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7:53 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Thursday's Top Local Stories

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

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Redistricting Court Challenge

Oklahoma City, OK – Democratic Okla. senator to challenge district map

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A state senator is challenging the constitutionality of a Senate redistricting plan that was approved by lawmakers and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Democrat Sen. Jim Wilson of Tahlequah scheduled a press conference for Thursday to announce his challenge. He is proposing that a redistricting commission redraw the Senate district boundaries.

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Local & Regional
7:44 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Oklahoma: 7th Most Obese State

Washington, D.C. – Oklahoma was named the seventh most obese state in the country, according to the eighth annual F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Oklahoma's adult obesity rate is 31.4 percent.

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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

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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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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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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
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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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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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