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2:58 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Cops Team Up to Give Computers to Kids in Need

Volunteers with the PC Power's North Pole Computer Project help load refurbished computers to be delivered by Osage Nation police.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Local cops knocked on dozens of doors today to give free computers to families in need.

Retired Tulsa police officer Karen Ford runs PC Power, the nonprofit behind the giveaway. She said this is the North Pole Computer Project’s 12th year running.

"This day and age, you can't live without a computer," Ford said. "Kids need it for homework, need it to help learn. We've got some educational games on here, especially for the younger children."

Retired TPD officer Glenn DeWeese started the project in 2003. Ford took charge when he passed away.

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1:04 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Science Matters Mobile Museum to Visit Oklahoma Museums

File photo from the science lab at the GRDA
Credit KWGS News Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Science museums in Oklahoma City and Tulsa will play host to a special visitor during the holidays.

Science Matters Mobile Museum will visit the two Oklahoma Museum Network partner museums while area children are out of school.

The mobile museum will make its first stop at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City on Dec. 29. It will make its second stop at Tulsa Children's Museum Discovery Lab on Dec. 30.

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12:59 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Tulsa Police Arrest Pair after Gun Goes Off During Chase

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Tulsa have arrested two men after a gun apparently was fired during a foot pursuit.

Police say 35-year-old Timothy Marion Tiger and 30-year-old Joshua Boffer were arrested about 9:20 p.m. Sunday, about 15 minutes after police attempted to stop a vehicle they were in.

The Tulsa World reports the vehicle attempted to elude police, then slowed down. Boffer then exited, kicking off the foot pursuit.

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12:55 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Kansas Company Selected to Repair Oklahoma Capitol

A fence blocks off a portion of the state capitol
Credit KGOU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials have selected a Kansas-based construction company with experience renovating historic structures to repair the exterior of the state Capitol.

Officials with the state's Office of Management and Enterprise Services announced Monday the selection of JE Dunn Construction to begin the first phase of a planned $120 million renovation of the nearly 100-year-old building.

The maximum value of the contract to repair the building's exterior is $25 million.

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7:46 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Navigation Channel Spill Not a Significant Threat

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma environmental officials say a fuel spill on the Arkansas River near Muskogee does not pose a significant threat.

The Tulsa World reports the source of Saturday's spill has not been located but that officials believe the substance is no longer leaking.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Paul Timmons said the roughly 46-mile-long spill is narrow, with some of it moving into the area of Three Forks Harbor and the rest downstream.

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7:43 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Tulsa has Cheapest Gas in Nation According to Lundberg

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CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that prices will likely keep falling.

Lundberg says the average price of regular gasoline is the lowest it's been in more than five years.

She says lower crude oil prices are driving prices down, along with an abundant oil supply and the rising value of the U.S. dollar.

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7:40 am
Mon December 22, 2014

What is Ahead this Winter?

File photo of snow clogging Tulsa roads
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Winter has arrived in Oklahoma, but officials say it isn't likely to bring much relief from the ongoing drought.

Sunday marked the first day of winter. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seasonal drought outlook says drought conditions in western Oklahoma are expected to persist or intensify between now and March 31st.

The Oklahoman reports that the outlook predicted drought improvement only in a small area along the Red River in southeastern Oklahoma.

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7:37 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Tulsa Public Schools Narrows Superintendent Search

Keith Ballard
Credit Tulsa Public Schools

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Just four candidates are left in the search for a new superintendent for Tulsa Public Schools.

The Tulsa School Board has asked four of the first eight candidates it interviewed to be interviewed a second time in the search for the next superintendent.

The Tulsa World reports that the board is searching for a successor for Superintendent Keith Ballard, who has said he will retire on June 30th.

The board conducted private interviews with eight of about 25 applicants. None of the applicants have been identified.

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6:54 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday

In the local news:

  • An earthquake study is getting underway in Oklahoma.
  • Two men are in jail after shots were fired at Tulsa Police.
  • The search for a new Tulsa Superintendent narrows to four.
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8:54 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Corrections Officials Revise Policies to Release More Violent, Sex Offenders

Razor-wire fencing surrounds the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington.
Credit Ben Fenwick/Oklahoma Watch

Pushing to reduce prison overcrowding, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections has quietly changed its policies to give early releases to greater numbers of violent and sex offenders, according to agency documents obtained by Oklahoma Watch.

The department is doing so by relaxing policies that determine which types of inmates can receive early-release credits, when those credits can be given, and how many credits offenders can receive, corrections department records show.

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