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12:07 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

TU Introduces New Football Coach

New TU football coach Phillip Montgomery shows off his new team jersey.
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The University of Tulsa welcomes new head football coach Phillip Montgomery to campus. The former Baylor Offensive Coordinator is ready to start recruiting.

In his first news conference, he said in addition to football, he will stress academics while visiting with recruits and parents.  He told reporters he sees similarities between TU and Baylor. He promised a fast, fun and physical football game for TU fans.

The University of Tulsa Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Derrick Gragg introduced Montgomery this morning as the school’s 29th head football coach.

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7:43 am
Mon December 15, 2014

AUDIO: Tour the Salvation Army 'Joy Center'

New toys await distribution at the Salvation Army warehouse
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Tour the Tulsa Salvation Army 'Joy Center'. It is a large warehouse at 11th and South Hudson. It is the location where the Salvation Army prepares its toy and food baskets for Christmas distribution.

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7:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Survey finds Oklahomans Prefer Smokefree Bars and Nightclubs

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new survey of Oklahomans has found that 78.5 percent of the survey's respondents prefer smokefree bars and nightclubs.

Surveys were collected at 22 community events in 2014 to assess awareness of the health hazards posed by exposure to secondhand smoke and to gauge demand for smokefree bars and nightclubs in Oklahoma.

The survey sample 1,937 Oklahomans emphasized Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the two largest metropolitan areas in the state.

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6:53 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Key Deadline for Oklahoma Health Coverage Signups

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A key deadline has arrived for thousands of uninsured Oklahomans who are seeking coverage under the federal health care law.

Monday marks the last day to purchase insurance plans through the federally operated health marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act for those who want benefits to begin with the new year. In Oklahoma, 69,221 people selected a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace plan between October 1st, 2013 and the end of a special enrollment period on April 19th.

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6:51 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Funnel Clouds Reported with Storms in Oklahoma

APACHE, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado developed in eastern Oklahoma County and another was spotted earlier near Apache as strong thunderstorms moved from southwestern through central Oklahoma.

A tornado near Lake Arcadia northeast of Oklahoma City about 5 p.m. Sunday was reported by the weather service in Norman to be weak. There are no reports of injury or damage. A funnel cloud was also seen about 2 p.m. near Apache in southern Caddo County.

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6:46 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Monday Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Gasoline prices continue to tumble in Oklahoma.
  • The Tulsa School Board will consider a $415-million bond issue tonight.
  • Tornadoes and earthquakes round out Sunday in Oklahoma.
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7:36 am
Sun December 14, 2014

More Quakes

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It was a shaky morning in Oklahoma. There were three earthquakes before dawn this  morning. The largest was near Cherokee in northwest Oklahoma. It came in at 4.3. No damage or injuries were reported from that quake. However, it was felt over a wide area, including Enid, Stillwater and Sand Springs.

Two other quakes followed near Pawnee. One was a 3.1. The other quake was a 2.8.  Those quakes were felt in Pawnee and Osage Counties.

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7:22 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Downtown Parade Draws a Large Crowd

Children eagerly await the next float at the downtown Tulsa Christmas Parade.
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A crowd estimated in excess of 30,000 people filled downtown Tulsa for the 'Downtown Christmas Parade'.

The hour and 15-minute parade snaked through the downtown buildings to the delight of young and old alike. Candy flowed like Halloween to the children curbside.

80-year-old U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, who had boycotted the parade when the word "Christmas" was exchanged for "Holiday" several years ago, was back riding his horse through the streets.

Mayor Bartlett was on a float wishing watchers a "Merry Christmas" from a public address system.

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7:05 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Chairs of Oklahoma Senate Committees Named

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Bingman has announced the appointment of chairs and vice chairs to the Senate's 16 committees.

Each committee chair and 15 of the vice chairs are Republicans, as is Bingman. The GOP holds a 40-8 majority in the state Senate.

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7:02 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Suspected Killer Back in Custody

Robert Long
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DURANT, Okla. (AP) — A suspected killer who escaped a state prison is now back in custody.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie told the Lawton Constitution that 28-year-old Robert Long was recaptured Thursday night after being found on a train in Durant.

Long had disappeared from the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester before a 10 p.m. head count on Tuesday. Massie says Long pushed a window screen out and walked away from the minimum-security facility where he was serving time for drug and weapons convictions.

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