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6:44 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Monday: Our Top Local Stories from KWGS

Hear a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories. In this Update:

  • The latest of the Tulsa shooting spree now that two people are in custody.
  • A new and controversial Broken Arrow tribal casino could open later this month.
  • A state lawmaker will try again to get Oklahoma state retirees a pension increase.
Local & Regional
12:49 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Fire at Tulsa Retirement Center

A Saturday evening fire in Tulsa caused damage to several apartment units at the Tulsa Retirement Center. The home is located near Highway 169 and 31st Street.

A news release from the Tulsa Fire Department indicated the blaze may have been a result of smoking in a room where oxygen was in use.  An estimated 60 residents, some in wheelchairs, had to be evacuated from the building. A man and a woman suffer burns in the fire and had to be transported to the Hillcrest Hospital Burn Unit. There is no word on their condition.

Local & Regional
12:19 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

RELIEF!

A civil rights leader in Oklahoma says the arrests of two men in connection with recent shootings that terrorized the black community have provided a great sense of relief.

But while police identified as white the men suspected in the shootings, they have not described the slayings as racially motivated.

However, the Facebook page of one of the suspects expressed outrage over the death of his father, two years ago. An African American was sentenced in that crime.

Tulsa Police will hold a 3PM news conference. KWGS News will be there.

Local & Regional
9:33 am
Sun April 8, 2012

New jobs for Oklahoma and Arkansas

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A Fort Smith-based poultry company plans to hire 182 people as part of a $7 million expansion of its processing facilities.

OK Industries officials said Friday the company wants to hire 110 employees in Fort Smith and another 72 in Heavener, Okla. Company spokeswoman Donna Miller says priority in hiring will be given to those who were laid off last year.

Officials say the majority of added jobs will be in deboning plant positions, which use both mechanized and hand-cutting methods.

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Local & Regional
9:22 am
Sun April 8, 2012

Longtime Tulsa lawmaker Sue Tibbs dies

Sue Tibbs
State of Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A longtime state legislator has lost her long battle with ovarian cancer.

Homer Tibbs said Saturday his wife, Representative Sue Tibbs of Tulsa, died about 9:30 p.m. Friday. She was 77.

Homer Tibbs says his wife of 57 years had surgery in 2008 and underwent chemotherapy treatment but the treatment stopped working. At that point, Homer Tibbs said his wife told him she was through fighting.

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Local & Regional
8:26 am
Sun April 8, 2012

Tulsa Police Make Arrests

Alvin Watts and Jacob England
Tulsa Jail booking photos

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police say two male suspects have been arrested near Tulsa and will be charged with murder in the wake of the Oklahoma shootings on Friday.

Tulsa police spokesman Jason Willingham says the two men were taken into custody early Sunday just north of Tulsa and they will face three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill.

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Local & Regional
3:33 pm
Sat April 7, 2012

Loss of stipends could be felt in Oklahoma classrooms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma teachers say the elimination of a stipend program for completing a rigorous national certification process could have long-term consequences inside classrooms.

Legislation that would authorize $5,000 annual stipends for teachers who are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is pending in the House Appropriations and Budget Committee after it was resurrected by a budget subcommittee that defeated it a week earlier.

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Local & Regional
4:42 am
Sat April 7, 2012

Democrat still leads by 3 votes in Oklahoma race

Tulsa, OK (AP) — An election official says provisional ballots did not change the unofficial outcome in a House of Representatives race where a Democrat won by three votes.

Democrat Dan Arthrell had a three-vote lead over Republican Katie Henke after Tuesday's special election. Tulsa County Election Commission Secretary Patty Bryant tells The Associated Press that four provisional ballots were determined to be from qualified voters.

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Local & Regional
4:40 am
Sat April 7, 2012

Small earthquake near Luther in central Oklahoma

USGS map

LUTHER, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a small earthquake near Luther in central Oklahoma.

The U.S.G.S. says the 3.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 11:20 a.m. Friday about 1 mile southeast of Luther and about 25 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma County sheriff's spokesman Mark Myers says there have been no reports of damage or injury.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest felt by humans.

Local & Regional
4:37 am
Sat April 7, 2012

Okmulgee caregiver accused of financial exploitation

KWGS File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office says a woman who allegedly coerced money from her developmentally disabled patients has been charged with three counts of financial exploitation.

The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit says an arrest warrant has been issued for 49-year-old Barbara Mangum of Okmulgee. The charges were filed on Thursday in Okmulgee County District Court.

Court records do not list an attorney for Mangum.

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