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9:55 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Storms hit Power Grid

Crews work to restore utility services in Bartlesville.
Credit American Red Cross-Tulsa

Thunderstorms overnight and this morning have caused problems to the power grid in northeastern Oklahoma.  Strong winds and lightning have knocked out power across portions of Washington, Tulsa, Wagoner, Oklmulgee and Okfuskee Counties.

The Bartlesville area in Washington County seems to be the hardest hit. To check the power outages in your area click here

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8:44 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Thunderstorm Clogs Tulsa's Morning Rush

Heavy rain slows inbound traffic on Highway 75 in West Tulsa.
Credit O-Dot Traffic Camera

A line of thunderstorms swept into Tulsa just before 8 a.m. dumping heavy rain and snarling the morning rush hour. The National Weather Service issued an Urban Stream Advisory because of the heavy rain.

The Tulsa Police Department went to Operation Slick Streets and the rain related wrecks stacked up. At one point had 10-different accidents being investigated at the same time.

Lightning strikes had the fire department and police department responding to numerous alarm calls.

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7:08 am
Tue September 2, 2014

One Dead in Tulsa Police Shooting

Tulsa Police are sorting through the details following the fatal shooting of a man in northwest Tulsa this morning. It happened about 4:30 this morning, in a neighborhood near Highway 412 and the Gilcrease Museum Road.

Officer Jillian Roberson tells KWGS, that officers were dispatched to the scene and found a man with self-inflicted stab wounds.  She says officers tried to get the man to put down this knife. He ignored the commands and lunged at the officers. That is when three officers fired.

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7:03 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Storm Damage at Bartlesville

Storm Damage at Bartlesville
Credit American Red Cross-Tulsa

The Labor Day holiday weekend ends on a stormy note. Tornadoes were spotted in Osage and Craig Counties last night.

There is damage in Bartlesville. It appears to have been caused by straight line winds. Power is out in parts of the town. School at Bartlesville has been called off for today.

The American Red Cross is on the scene offering assistance to those with storm damage

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6:59 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Tuesday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • A man is shot and killed this morning by Tulsa Police.
  • Schools are closed at Bartlesville as the town picks up from overnight storm damage.
  • Republicans bring their campaigns to Tulsa later today.
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9:51 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Joint Fundraising Alleged in Probe of Campaign Activity

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Credit OETA

An affidavit filed recently in Oklahoma County District Court contains claims that members of a high-profile political consulting firm and an independent "dark money" group improperly joined forces to demand donations to candidates and to the dark money group.

The search-warrant affidavit, written by the chief investigator for the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, was filed in court last week and is part of the office’s investigation into alleged campaign law violations.

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9:40 am
Mon September 1, 2014

St Francis to Open New Patient Tower this Week

The new tower at St. Francis
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A hospital in Tulsa will open a new eight-story patient tower and emergency center this week.

The Tulsa World reports that Saint Francis Hospital's biggest expansion in its history has been in the works for 12 years.

The $206 million, 450,000-square-foot project on the west side of the campus will provide 150 new beds in private rooms.

The area includes a pediatric emergency center with 25 treatment rooms, separate waiting rooms and entrances, and child-friendly lighting and decorations.

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9:16 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Widow Earns $503K in Workers' Compensation Case

File photo of Barnsdall Fire truck
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The widow and son of a Bartlesville man who died during firefighting training have been awarded more than $503,000 in federal and state death benefits despite testimony that the man never was really with any fire department.

The Oklahoman reports that Thomas Russell Topping died in 2008 after registering at a state training facility as a volunteer for the Barnsdall fire department. But Barnsdall's fire chief, Pete O'Dell, testified in workers' comp court that Topping wasn't actually a volunteer.

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9:11 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Bank Loans used to Collect Unpaid Medical Bills

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A health system with hospitals in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Wisconsin is working with a bank to offer interest-free loans to patients with unpaid medical bills.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that $6.5 million has been lent to about 4,000 patients since SSM Health Care inked a deal with Commerce Bank five months ago. Patients get the loans without undergoing credit checks and Commerce Bank receives a service fee.

The goal is to reduce the health system's bad debt, which grew from $157 million in 2012 to $204.7 million in 2013.

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9:08 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Wozniak, Forbes Among Speakers at OSU Series

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The co-founder of Apple Computer will be among the speakers coming to the state for the 2014 to 2015 Oklahoma State University's speaker series.

Steve Wozniak will be joined by Moira Forbes, president and publisher of Forbes Women, and New York Times columnist David Brooks at the series, which is presented by OSU"s Spears School of Business.

The speakers series showcases distinguished business, political and world leaders, authors and policymakers to the Oklahoma City and Tulsa business communities.

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