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2:46 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

City of Tulsa Instituting Electronics Ban for Employees Behind the Wheel

City of Tulsa employees will be prohibited from using cell phones and other devices while driving starting May 1.

Safety Coordinator Eddy Tijerina said that means no texts, emails or calls, even using hands-free technology like Bluetooth.

"So what we're asking them to do is find a safe place to park, and then either make that call or text they need to do — check their emails, whatever it is — or if they receive a call or text while they're driving, to find a safe place to park," Tijerina said.

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Local & Regional
2:39 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Councilor Presents New Tulsa Public Safety Funding Proposal

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Councilor Karen Gilbert doubles Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s proposed sales tax for public safety funding in a new proposal.

She presented the public safety task force with a plan for a permanent four-tenths of a cent sales tax with revenue dedicated to police, fire and streets.

"Through our discussions, through the task force meetings, just taking the information of the needs of those departments and looking at is two-tenths enough — it wasn't. It isn't," Gilbert said.

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StudioTulsa
1:37 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Music Festival Deluxe: It's the 2nd Annual Tulsa Roots Music Bash, Coming Soon to the Guthrie Green

Aired on Thursday, April 16th.

On this installment of ST, we welcome Julie Watson and Mike Koster, the co-directors of Tulsa Roots Music, a nonprofit and ongoing (and quite wonderful) concert series that first got underway here in our community about four years ago. On Saturday the 18th, the day-long Tulsa Roots Music Bash will be presented, for the second consecutive year, at the Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
10:55 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Mayor Seeks to Clear Confusion Over Deputy Shooting

Mayor Dewey Bartlett.
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With the fatal shooting of a suspect by a reserve Tulsa County deputy, the national attention has resulted in mix-ups with some media confusing the sheriff’s office with the Tulsa Police Department. Mayor Dewey Bartlett wants everyone to know they are separate agencies, and police had nothing to do with the sting operation that ended with the shooting. He says there have been several calls to his office from people, including national media, thinking it is a police officer involved and not realizing the difference between the two departments.

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Local & Regional
10:51 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Oklahoma House Agrees to Eliminate Wind Energy Tax Credit

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's wind energy industry could no longer claim a five-year exemption from ad valorem taxes under legislation advanced by the Oklahoma House.

House members voted 78-3 for the measure Thursday and sent it to the Senate for more work.

The measure prohibits wind electricity manufacturers from claiming a state tax exemption for equipment placed in commercial operation after 2016.

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Local & Regional
10:27 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Tulsa County to Audit Reserve Deputy Program after Shooting

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office will conduct an internal review of its deputy reserve program following national scrutiny of a 73-year-old volunteer who says he accidentally shot an unarmed suspect to death.

Spokesman Shannon Clark says  there will be an audit, but didn't release other information.

Reservist Robert Bates was charged Monday in the death of 44-year-old Eric Harris, who authorities say tried to sell guns to an officer. They say Bates accidentally shot Harris after confusing his stun gun and handgun.

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Local & Regional
8:31 am
Thu April 16, 2015

OSU Equestrian Team Unhurt when SUV Hits Bus in Texas

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WACO, Texas (AP) — Police in Central Texas say members of the Oklahoma State women's equestrian team have escaped injury after an SUV struck their chartered bus.

Waco police say the SUV driver ran a red light Wednesday night and the vehicle hit the side of the bus.

Nobody on the bus was hurt but police say at least two of the SUV passengers had minor injuries. Part of the side of the bus, mainly a cargo area, was damaged.

No charges were immediately filed.

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Local & Regional
8:06 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Tulsa Utility Company to Get $133 Million for Smart Meters

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has approved a settlement of $133 million in a rate increase case involving electricity smart meters.

Public Service Co. of Oklahoma will be allowed to collect the money from customers to install the meters. Residential customers are paying a separate surcharge of $3.11 a month to fund the advanced metering infrastructure.

The Tulsa-based company filed its case in January 2014, and a settlement was proposed in June. The company began collecting interim rates in November because of the length of the case.

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Local & Regional
8:03 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Ex-President Clinton to Speak at 20th Bombing Anniversary

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Kari Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, said Wednesday that Clinton will speak on Sunday, the 20th anniversary of the April 19, 1995, terrorist attack.

Members of bombing victims' families, survivors, rescue workers and others will gather at the former site of the Oklahoma City federal building for the ceremony honoring the bombing's 168 victims.

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Local & Regional
8:01 am
Thu April 16, 2015

"Ice Cold Beer"... The High Point Kind

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that would authorize liquor stores to sell refrigerated, high-point beer has been approved by the Oklahoma House.

House members on Wednesday voted 68-21 for the Senate-passed measure. Its author, Republican Rep. Glen Mulready of Tulsa, says the bill will now go to a joint House-Senate conference committee where it may undergo changes before lawmakers seek final passage.

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