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9:31 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Tornado Damage Update

Damage in Sand Springs from last night's tornado.
Credit Robyn Cagle

Tornado Bullet Points:

  • PSO is working to restore the power. As of this writing, 7,000 customers are still off line in Tulsa County.
  • Governor Fallin will tour the area later today to survey the tornado damage.
  • Clean-up is getting underway across the region.
  • State officials are warning victims to watch for potential scams.
  • 50-mobile homes damaged or destroyed at Sand Springs. One person killed.
  • National Weather Service crews will access the damage and rate the tornado.
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Local & Regional
8:02 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Creeks Get Federal Grant

Credit Oklahoma Historical Society

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based Indian tribe has received a $480,000 federal grant for its tribal transportation program.

The grant awarded to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation by the Federal Highway Administration will pay for safety improvements at a busy intersection in Okmulgee.

The tribe will work with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Okmulgee County to complete the project.

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Local & Regional
7:58 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Former SAE Member Apologizes For Racist Chant

Former Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity member Levi Pettit, surrounded by leaders of Oklahoma’s African American community, apologizes for participating in a racist chant that was caught on video.
Credit Jacob McClelland/KGOU

One of the two Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members who was expelled from the University of Oklahoma for participating in a racist chant apologized on Wednesday. Levi Pettit spoke with black politicians, pastors and community leaders for about two hours and later addressed the press at the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City, but Pettit would not reveal how he learned the infamous chant.

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Local & Regional
7:52 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Mental exam Ordered for Man Accused in Workplace Beheading

Vaughn Foods in Moore
Credit Google Street View

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a Moore food processing plant last year.

The Oklahoman  reports defense attorneys for Alton Alexander Nolen had asked for the evaluation. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley approved their request, and her order was filed Wednesday.

An expert from the state Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Department will examine Nolen. The findings will then be reported to the judge.

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Local & Regional
6:10 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Thursday

In the local news:

  • One dead, more injured in last night's tornado.
  • PSO reports over 10K customers still off line this morning.
  • Storms cancels schools in Tulsa and Sand Springs.
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Local & Regional
3:56 am
Thu March 26, 2015

One Dead, More Injured as Tornadoes Slice Tulsa County

Credit file photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Severe storms were bearing down on the Tulsa area, ending a quiet start to the nation's tornado season.

Tornado warnings were issued and sirens blared for a time Wednesday night as a pair of storms moved across the area.

After the first storm passed, amateur radio operators reported damage in the Sand Springs community west of the city. That is where the fatality took place. A second storm passed through the city a half-hour later, prompting another tornado warning.

Sand Springs and Tulsa Schools are closed today because of power outages.

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Music
3:50 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Performance Oklahoma Presents A Retrospective Encore

Here's a special retrospective program with a couple of sneak previews at the end - upcoming shows with The King's Singers and Avi Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra. The program opens with Louis Lortie talking with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

Performance Oklahoma is heard Saturday evenings at 8pm on Classical 88.7-1!

StudioTulsa
3:37 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

TU's Presidential Lecture Series to Feature an Address by the Acclaimed Scientist Jared Diamond

Aired on Wednesday, March 25th.

Why do some societies thrive while others fail? What makes certain societies more vengeful, more violent, or more war-driven than others? And what can we who live in the world's modern societies learn from those who dwell in -- or have dwelled in -- the world's traditional societies? Such are the questions we explore on this edition of StudioTulsa.

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Local & Regional
12:15 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Severe Weather Information Clearing House

Here is your one stop location for information you need concerning our severe weather threat in Green Country.

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Local & Regional
12:13 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Oklahoma Student Who Led Racist Chant to Meet Black Leaders

The now closed SAE house in Norman
Credit OU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state lawmaker says a former University of Oklahoma student caught on video leading a racist chant plans to meet with black civic leaders to personally apologize.

Sen. Anastasia Pittman says the student, Levi Pettit, called her to apologize and asked to meet. The Oklahoma City Democrat, who leads the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus, says she arranged for Pettit to meet Wednesday with leaders from Oklahoma's black community.

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