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3:25 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Rapid Bus Route Work Starts, Funding Already a Potential Issue

The Metro Tulsa Transit Authority and INCOG have a consultant looking at stops for a rapid bus route, but the groups have already identified funding as a possible problem in the future.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The first work is being done on a rapid bus route that will run up and down Peoria Avenue.

A consultant is working with Metro Tulsa Transit Authority and INCOG on where and what size bus stop platforms will be. James Wagner with INCOG said they needed to start now to coordinate with street rehab projects on Peoria, but don’t expect to see anything soon.

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What's New?
2:08 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

StoryCorps: A Good Man

StoryCorps, the renowned oral history project, will soon be collecting stories in Tulsa at the Guthrie Green.  Their Airstream mobile recording studio will be parked across from the Zarrow building.  Interview someone at StoryCorps; get a CD; and send one to the Library of Congress. Public Radio Tulsa is proud to host StoryCorps in northeastern Oklahoma beginning October 16. Learn More about StoryCorps.

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Local & Regional
2:05 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Oklahomans Urged to Mail In Votes

Absentee ballots now available.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

With the mid-term congressional elections coming up, Oklahomans are being urged to vote by mail to avoid long lines on election day. Absentee applications are now being taken. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says any registered voter may request an absentee ballot, you don’t need a special reason to do so.

You may download an application from the Tulsa County Election Board site or pick one up in person at the Board at 555 North Denver Avenue.

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StudioTulsa
1:16 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

In "Boom," Actor and Playwright Rick Miller Explores the Baby Boomer Generation at the Tulsa PAC

Aired on Thursday, September 18th.

On this installment of ST, we speak with the award-winning Canadian actor, playwright, and humorist Rick Miller, who will present his one-man show, "Boom," on Saturday the 20th at 7:30pm at the Tulsa PAC's Williams Theatre. As Miller tells us by phone, his 100-minute production offers a sweeping, fascinating, and maybe even educational exploration of the Baby Boomer generation -- from Che Guevara to Janis Joplin, from Buddy Holly to Nikita Khrushchev, and from Walter Cronkite to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Local & Regional
1:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Western Governors to Discuss Drought Challenges

The National Weather Service Radar Center in Norman
Credit KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governors from across the western United States are heading to the National Weather Center in Norman for a two-day forum on how drought conditions are affecting the energy industry.

An initiative of Western Governors' Association Chairman Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, the two-day forum begins Thursday and will include a welcome from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

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Local & Regional
12:44 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Bond Revocation Hearing Set for Salina Chief

Clarence Gregory
Credit OSBI

A bond revocation hearing is set for next month for Salina Police Chief Clarence William Gregory. He was charged during the summer with lewd molestation involving two young girls in his town. He was released on $100,000 bond on the condition that he stay away from the girls.

The Mayes County District Attorney  filed a motion to have the bond revoked. In the motion, the DA claims Gregory has been spotted following  the girls' school bus and watching them walk inside school. He reportedly has been sighted at a ball field where one of the girls was playing.

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Local & Regional
12:05 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Judge Doubts Oklahoma Ready for November 13 Execution

Credit File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge says he's concerned Oklahoma won't be able to give its execution team more training before three inmates are scheduled to go to be executed this fall.

Oklahoma recently said it would revamp its execution procedures and retrain its staff after condemned inmate Clayton Lockett took 43 minutes to die in April.

But 21 death row inmates said in a lawsuit that they still fear their executions could be cruel and violate their constitutional rights.

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9:32 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Scotland Votes On Independence

Father and daughter George and Anne Mackay's converted caravan serves as a polling station for about 50 residents at Coulags, near Lochcarron, in the Highlands.
BBC World Service

Today, voters in Scotland will go to the polls to answer the question, "Should Scotland be an independent country?" The result will have huge implications for the United Kingdom, and will be watched by separatist movements from Spain to Iran to China. We bring you the reaction from both the "Yes" and "Better Together" camps and talk to people around the world who have their own particular interest in seeing whether Scotland will vote to go it alone.

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Local & Regional
7:55 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Thunderstorm Snarls Morning Traffic

A car goes through standing water
Credit KWGS News File Photo

A slow moving thunderstorms dumped some much needed rain on the Tulsa area,  but at the same time, it caused numerous problems for Tulsa commuters.

The heavy rain snarled the morning rush period with wrecks reported on the expressway system. There were reports of cars hydroplaning on I-44, I-2-44, 169 and the Broken Arrow Expressway.

There was a five vehicle crash on Highway 412 on the bridge crossing Lake Keystone.

The Tulsa Police Department went to Operation Slick Streets, where officers only responded to injury crashes.

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Local & Regional
7:47 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Oklahoma Releases A-F Report Cards for Schools

Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than one quarter of Oklahoma's public schools received a grade of F or D on annual report cards released by the state Department of Education.

The State Board of Education gave final approval Wednesday to the letter grades, which are being posted on the department's website.

The report shows 16 percent of Oklahoma schools received A grades, 26 percent received a B, 28 percent got a C, 17 percent a D, and 11 percent received an F. Nearly 30 schools, or 2 percent, did not receive a letter grade.

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