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12:44 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Oklahoma House Passes Texting While Driving Ban

House okays text ban.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly approved legislation to prohibit texting while driving.

House members voted 96-2 for the bill and sent it on to the state Senate for debate and a vote. A similar bill is already pending on the Senate floor.

The bill by Republican Rep. Terry O'Donnell of Tulsa marks the second consecutive year he has authored legislation to ban texting while driving in the state. Last year, a similar bill died on the House floor.

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Local & Regional
8:57 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Man Killed By Casino Stun Gun

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a Tulsa man has died after an Osage Nation police officer used a stun gun on him during an altercation outside a casino.

The Tulsa World reports 41-year-old Terry Price was at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino on Friday night despite being banned.

Authorities say a tribal officer used a stun gun on Price after he began to fight several officers.

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Local & Regional
8:05 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Tulsa Metro Roads Are Slick in Spots

Credit KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More snow is projected to fall this week in Oklahoma and transportation officials are warning drivers of roads that are already slippery.

The National Weather Service in Norman issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of the state. No precipitation is projected Tuesday but light snow will be possible in the southern part of the state on Wednesday. Snow accumulation of less than one inch is expected.

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Local & Regional
7:57 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Tulsa Construction Company Picked to Restore Oklahoma Capitol

Parts of the capitol are blocked off because it has been declared unsafe.
Credit KGOU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tulsa-based construction company has been selected to complete the repair and restoration of the interior of the state Capitol.

State officials announced Monday the selection of Manhattan Construction as the contractor on the project. A total of three vendors had submitted proposals.

State Capitol Project Manager Trait Thompson says the interior work should begin next year and will be capped at $91 million.

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Local & Regional
7:54 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Measure to Allow Conversion Therapy Passes Committee

Sally Kern
Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation to prohibit Oklahoma from regulating the practice of so-called gay conversion therapy has been approved by a state House committee.

Without debate, the Children, Youth and Family Services Committee voted 5-3 and sent the bill to the full House.

In other states, bills have been filed to ban conversion therapy, a range of practices aimed at changing one's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Many schools are closed today because of the weather.
  • An arrest is made in an Osage County murder case.
  • Progress is reported on a Tulsa Jail agreement.
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Local & Regional
3:14 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Coburn Talks U.S. Constitutional Convention to Oklahoma GOP

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is visiting with Republicans in the Oklahoma Legislature and urging them to join the list of states calling for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.

Coburn met separately Monday in Republican caucus meetings in the House and Senate to talk about the idea of a convention of the states to address the growing power of the federal government.

Separate measures in the House and Senate would call for a constitutional convention, which is authorized under Article Five of the U.S. Constitution.

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Local & Regional
3:12 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

House Approves Bill to Expand DNA Collection

Credit Yale University

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has approved a bill allowing Oklahoma district attorneys to collect DNA samples for the state's offender database from defendants who aren't sentenced to prison.

The House voted 93-3 for the measure Monday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

Defendants convicted of certain crimes are required to provide samples to the state DNA database. Most samples are taken by prison officials, leaving those convicted but sentenced to probation often omitted.

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Music
1:16 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

The Juilliard String Quartet on Performance Oklahoma

The Juilliard String Quartet, widely known as the quintessential American string quartet, appeared at Armstrong Auditorium on Thursday, January 15th presented by the Armstrong International Foundation's Performing Arts Series. Founded in 1946, the Quartet was the first ensemble to play all six Bartok quartets in the US and its performances of Schoenberg's quartets helped establish the works as cornerstones of the modern string quartet literature.

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Local & Regional
12:45 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

State Arts, Libraries Agencies Prepare for Further Cuts

A state House budget subcommittee asked cultural agencies Monday how they’re preparing for another year of cuts.

Oklahoma Arts Council Director Amber Sharples said their first cuts would be to community arts programs.

"These go very heavily to our rural communities — the festivals that take place everywhere from Claremore, Idabel, across the state," Sharples said. "So, obviously, that would have ramifications."

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