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2:58 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Plans in the Works for Interactive Route 66 Visitor Center

The Route 66 Experience is an interactive visitor center and mixed-use development planned at Southwest Boulevard and Riverside Drive.
Credit Selser Schaefer Architects

A local group announces plans for a Route 66 complex just outside the southwest corner of the Inner Dispersal Loop.

The Route 66 Experience will house interactive exhibits and restaurant space at Southwest Boulevard and Riverside Drive. The group behind the mixed-use development is Route 66 Alliance, and cofounder Michael Wallis said Tulsa has needed an attraction connected to the highway to draw visitors.

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2:56 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Government says Bin Laden had Tulsa World Clipping

WASHINGTON (AP) — During his years in hiding, Osama bin Laden urged followers to concentrate on attacking Americans and wrote bittersweet letters to one of his wives and his children, according to documents released by U.S. intelligence officials.

The documents include a fill-in-the-blanks job application for terrorist candidates that ranges from typical questions about education and hobbies to "Do you wish to execute a suicide operation?"

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Local & Regional
12:56 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Talihina is Flooded after Heavy Rain

Main Street in Talihina
Credit Wikipedia

They are hoping for a little sunshine in the scenic mountain town of Talihina. Officials say the community got six inches of rain in about four hours overnight. That caused massive flash flooding in the town.

LeFlore County Emergency Manager Michael Davidson says the flood water caused damage to a nursing home, several apartments and the town’s hospital. He says the high school also took in flood waters. He says nine classrooms were damaged.

The damage was caused by flash flooding and not a river. In all, there were no injuries, but Davidson says the need no more rain.

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Local & Regional
11:46 am
Wed May 20, 2015

New Business Think Tank for Tulsa

Contributors to '36-Degrees North' listen to the news conference.
Credit KWGS News

'36-Degrees North' will be the name of the new entrepreneur resource center in Tulsa. It will be located in the Brady Arts District at 36 E. Cameron Street.

During a news conference today, it was announced Tulsa Technology Center will be a founding partner. OU and OSU will also be supporters.  It is funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, The Lobeck-Taylor Foundation and the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce.

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Local & Regional
9:07 am
Wed May 20, 2015

No Charges in Demolition Contracts of Tar Creek Site

The Tar Creek Superfund Site
Credit U.S.G.S. Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say charges won't be filed against members of a public board after an apparent low bidder was passed over for demolition work on the Tar Creek Superfund cleanup site.

A spokesman for the Oklahoma attorney general's office said Monday that it reviewed an audit examining the award of demolition work on the site and didn't find any evidence to support criminal charges. The Oklahoman reports the attorney general also ordered the state auditor's office not to release its findings.

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Local & Regional
8:04 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Magistrate says Student Shouldn't Wear Feather to Graduation

RAMONA, Okla. (AP) — A federal magistrate is recommending that a Native American student not wear an eagle feather to her high school graduation in Ramona, Oklahoma.

Local media outlets report the recommendation was made Tuesday on 18-year-old Hayden Griffith's request to wear a feather attached to her graduation cap's tassel. Administrators testified that the Ramona school's dress code does not allow students to decorate their caps. A federal district judge will make the final decision regarding the matter.

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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Oklahoma Governor Requests Federal Disaster Assistance

Governor Fallin meets with first responders at Bridge Creek.
Credit Governor's Office

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has requested federal disaster assistance for Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma counties following tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in recent weeks.

Fallin sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday that says Oklahoma's latest round of severe storms began May 5. Since then, the state has experienced widespread flash flooding, damaging winds, baseball-size hail and at least 25 tornadoes.

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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

Our Top Local Story:

  • State leaders reach a deal on a $7.1-Billion budget.
  • It is expected to be a soggy holiday weekend at Oklahoma Lakes.
  • The Tulsa Police Department discusses what to do with its share of a proposed public safety tax.
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StudioTulsa
4:24 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

The Doctor as National Hero -- "Jonas Salk: A Life"

Aired on Tuesday, May 19th.

On this edition of ST, we're discussing an interesting new biography, "Jonas Salk: A Life." Our guest is Dr. Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs, the Shenson Professor of Medicine (Emerita) at Stanford University. Dr. Jacobs -- who's also the author of "Henry Kaplan and the Story of Hodgkin's Disease" -- remembers firsthand the polio scare of the middle 20th century, and thus also remembers Salk's widespread celebrity in this country; her heroic portrait of Salk was hailed as a "treasure trove of facts and stories" by Library Journal.

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Local & Regional
4:16 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Oklahoma Leaders Reach Deal on $7.1B State Budget

Credit Oklahoma State Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oklahoma House Speaker Jeff Hickman says state leadershave reached an agreement on a $7.1 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that will be just $37 million less than the current budget.

By raiding the state's Rainy Day Fund, Unclaimed Property Fund and agency revolving accounts, Hickman said Tuesday that budget writers managed to nearly close the $611 million shortfall in this year's budget.

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