Local & Regional
7:58 pm
Sat July 2, 2011

Derailment at Tulsa Rail Yard

Tulsa, OK – Several cars of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train derail at the west Tulsa rail yards near 31st and Highway 75. At least two of the overturned cars were tankers that were carrying a type of fertilizer.

There were no injuries and no leaks from the tankers. The tankers had been carrying anhydrous ammonia but are believed to be empty.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe has sent an environmental team to the site to ensure the derailment caused no environmental damage.

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Local & Regional
7:57 pm
Sat July 2, 2011

Bartlesville Schools For Sale

Oak Park is one of the Bartlesville Schools being sold.
Bartlesville Public Schools

Bartlesville, OK – Board puts 2 Bartlesville school sites up for sale

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) The Bartlesville school board is putting two school properties up for sale as it prepares for a projected $2.2 million cut in state aid for this fiscal year.

The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reports the board declared Oak Park Elementary School and the McKinley school properties as surplus and will sell them using sealed bids.

Superintendent Gary Quinn says a date will be set to open public bidding.

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Local & Regional
5:03 pm
Sat July 2, 2011

Tribal Election Update

Bill John Baker
Bill John Baker

Tahlequah, OK – Councilman again declared Cherokee's new chief

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) The incumbent Cherokee Nation principal chief who lost in a recount of votes cast in last week's election wants the tribe's supreme court to keep the Election Commission from certifying the results until the ballots can be counted again by machine.

Chad Smith filed an injunctive relief application Friday, alleging the commission conducted a recount by hand of some, but not all of the votes.

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Local & Regional
4:56 pm
Sat July 2, 2011

Grand Lake Update

Algae Warning sign posted on Grand Lake Beach
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma agency discourages swimming in Grand Lake

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Members of the Grand River Dam Authority board of directors say people should go to Grand Lake to enjoy activities this weekend, but they're strongly discouraging contact with water because blue-green algae has been found.

In a statement on the agency's website, officials on Friday cautioned against recreational activities such as swimming, skiing and the use of personal watercraft on the lake, which remains open.

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Local & Regional
10:48 am
Sat July 2, 2011

Home Destroyed by Fire

Howe, OK – Grass fire destroys home in southeastern Oklahoma

HOWE,Okla. (AP) A house was destroyed and a mobile home was damaged when a grass fire started by fireworks spread to the structures in Howe.

LeFlore County Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson says three firefighters had to be treated for minor heat exhaustion Friday afternoon, but they were OK. There were no other reports of injuries.

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Local & Regional
10:47 am
Sat July 2, 2011

Hot Saturday with Ozone Alert

Today's High Temps
National Weather Service

Tulsa, Ok – THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY HAS ISSUED AN OZONE
ALERT FOR SATURDAY...FOR THE TULSA METROPOLITAN AREA. AN OZONE
ALERT MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE BUILDUP OF OZONE
NEAR THE GROUND...TO AN UNHEALTHY LEVEL.

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Local & Regional
10:38 am
Sat July 2, 2011

Boy Drowns Near Guthrie

Guthrie, OK – 3-year-old Okla. boy drowns in pool

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) A little Tecumseh boy has drowned in a swimming pool in Logan County.

Emergency crews responded to a call about 8:25 p.m. Thursday at a home near Interstate 35 and Seward Road.

Sheriff's deputy Rob Groseclose says 3-year-old Jacob White was visiting relatives who were preparing for the holiday weekend. Groseclose says the boy's father was mowing grass and said he had put a life jacket on the child.

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Local & Regional
10:34 am
Sat July 2, 2011

Unemployment Highest on Eastern Half of State

Oklahoma City, OK – Eastern Okla. counties have highest jobless rates

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Four eastern Oklahoma counties had the highest unemployment rates in Oklahoma in May.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission also reported that the unemployment rates in 68 of Oklahoma's 77 counties increased from April to May. The overall unemployment rate in the state fell from 5.8 percent in April to 5.3 percent in May.

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Local & Regional
10:25 am
Sat July 2, 2011

Fireworks and Drought

Lawton, OK – Okla. sees fireworks show changes due to drought

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) The threat of wildfires has put a damper on Independence Day fireworks celebrations in many Oklahoma communities.

Burn bans are in effect in at least 34 of the state's 77 counties, although five were to be lifted before July 4.

The bans vary in scope.

In McClain County, organized fireworks displays will be allowed with a permit and with firefighters on hand for the entire show.

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StudioTulsa
5:25 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

"In Defense of Flogging" (Yes, Flogging)

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