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10:55 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Pay Now---Or Pay MORE Later

Tulsa, OK – All bench warrant cases and citations for failure to pay will incur an additional 35 percent penalty/collection fee for unpaid citations.

This collection fee represents the portion the City of Tulsa was once responsible for by paying a third party to collect on unpaid citations. Violators will now incur the cost with a 35 percent penalty fee on top of the unpaid citation.

The new fee is an assessment allowed by State Statute, Title 11, Section 22-138, and City Ordinance Title 23, Chapter 1.

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Local & Regional
8:01 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Grand Lake Algae Weekend

GRDA testing facility at Langley.
KWGS News Photo

Langley, OK – The blue-green algae warnings did not keep people away from Grand Lake over the long holiday weekend. Tiffany Green at the Pier 12-Wine and Spirits store in Langley had been very nervous what the weekend would bring.

Even health warnings posted on the beach did not keep people like Tom from Wichita out of the water.

The Department of Environmental Quality and the Grand River Dam Authority continue to monitor the lake conditions.

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Local & Regional
8:00 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Good Revenue Report Ahead

Treasurer Ken Miller
State of Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma treasurer to discuss June revenue report

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma state Treasurer Ken Miller is set to discuss the state's June revenue report.

Miller has called a news conference for Tuesday afternoon at the state Capitol to discuss Oklahoma's latest revenue collection numbers.

Miller says during the news conference, he will "present information on double-digit growth in June" in the state's economy.

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Local & Regional
7:53 am
Tue July 5, 2011

State Lawmaker Dies After Stroke

Rusty Farley
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. freshman state Rep. Rusty Farley dies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma state Rep. Rusty Farley, a Republican who beat an incumbent Democrat in last year's general election, has died. He was 57.

The Oklahoma Republican Party said Farley died at about 1 p.m. Monday in a Paris, Texas, hospital.

Last fall, Farley raised $170 for his House race against Democrat Dennis Bailey, who had more than $20,000 in campaign funds.

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Local & Regional
7:48 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Fix Our Streets: Update

Tulsa, OK – The recession reduced Tulsa's Sales Tax revenue. We all know the stories of lay-offs and cut backs at city hall.

But, KWGS News has learned the decline in sales tax revenue means the voter approved Fix Our Streets program is coming up 55-million dollars short. Paul Zachary is in charge of the effort. He says project bids are very competitive.

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Local & Regional
7:38 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories

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

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Local & Regional
1:55 pm
Mon July 4, 2011

Fireworks Take Life

Osage County is northwest of Tulsa.
KWGS News Map

Skiatook, OK – A fire works mishap takes the life of a rural Skiatook man. The accident happened last night in Osage County, just outside of the Skiatook limits.

Officials say a 20-year-old man was igniting fireworks when one exploded prematurely. Pieces of the fireworks hit the man in the head , neck and shoulders. He was rushed to a Tulsa hospital where he later died.

The man's identity has not been released.

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Local & Regional
12:10 pm
Mon July 4, 2011

GRDA Says Avoid Contact with Water

Lab Tech works in the GRDA Laboratory at Langley
KWGS News Photo

Langley, OK – Langley - While the public is still encouraged to enjoy weekend activities at Grand Lake, the Grand River Dam Authority continues to strongly warn against recreational activities that involve bodily contact with the Grand Lake waters. GRDA is continuing to monitor the lake's confirmed blue green algae (BGA) presence.

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Local & Regional
12:08 pm
Mon July 4, 2011

Sleepwalking: No Murder Defense

Oklahoma City, OK –
Life sentence for Okla. man, blames sleepwalking

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A man was sentenced to life in prison for an Oklahoma City murder after a judge wouldn't allow him to claim that he was sleepwalking at the time of the killing.

The Oklahoman reports that 49-year-old Roger Frank Kincaid drew a sentence Friday of life plus 20 years for the stabbing death four years ago of Terry Lee Jobe. A jury convicted him of first-degree murder.

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10:38 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Day Care Fire on North Side

KWGS file photo

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Fire Fighters are investigating the cause of an overnight house fire north of downtown.

The blaze was reported about three this morning near Pine and North Cheyenne. The building was occupied by Tiffany's Day Care. The blaze may have been smoldering for sometime before the flames broke out. Once the fire started going, it quickly spread to a vacant nearby home.

There have been no reports of injuries.

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