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1:49 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Cherokee Election Update

Bill John Baker
Bill John Baker

Tahlequah, OK – Cherokee 'winner' says incumbent should step down
JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS,Associated Press


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) The newly elected chief of the 300,000-member Cherokee Nation says the incumbent should give up the post.

Bill John Baker defeated Chad Smith by 266 votes in a June 25 election made official last Thursday. Smith wants another recount, but Baker said Tuesday that Cherokee law mandates only one recount.

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11:31 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Fireworks Victim Identified

Osage County is northwest of Tulsa.
KWGS News Map

Skiatook, OK – Okla. man killed in firework accident identified

SKIATOOK, Okla. (AP) A funeral home has identified a 20-year-old man who was killed when he was struck in the throat by a firework in Skiatook.

Sien-Shelton Funeral Home in Skiatook told the Tulsa World that Austin McCloud of Wynona was the victim. He died Sunday night while inspecting a rocket-type firework that didn't go off when it suddenly ignited.

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11:29 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Fatal Hit and Run Crash

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa police seek driver in fatal hit and run

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Police in Tulsa are looking for a motorist accused of hitting and killing a motorcyclist, then fleeing the scene.

Police on Tuesday identified the victim as 52-year-old Donald Eugene Anderson.

The crash occurred at 9 p.m. Monday, when police say a gray or silver Chevrolet Camaro turned in front of the motorcycle on North Peoria. Anderson was thrown to the pavement and later pronounced dead at a hospital.

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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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8:01 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Grand Lake Algae Weekend

GRDA testing facility at Langley.
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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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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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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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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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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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1:55 pm
Mon July 4, 2011

Fireworks Take Life

Osage County is northwest of Tulsa.
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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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