Local & Regional
2:09 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Several Anti-Gay Bills Filed in State Legislature

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A trio of bills by Rep. Sally Kern are among several anti-gay bills that have been filed with the state legislature.

Oklahomans for Equality Advocacy Chair Mike Redman said Kern's filings especially are no surprise.

"Sally Kern targets the gay and lesbian community every opportunity that she gets," Redman said. "She is at the end of her term limit career, and she's just using this as another publicity opportunity to take one final jab at the gay and lesbian community."

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Local & Regional
1:47 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Oklahoma investigators Wrap up Methamphetamine Investigation

An arrest warrant was served at this Ponca City home
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Arrest warrants have been issued following a yearlong methamphetamine trafficking investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

Spokesman Mark Woodward says agents and officers from several departments fanned out early Friday with 18 arrest warrants for defendants accused of trafficking crystal methamphetamine into Ponca City.

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Local & Regional
1:44 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

More than 2,000 Bills Filed for 2015 Oklahoma Legislature

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers will have more than 2,000 bills and resolutions to consider when they convene next month.

Thursday afternoon was the deadline for filing bills to be considered by the 2015 Oklahoma Legislature. Legislative officials say 1,219 bills and 26 joint resolutions were filed in the House. A total of 815 bills and 32 joint resolutions were filed in the state Senate by the deadline.

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StudioTulsa
12:48 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

On Saturday Night at the Tulsa PAC, the Rastrelli Cello Quartet Returns to Town

Aired on Friday, January 23rd.

On Saturday the 24th, in a performance beginning at 8pm, the highly acclaimed Rastrelli Cello Quartet will return to Tulsa. The concert happens at the Williams Theatre in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and is presented by Choregus Productions. Our guest is the founder and artistic director of this group, Kira Kraftzoff. As he explains, the Rastrelli has been deliberately focused on -- and enthusiastically passionate about -- what classical music buffs sometimes call "non-traditional programming" since its inception in 2002.

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Local & Regional
7:59 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Lankford to Chair Homeland Security Subcommittee

James Lankford
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Freshman U.S. Sen. James Lankford has been named chairman of a subcommittee of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Committee Chairman Ron Johnson named Lankford the chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. The subcommittee oversees the management, efficiency and effectiveness of various federal agencies, including the effectiveness of national security methods.

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Local & Regional
7:57 am
Fri January 23, 2015

No Charges Against Tulsa Clerk who Shot, Killed Robbers

The store is on 21st near Highway 169
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — No charges will be filed against a Tulsa convenience store clerk who shot and killed two armed men during an attempted robbery of the store.

Ryan's Convenience Store clerk Bradley Keeling shot and killed Kevin Dobbs and Brian Powell on Jan. 13 when they entered the store and attempted to rob it.

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Local & Regional
7:01 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Board to Interview Candidates this Weekend

Deborah Gist and Millard House II
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The Tulsa School Board will be working this weekend. The board has interviews set with the top two candidates for the school superintendent's post.  Doctor Keith Ballard is resigning at the end of June to retire.

The top candidates are both Tulsa natives. Millard House II is a former Tulsa assistant superintendent. He has most recently been working in North Carolina.

Deborah Gist is the other candidate.  She is Rhode Island's Education Commissioner. She also attended the Tulsa Public Schools.

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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Friday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In Local News:

  • The flu continues to take a toll on Oklahoma.
  • The state has one of the worst immunization rates in the nation.
  • A bill to do away with marriage licenses in proposed in Oklahoma.
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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
4:24 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians We Lost in 2014 (on the Next Broadcast of All This Jazz)

Horace Silver, Charlie Haden, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Sample, Jimmy Scott, Gerald Wilson -- the jazz world lost several brilliant if not legendary practitioners last year. (And let's not forget, while we're at it, singer Jackie Cain, pianist Kenny Drew, Jr., or drummer Idris Muhammad [shown here].)

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Local & Regional
4:14 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Oklahoma is Third-Worst in Childhood Immunization Rate

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Oklahoma kids are getting crucial immunizations at a lower rate than those in 48 other states.

Susan Mendus with the state health department said concern about side effects is just one factor.

"It may be hard for parents to find vaccine providers in some areas of the state, and some parents may not know that even if they do not have health insurance, they can receive vaccines at any county health department in the state," Mendus said.

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