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11:30 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Tornadoes, Hail Possible Across Southern Great Plains

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A National Weather Service forecaster says there is a slight chance that storms carrying large hail and tornadoes could hit parts of the Great Plains stretching from Nebraska, through Kansas, Oklahoma and North Texas.

Richard Thompson at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says tennis-ball-sized hail and tornados could form Wednesday afternoon. He says the storms will likely be widely spaced apart and that it's too early to tell how many are projected or where in the region they could hit.

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9:25 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Student Dead After Crashing into School Bus in Rogers County

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CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma troopers say a high school student has died after she crashed her SUV into a school bus filled with children.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman Dwight Durant says the woman died Wednesday morning in Rogers County near Claremore. She was a Sequoyah High School student.

The bus was carrying about 40 students but none were seriously injured or taken to the hospital.

Durant says the woman was driving in the rain when she lost control of her vehicle and drove into the path of the oncoming bus. Her identity hasn't been released.

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7:55 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Storms Roll Through Oklahoma Overnight

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Powerful thunderstorms roll over northeast Oklahoma overnight. The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning around 3 a.m. for people living in Creek County. This took place after weather radar indicated a possible tornado near Slick. There has been no indication that anything touched down.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for Tulsa, Wagoner and Okmulgee Counties. Winds were clocked at 60 mph near Kiefer. The storm was powerful but had very little thunder and lightning.

The only damage reported was to decorative trees and scattered trash can.

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7:48 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Tulsa Police Unit Involved in Fatal Crash

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A Tulsa Police officer is injured and a 44-year-old Miami woman was killed in a head-on crash near the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.

The crash took place last night, when Markarita Immy crossed the center line on Highway 266 in Rogers County. The woman's 2000 Chevy Suburban plowed  head-on into a pick-up and then a Tulsa Police SUV.

Five other people were injured in the crash.

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6:57 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Tulsa Morning News for Wednesday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Severe storms roll through Oklahoma overnight.
  • Governor Fallin signs the texting ban legislation.
  • A woman is killed in a crash with a Tulsa Police vehicle.
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3:41 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

State Senate Runner-Up Sets Her Sights on House Seat

Regina Goodwin announces she's running for Oklahoma's District 73 House seat Tuesday at the Greenwood Cultural Center. The seat was vacated by Kevin Williams, who bested Goodwin in last month's special Senate election.
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Last month’s runner up in a special state Senate election is running for a vacant House seat.

"We are here saying, 'You, me, the power of we — still standing for right,'" said Regina Goodwin at her campaign announcement today. "And we've got to run. And we, again, are going to leave it up to the people, and we're going to see what the people have to say as it relates to Tulsa, Okla., and District 73."

Goodwin lost by 302 votes to then-Rep. Kevin Matthews and is now among six candidates for his former office. Goodwin is encouraging young voters to get involved.

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3:31 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Parks Consolidation Moves Into Second Phase

A consulting firm will take a deeper look at combining Tulsa’s city and county park systems.

A three-month feasibility study will start by the beginning of June. City and county officials can decide when it wraps up whether to keep going forward.

Terry Simonson with the sheriff’s office has been involved in the consolidation process from the beginning. He said his reading of the laws surrounding a combined park system means a city-county park commission would be created.

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12:26 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Firefighters Suspect Arson after Tulsa Business Blaze

Teter Sweeper is just east of 11th and Utica.
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa firefighters say a blaze that consumed a midtown vacuum store was intentionally set.

Firefighters were called out around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning to the Teter Sweepers business after witnesses reported seeing smoke as far as one mile away. Responders were able to contain the fire in about 20 minutes.

Fire Capt. Chad Meyer tells the Tulsa World that fires were set in multiple areas of the building but didn't say what started them. He says the building is a complete loss.

No injuries were reported.

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12:12 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Judges: Proposed Budget Cuts Could Close Court Records Site

The OSCN website

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma judges say proposed budget cuts could close a popular website that allows the public easy access to court records.

The Oklahoman reports www.oscn.net is viewed more than 500,000 times a day by lawyers, judges, news organizations, businesses, landlords and others.

The free Internet website provides information about civil, criminal, probate, small claims and divorce cases at 18 courthouses, as well as the appeals court at the Capitol.

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12:00 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Oklahoma Businesses, Nonprofits Seek Halt to Tax Cut

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the state facing a $611 million budget hole, more than 90 Oklahoma businesses, foundations and nonprofit agencies are asking the governor and Republican legislative leaders to halt a scheduled income tax cut.

The Oklahoma Policy Institute delivered a letter Tuesday to Gov. Mary Fallin, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman and House Speaker Jeff Hickman.

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