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9:19 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Prosecutors Seek Delay in Tulsa Shooting Case

Alvin Watts and Jacob England
Tulsa County Jail Booking photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking a delay in a preliminary hearing for two men charged in a Tulsa shooting spree that left three people dead and two others wounded.

Prosecutors filed a request to delay the scheduled May 30 hearing for Jacob England and Alvin Watts. The men are charged with first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill and malicious harassment in the April shootings.

Authorities claim the men intentionally targeted black people — an allegation that England's attorney denies. A judge has entered not-guilty pleas on behalf of England and Watts.

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Local & Regional
7:53 am
Tue May 22, 2012

8 Hurt in Oklahoma City Shooting after NBA Playoff

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say eight people are hurt after shots rang out in Oklahoma City as thousands of people left the NBA playoff game between the Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O'Leary says seven people were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds after the melee Monday night. She says a pregnant woman was also taken to the hospital after she was assaulted in the scuffle.

Local & Regional
7:02 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Oklahoma AG wants Appeal on Execution Drug Ruling

AG Scott Pruitt
file photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is among 14 state attorneys general asking the U.S. Department of Justice to appeal a decision that they claim limits a state's ability to execute inmates.

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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Tue May 22, 2012

President Address Joplin High School

President Obama speaks to Joplin High School Graduates
White House

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the graduating seniors of a Missouri town devastated by deadly tornadoes are a "source of inspiration" to him and the nation.

Obama says the story of Joplin, Mo., is one of a community coming together in response to tragedy.

The president was speaking on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the tornado that killed 161 people. Joplin High School was destroyed and the students spent their senior year taking classes in a converted department store.

Local & Regional
6:45 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Deal on $6.8-Billion State Budget

Governor Fallin and state legislators
State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin and leaders of Oklahoma's GOP-controlled Legislature have reached an agreement on a $6.8 billion budget to fund state agencies for the upcoming fiscal year.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Clark Jolley unveiled the general appropriations bill late Monday in a Senate committee that contained details of the budget plan.

Jolley says the final budget reflected a 3.13 percent increase in state spending above last year's budget, with virtually all of the growth revenue going to fund transportation and health care.

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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Tuesday Morning News from KWGS

Topping our local news:

·       State lawmakers agree on a new budget….

·       Eight people are shot in Oklahoma City following last night’s Thunder victory over the LA Lakers.

·       President Obama delivers the commencement address to Joplin High School…as the community marks the first anniversary of the deadly tornado.

Local & Regional
12:15 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Tulsa Leaders Unite for More Education Funding

Councilor Karen Gilbert talks with reporters at today's news conference.
KWGS News

Mayor Dewey Bartlett, City Councilor Karen Gilbert and school superintendents Dr. Keith Ballard from Tulsa Public Schools, Dr. Cathy Burden from Union Public Schools and Dr. Kirby Lehman with Jenks Public Schools held a news conference today about the need for additional funding from the state level for education.

Councilor Gilbert championed a resolution in the City Council to help support education in the City of Tulsa and requested the Oklahoma Legislature to increase educational funding for elementary and secondary schools in the 2012-2013 budget.

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Local & Regional
12:09 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Governor and Lawmakers Near Deal on Oklahoma Budget

The Oklahoma State Capitol
KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — House Speaker Kris Steele says the Legislature and governor have reached a "tentative agreement" on next year's budget, but the plan still must be approved by the Republican caucuses in the House and Senate.

Steele emerged from a closed-door caucus meeting late Monday morning and said the members were briefed on a budget framework that has been negotiated between the House, Senate and governor's office.

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Local & Regional
11:30 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Rebuilding Joplin: A Picture Gallery

Homes are being constructed all over Joplin.
KWGS News

A look a Joplin's recovery through the camera lens.

Local & Regional
8:41 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Joplin One Year Later: Graduation Day

JHS was destroyed by the tornado. Classes were held this year in a vacant mall store.
KWGS News Photo

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin High School's Class of 2012 will cap a senior year marked by tragedy and perseverance Monday night with a commencement speech by President Barack Obama.

The president will visit southwest Missouri the day before the one-year anniversary of the country's deadliest single tornado in six decades. The May 22, 2011, twister killed 161 people, injured hundreds more and destroyed thousands of buildings, including Joplin High. Five other Joplin schools were also destroyed, with four more among the damaged buildings.

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