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John Durkee

News Director & Morning Edition anchor

John Durkee is the News Director for KWGS. He has over 35-years of experience in radio news and has served as News Director of radio stations in Tulsa, Missouri and Kansas.  He was also a reporter in Oklahoma City, early in his career. He is a Tulsa native and served as the City of Tulsa Communications Director prior to joining the staff at KWGS.

Durkee has won countless awards for his work as a broadcaster, including awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Associated Press, United Press International, The Society of Professional Journalists and the Oklahoma and Missouri Association of Broadcasters.

He is a past board member of the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, the Kansas Association of News Broadcasters and the former Tulsa Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He resides in Bixby with his wife, Carol.

 

 

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Local & Regional
7:02 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Oklahoma audit questions Education Department fund

State Auditor Gary Jones
State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's chief auditor is questioning how some former Department of Education officials spent money from previously unknown bank accounts.

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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Thursday Morning's Top News from KWGS

Hear a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories. In this update:

  • In-depth coverage of yesterday's shooting spree on the Tulsa Court House plaza.
  • Details on the future of pensions for American Airlines Workers
  • An audit of the State Department of Education raises concerns about misspending

 

Tulsa County Shooting
3:22 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Shooting at Tulsa County Courthouse

Tulsa Police close Denver Avenue downtown in front of the Tulsa County Court House
KWGS News Photo

A shootout on the Oakley Plaza in front of the Tulsa County Court House leaves for people injured, including a Tulsa County Sheriff’s Deputy. The shooting took place about 2:40 this afternoon. People rushed for cover from the busy court house plaza as the bullets were flying.

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Local & Regional
11:24 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Okla. lawmaker say bill fights prescription abuse

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker says a bill he filed would help fight prescription abuse by requiring physicians to check the prescription history of new patients. Rep. Pat Ownbey of Ardmore says his measure calls for doctors to check the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Prescription Monitoring Program when prescribing a controlled dangerous substance to a new patient. Physicians would also be required to do an annual check for all patients. Oklahoma ranks first in the nation in prescription drug usage per capita.

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Local & Regional
11:05 am
Wed March 7, 2012

American Airlines will keep current pensions for retirees, not eliminate them

The entrance to American Airlines operation in Tulsa
KWGS News Photo

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines will freeze pensions for most workers instead of terminating them as the company reorganizes under bankruptcy protection. American told employees of the decision Wednesday. The freeze will not apply to pilots because the company fears that it could prompt too many pilots to retire, leaving the airline without enough pilots to operate. Last month American said it would terminate pension plans for 130,000 current and retired employees and hand over the plans' assets and obligations for future payments to a government agency. The airline's unions and the U.S.

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Local & Regional
9:36 am
Wed March 7, 2012

New bill tries to control pseudoephedrine sales

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Pharmacists say even though a bill to require them to determine the legitimate need of a customer buying medicines containing pseudoephedrine might put them in a more dangerous situation — they generally support the idea. Pseudoephedrine is found in common cold and allergy medicines and is a key ingredient in methamphetamine. The bill comes after two efforts to require prescriptions for medicines containing pseudoephedrine failed in committees. The latest bill was sent to the full House on a 15-0 vote by the House Public Safety Committee.

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Local & Regional
7:55 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Wednesday Morning News

Hear a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories from Public Radio Tulsa. In this news update, we have the results of the Super Tuesday Primary in Oklahoma. Plus details on a public meeting on the "gathering place near Tulsa's Blair Mansion and a State Impact Report on job cuts at Tinker Air Force base.

Election
7:09 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Obama loses Democratic primary in 15 Oklahoma counties

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama collected the most votes in the Oklahoma Democratic primary, but lost in 15 counties. With more than 90 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Obama won 55 percent of the vote. Four other candidates combined for 45 percent of the vote, including anti-abortion activist Randall Terry who had more than 18 percent of the vote. According to Democratic Party rules, Terry is eligible for a delegate since he won more than 15 percent of the statewide vote. Until Tuesday, Obama had won all of the Democratic delegates awarded so far.

Election
7:06 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Santorum wins Oklahoma in Super Tuesday primary

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Rick Santorum has won Oklahoma's Republican presidential primary, leaving Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich to battle for second place in what is called the "reddest of the red" states. With 91 percent of the state's 1,961 precincts reporting unofficial returns, Santorum had 34 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had 28 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had 27 percent.

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Local & Regional
1:18 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Tulsa Zoo announces new Master Plan

The Tulsa Zoo unveiled its master plan to the Tulsa Park Board on Tuesday and discussed how the zoo might look in the next 20 years. As part of the Tulsa Zoo’s transition from City governance to a public-private partnership, a 20 year master plan was commissioned by Tulsa Zoo Management Inc. (TZMI) as outlined in its contract with the City to address the advancement of the physical layout and condition of the zoo. TZMI operates the zoo through an operating agreement with the City of Tulsa.

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