Local & Regional
7:42 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Charges Filed Against Former Deputy

Greg Nuckolls
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed charges against a former Tulsa sheriff's deputy after two women said he sexually assaulted them while he was on duty.

Twenty-six-year-old Gerald Nuckolls is charged with sexual battery, indecent exposure and outraging public decency.

Nuckolls told detectives who interviewed him that "sexual type activity has occurred" during encounters with about six women.

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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Campaign Ads Hit Airwaves

File photo of voting booths
Credit KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The major candidates in Oklahoma's race for governor are each hitting the airwaves highlighting the incumbent's record.

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is touting her efforts at "pushing back" against the federal government, while Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman says her education plan deserves failing marks.

Dorman is launching an uphill battle against an entrenched GOP incumbent in Fallin and has thrown the first punch with his ad targeting Fallin for her initial support of common core education standards and her veto of several bills.

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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Bond Issue Goes to Supreme Court

A yellow fence blocks off a portion of the crumbling capitol.
Credit KGOU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A panel led by Gov. Mary Fallin that is responsible for overseeing a bond issue of up to $120 million for improvements to the Capitol is asking Oklahoma's highest court to determine if the bond issue is constitutional.

The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority voted unanimously to ask the state Supreme Court to determine if a bill approved by the Legislature last year is constitutional.

Attorney Jerry Fent filed a lawsuit against the bond issue last week.

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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma's poverty rate drops, but only slightly.
  • A former Tulsa Deputy is charged with on-duty sexual battery.
  • The Tulsa Metro rainfall deficit is nearing 10-inches for the year.
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Local & Regional
4:38 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Oklahoma Poverty Rate Down Slightly

Oklahoma's 16.8 percent poverty rate ranks the state 34th in the U.S.
Credit TalkPoverty.org

Oklahoma’s poverty rate dips slightly but remains in the bottom third nationally.

Today, 16.8 percent of Oklahomans live in poverty, down from 17.2 percent last year. Rachel West with the Center for American Progress said the fastest way to lift families out of poverty is raising the minimum wage.

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Local & Regional
4:23 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

TCC Hosts Event to Help Seniors Avoid Falls

Credit File Photo

Tuesday is National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, and Tulsa Community College is holding a wellness fair to help lessen seniors’ risk of falling.

One-third of adults older than 65 fall each year. Physical therapist Melanie Heffington said falling can have a big impact on the length and quality of seniors’ lives.

"One in five persons who have a hip fracture will die within a year from that injury, and one in three who priorly lived independently will remain in a nursing home for at least a year after," Heffington said.

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Local & Regional
12:26 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Tulsa Courthouse Repairs Nearly Complete

Basement cleanup and repair nearly finished.
Credit KWGS News

The jury assembly room at the Tulsa County Courthouse is back in order, but there’s still some cleanup to do in the basement. County Buildings Operation Director Dan Belding says there is still air quality testing to do, but results should be in by the end of the week.

The basement should be reopened to the public early next week. It’s been closed because of damage done by a faulty drainpipe earlier this month. Jury selections will NOT resume until next month.

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Local & Regional
11:09 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Company to Restart Long Closed Paper Mill

VALLIANT, Okla. (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says a southeastern Oklahoma containerboard mill will create 65 jobs as it increases its capacity next summer.

Fallin says International Paper will invest $90 million at its Valliant mill to restart a machine that was idled indefinitely nearly five years ago. The machine is scheduled to be operational in the summer of 2015.

The company says restarting the machine will allow the plant to produce an additional 360,000 tons of capacity to produce high quality medium, a packaging material.

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Local & Regional
8:44 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Child Hit by Car While on the Way to School

File photo of an EMSA Ambulance
Credit KWGS News File Photo

A five-year-old child is expected to recover after being hit by a car this morning while on his way to school. Tulsa Police say the incident happened in the 8900 block of East Latimer about 7 a.m.

Police say they boy darted into traffic at a crosswalk for the Mitchell Elementary School. It appears the youth may have a broken leg. He was taken to the hospital by EMSA.

Police say the driver will not be cited.

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Local & Regional
7:07 am
Mon September 22, 2014

EPA, State Marks Cleanup Phase at Superfund Site

Tar Creek Super Fund Site in Northeast Oklahoma
Credit U.S.G.S. Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state officials will commemorate the end of major cleanup efforts of some 3,000 yards, parks, driveways and alleyways in nine communities that lie in or near the Tar Creek Superfund site.

But some environmental agencies say it could take decades longer before the area in northeastern Oklahoma is completely remediated.

Monday's event in Ottawa County will mark the $60 million remediation work done in the towns of Afton, Commerce, Fairland, Miami, Narcissa, North Miami, Peoria, Quapaw and Wyandotte.

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