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6:50 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Man Pleads Guilty to Aiming Laser at Tulsa Police Helicopter

Tulsa Police helicopter
Credit KWGS News Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 43-year-old Tulsa man has pleaded guilty to aiming the beam of a laser pointer in the flight path of a Tulsa Police Department helicopter.

Federal prosecutors say Carl Don Floyd pleaded guilty Thursday in Tulsa federal court.

Prosecutors say Floyd admitted aiming a laser pointer three times in February in the flight path of the police helicopter that was flying near his house.

Floyd is due to be sentenced in February and faces up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the local news:

  • Forecasters says there is now a chance of accumulating snow over the weekend.
  • The Linde Corporation expands at Tulsa's Port.
  • Cold weather fires keep firefighters busy in Tulsa and Broken Arrow.
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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
4:32 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Next Time on ATJ: We'll Hear Some Excellent Jazz Standards from the Great War Years

On the next edition of All This Jazz -- in the immediate wake of Veterans Day, and as communities around the globe continue to observe the First World War Centenary -- our second-hour theme will be Jazz Standards Dating Back to WWI.

Lots of terrific (and, in fact, timeless) American pop tunes were born during the years of the Great War -- i.e., the summer of 1914 through the fall of 1918 -- such as, to name a few, "Indiana," "Beale Street Blues," "Tiger Rag," and "St. Louis Blues."

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Local & Regional
2:13 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Gas Industry Company Expanding at the Port of Catoosa

Company, port and local officials, and guests participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking for Linde Process Plant's 13,000 square feet expansion at the Port of Catoosa.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

More growth is announced for the Port of Catoosa, and it will mean a few new jobs with a major company.

Gas industry company Linde Process Plants will invest nearly $2.5 million in a 13,000 square feet expansion of its fabrication facility at the port. Port  Director Bob Portiss said when the project is complete next June, Linde will occupy about 170,000 square feet of the port’s industrial space.

"We're really proud to have Linde as a longstanding member of our industrial family, now consisting of over 70 industries and some 4,200 people," Portiss said.

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StudioTulsa
1:55 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

The City of Tulsa, the Arkansas River, and a Relationship in Transition: Notes on "The Tulsa River"

Aired on Thursday, November 13th.

On this edition of ST, we welcome Robert J. LaFortune, a former Mayor of Tulsa, and Ann Patton, a locally based writer, activist, and former journalist. Patton has a new book out, for which LaFortune wrote the Foreword; it's a collection of essays on and photos of the Arkansas River, and it's called "The Tulsa River." But to what degree is Tulsa truly a "river city"? And are the age-old questions about riverfront development in this community changing -- or else taking on new meaning -- given the eventual creation of A Gathering Place on Riverside Drive?

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Local & Regional
12:50 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Stay Safe in the Polar Plunge Weather

Cover up when it's this cold.
Credit file photo

It’s the first real cold snap of winter, and you are cautioned to take measures to stay warm and safe. Kelli Bruer with EMSA says they’ve already responded to a handful of cold exposure calls. She says planning ahead is the key. Recommendations  include, dress in layers and cover up from head to toe, keep a blanket and water in the car…just in case, and learn symptoms of hypothermia so you can take necessary action. She also says it’s a good idea to check on elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they’re safe in the cold.

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Local & Regional
12:06 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Agency Warns Residents to Prepare for Winter

Credit KWGS File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's insurance commissioner is warning residents to protect their families and property during the winter season by having plans in place to stay safe and warm.

Commissioner John Doak says residents should prepare for winter by winterizing cars, insulating homes, making sure chimneys are cleaned and trimming trees to remove dead branches to prevent weakened limbs from falling on homes, cars or people. Doak also recommends assembling an emergency winter storm safety kit.

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Local & Regional
12:02 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Wintertime Is Tree Planting Time in Oklahoma

A recently transplanted tree in Bixby
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Wintry weather has arrived in Oklahoma and forestry officials say it's the perfect time to order tree seedlings and shrubs for planting this winter.

The Oklahoma Forestry Services nursery has begun taking orders for seedlings that are specifically selected to thrive in Oklahoma's harsh climate.

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Local & Regional
10:53 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Keystone Dam to Be Re-Dedicated

The new roadway atop Keystone Dam
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District and the City of Mannford will mark the 50th Anniversary of Keystone Dam in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the new Highway 151A Bridge over the dam from 9:00-11:00 a.m., Friday, Nov. 14, on the new bridge. The bridge will reopen to traffic at 3:00 that afternoon.

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Local & Regional
7:57 am
Thu November 13, 2014

2-Alarm Tulsa Apartment Fire

No one is injured in a pre-dawn fire at an east Tulsa apartment complex. The blaze was reported about 5 a.m. at the Leisure Manor Apartments in the 6900 block of East 15th Street. That is just to the east of Sheridan  on 15th.

The fire department says no one was injured in the blaze. About a dozen people were displaced in the 2-alarm fire.

The blaze may have been started by a heater.

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