Local & Regional
7:54 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Grass Fire Consumes 2,100 Acres in Logan County, Closes I-35

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GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Wildfires in central Oklahoma have burned thousands of acres, damaged buildings and led to a highway closure and temporary evacuations.

Crews were battling two grass fires Sunday in Logan County. Guthrie fire Chief Eric Harlow tells The Oklahoman that about 2,100 acres burned and one house and three barns were damaged.

Harlow says no injuries were reported.

The fires prompted the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to close a nearby portion of Interstate 35 for about an hour.

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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Mon January 19, 2015

OSBI Investigates Fatal Muskogee Officer-Involved Shooting

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Muskogee in which a 21-year-old man was killed.

Muskogee Police Department Sergeant Michael Mahan says officers responded to a call around 4 p.m. Saturday about an apparent domestic disturbance involving a man and woman near a church. The woman had entered the church to attend a wedding but the man, identified as Terence Walker, was outside with a gun and asked her to come out.

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Local & Regional
7:01 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Candidate Filing Begins for Special State Senate Election

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The secretary of the state Election Board says candidate filing for a special election in state Senate District 11 is set to begin.

Filing begins Monday for the election to fill the unexpired term of Democratic former state Sen. Jabar Shumate of Tulsa. He resigned earlier this month to become state director of The American Federation for Children.

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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Monday Morning's News from KWGS

In Local News:

  • Tulsa prepares for the nation's second largest MLK Day Parade.
  • A fire at Pratville sends to people to the hospital.
  • Dropping oil prices has state officials watching state bank accounts.
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Local & Regional
9:45 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Declining Oil Prices Forcing Industry to Cut Jobs in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Declining crude oil prices have forced three major industry firms with strong northeastern Oklahoma ties to lay off workers.

The Apache Corporation, Baker Hughes and Schlumberger have begun laying off employees in response to the oil price crash in the past six months.

Two weeks ago, Denver, Colorado-based producer SM Energy announced it would close its Tulsa office, which employs 100 people.

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Local & Regional
9:40 am
Sun January 18, 2015

New Oklahoma Schools Superintendent Fires 3 Administrators

Joy Hofmeister at her office
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has fired three key members of her predecessor's staff during her first week in the office.

The Oklahoman reports Hofmeister declined comment on the terminations of Education Department employees Joel Robison, Richard Caram and Marsha Thompson.

Caram and Thompson, three-year employees of the department, confirmed they were fired Friday. Robison, the former chief of staff, told The Associated Press Saturday he was also fired.

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Local & Regional
9:30 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Police Identify Victim in Officer-Involved Shooting

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police have identified the 23-year-old man who died after he was shot by an off-duty federal officer who intervened in a dispute.

 Rodney Walker died following the shooting about 5:15 p.m. Friday. Police identified the shooter as Andrew Bryiant, a Department of Veterans Affairs officer.

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Local & Regional
9:28 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Man Uninjured when Bullet Strikes Chest at Tulsa Strip Club

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa says one man was shot through the arm but another escaped serious injury when the same bullet bounced off of his chest and landed in his lap.

Tulsa police Capt. Cathy Reynolds says officers responded to the shooting at a strip club about 2:34 a.m. Saturday. Reynolds says the victim was seated inside when a bullet fired from outside came through the wall and went through his arm.

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Local & Regional
9:20 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Tulsa-Area Home Foreclosures Fall 35 Percent from 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A new report indicates fewer Tulsans were evicted from their homes in 2014 than in previous years.

Information released by real estate data service RealtyTrac indicates about 3,135 homes entered foreclosure in the Tulsa area last year. The resulting foreclosure rate of one for every 131 households was 35.3 percent lower than in 2013, and lower than every year since at least 2006.

The national foreclosure rate of one for every 118 people was 17.9 percent lower than in 2013. It was also lower than every year other than 2007.

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What's New?
12:03 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

BusinessWorld Podcast (1/17/15)

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This week, moves in Switzerland touch off shock waves in financial markets around the world. Target reconsiders its expansion into Canada...and the value of balancing  optimism with realism in business and life.

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