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6:46 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Leaders from Tulsa County towns come forward with a new Vision proposal.
  • The Tulsa School Board votes to call off classes Monday for a statewide education rally in OKC.
  • A wounded bald eagle takes flight again and KWGS News is there.
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Local & Regional
3:04 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

VIDEO: Bald Eagle Released Into Wild After Recovering From Gunshot

Tulsa Zoo veterinary technician Alesha Dodd releases a young bald eagle found in late November with a shotgun wound to her right wing. Zoo staff and Wild Heart Ranch rehabilitated the eagle.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

A young bald eagle hit with a shotgun blast in late November is back in the wild.

The eagle had shot and two fractures in her right wing. Tulsa Zoo staff fixed her up and worked with Wild Heart Ranch to get her ready for life in the wild again.

Veterinary technician Alesha Dodd said letting her go today at Oologah Lake was emotional.

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Local & Regional
1:14 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

New Vision 2025 Tax Extension Proposed

Tulsa and area city leaders gather in Jenks to announce a new Vision Plan.
Credit KWGS News

Leaders of cities in Tulsa County announce a plan for a Vision 2025 tax extension that could finally get water in the river. There is a new approach this time that would allow each community to determine its’ projects and vote on them independently. Tulsa City Councilor G.T. Bynum says it gives hope for low water dams and other river projects that have failed in the past. Other cities may have other priorities, and that would work in this approach to a tax renewal.

Specific projects are yet to be determined, but the vote should be scheduled sometime this fall. 

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StudioTulsa
1:11 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

The War and the Silver Screen -- "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War"

Aired on Tuesday, March 24th.

Our guest is the film historian and journalist Mark Harris, who's written for Entertainment Weekly, Grantland, New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications.

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Local & Regional
12:09 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Oklahoma Senate Panel Approves Nitrogen Gas Executions

The death chamber is at the state prison in McAlester
Credit File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that authorizes the use of nitrogen gas to execute Oklahoma death row inmates has been approved by a state Senate committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-0 Tuesday for the House-passed measure and sent it to the full Senate for a vote.

Under the bill, lethal injection would remain the primary method of execution, but nitrogen gas would be an alternative if lethal injection is declared unconstitutional or if the drugs are unavailable.

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Local & Regional
11:50 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Development Authority Wants Input in to Micro Plans

Whittier Square
Credit Kendall-Whittier Main Street

Revitalization is the goal for North Tulsa and the Kendall Whittier area. Meetings are being scheduled for public input into “sector plans”. The Tulsa Development Authority’s O.C. Walker says these plans will enhance what has already been adopted under the Plan-it-Tulsa Comprehensive plan.

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Local & Regional
10:26 am
Tue March 24, 2015

B.A Plant Linked to New Blue Bell Recall

The cartons look like this one. The products are NOT sold in stories.
Credit Blue Bell

Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling three 3 oz. institutional/food service ice cream cups- chocolate, strawberry and vanilla with tab lids because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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Local & Regional
9:47 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Edmond Man Denied Car Tag Supporting Gay Community

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Edmond man says the Oklahoma Tax Commission denied a vanity license plate that supported the LGBT community.

John Patrick Keefe II says he wanted a personalized license plate that read "LGBTALY," which is an abbreviated version of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ally.

Keefe said he received a letter from the commission in December rejecting his request. He said he was told the phrase was sexual in nature when he asked why his plate was denied.

Local & Regional
7:00 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Oklahoma Chief Investigator Allegedly a Fake Police Officer

Credit file photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The chief investigator for the Oklahoma Veterans Affairs Department has been fired and is facing prosecution after authorities said that they found that he is an ex-convict and not a state-certified law enforcement officer.

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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Cherokees to Give $4 Million from Car Tag Sales to School Districts

Cherokee Car tag
Credit Cherokee Nation/File Photo

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation is distributing checks totaling $4 million from tribal car tag sales to 106 school districts later this week.

The checks will be handed out Friday at the Tahlequah-based tribe's annual Public School Appreciation Day at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Each year, the tribe allocates 38 percent of tax revenue from the sale of the tags to help school districts fund teacher staffing, buy new technology or other needs. School districts have total discretion on how to spend the funds.

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