Local & Regional
7:57 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Tulsa Construction Company Picked to Restore Oklahoma Capitol

Parts of the capitol are blocked off because it has been declared unsafe.
Credit KGOU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tulsa-based construction company has been selected to complete the repair and restoration of the interior of the state Capitol.

State officials announced Monday the selection of Manhattan Construction as the contractor on the project. A total of three vendors had submitted proposals.

State Capitol Project Manager Trait Thompson says the interior work should begin next year and will be capped at $91 million.

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Local & Regional
7:54 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Measure to Allow Conversion Therapy Passes Committee

Sally Kern
Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation to prohibit Oklahoma from regulating the practice of so-called gay conversion therapy has been approved by a state House committee.

Without debate, the Children, Youth and Family Services Committee voted 5-3 and sent the bill to the full House.

In other states, bills have been filed to ban conversion therapy, a range of practices aimed at changing one's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Many schools are closed today because of the weather.
  • An arrest is made in an Osage County murder case.
  • Progress is reported on a Tulsa Jail agreement.
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Local & Regional
3:14 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Coburn Talks U.S. Constitutional Convention to Oklahoma GOP

Credit U.S. Senate-File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is visiting with Republicans in the Oklahoma Legislature and urging them to join the list of states calling for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.

Coburn met separately Monday in Republican caucus meetings in the House and Senate to talk about the idea of a convention of the states to address the growing power of the federal government.

Separate measures in the House and Senate would call for a constitutional convention, which is authorized under Article Five of the U.S. Constitution.

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Local & Regional
3:12 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

House Approves Bill to Expand DNA Collection

Credit Yale University

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has approved a bill allowing Oklahoma district attorneys to collect DNA samples for the state's offender database from defendants who aren't sentenced to prison.

The House voted 93-3 for the measure Monday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

Defendants convicted of certain crimes are required to provide samples to the state DNA database. Most samples are taken by prison officials, leaving those convicted but sentenced to probation often omitted.

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Music
1:16 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

The Juilliard String Quartet on Performance Oklahoma

The Juilliard String Quartet, widely known as the quintessential American string quartet, appeared at Armstrong Auditorium on Thursday, January 15th presented by the Armstrong International Foundation's Performing Arts Series. Founded in 1946, the Quartet was the first ensemble to play all six Bartok quartets in the US and its performances of Schoenberg's quartets helped establish the works as cornerstones of the modern string quartet literature.

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Local & Regional
12:45 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

State Arts, Libraries Agencies Prepare for Further Cuts

A state House budget subcommittee asked cultural agencies Monday how they’re preparing for another year of cuts.

Oklahoma Arts Council Director Amber Sharples said their first cuts would be to community arts programs.

"These go very heavily to our rural communities — the festivals that take place everywhere from Claremore, Idabel, across the state," Sharples said. "So, obviously, that would have ramifications."

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Local & Regional
12:11 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Body Found After Rural Sand Springs Fire; Foul Play Suspected

Osage County Sheriff's car.
Credit KWON

A 58-year-old Tulsa man is found murdered inside a burning home north of Sand Springs. The Osage County Sheriff's Office says Steven Wylie's body was found last night after the fire was put out. 

While they are calling it a homicide, they are not saying how Wylie died. It is believed he was killed prior to the fire.

The Sheriff's office is looking for a person of interest in the case.

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Local & Regional
11:25 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Oklahoma Agencies Return to Capitol for Budget Briefings

Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials from state agencies across Oklahoma are returning to the Capitol for more budget briefings since the Legislature must deal with a $611 million shortfall in the next fiscal year — double the initial projection.

Appropriations and budget subcommittees in the House and Senate are meeting with agency leaders this week to find out how they would handle budget cuts ranging as high as 10 percent.

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Local & Regional
10:50 am
Mon February 23, 2015

State Drug Bureau to Take On Mexican Meth

File photo of a Delaware County meth lab.
Credit OSBN

The number of methamphetamine labs is dropping in Oklahoma, but not the state’s addiction to meth. The home-lab is being replaced by imported Mexican meth. The State Narcotics Bureau’s Mark Woodward says the agency will hold seminars across the state on the problem.

MARK WOODWARD:  "We are going to put on training for law enforcement for meth labs and it will also allow us to put on training interdiction. "

While the Mexican meth is not as pure as home-made, it is often cheaper.

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