Health Risks

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state Department of Health says Oklahomans who plan to travel overseas during the summer should be aware of any health risks at their destinations and take steps to stay healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides current information about common diseases, emerging health threats and food and water safety by country. Federal officials also post travel notices about outbreaks and preventive measures.

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2:39 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Student Loses Bid to Wear Eagle Feather on Graduation Cap

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa federal judge has ruled that an American Indian student at Caney Valley High School can't wear an eagle feather on her graduation cap.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell accepted a magistrate's recommendation to deny senior Hayden Griffith's request for a preliminary injunction that would allow her wear the feather during her graduation ceremony Thursday.

Frizzell said Griffith failed to demonstrate a violation of the state's Religious Freedom Act or her rights to free speech and religion.

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