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2:28 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

National School Choice Week is Underway

National School Choice Week is underway for the fifth year running.

Shelby Tankersley with the National School Choice Week organization says their mission is to help parents choose the best option for their children from an array of choices.

"Those education options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, home schools and private schools," Tankersley said.

It’s not, however, about pushing one type of school over others.

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1:43 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

AG Asks Supreme Court to Stay Three Executions

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Attorney General Scott Pruitt wants the U.S. Supreme Court to stay three executions until the death row inmates’ lawsuit is resolved.

Richard Glossip, John Grant and Benjamin Cole’s deaths have been scheduled, but Pruitt’s press secretary Will Gattenby said this is a necessary step.

"It is important that the attorney general act in order to best serve the interests of the victims of these horrific crimes and the state's obligation to ensure justice in each and every case," Gattenby said.

The lawsuit centers on Oklahoma’s use of the sedative midazolam.

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12:34 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Gas Leak Sends Blackwell Students to Hospital

The Blackwell High School in Kay County
Credit Blackwell Schools

BLACKWELL, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Blackwell say a gas leak in a school gymnasium has sent 35 students and three faculty members to the hospital.

Officials say the leak occurred in the high school practice gymnasium in the Kay County community about 9 a.m. as the middle school boys basketball team and varsity cheer squad were practicing. Some students began to feel sick and a couple of students passed out in the shower area.

The students and faculty members were taken to Blackwell Regional Hospital and administered oxygen. All are expected to recover.

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10:54 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Oklahoma Could Halt Executions for Supreme Court Drug Review

The Oklahoma death chamber
Credit Oklahoma-DOC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious.

Rather than stop the executions itself, Oklahoma took the unusual step Monday of asking justices for a stay. Oklahoma wants the right to resume executions if it finds a different suitable drug.

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6:58 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Report Shows Newborns Testing Positive for Drugs in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services says hospitals in the state are reporting an increasing number of newborns who tested positive for drugs or alcohol at birth.

The Oklahoman reports the agency listed 375 addicted newborns in the 12-months ending June 30th, the latest data available. Of those, 42 babies showed symptoms of withdrawal, which can include seizures, excessive crying, fever, sweating and vomiting.

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6:55 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Oklahoma Supreme Court to Decide Prague Earthquake Lawsuit

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has decided to consider whether two oil companies can be held liable for injuries a Prague woman suffered during a 2011 earthquake.

The lawsuit by Sandra Ladra of Prague is among dozens of lawsuits filed in the past several years across the country alleging oil and gas companies are responsible for earthquakes. Similar lawsuits seeking class-action status have been filed against energy companies in Arkansas and Texas.

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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Mon January 26, 2015

No New School Super Today

The Tulsa School Board is slowing its search for a new School Superintendent. It had been expected the board would announce a new leader for the Tulsa Public Schools during a meeting this evening.  However, the board changed its plans yesterday.

The board says tonight's meeting has been canceled and rescheduled for Wednesday. It will be an executive session, so most of the meeting will will closed to the public.  A news release says the board hopes to announce a new superintendent one-week from today on February 2nd.

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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In Tulsa's Morning News:

  • Volunteers will conduct a Tulsa homeless census this week.
  • School Board Officials delay the selection of a new school superintendent.
  • A state lawmaker want to reach independent voters.
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Local & Regional
6:15 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Fort Sill Dedicates its New Air Defense Training Facility

Brig. Gen. Christopher Spillman, Air Defense Artillery Schoolhouse commandant and Chief of the ADA, talks to media during the opening of the THAAD
Credit Fort Sill

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Officials at Fort Sill have dedicated the post's new Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense training facility.

The Lawton Constitution reports that U.S. Army dignitaries cut the ribbon on the new facility on Friday.

The THAAD air defense system intercepts ballistic missiles. The Patriot missile system is designed for short-range missiles, while THAAD is designed to defeat longer-range ballistic missiles from various threats around the globe.

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Local & Regional
6:03 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Tulsa Man Charged with Murder in Alleged Failed Robbery

Demario Bethany
Credit Tulsa County Jail

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 24-year-old Tulsan has been charged with first-degree felony murder in the shooting death of a man prosecutors say was the target of an armed robbery.

The charge was filed Friday against Demario Veshawn, who also was charged with attempted robbery with a firearm.

Prosecutors allege that Bethany used a .22-caliber revolver to fatally shoot 26-year-old Courtney Darnell Parks on December 29th.

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