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8:01 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Challenges Ahead for New Oklahoma House Speaker

T.W. Shannon
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Outgoing House Speaker Kris Steele had his hands full trying to keep control of a nearly 70-member strong Republican caucus in the Oklahoma House.

First the House balked at an income tax cut agreement, and then a deal on the state budget nearly fell apart in the waning days of the session.

Now the job of shepherding this diverse caucus falls to House Speaker-Designate T.W. Shannon, a 34-year-old Republican from Lawton who is in line to become the first African-American speaker in Oklahoma's history.

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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Storms Leave Damage in Tulsa County

Tree damage at Bixby
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Severe thunderstorms leave damage across parts of Tulsa County. It appears the Bixby area was the hardest hit by straight line winds.

Trees were toppled, trash cans  and lawn furniture were overturned by winds up to 65-miles per hour. A fireworks stand at 101st and South Memorial was blown into the side of the Whataburger Drive-in and a light pole was toppled.

Local & Regional
6:52 am
Mon June 4, 2012

The Top Local News from KWGS

In this morning's update:

  • Thunderstorms cause wide spread damage across the Tulsa Metro.
  • Thousands are without power.
  • Flash Flood Warnings are issued for Tulsa.
Local & Regional
10:09 am
Sun June 3, 2012

Meth Fire near 21st and Sheridan

KWGS File photo

Tulsa Fire officials and Police are investigating a weekend home fire in Tulsa. The blaze was first reported Saturday evening in a home near 17th and South Sheridan. When fire fighters doused the blaze, they found what appeared to be a meth lab. That is when fire fighters called in the police department.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

Fire fighters were called back to the scene Sunday morning when the fire re-ignited. At this point no one has been arrested

Local & Regional
10:00 am
Sun June 3, 2012

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Jolly

Clark Jolley
State of Oklahoma-File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Edmond man has filed an ethics complaint against a state senator regarding campaign reporting rules.

In a complaint lodged with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission on Friday, Robert Donohoo questioned whether Sen. Clark Jolley should have filed his Senate campaign report sooner.

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Local & Regional
9:55 am
Sun June 3, 2012

Tough Primary this month for John Sullivan

Challenger Jim Bridenstine
Bridenstine Campaign

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Five-term Republican Congressman John Sullivan is facing opposition from his own party heading into the state's June 26 primary election.

Navy pilot Jim Bridenstine says Sullivan has been in office too long and has become part of the problem in Washington D.C. He also knocks Sullivan for missing nearly 700 votes during the 10 years he's been in office.

But Sullivan says he missed votes after the loss of one of his children and his 2009 stay at the Betty Ford Center in California to treat alcohol addiction.

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Local & Regional
9:48 am
Sun June 3, 2012

Funeral set for Oklahoma Sailor killed in Afghanistan

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SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A funeral is scheduled for Tuesday for an Oklahoma sailor who was killed in Afghanistan.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Downtown Pentecostal Church in Shawnee for hospitalman Eric Warren, who was killed May 26th when an improvised explosive device detonated in the Sangin District of Helmand province.

The 26-year-old was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), One Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

He graduated from McLoud High School in 2008.

Local & Regional
9:39 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Governor Dedicates Chapel at Oklahoma Guard Facility

Chapel at Camp Gruber in Muskogee County
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BRAGGS, Okla. (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin and donors  formally dedicate the interfaith Thunderbird Chapel at an Oklahoma Army National Guard facility in Muskogee County.

The ceremony was Saturday morning at Camp Gruber near Braggs.

Fallin appealed to the public for help in raising funds to build a chapel at the training post, which hasn't had a site for religious gatherings since Camp Gruber was reactivated in 1977.

National Guard officials say the 10,000 square-foot Thunderbird Chapel features a sanctuary and facilities to accommodate services for about 200 people.

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Local & Regional
9:35 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Two Dead in Tulsa Car Crash

Two people are killed in an overnight car crash in far south Tulsa. The Tulsa Police Department says the wreck took place around 2:30 Saturday morning on South Delaware near where the roadway curves east and becomes 121st Street South.

The department says two men in the car were killed when the vehicle left the roadway and slammed into a utility pole.

Local & Regional
9:29 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Rig Count Down in Oklahoma

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. is down three this week to 1,980.

Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated reported Friday that 1,386 rigs were exploring for oil and 588 were looking for gas. Six were listed as miscellaneous.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained six rigs while California, New Mexico and North Dakota each were up one.

Oklahoma declined by seven rigs; Louisiana and Pennsylvania by two each; Alaska and West Virginia by one apiece.

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