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7:05 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Public Meeting Set for Update on EPA Brownfield Grants

A vacant Tulsa building that is included in a brownfield designation
Credit City of Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The city is planning a public meeting to update residents on Tulsa's brownfield grants it received from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013.

The April 8 meeting is at City Hall downtown.

In 2013, the city received $1.4 million in brownfield grants— including $600,000 for the cleanup of the city-owned Evans-Fintube site and $800,000 for a revolving loan fund in partnership with the Indian Nations Council of Governments and the Tulsa Industrial Authority.

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6:52 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Oklahoma Senate Committee Passes Right to Try Measure

State Senate Chamber entrance
Credit State Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that would give terminally ill patients in Oklahoma access to experimental medications that are not yet on pharmacy shelves has been approved by a state Senate panel.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 7-0 Monday to send the measure to the full Senate for a vote. It has already been approved by the state House.

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6:49 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Public Hearing Set on Housing, Community Needs in Tulsa Area

Tulsa City Hall
Credit KWGS File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A public hearing has been scheduled next month to explore affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions in the Tulsa area.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's community development committee in Tulsa plans to receive comments from the public on April 8.

The city's draft 2015-2019 consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the HUD grant programs.

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6:42 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Educators rally at the Oklahoma Capitol.
  • Work begins on Oklahoma's first Costco store.
  • A man and woman are murdered in a Bristow motel.
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1:15 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Educators Flood the State Capitol

One on the many signs for lawmakers to see.
KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thousands of educators, parents and schoolchildren are rallying at the state Capitol seeking a boost in funding for public schools and a reduction in the number of state-mandated tests.

Wearing T-shirts from their hometown schools, attendees wandered the halls of the Capitol and congregated outside legislators' offices to talk about the importance of more funding for schools.

A similar rally held last year drew an estimated 25,000 people.

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12:10 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Double Murder at Bristow Motel

Carolyn Inn is on Route 66 and the Turner Turnpike exit ramp
Credit Google Street View

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist Bristow Police in a double homicide.

The bodies of a man and a woman were found inside a room at the Carolyn Motel on Sunday. The motel is located at the junction of I-44 and Route 66 in Bristow.

Officials are not saying how the two died, but have confirmed it is a homicide. The man was near 20 years old and the female believed to be closer to 30.

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10:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Tulsa School Bus in Head On Crash

Reporters were made to stay a block away as emergency personnel treated the patients and investigated the crash.
Credit KWGS News

Seven people are rushed to the hospital after a car slams into a Tulsa Public School bus, head-on, about 8:30 Monday morning.

The crash took place on a bridge at  42nd Street North and Lewis Avenue. Six of the injured were students on the bus. They were transported to the hospital by EMSA. The seventh person hurt was the driver of the car, that apparently crossed the center line, and hit the on-coming bus.

Tulsa Public Schools spokesman Chris Payne says the students were being transported to the McLain Junior High facility, a little over a mile away.

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7:49 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Church Goes On Despite Tornado Damage

The Keystone Hills Baptist Church.
Credit NWS

Sunday church service was held yesterday, as normal, at the Keystone Hills Baptist Church. But that was about the only thing that was normal.

The church was heavily damaged by last Wednesday night's tornado that roared through the area with 135-mph winds. The E-F-2 tornado did considerable damage to the sanctuary of the church which is on New Pure Road just northeast of Keystone Dam.

The service yesterday was held in the church's gym.

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6:58 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Thousands of Educators Expected at Oklahoma Teacher Rally

Last year's rally at OKC
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the second consecutive year, thousands of teachers from across Oklahoma plan to converge on the state Capitol to ask state lawmakers to appropriate more taxpayer dollars to public education.

Monday's rally is being spearheaded by the Oklahoma Education Coalition, a public school advocacy umbrella group. And participants will bring a laundry list of needs they want state lawmakers to address, including a long-term plan to improve teacher compensation, more resources for public school classrooms and increased instructional time.

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6:51 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Monday Morning's Local News

In the local news:

  • Educators and their supporters head to a massive state rally at the Oklahoma Capitol.
  • Governor Fallin is pleased with the legislative session so far.
  • The Tulsa Metro is growing----but just not as fast.
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