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7:09 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Union: American Airlines Pressuring Mechanics on Safety

American Airlines largest repair facility is in Tulsa
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DALLAS (AP) — A union is suing American Airlines, claiming supervisors are pressuring mechanics to release planes before they are safe to fly.

Local 591 of the Transport Workers Union says that union officials who raised objections were threatened with termination or even arrest.

American Airlines denies the allegations, saying that it complies with federal safety rules. A spokesman said Friday that regulators have not contacted the airline about any critical issues.

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Local & Regional
4:32 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Supreme Court Will Review Execution Drug's Use

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma.

The justices agreed Friday to review whether the sedative midazolam can be used in executions because of concerns that it does not produce a deep, comalike unconsciousness and ensure that a prisoner does not experience intense and needless pain when other drugs are injected to kill him.

Oklahoma uses midazolam as one of three drugs in lethal injection executions.

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Local & Regional
2:22 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Criminal Justice Authority Passes Jail Agreement With Cities

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Tulsa and Jenks have new jail agreements with the Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority.

The authority Friday passed Jenks’ unanimously and Tulsa’s 4–1. The agreements are nearly identical.

During the meeting, Tulsa City Attorney David O’Meilia said the city disagrees with a declaration that the sheriff runs the jail and would like to clarify language about daily rates. That caused noticeable frustration among the county commissioners on the authority.

Authority Chair Karen Keith said who operates the jail shouldn't be an issue.

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Local & Regional
2:20 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Oklahoma Agriculture Department Plans Plasticulture Workshop

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OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — For the ninth straight year, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is hosting a workshop for plasticulture farmers.

The workshop provides gardeners with the latest information as well as time-tested methods for producing bountiful crops. This year's workshop is planned Feb. 7 at the Donald W. Reynolds Technology Center in Okmulgee.

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Local & Regional
2:16 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Muskogee Police Release Graphic Video of Police Shooting

The video shows the officer approaching the suspect in the church parking lot.
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Muskogee Police release the officer body camera video of last week’s fatal shooting of Terrance Walker, Jr.  KWGS has reviewed the video and opted not to post it here because of its graphic nature.

The Video Shows:

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Local & Regional
2:09 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Several Anti-Gay Bills Filed in State Legislature

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A trio of bills by Rep. Sally Kern are among several anti-gay bills that have been filed with the state legislature.

Oklahomans for Equality Advocacy Chair Mike Redman said Kern's filings especially are no surprise.

"Sally Kern targets the gay and lesbian community every opportunity that she gets," Redman said. "She is at the end of her term limit career, and she's just using this as another publicity opportunity to take one final jab at the gay and lesbian community."

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Local & Regional
1:47 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Oklahoma investigators Wrap up Methamphetamine Investigation

An arrest warrant was served at this Ponca City home
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Arrest warrants have been issued following a yearlong methamphetamine trafficking investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

Spokesman Mark Woodward says agents and officers from several departments fanned out early Friday with 18 arrest warrants for defendants accused of trafficking crystal methamphetamine into Ponca City.

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Local & Regional
1:44 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

More than 2,000 Bills Filed for 2015 Oklahoma Legislature

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers will have more than 2,000 bills and resolutions to consider when they convene next month.

Thursday afternoon was the deadline for filing bills to be considered by the 2015 Oklahoma Legislature. Legislative officials say 1,219 bills and 26 joint resolutions were filed in the House. A total of 815 bills and 32 joint resolutions were filed in the state Senate by the deadline.

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StudioTulsa
12:48 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

On Saturday Night at the Tulsa PAC, the Rastrelli Cello Quartet Returns to Town

Aired on Friday, January 23rd.

On Saturday the 24th, in a performance beginning at 8pm, the highly acclaimed Rastrelli Cello Quartet will return to Tulsa. The concert happens at the Williams Theatre in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and is presented by Choregus Productions. Our guest is the founder and artistic director of this group, Kira Kraftzoff. As he explains, the Rastrelli has been deliberately focused on -- and enthusiastically passionate about -- what classical music buffs sometimes call "non-traditional programming" since its inception in 2002.

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Local & Regional
7:59 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Lankford to Chair Homeland Security Subcommittee

James Lankford
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Freshman U.S. Sen. James Lankford has been named chairman of a subcommittee of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Committee Chairman Ron Johnson named Lankford the chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. The subcommittee oversees the management, efficiency and effectiveness of various federal agencies, including the effectiveness of national security methods.

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