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3:40 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Fighting fires in the heat

Tulsa, OK – The men and women who battle fires in hot summer weather must take special precautions. In addition to drinking lots of water, Tulsa Fire Department spokesman Tim Smallwood says the use of cooling stations is necessary.

Smallwood says crews are also frequently rotated to give firefighters as much of a break as possible in the extreme heat.

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3:36 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Burn Ban survey

file photo

Tulsa, OK –
Fire departments throughout Tulsa County are again being surveyed to determine if a burn ban is necessary. Area Emergency Manager Roger Jolife says the moderately dry drought status triggers calls to firefighters to see if conditions warrant a ban on outdoor burning.
Any burn ban recommendation would have to go before County Commissioners to get a final okay.

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Local & Regional
12:25 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

New Bridge for Boulder Downtown

The road closed sign on the Archer side of the old demolished Boulder bridge.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett, joined by representatives of the Brady Arts District Owners Association, Downtown Coordinating Council and the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce, today announced a major step for revitalization and increased economic development in downtown Tulsa. Construction is scheduled to begin in September on a new Boulder Avenue bridge spanning the downtown BNSF railroad tracks and linking First Street to Archer Street. Renderings of the bridge are attached to this email.

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Local & Regional
8:51 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Smith Wants Do Over

Tahlequah, OK –

Incumbent Chad Smith and challenger Bill John Baker both claim to be the winner of a race that has flip flopped several times in its outcome.

Smith is now wanting the Cherokee Supreme Court to toss out the election and call for another vote.

Both sides have accused the other of trying to steal the chief's election.

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Local & Regional
8:41 am
Wed July 6, 2011

The Future of Tulsa's Trash

One of Tulsa's CNG Trash trucks
OETA

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa has just one year if it is going to make changes to its trash service.

Most people have twice a week service from a private hauler with a few getting once a week service from the city. Trash Board Chair Cheryl Cohnour wants the process streamlined.

Some on the city council say the board should leave well enough alone.

A new contract must be in place by the end of next June

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Local & Regional
8:00 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Grand Lake Update

A flyer posted to a GRDA door warning of Blue Green Algae.
KWGS News Photo

Langley, OK – The Grand River Dam Authority continues to monitor the water quality.

GRDA reports 12-people have developed rashes or became ill after water contact. Signs were posted at beaches warning people to stay out of the water.

The lake has Blue Green Algae in low water areas.

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Local & Regional
7:59 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Top Local Stories for Wednesday Morning

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

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Local & Regional
7:59 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Truck and Train Collide

Local & Regional
7:50 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Positive Economic News for State

Treasurer Ken Miller
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Report shows Okla.'s economy continues to expand

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's treasurer says the state's economy continues to improve at an "accelerating pace," with gross receipts for the month of June outpacing last year's collections by more than 15 percent.

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