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3:19 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Fees Going Up At Some Tulsa County Parks

Credit Tulsa County Parks

The Tulsa County park board approved a list of fee increases at its meeting Tuesday.

Tulsa County Parks Director Richard Bales said he feels pressure to supplement a few years of flat budgets.

"Things that have a direct cost with something happening in a park, can I do something to generate some money for that from the people who are using the park?" Bales said.

The increases are mostly on field and facility rentals. Baseball league rental fees will increase from $7.25 per game to $10 per game.

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2:04 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Rare Virus Causing Illness Confirmed in Oklahoma

Credit File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says a virus causing respiratory illness in children has been confirmed in Oklahoma.

The department says enterovirus D68 is a relatively rare virus. It had been confirmed in 11 other states, including Missouri, Kansas and Colorado.

The Centers for Disease Control says seven of 24 specimens submitted from Oklahoma hospitals and laboratories tested positive for the virus. The virus has been associated with an increase in pediatric admissions at hospitals in central Oklahoma.

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1:57 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

New Transportation Building Being Dedicated

Credit Oklahoma Historical Society

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Muscogee Creek Nation has scheduled a dedication ceremony for a new transit and transportation building north of Okmulgee.

The Tribal Transit and Transportation Program will hold the ceremony and an open house at the new building on Wednesday. The tribe says the program outgrew its previous facility.

The new 3,300-square-foot facility cost $850,000, which was covered by the Federal Highway Administration.

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Local & Regional
10:15 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Legislators Explore Gas as Execution Option

Credit State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma legislators  study the option of executing condemned inmates using nitrogen gas.

A formal interim study requested by Oklahoma City Republican Mike Christian is being conducted before the House Judiciary Committee.

Christian is a staunch supporter of the death penalty who says he plans to draft a bill for next year's Legislature, which begins in February.

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Local & Regional
9:55 am
Tue September 16, 2014

UPDATE: Morning Fire Appears To Be Arson

The blaze was on Pittsburg Avenue next to the Broken Arrow Expressway.
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Tulsa have arrested a man on an arson complaint in connection with a house fire that injured three children, including a 5-year-old boy who is critical condition.

The fire was reported early Tuesday in midtown Tulsa. Fire Department Capt. Stan May says firefighters found an 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy outside the burning home. May says firefighters also found a 5-year-old boy in a back bedroom, and pulled him to safety through a window.

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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Coweta Vietnam soldier receives Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a grateful nation honors the acts of valor by two Vietnam War soldiers who risked their lives to protect fellow troops.

Obama is bestowing the Medal of Honor on Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat, nearly half a century after they fought in Vietnam.

Adkins ran through enemy fire while rescuing injured comrades. He was injured but survived.

Sloat did not. He pulled an enemy grenade close to his body to protect fellow troops from the blast.

Local & Regional
6:50 am
Tue September 16, 2014

5-Year-Old Injured in Overnight Fire

Credit Tulsa Fire-Facebook

A five-year-old Tulsa boy is rushed to the hospital following an overnight fire in mid-town Tulsa. The blaze was reported about 1 a.m.  in a home near 29th and South Pittsburg Avenue. That is near the Broken Arrow Expressway at 31st Street.

The other residents of the home did manage to get out of the house on their own. Several of them were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The Tulsa Fire Department is looking into the cause of the fire.

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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • Budget cuts for jury trials could push up Tulsa jail expenses.
  • A state trooper is arrested for rape and kidnapping.
  • An early morning fire leave a five-year old in critical condition in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
5:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Juror Budget Cut Could Cost Tulsa County Sheriff $1.7M

Credit Tulsa County Sheriff

A $287,000 dollar cut to Tulsa County’s juror budget could cost the sheriff nearly $2 million in additional jail costs.

District Judge James Caputo expects nine weeks of canceled trials, which will affect how long inmates stay at the jail. He said the court is figuring out what it can do.

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Local & Regional
3:01 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Paying Pain-Free at the Pump

Credit file photo

Green Country can look forward to the crisp and cooler air bringing lower gas prices with it. AAA spokesman Chuck Mai explains that after Labor Day and towards the end of summer driving season, the prices of gas steadily but surely begin to lower. The reason for this is the start of the oil refineries "yearly transition to producing cheaper winter blends of gasoline," Mai explains.  This drop in prices is welcomed at the start of the school year as families prepare their annual carpooling and after school program routines.

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