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4:09 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Disaster Aid Approved for 15 More Oklahoma Counties

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government has approved public assistance for 15 more Oklahoma counties to help with infrastructure repairs following severe storms and flooding.

Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the state's request for more aid. The latest counties approved for assistance are Adair, Beckham, Caddo, Comanche, Creek, Garvin, Jackson, Logan, McCurtain, McIntosh, Marshall, Muskogee, Pushmataha, Sequoyah and Washita counties.

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4:06 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Capitol Repair Panel Approves Interior Renovation Plan

Credit KGOU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A committee that's overseeing the renovation of the nearly 100-year-old Oklahoma Capitol has approved preliminary plans for overhauling the building's interior.

The State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee met Thursday and approved the scope of the interior work and how the project will be phased in over the next six years.

The Oklahoma Legislature approved a $120 million bond issue last year to pay for renovations to the building that houses the Legislature, governor and several state agencies.

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3:59 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Progress Toward TPD Civilianization Stalls

Credit KWGS News-File photo

Funding is shaping up to be a sticking point when it comes to using more civilians in the Tulsa Police Department.

City Finance Director Mike Kier gave city councilors a breakdown of the positions, their current pay and their possible civilian pay.

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3:40 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

City Councilors in the Home Stretch on Tulsa Budget Approval

Credit City of Tulsa

Tulsa city councilors enter the last stretch of tinkering with the mayor's proposed budget.

Keith Eldridge in the city finance department said revenue projections are up, but there's not really room to add costs.

"A lot of the budget for 2016 is flat," Eldridge said. "A lot of the increases in the FY16 budget are related to compensation, both for FY15 and 16, and we're looking at a FY16 impact, a full-year impact, for civilians for the increases there. That's going to be the largest part of the increases for the general fund."

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10:48 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Man Busted at Tulsa Pot-Apartment

Plants seized during a Tulsa raid
Credit Tulsa Police

Tulsa man is in jail after a raid by Tulsa Vice Officers. It all went down late yesterday afternoon. Police raided the apartment of 43-year-old Michael Hall. He had two apartments in a small complex at 11th and South St-Louis.

Police say Hall was living in apartment #11 and next doors, in apartment #12 he had an elaborate indoor marijuana growing operations.

The apartment is across the street from the Hillcrest Medical Center.

In addition to cultivation, Hall was arrested for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and drug paraphernalia.

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10:09 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Cattle Truck Overturns on Downtown Expressway

The overturned cattle truck on the expressway ramp, downtown.
Credit KWGS News

Crews are working to upright an overturned cattle truck on the northeast leg of Tulsa's IDL. The truck over turned about 6 this morning on the westbound I-244 ramp to southbound Highway 75.

The cattle was off loaded and taken to the Tulsa Stockyards. Over 100- head were on board the truck. Some on the animals were injured or killed in the crash. The driver of the truck was not injured.

The crash also caused a diesel spill. It was contained by the Tulsa Fire Department.

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8:47 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Capitol Repair Panel to Mull Interior Renovation Plan

The south side of the capitol is blocked off because of facade problems.
Credit KGOU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A committee charged with overseeing the renovation of the nearly 100-year-old Oklahoma Capitol is expected to review plans for overhauling the building's interior. The State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee will be briefed Thursday by the construction company overseeing the project. The Oklahoma Legislature approved a $120 million bond issue last year to pay for renovations to the building that houses the Legislature, governor and several state agencies. Work has already begun on the building's exterior, but now the companies charged with renovating the in

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7:00 am
Thu June 11, 2015

12 Inmates Treated at Hospital after Prison Fight

Cimarron Correctional Facility at Cushing
Credit State of Oklahoma

 

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — Officials say a private prison in north-central Oklahoma is on lockdown after a fight among inmates sent 12 to the hospital.

Steve Owen, a spokesman for the company that owns and runs the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing, said the fight began around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday and involved four housing units.

Owen told the Tulsa World the fight was under control by 5:15 p.m.

He says two hospitalized inmates were treated and released Wednesday evening. Others were hurt but didn't require hospitalization.

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6:58 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Blue Bell: Listeria Source Likely ID'd at Oklahoma Plant

Credit Blue Bell

 

HOUSTON (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries says it has likely identified the source of listeria contamination at its Oklahoma plant, but it may not be able to pinpoint a single source for the problem at its Texas plant.

The Texas-based company gave the information the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in response to federal inspections. The FDA publicly released the 35-page report Wednesday in response to a Freedom of Information request by The Associated Press.

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6:51 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • The first town hall meeting is held on a low water dam proposal for the Arkansas River.
  • The private prison is on lock down this morning after a huge fight sent 12-inmates to the hospital.
  • The Broken Arrow Blue Bell Listera break has been traced to a shipping container room.
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