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11:13 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Tulsa Gas War!

The posted sign at the Corner Store near 4th and Utica.
Credit KWGS News

Here's a phrase you haven't heard since probably the early 1970s: "There's a gas war!" For you youngsters, a gas war is when one service station drops its prices to undercut a nearby rival.

For a mile stretch along south Utica, prices are well below what is being charged in the rest of the city. The Conoco station at 15th and Utica is charging $3.06 for cash purchases of gasoline, while a half mile north, the Quik-Trip at 11th and Utica is selling gasoline for $3.06 cash or credit.

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Local & Regional
11:05 am
Tue July 22, 2014

EPA Awards $11M-plus to Oklahoma for Water Quality

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $11 million to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

The grant is part of the federal agency's Clean Water State Revolving Fund, a program that provides low-interest, flexible loans to communities to help them improve water quality and infrastructure.

The OWRB will distribute the $11.3 million as low-interest loans to a variety of recipients, including cities and rural water districts.

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Local & Regional
11:04 am
Tue July 22, 2014

UCO Among 'Great' to Work for

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The Chronicle of Higher Education has named the University of Central Oklahoma as one of the "2014 Great Colleges to Work For."

The Edmond-based school was the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list. This is the sixth time in the past seven years the university has been named to the list.

Central was also among a handful of institutions in the nation given the distinction of being named to the "Honor Roll" for being cited most often among all the recognition categories.         

Local & Regional
9:47 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Sentencing Delayed for Oklahoma Tea Party Leader

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Formal sentencing for the co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party on felony blackmail and computer crimes convictions has been delayed.

Al Gerhart was set to be sentenced Tuesday by Oklahoma County District Judge Ray Elliott, but the sentencing date was delayed until Aug. 19.

Gerhart was convicted in May after sending a politically charged email to a state senator who testified he felt threatened by the email's tone.

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Local & Regional
9:44 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Man Ordered to Stand Trial in Shooting Death

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A Lawton man accused of a fatal shooting outside a bar has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder.

The Lawton Constitution reports that Special District Judge Ken Harris ruled Monday there was enough evidence for Bryan Dutton to stand trial on the murder count.

Dutton is accused of shooting 35-year-old Sam Ruffin three times outside the Dew Drop Inn on April 19.

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Local & Regional
8:03 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Cold Case Reopened in Rogers County

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TIAWAH, Okla. (AP) — The Rogers County Sheriff's Office has reopened a case involving a woman who disappeared nearly two decades ago.

The Claremore Daily Progress reports that Tiawah-area resident Dione Fox was declared missing when she failed to attend a scheduled court appearance in 1996. Authorities in Noel, Missouri, discovered Fox's abandoned car eight months after she went missing. Fox was 23 when she went missing.

Jerry Smittle with the Rogers County Sheriff's Office says investigators are searching for Fox's remains in the Tiawah area.

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Local & Regional
7:05 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Broken Arrow Looking for New City Manager

Tom Moton at a Broken Arrow City Council meeting earlier this month.
Credit KWGS News/City of Broken Arrow

The Broken Arrow City Council  appointed Russell Gale as Acting City Manager, after accepting the resignation of City Manager Thom Moton, effective July 21, 2014.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to resign as City Manager in order that I may pursue other employment opportunities and to spend more time with my family,” said Moton.  “I am deeply appreciative of the Mayor and City Council for providing me the privilege and honor of serving the Broken Arrow community.  I will take with me many fond memories of our collective successes.”

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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Tuesday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • An EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING is posted today for Tulsa.
  • The Broken Arrow City Council accepts the resignation of its City Manager.
  • The Tulsa School Board approves a school shuffle.
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Local & Regional
4:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

School Board Approves Overcrowding, Sixth-Grade Proposals

The Tulsa school board approves reopening the former site of Mayo Demonstration School.

TPS chief of staff Amy Polonchek said population growth in east Tulsa means more classroom space is needed there, and it will be enough to accommodate up to eighth grade.

"We will renovate and expand, and make available to that neighborhood for children K–8," Polonchek said. "With the sixth-graders that we put back into the elementaries, we have seen some great results, so we look forward to a K–8 model in that building."

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StudioTulsa
3:41 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Professor Robert Dudley of UC-Berkeley and the "Drunken Monkey Hypothesis"

Aired on Monday, July 21st.

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Robert Dudley, who's a Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Prof. Dudley tells us about his interesting "drunken monkey hypothesis," which (per its Wikipedia entry) "proposes that human attraction to ethanol may have a genetic basis due to the high dependence of the primate ancestor of Homo sapiens on fruit as a food source.

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