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3:15 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Heat Deaths

Oklahoma City, OK – The number of confirmed heat-related deaths in Oklahoma is now 12 with autopsies pending on 10 other possible heat-deaths.

Spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard at the state medical examiner's office said Tuesday that the latest two deaths are from the Tulsa area.

The Oklahoma Climatological Survey announced Monday that July was the hottest month ever on record in Oklahoma. The survey said the average temperature in the state during the month was 89.1 degrees to break the record of 88.1 degrees set in July 1954.

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8:58 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Economic Review

Tulsa, OK – Now that Congress and the White House have come to terms on the debt limit, is it too late?

Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss is out with his economic report for nine Midwestern states including Oklahoma. The report shows consumer confidence is down in the area and there are inflation concerns.

While he still doesn't believe it will happen, he says the likelihood of a double-dip recession is now looking stronger.

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8:57 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Update: Police Corruption Probe

The Federal Court House in Downtown Tulsa
10th Circuit Court

Tulsa, OK – A jury is selected and a open statements are heard during the first day on trial for two accused rogue Tulsa cops.

OfficersJeff Henderson and Bill Yelton are accused of stealing, lying and planting drugs.

More than three dozen court cases and convictions were dismissed after they were indicted last year.

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8:51 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Tuesday Morning's Top Local News

Tulsa, OK – Hear a recap of today's top local stories from KWGS:

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8:10 am
Tue August 2, 2011

The Heatwave

The sign in front of the National Weather Service Office on 11th Street near Highway 169.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa's temperature ties 88-year-old record

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The 110-degree temperature reported in Tulsa didn't set a record and it wasn't the hottest reading in Oklahoma.

According to the National Weather Service, Monday's high in Tulsa tied a record set in 1923.

Most of Oklahoma reached or surpassed 100 degrees, but some of the hottest temperatures were clustered in northern Oklahoma. The mercury peaked at 111 degrees in Bartlesville and Stillwater.

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8:08 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Gilcrease to Become Year-Round School

Jane Malone speaks to board
KWGS News/TPS Photo

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa's Gilcrease Middle School became an elementary with the passage of project school house. Last night in became a year-round school with classes starting later this week.

Jane Malone is the President of the Chamberlain Neighborhood Association. She told the school board last night that is too fast.

She says the board's action will lead to more students transferring away and more north side schools being closed.

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8:00 am
Tue August 2, 2011

American jobs fight

Jet inside American Airlines Hangar in Tulsa.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – American Airlines union employees launch a campaign to save Tulsa jobs
Transport workers union officials say American is planning on moving more than 230 jobs from Tulsa to Dallas. Local 514 President Sam Cirri is calling on city and state elected leaders to join the effort to keep those jobs here

The jobs involved are maintenance control technician positions. Cirri says the loss could mean a fourteen-and-a-half million dollar hit to the Tulsa economy.

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1:17 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Copper Theft Reward

KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – A reward is being offered for copper thieves who caused a power outage in this sweltering heatwave .

Stuart Solomon with Public Service Company says there has been an outbreak of copper thefts recently. The latest caused an outage that affected more than eight thousand people in the Southern Hills area two nursing homes included. A reward's being offered of up to five-thousand dollars.

Solomon says P-S-O has implemented heightened security measures at substations and other facilities where copper could be stolen.

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12:05 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Jury Selection Begins in Rogue Cops Case

The entrance to the federal court house in downtown Tulsa.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Jury Selection got underway in the federal trial of two Tulsa Police officers indicted for being on the wrong side of the law.

Prosecutors had originally asked for a 30-day delay in the trials of Jeff Henderson and Bill Yelton. However, the motion to delay the case while the prosecution reviewed some 500-pages of discovery was withdrawn just before the scheduled start of the jury selection.

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