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11:59 am
Tue April 14, 2015

'Black Sunday' Revisited

Dust Bowl survivor Pauline Hodges traveled to the Oklahoma Capitol to speak at an event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the "Black Sunday" dust storm.
Credit State Impact-Oklahoma

On April 14, 1935, a rolling mountain of dust and sand swept through Oklahoma, choked out the sun and filled homes with dirt piles so high residents had to clean their homes with shovels.Survivors of the storm met today at the state Capitol to mark the eightieth anniversary of “Black Sunday.”

It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon near the town of Forgan in Oklahoma’s Panhandle. Pauline Hodges was five at the time. She and her mother were visiting a neighbor when her friend’s father ran up to the backdoor and yelled:

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Local & Regional
11:20 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Duncan Firefighter Killed in Stephens County Wreck

COMANCHE, Okla. (AP) — Friends and family are mourning the death of a Duncan firefighter who was killed after an SUV crashed into a group of motorcyclists he was traveling with.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says it's not known what caused the SUV to cross a highway's center line and collide with the motorcycle riders over the weekend in Stephens County.

Fifty-three-year-old Monty Howell died in the weekend wreck, and at least five others were injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Music
10:47 am
Tue April 14, 2015

The Venice Baroque Orchestra on Performance Oklahoma

Venice Baroque Orchestra at Oklahoma City's Armstrong Auditorium

Listen to an excerpt of this program here

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Local & Regional
10:23 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Reserve Deputy Turns Himself in on Manslaughter Charge

Tulsa County reserve deputy Bob Bates (center) stands outside the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center with his attorney, Clark Brewster, after turning himself in Tuesday morning.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The Tulsa County reserve deputy charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a suspect pinned to the ground surrendered himself to authorities this morning.

Bob Bates arrived at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center shortly before 10 a.m. — nearly an hour after it was believed he would — in a white Chevy SUV and was escorted to booking immediately.

His attorney, Clark Brewster, accompanied him.

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Local & Regional
7:31 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Oklahoma National Guard to be Honored by Legislature

Credit KWGS News File photo

The Oklahoma Legislature is scheduled to honor current members of the Oklahoma National Guard and those who were members of the 45th Infantry Division that was known as the Thunderbirds.

The ceremony is to be held during a joint session of the state House and Senate on the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representatives starting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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Local & Regional
7:25 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa Reserve Deputy is charged with manslaughter.
  • Wal-Mart suddenly closes its Admiral and Memorial store for 6-months.
  • Another is planned for downtown Tulsa.
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StudioTulsa
7:22 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

An Address by Ambassador William B. Taylor, Jr., of the U.S. Institute of Peace: "Crisis in Ukraine"

Aired on Monday, April 13th.

Where do things now stand regarding the Russia-Ukraine conflict? And how did we get here, and what might the future have in store? Such are the questions we're exploring today. On this edition of ST, we speak with William B. Taylor, Jr., the acting executive vice president at the United States Institute of Peace. From 2011 to 2013, Taylor was the Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions in the U.S.

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Local & Regional
4:53 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Sand Springs Police: Man Caused Deadly Shooting with Officer

Sand Springs Police Deputy Chief Mike Carter speaks at a news conference about the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man over the weekend.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Police in Sand Springs say a man killed by an officer during the weekend caused the deadly shooting.

Deputy Police Chief Mike Carter told reporters Monday that 66-year-old Donald Allen was shot by Officer Brian Barnett on Saturday when Allen strode toward the officer with a loaded pistol pointed at Barnett.

Carter said Barnett was investigating reports of a man shooting a weapon in his backyard when he encountered Allen. Carter says Allen cursed and threatened the officer before retreating into his home.

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Local & Regional
4:46 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Oklahoma House Files Legal Notice on American Indian Museum

The half-finished museum in OKC
Credit American Indian Museum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House is advertising a legal notice of plans to either complete the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum or transfer ownership to the city of Oklahoma City.

Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman said Monday that no legislation has been filed to address the museum. He says the House is required to advertise the notice for four weeks to move forward with any option for the museum before the Legislature must adjourn on May 29.

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Local & Regional
4:36 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Oklahoma Deputy Charged in Suspect's Shooting Death

Reserve Deputy Robert Bates
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a white reserve sheriff's deputy in Oklahoma with manslaughter in the shooting of a black suspect.

A second-degree manslaughter charge was filed Monday against 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy Robert Bates.

Authorities have said Bates thought he was holding a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fired at 44-year-old Eric Harris in the April 2 incident.

A man can be heard apologizing and admitting to shooting a person in a video that documents the killing.

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