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2:01 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

OU, TU Share Grant to Improve Oklahomans' Heart Health

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The University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa have received a $15 million federal grant to help prevent heart disease and strokes among Oklahomans.

The universities will establish a cooperative to help improve heart health.

"There are physicians all across Oklahoma — especially in small communities, and in rural communities and private practice — who will be part of this infrastructure that will change the quality of heart care in the state of Oklahoma," said OU President David Boren.

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1:50 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Watching the Water at Keystone

School officials sand-bag the doors at a Mannford School
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is keeping a close watch on Lake Keystone. Water is flowing into the lake 10-times faster than what is being released from the dam.

It is an effort to avoid Arkansas River flooding from Tulsa to Muskogee. The lake’s flood pool is now at 75-percent capacity. That is causing water to back-up in Mannford. The Corps’ Kent Dunlap says they have been through this before.

                  

The Mannford Schools have started sand bagging.  Many lake recreation areas and marinas are cut off by highwater. More rain is in the forecast

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1:05 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Sand Springs Finally Gets Aquatics Play for Its Parks

Ground is broken for a new Super Splash Pad at River City Park.
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Sand Springs is the only Tulsa suburb without an aquatics feature in any of its’ city parks. That will soon no longer be the case. Ground is broken today for a new Super splash pad in Sand Springs River City Park. Director of Parks Grant Gerondale says it features something unique, a large dumping bucket with hundreds of gallons of water that gives a Tsunami effect, one of only three in the state.

A G-O bond and the Rotary Club funded the Super splash, located next to an area recently damaged by a March tornado. A second splash pad is being built in Pratt-Civitan Park.   

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Local & Regional
9:25 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Your Homework Assignment from New Tulsa Superintendent

Deborah Gist
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In preparation for the creation of a new 5-year strategic plan, Superintendent Designee Deborah Gist and the TPS Board are reaching out to teachers, students, parents and community members to provide feedback about opportunities for the district’s future.  Today TPS released an online survey available at www.tulsaschools.org

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7:05 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Record Rainfall, Flooding Takes Toll on Oklahoma Roads

Road bed washed away by flooding near Pryor
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Record-smashing rainfall and torrential flooding that has hammered Oklahoma this month has likely caused tens of millions of dollars' worth of damage to roads and bridges in the state, although official estimates won't be available for weeks.

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6:58 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Oklahoma State University gets $8 Million Donation for New Building

OSU Health Science in Tulsa
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation has donated $8 million for the construction of a new academic building at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa.

Tulsa media outlets report Oklahoma State officials announced the donation Tuesday. The new 84,000-square-foot building, which will be named after the foundation, will cost $45 million and include a hospital simulation center, clinical skills lab, exam rooms, and classroom and meeting space.

Construction is expected to begin later this year and be completed by fall 2017.

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6:54 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Lankford to Host Indian Affairs Hearing in Anadarko

Senator Lankford
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ANADARKO, Okla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. James Lankford will lead a meeting of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Anadarko.

The field hearing will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Anadarko High School auditorium.

Entitled "Advancing Economic Success in Indian Country," the hearing will be focused on business success stories of both tribes and Native American business owners.

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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Wednesday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Flooding stops barge traffic in and out of the Tulsa Port.
  • Bids are sought for the review of the Tulsa Sheriff's Office.
  • A man is in jail after leaving his car on the rail road tracks in West Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
2:34 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

President Barack Obama Signs Oklahoma Disaster Declaration

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for areas of Oklahoma affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding in early May.

The declaration signed Tuesday makes federal funding available to individuals whose property was damaged in storms in Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma counties May 5–10.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

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Local & Regional
2:14 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Port of Catoosa at Near Standstill After Heavy Rains

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More rain over the holiday weekend means faster flowing rivers, which is a problem at the Port of Catoosa.

"Basically, the flows are so strong that all tow boats are tied off for the present time. No tows are moving," said Director Bob Portiss. "And they won't until these river flows subside. It's just simply not a safe situation."

Tow boats help bring barges into and out of the port. Around 30 loaded barges are stuck waiting to enter or leave the port.

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