Local & Regional
6:42 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Governor orders a hiring freeze for the state.
  • An American-Eagle jet makes an emergency landing in Tulsa.
  • TCC gets a STEM grant from PSO
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Local & Regional
4:49 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

ODOT Comission Approves More Work on I-244

Get ready for a lot of construction on I-244.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s transportation commission approved a $22 million pavement rehab project between the Inner Dispersal Loop and Delaware Avenue.

Spokeswoman Kenna Carmon said that will dovetail into another project that starts next month.

"So we're going to have this entire corridor ... about five miles of I-244 between downtown to near Memorial that will be under construction," Carmon said. "And this will be replacing the pavement from the ground up, so it's some very extensive work."

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StudioTulsa
3:53 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Tulsa World Reporter Ziva Branstetter Discusses Her Current "Quake Debate" Series of Articles

Aired on Monday, February 9th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, a discussion with Ziva Branstetter, the Enterprise Editor at the Tulsa World, where she's also the lead reporter for a three-part series of articles called "Quake Debate." The first of these articles appeared yesterday in that newspaper, and the second is in today's World.

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Local & Regional
12:14 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Tulsa County Leaders Consider Closing Swimming Pools

O'Brien Park Pool is one of those recommended for closing.
Credit Tulsa County Parks

Tulsa County leaders have through March to decide whether to close three of the county owned and operated outdoor swimming pools. Parks Director Richard Bales made the difficult decision to recommend closing because of the cost and dwindling use of the pools for a few weeks each summer.

In addition, the pools are old, and Bales says they need thousands of dollars in repairs. If County Commissioners say yes…O’Brien, LaFortune, and Chandler pools would not open for the summer season. Only the Glenpool facility would open.

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Local & Regional
11:53 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Oklahoma Governor Imposes Freeze on State Hiring, Raises

Credit KWGS News/OETA

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has imposed a moratorium on hiring and pay raises for state workers.

Fallin issued an executive order Monday that tightens hiring and wage adjustment practices for employees at all state agencies.

Fallin says new state workers can still be hired with the approval of the statewide elected official who manages the agency or a cabinet secretary. Approval requires a written explanation explaining why it is necessary.

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Local & Regional
11:37 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Playground Torched at Sapulpa School

Credit Sapulpa Fire-Facebook

Sapulpa authorities think a preteen is responsible for setting fire at an elementary school playground.

The fire was at the Holmes Park Elementary playground Sunday evening.  Sapulpa Police are reviewing security video. They believe the blaze was set by a juvenile.

The Sapulpa school superintendent estimates the playground damage at $75,000. He says there is also damage to the side of the school.

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Music
11:29 am
Mon February 9, 2015

World Traveling Violin with Cyrus Beroukhim on Performance Oklahoma

Oklahoma City’s resident chamber music ensemble, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble, aims to add dimension and richness to life for residents of the city and central Oklahoma. Programming goals include not only offering popular and beloved chamber music works but also adding larger and more complex, diverse and lesser known pieces, and newly commissioned repertoire to each performance season. Now in its 12th season, the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma offers five regular concerts in duo venues and a four concert Spring chamber music festival in June.

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Local & Regional
7:01 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Tulsa County Residents to Vote on School Proposals

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — School bond issues valued at more than $500 million are scheduled to be decided by voters in northeastern Oklahoma.

Tuesday's elections include a $370 million bond package for Broken Arrow Public Schools that would finance four new schools and expansion of the high school. Broken Arrow Superintendent Jarod Mendenhall says his district is averaging a 3 percent growth rate in student population each year.

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