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12:22 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Coburn Announces Plans for Town Hall Meetings

File photo of Senator Coburn at a Town Hall meeting is Broken Arrow.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn plans a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma as he prepares to resign from the Senate at the end of the current term.

The meetings will take place the first two full weeks in August. Coburn says one of the highlights of serving as senator is traveling the state and speaking with Oklahomans about issues that are important to them.

Coburn announced earlier this year that he would resign with two years remaining in his term. The Republican has served in the U.S. Senate since 2004.

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Local & Regional
10:09 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Inmate on the Lam in Southern Oklahoma

DOC photo of Aaron Kelsey
Credit Oklahoma-DOC

GRANITE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.

The Greer County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Aaron Kelsey was discovered missing from the medium-security prison, which has a capacity of nearly 1,000 inmates.

No details about Kelsey's escape were immediately available Thursday morning. Kelsey was serving time on burglary and weapons-related convictions out of Bryan County. He was due for a parole hearing in July 2016.

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Local & Regional
7:07 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Tulsa's First Ozone Alert Day of 2014

The OZONE ALERT program takes a voluntary, episodic approach to ozone pollution reduction. The Tulsa Branch of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, in collaboration with the National Weather Service and the EPA uses computer modeled predictors to determine when high ozone levels may occur.

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Local & Regional
7:02 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oklahoma Board Votes Again to Delay Standards Plan

Janet Barresi
Credit State Impact-Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The State Board of Education has again voted to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal by three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators from across Oklahoma.

The board voted 5-1 Wednesday to delay action on the plan designed to seek input from subject matter experts, parents and teachers. State Superintendent Janet Barresi was the lone dissenting vote and raised concerns that the education groups wanted to "hijack this process."

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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

American Airlines to Pay First Dividend since 1980

File photo
Credit American Airlines

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines says it will pay its first dividend since 1980.

The company announced Thursday that shareholders will get a quarterly cash dividend of 10 cents per share. American will also spend up to $1 billion to buy back shares, which raises the value of remaining shares.

American Airlines Group Inc. made the announcement as it reported net income of $864 million in the second quarter, up from $220 million a year earlier.

Excluding special charges, the profit was $1.5 billion, a quarterly record for American.

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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • It is an Ozone Alert Day in Tulsa.
  • Only 4-students pass the  3rd Grade summer reading assessment test in Tulsa.
  • A burned church will become the site of new homes in North Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
2:51 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Trash Board Proposes to Keep Burning Green Waste

If a TARE board proposal is approved, Tulsa will hire a company to haul green waste from residents' curbs to the incinerator.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

A new plan would take Tulsans’ green waste to the incinerator.

The TARE board will vote Aug. 5 to solicit bids for curbside pickup and hauling to the incinerator. Vice Chairman Paul White said the new plan meets all the board’s criteria.

"We have to implement a plan that is cost-effective, operationally feasible, customer-friendly and environmentally responsible," White said.

If the plan goes forward, White said as few changes will be made as possible, so customers would likely continue putting green waste in clear plastic bags next to their trash carts.

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2:47 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

"The Horse Lover: A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Wednesday, July 23rd.

On this edition of ST, we listen back to a fine interview that first aired in March of this year with H. Alan Day, who's the younger brother of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Day tells us about his then-recent memoir, "The Horse Lover," which is a moving and perceptive account of how he established a sanctuary for unadoptable wild horses previously warehoused by the Bureau of Land Management. Mustang Meadows Ranch, as the facility was called, began in the late 1980s; it was the first-ever government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary established in the United States.

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Local & Regional
1:52 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Tulsans to Celebrate the Center of the Universe

Second Center of the Universe Festival set Friday and Saturday.
Credit Center of the Universe Festival-Facebook

A big music and arts festival will be held in downtown Tulsa this weekend. Thousands are expected to attend the second annual Center of the Universe Festival which features more than a hundred bands over two days in the Brady Arts District. Co-Founder Phil Kaiser says a portion of the proceeds will go back into the community. Also some of the proceeds will go to the Red Dirt Relief Fund, a non-profit that benefits Oklahoma music artists in times of need.                                 

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Local & Regional
11:56 am
Wed July 23, 2014

National Night Out at Hicks Park

Credit Citizens Crime Commission-Tulsa

The 31st National Night Out, celebrated across the nation, will be held at Hicks Park this year in Tulsa. The national movement is way for the community to gather in an area and discuss crime and other issues. The police and fire departments, EMSA, and other first responders will be there to chat with people as well.

Program Coordinator, Bart Dean, says there will also be non-profit organizations there to talk with the community.

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