Local & Regional
7:53 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Cherokees Take Over Welcome Center

Tulsa, OK – Okla. tribe helps keep Tulsa welcome center open

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A partnership between the Cherokee Nation and the state Department of Tourism and Recreation is allowing the Oklahoma Welcome Center in east Tulsa to remain open.

Officials with the tribe and the agency on Tuesday marked the opening of the Cherokee Nation Welcome Center at Interstate 44 and 161st East Avenue.

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Local & Regional
7:51 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Gasoline Price Update

Oklahoma City, OK – Gasoline prices higher in Oklahoma than in 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The average price for gasoline in Oklahoma is higher than it was a year ago, despite lower demand and a sluggish economy.

AAA Oklahoma says the average price for self-serve regular gasoline is $3.58 per gallon, 95 cents higher than on Aug. 2, 2010.

AAA spokesman Chuck Mai (May) says global debt concerns have affected commodities markets, including crude oil futures.

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Local & Regional
7:44 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Wednesday Morning's Top Local Stories

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

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Local & Regional
7:40 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Wild Fire Sweeps Through Turley

Smoke and flames approach the quiet Golden Hills Neighborhood in Turley.
KWGS News Photo

Turley, OK – Several homes are destroyed as a fast moving wall of smoke and flames sweeps through Turley, just north of Tulsa. The fire broke out near 56th and North Peoria around 2:30PM. The blaze spread northeast to near 63rd and North Utica.

The newly closed Cherokee Elementary School was turned into a first aid and cooling station for fire fighters from all over the region. National Guard helicopters picked up water from farm ponds and dumped it on the flames.

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StudioTulsa
4:12 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Understanding and Treating Nightmares (Encore presentation.)

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Local & Regional
3:26 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Power Cutoffs Suspended

Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma Gas and Electric will not disconnect customers for not paying their power bills during the month of August.

The company cites record heat as dangerous to customer's health.

OG&E is also asking customers to reduce power usage to lower the strain on the system.

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Local & Regional
3:18 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Debt Showdown

Oklahoma Senator Coburn on the senate floor.
U.S. Senate

Oklahoma City, OK – Both of Oklahoma's U.S. senators voted against federal legislation to increase the nation's debt ceiling because they say the budget cuts included in the measure don't go far enough.

U.S. Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe both voted against the bill Tuesday as it passed the Senate on 74-26 vote. The bill passed the House on Monday and is expected to be quickly signed by President Obama to avoid a first-ever government default.

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Local & Regional
3:15 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Heat Deaths

Oklahoma City, OK – The number of confirmed heat-related deaths in Oklahoma is now 12 with autopsies pending on 10 other possible heat-deaths.

Spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard at the state medical examiner's office said Tuesday that the latest two deaths are from the Tulsa area.

The Oklahoma Climatological Survey announced Monday that July was the hottest month ever on record in Oklahoma. The survey said the average temperature in the state during the month was 89.1 degrees to break the record of 88.1 degrees set in July 1954.

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Local & Regional
8:58 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Economic Review

Tulsa, OK – Now that Congress and the White House have come to terms on the debt limit, is it too late?

Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss is out with his economic report for nine Midwestern states including Oklahoma. The report shows consumer confidence is down in the area and there are inflation concerns.

While he still doesn't believe it will happen, he says the likelihood of a double-dip recession is now looking stronger.

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Local & Regional
8:57 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Update: Police Corruption Probe

The Federal Court House in Downtown Tulsa
10th Circuit Court

Tulsa, OK – A jury is selected and a open statements are heard during the first day on trial for two accused rogue Tulsa cops.

OfficersJeff Henderson and Bill Yelton are accused of stealing, lying and planting drugs.

More than three dozen court cases and convictions were dismissed after they were indicted last year.

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