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2:57 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

A One-Man Play Depicting the Life and Work of Aldo Leopold, the Father of Wildlife Biology

Aired on Thursday, April 23rd.

On this installment of ST, a fascinating discussion with the Tennessee-based storyteller and performer Jim Pfitzer, who will soon appear onstage in Tulsa in "A Standard of Change," the one-man play that he created about the life and work of Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). An influential American author, scientist, ecologist, forester, and conservationist, Leopold -- the "father of wildlife biology," as some have called him -- is probably best known as the author of "A Sand County Almanac," which is a literary classic that's especially popular with environmentalist readers.

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Local & Regional
11:51 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Officer Hurt in Unmarked Car Crash on 169

Credit KWGS News

Tulsa Police are investigating a crash in Highway 169 in which at least one Tulsa Police Officer has been injured.

The wreck is between a car and a dump truck on the expressway near 31st Street. The unmarked police car was hit by a dump truck, forcing the police car into the center retaining wall.

The officer was taken to the hospital.

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Local & Regional
11:33 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Tulsa Shock Player Arrested in Arizona

Glory Johnson
Credit Tulsa Shock

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) _ Phoenix Mercury standout player Brittney Griner and fiancee and fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson have been arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct following a fight at their home in a Phoenix suburb.  
 The two 24-year-olds were booked into jail in Phoenix following their arrests Wednesday and later released. Agents for the players did not immediately respond to requests for comment.  

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Local & Regional
7:38 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Search to Resume for Missing Boater on Lake Eufaula

EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a search will continue for a person who went missing on Lake Eufaula over the weekend.

Authorities say the search for 41-year-old Sean McDonald will resume Thursday morning after it was called off Wednesday night.

McDonald and 23-year-old James Giles were last seen between 11 p.m. and midnight Saturday leaving the Holiday Cove area on the lake in a canoe.

A search crew recovered Giles' body on Tuesday in water about 14 feet deep.

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Local & Regional
7:33 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Advocate: Sheriff Video Release is 'Character Assassination'

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A civil rights group says the release of video showing an undercover agent allegedly buying drugs from a man later killed by a volunteer officer is "character assassination."

Tulsa County sheriff's officials released video late Tuesday of a man who allegedly sells drugs and talks about selling a gun to an undercover officer last month.

The sheriff's office says the recordings show Eric Harris, who was fatally shot April 2 by volunteer deputy Robert Bates during a sting investigation. Bates has said he confused his handgun with a stun gun.

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Local & Regional
7:30 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Judge Considering a Conflict With Deputy Shooting

Bob Bates and his attorney entering the Tulsa Jail
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge assigned to the case of a volunteer deputy accused of manslaughter in the shooting of a restrained man says he's considering recusal over his close ties to the sheriff's office.

District Court Judge James Caputo says he hopes to decide by tomorrow whether to continue with the case. Reserve deputy Robert Bates has pleaded not guilty in the April 2nd death of Eric Harris.

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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Thursday's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Dueling Public Safety Tax proposals are floated at Tulsa City Hall.
  • CBS reports a Tulsa Reserve Deputy was investigated in the past for special treatment.
  • An update on reopening the now closed Blue Bell Plant at Broken Arrow.
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StudioTulsa
4:22 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Voice of the People's Citizen Cabinet for Oklahoma Offers Surprisingly Bi-Partisan Recommendations

Aired on Wednesday, April 22nd.

On this installment of ST, we once again speak with policy analyst and political psychologist Steven Kull, the founder and president of a Washington-based non-partisan organization called Voice of the People. This group, which utilizes innovative polling methods and cutting-edge technology to enact an ongoing "campaign for a citizen cabinet," aims to give ordinary citizens a greater role in American government.

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Local & Regional
3:44 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Elementary Students Get Hands-On Earth Day Celebration

Elementary students learn about soil quality in a Tulsa County Conservation District Exhibit at the second annual Celebrate CommUNITY Earth Day event.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Second-graders jammed out at Veterans Park, using wheels, metal pipes and plastic discs as percussion instruments. It’s fun, and it’s recycling.

Students in pre-K through second grade learned about the environment at the hands-on Celebrate CommUNITY event. Katherine Anderson started the Earth Day event last year because her son, Tristan, is fascinated by recycling and garbage.

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Local & Regional
3:33 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

City of Tulsa Presented With Large PSO Rebate Check

PSO presented the City of Tulsa and the city utility board with a sizable rebate check for improvements to the A.B. Jewell Water Treatment Plant.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Utility rebates for energy-efficient improvements aren’t just for homeowners.

PSO presented Tulsa’s utility board with a large check in size and amount: $246,047 for upgrading to lighting and pumps that use less energy at the A.B. Jewell Water Treatment Plant.

"The city did give us a plan and give us their engineering drawings, and we conducted several meetings over the course of about a year to make this happen," said Kerry Rowland, PSO's energy efficiency coordinator.

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