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2:37 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Property Swap Proposed

Tulsa, Okla. – A proposal for the development of the former Tulsa Fire Department headquarters at Fourth Street and Frankford Avenue met with a mixed response from City Council today.

At this morning's Urban and Economic Development Committee meeting, City Economic Development Director Mike Bunney said the plan would involve trading the property to the Tulsa Opera for development as its new headquarters, in exchange for a piece of land the Opera owns near the airport.

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1:59 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Education Stimulus Funds Could be Coming

Trish Williams speaks to the Tulsa School Board
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Tulsa, OK –
More funding for education may be coming to Oklahoma. Tulsa Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Trish Williams says the state can get up to 119-million dollars in stimulus funding to save education jobs.

It will also be up to the governor how to distribute the funds. His options will be the "State Aid Formula" or the "Title One Formula".

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1:58 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Weleekta Fire Update

Weleetka, OK – Investigators to question boy who survived fire

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The state Fire Marshal's office plans to interview the 8-year-old boy who survived a Monday morning house fire in the town of Weleetka that left six people dead.

Assistant State Fire Marshal JoAnne Sellars said Tuesday that the boy, Tavis Southern, is "very important to talk to" because he could help pinpoint where the blaze erupted and how it spread.

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1:51 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

TPS Logo Change

TP'S new logo

Tulsa, OK – The public received its first look at the new logo for Tulsa Public Schools. The logo, donated by Walsh Branding of Tulsa, will eventually be emblazoned on all TPS buses and other district-related gear. The Public Information Office planned changes to the district's identity system to occur as part of regular maintenance, so there will be no additional cost.

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12:15 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Council Briefed on Zoo

Zoo Transition Chief Tom Baker
KWGS News Photo/TGOV

Tulsa, OK – Former Tulsa Fire Chief and Deputy Mayor Tom Baker gave the Tulsa City Council a briefing on the efforts to turn the operation of the Tulsa Zoo over to a private management firm. The City will continue to own the zoo, however, the day-to-day operations will be handled by Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. TZMI's board recently named Baker to head the transition effort.

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12:14 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Water from the Sky?

A heavy thunderstorm moves over the Tulsa skyline.
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Tulsa, OK – Rain. Not a lot, but enough to cool us down.

Forecasters said it could happen and it did. Thunderstorms rumbled through Tulsa during the end of the morning rush hour. Strong to severe storms could be possible later today from Tulsa to the southeast. The National Weather Service says heavy rain will be possible from Tulsa to the northwest.

Click on our "Weather and Traffic" icon on our homepage for all the latest weather information.

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Local & Regional
11:27 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Art or Ugly

Councilor Christiansen says wall titles are not aligned.
KWGS News Photo/TGOV

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa City Councilor Bill Christiansen will be the first to tell his trade is that of an aviator, not art critic. But, like everyone, he has an opinion. One word sums up the art work on the new sound barrier along 169- between Memorial and Mingo. That word is: "ugly".

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11:26 am
Tue August 17, 2010

"Click it---or---ticket" is working

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Oklahoma City, OK – Seat belt usage increases in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State officials say more Oklahomans are wearing seat belts this year than in 2009.

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office says a 2010 study found that usage in combined types of motor vehicles has increased 1.7 percent since last year, from 84.2 percent to 85.9 percent.

Officials say usage in pickup trucks also increased by 1.7 percent, jumping from 76.7 percent to 78.4 percent.

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10:04 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Gaming in Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK – Okla tribes paid $118.2 M in gaming fees to state

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Indian tribes paid $118.2 million in gaming fees to the state last fiscal year, helping to ease budget cuts at some state agencies.

Office of State Finance records show the state received $33.3 million from the Chickasaw Nation; $22.7 million from the Choctaw Nation and $12.2 million from the Cherokee Nation. Twenty-seven other tribes paid the state about $50 million.

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10:01 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Trial Delayed

Tulsa, OK – Jury selection delayed in Okla man's murder trial

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Jury selection has been delayed in the murder trial of a former school teacher who is accused of fatally shooting his wife more than two years ago.

Court officials planned to begin the selection process for jurors Monday in the trial of John Robert Kastner, but it has been delayed because defense attorney Pete Silva was ill. Jury selection proceedings are still scheduled for this week at the Tulsa County courthouse.

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