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8:01 am
Mon July 11, 2011

City Council Elections

Tulsa County Election Board
KWGS News File Photo

Tulsa, OK – Candidates who want to serve on the city council begin the filing process starting today. This is the first day of the filing period for the nine city council seats.

At least three members of the council, John Eagleton, Rick Westcott and Bill Christiansen, have announced they will not seek re-election.

After the primary, the general election will be in November.

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7:53 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Another Illinois River Drowning

Tahlequah, OK – Boley man drowns in Illinois River

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) A 32-year-old Boley man has died while rafting and wading in the Illinois River.

Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission Administrator Ed Fite says divers from the Cherokee Nation Marshals recovered the body of Datrick Martin from the river in Cherokee County about 3:10 p.m. Saturday.

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7:51 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Monday Morning's News and Weather

Tulsa, OK – Hear a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS:

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10:37 am
Sun July 10, 2011

Planned Parenthood May Expand Services

Tulsa, OK – Planned Parenthood could offer abortions in Okla.

(Information in the following story is from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Planned Parenthood says it's considering the possibility of offering abortion services at clinics in Tulsa and Broken Arrow.

The announcement comes about two weeks after the Planned Parenthood affiliate that covers Iowa and Nebraska revealed plans to merge with one that runs health clinics in Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.

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10:33 am
Sun July 10, 2011

Heat Warning for Tulsa

The National Weather Service is forcasting an afternoon heat index above 110 for Tulsa area.
NWS graphic

Tulsa, OK – 12 Oklahoma counties under excessive heat warning

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Twelve Oklahoma counties are under an excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service.

The warning for Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Tulsa, Rogers, Pittsburg, Wagoner, Washington, Osage, Pawnee, McIntosh and Muskogee counties remains in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday.

Forecasters say heat index values of 105 to 115 degrees have been common across the area Saturday. Heat index values are expected to be in the 105-to-110-degree range Sunday.

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10:28 am
Sun July 10, 2011

Keystone Update

Despite the warning, lake goers are still putting water craft into Keystone Lake
KWGS News photo

Mannford, OK –
Blue-green algae blooms found in Keystone Lake

MANNFORD, Okla. (AP) Federal officials are confirming two major outbreaks of blue-green algae in Keystone Lake near Mannford and Cleveland.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Tulsa District office said Saturday the blooms could be harmful but won't know for sure until test results are received.

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10:17 am
Sun July 10, 2011

Inhofe Targets FAA

Senator Jim Inhofe meets with reporters.
Jim Inhofe

Washington, D.C. – FAA getting lesson on pitfalls of crossing senator
JOAN LOWY,Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) Federal aviation officials are getting a lesson on the pitfalls of crossing a senior senator.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe to take remedial piloting lessons after he landed his plane on a closed runway at a rural South Texas airport last October, sending workers on the ground scrambling.

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10:11 am
Sun July 10, 2011

The Latest:Cherokee Dispute

Tahlequah, OK – Cherokee chief's motion to compare votes granted

(Information in the following story is from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) The Cherokee Nation's Supreme Court has granted a motion by Principal Chief Chad Smith as a hearing over the American Indian tribe's disputed election continues.

The Tulsa World reports the court Saturday ordered a comparison of all voters in the tribal election commission's voter database to the tribe's current enrollment registry.

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9:10 pm
Sat July 9, 2011

Blue Green Algae now at Keystone

Algae warning sign posted at Keystone State Park.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District is reporting that two major outbreaks of algae blooms have now occurred at Keystone Lake near Mannford and near Cleveland.

Corps officials are tentatively identifying the bloom as blue-green algae that could be potentially harmful but will not be able to confirm until test results are received.

As a precaution, Corps officials have posted the lake with an advisory to boaters and swimmers that contact with the algae could be harmful.

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11:35 am
Sat July 9, 2011

Family Wants No Tulsa Trial

James Whitey Bulger
Booking photo

Tulsa, OK – Kin says ex-crime boss should not have Okla. trial

(Information in the following story is from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe)

BOSTON (AP) The family of a Tulsa businessman allegedly killed on orders from former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger reportedly believes he shouldn't be tried in Oklahoma because authorities there botched a related case.

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