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8:55 am
Thu April 28, 2011

River Update

Tahlequah, OK – Oklahoma river has crested but flooding ongoing

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Cherokee County officials say the Illinois River has crested at Tahlequah and has begun to recede, but major flooding is still occurring after the region received more than a foot of rain.

The Tahlequah-Cherokee County Emergency Management office said Wednesday that floodwaters are approaching 4 to 6 feet in the Lakewood and Carlisle Cove areas, and county commissioners are building temporary roadways for residents to get in and out.

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8:54 am
Thu April 28, 2011

State of Emergency

Storm clouds roll over the state.
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Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin declares emergency after severe Okla storms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency in 11 Oklahoma counties following tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding.

Fallin issued the declaration Wednesday for Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Haskell, LeFlore, McCurtain, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Ottawa, Pittsburg and Sequoyah counties.

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8:52 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Oklahoma's Birther Bill

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. House passes presidential 'birther' bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma House has approved legislation requiring presidential candidates to prove their citizenship before appearing on a state primary election ballot. The measure passed the same day that President Barack Obama made public his detailed birth certificate.

Without debate, the House Wednesday evening voted 77-13 for the measure by Rep. Sue Tibbs of Tulsa and sent it to the Senate for further consideration.

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7:59 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Tulsa Gets A City Manager

Mayor Bartlett announces Twombly appointment
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Tulsa, OK – Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced today that he is streamlining his administration by appointing Jim Twombly to the role of City Manager. The Mayor will create the position through an executive order.

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Thursday Morning's Top Local Stories

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

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StudioTulsa
4:54 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Nancy Pearl Offers "Book Lust to Go"

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Local & Regional
12:43 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Plea in "Baby in Washer" Case

Bartlesville, OK – Twenty-six-year-old Lyndsey Dawn Fiddler enters a not guilty plea in Washington County District Court.

Prosecutors have charged Fiddler with first-degree murder and child neglect last year's death of Maggie Trammel, whom the Medical Examiner's Office says drowned. The baby's aunt found her in the running washing machine mixed with a load of laundry.

Investigators say a drug screen administered by police to Fiddler turned up positive for methamphetamine and other drugs.

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Local & Regional
12:12 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Flooding Raises Water Quality Concerns

Henryetta, OK – Flooding problems in Henryetta prompt a boil order for residents of the Okmulgee County town. Officials say the order applies to about 10-thousand residents in Henryetta and Dewar.

They say the order is a precaution to make sure the water has not been contaminated.

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9:58 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Mountain Lion Update

The Tulsa Mountain Lion
Tulsa Zoo

Tulsa, OK – Mountain lion captured in Tulsa, origin sought

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A mountain lion has been captured in the back yard of a north Tulsa home and animal experts are now trying to determine where it came from.

The 70-pound female lion is estimated to be 1 to 2 years old and was caught after being spotted in a tree on Saturday. The animal was taken to the Tulsa Zoo where tests will be conducted in an effort to determine if she was previously in captivity or perhaps someone's pet.

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9:50 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Charges Dropped Against Principal

Lynette Dixon
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Tulsa, OK – Charge dropped against Tulsa elementary principal

TULSA, Okla. (AP) An obstructing police charge against a Tulsa elementary school principal has been dropped.

The city prosecutor says the charge against Lynette Dixon was dismissed Tuesday "in the interest of justice."

The decision comes after an email from Tulsa Public Schools Police Chief Gary Rudick to city police became public. It called Dixon "a real problem" and said to make sure prosecutors were on board.

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