Local & Regional
10:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Flu Season Takes 2 Oklahoma Lives

New flu statistics are out from the State Health Department and the news is not good. Two people have died from the flu in Oklahoma in the past week.

Both of the victims were older than 65. One lived in Oklahoma County and the other in Carter County near Ardmore.

These are the first flu deaths in Oklahoma this season. Last year, the state set a record with 60 flu deaths.

While this year’s flu vaccine is not the most effective, the State Health Department says it should less the flu impacts. The department encourages people to get the vaccine.

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Local & Regional
9:21 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Ruling Stands: No Football Replay

Credit OSSAA website

An Oklahoma County judge denies a request by an Oklahoma City school to have part or all of a high school football playoff game replayed.

Judge Bernard Jones issued the ruling this morning.

It all started during a state quarterfinal on Nov. 28, when an improperly enforced penalty erased a touchdown that would have put Douglass ahead of Locust Grove with 64 seconds left. Locust Grove held on to win 20-19, and Douglass appealed to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

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Local & Regional
9:14 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Tribe Helps Own With Holiday Needs

Officials from Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses present a $20,000 check to coordinators for the Cherokee Nation Angel Project. The annual campaign ensures Cherokee children in need receive clothing and other gifts at Christmas.
Credit Cherokee Nation

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Cherokee Nation Businesses has contributed $20,000 to the Cherokee Nation Angel Project to help make Christmas dreams come true for thousands of Cherokee children. Along with the money, employees from the tribe, its business arm and entertainment properties have adopted more than 650 angels. This is the ninth consecutive year that Cherokee Nation Businesses and its employees have participated in adopting angels for the annual program.

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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Thu December 11, 2014

2 Tribal Prosecutors Join US Attorney's Office

Credit File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two tribal special prosecutors have joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa to prosecute crimes in Indian Country.

U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. says Jeff Jones, attorney general of the Osage Nation, and Sarah Hill, deputy attorney general of the Cherokee Nation, will work alongside other prosecutors in the office's Indian Country Prosecution Unit to improve public safety in tribal communities.

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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma ranks above average in Health Readiness.
  • The missing Ponca City girl is found safe in North Tulsa.
  • We will learn the judge's ruling in a football game later this morning.
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Local & Regional
5:05 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Ponca Teen Missing from Sand Springs Found in Tulsa

Kylie Jones
Credit Sand Springs Police

 The Sand Springs Police Department says it has located a missing teenager.  Investigators found  Kylie ReAnn Jones, a 14 years of age female from Ponca City,  last night in north Tulsa. Kylie had been  last seen at the 8th grade girls basketball game held at Clyde Boyd Middle School in South Sand Springs Tuesday night.  Kylie traveled to Sand Springs with the Ponca City basketball team. After the girls game was over, video indicates that Kylie met a man  in the lobby.

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StudioTulsa
4:23 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Getting to Know Tulsa's bART Center for Music (Formerly Known as the Barthelmes Conservatory)

Aired on Wednesday, December 10th.

On this edition of ST, we learn all about the bART Center for Music (formerly known as the Barthelmes Conservatory). This nonprofit organization, per its website, was "founded in 2001.... Its sole purpose is to provide music education for the larger Tulsa community... The Center offers superior private music lessons for piano, cello, violin, viola, bass, flute, African drums, voice, and guitar for all ages and abilities." Our guests are Bill Andoe, the newly named Executive Director of the bART Center, and John Rush, its Artistic Director.

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Local & Regional
3:47 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Oklahoma Receives Some High Marks for Health Security Preparedness

Credit National Health Security Preparedness Index

Oklahoma exceeds the national average in a set of health rankings.

Scott Sproat is the state’s director of emergency preparedness and response. He said these rankings are different from overall health rankings.

"It really looks at a very wide range of different factors or indicators, all of which may have some bearing on the state's ability to respond to an emergency situation impacting the public's health," Sproat said.

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Music
3:16 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Amici New York From OK Mozart On Performance Oklahoma

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its 30th anniversary year this past June.

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Local & Regional
11:40 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Suspected Killer Escapes Oklahoma State Prison

Robert Long
Credit Oklahoma-DOC

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A suspected killer from Lawton has escaped a state prison in McAlester.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie says 28-year-old Robert Long was missing at the 10 p.m. Tuesday inmate count at the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center. Massie said Wednesday that Long was still at large.

Long was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the March shooting death of Johnny Allen at a motel in Lawton. Long was later convicted, in October, on drug and weapons charged and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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