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3:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Food on the Move Launches to Fight Hunger in Tulsa

Volunteers hand out free produce Tuesday at Food on the Move's first event in Tulsa.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

An initiative to raise awareness about food challenges in Tulsa kicked off today with an event at Tulsa Community College.

Food on the Move is a collaboration involving Iron Gate soup kitchen, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Tulsa Health Department and other partners. The idea is to bring food to people who need it.

Food bank director Eileen Bradshaw said a pay-what-you-can food truck event at TCC’s northeast campus was a good first step.

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3:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Sand Springs Leaders Break Ground on Two New Developments

Spring Lake Municipal Complex is one of two developments Sand Springs city officials broke ground on Tuesday morning. The project is west of 129th West Avenue at 46th Street, and it will house the city's public works and maintenance departments.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

City leaders in Sand Springs broke ground this morning on two new multimillion dollar developments.

One of the projects is the Spring Lake Municipal Complex off 129th West Avenue at 46th Street. The $7.7 million project is at an old rock quarry, and Mayor Mike Burdge said it will house Sand Springs’ public works and maintenance departments.

"There's some people that own property over there. They weren't too happy about, but, you know, there's just not any place to put something like that," Burdge said. "We didn't have anything that we had that we could use for that."

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12:58 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Cherokees Announce New Casino for Oklahoma

Credit KWGS File photo

SOUTH COFFEYVILLE, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation's entertainment division has scheduled the start of construction on its newest casino project in Oklahoma.

Groundbreaking is Wednesday for the Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville — located along Highway 169 just south of the Kansas border.

The new 17,000-square-foot property will offer 300 electronic games, a bar and dining at a 50-seat restaurant, among other amenities.

Construction is expected to take six months.

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12:51 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Guard Choppers Surrounded by Foam

With temperatures near 100-degrees, several Oklahoma National Guard helicopters appear to be snowed-in this afternoon. It is not a mirage. Rather than snow, that white stuff is a fire suppressant.

The suppressant accidently discharged from a hangar at the guard’s helicopter base along Highway 169 at 46th Street North. The foam filled the hangar and then spread onto the flight line.

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6:53 am
Tue August 26, 2014

It Is Election Day: Run-Off Races To Be Decided

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democrats and Republicans in Oklahoma will be making their choices for nominees in various primary runoff elections.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. across the state for Tuesday's runoff.

In Tulsa County, a new district attorney will be selected. No Democrat filed for the office, so the winner of today's GOP run-off will win the seat.

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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • Four people, including two children, are found dead in a Tulsa apartment.
  • This is election day in Oklahoma. Run-off elections will be decided.
  • The Tulsa Port of Catoosa holds a job fair later today.
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5:32 am
Tue August 26, 2014

4 Found Dead in Suspected Murder-Suicide in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Four people, including two young children, have been shot to death in a Tulsa apartment and authorities say they're investigating the case as a triple murder-suicide. A 2-year-old child was discovered unharmed.

Tulsa police say a 35-year-old man fatally shot his estranged wife, their 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son before shooting himself.

Police say the shootings happened after the wife, who was 22-years-old, dropped off their children at his apartment Monday. She returned later that day with her roommate's 2-year-old daughter.

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3:53 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Local Researchers Take New Approach to Treating PTSD

The University of Tulsa Institute for Trauma, Adversity and Injustice (TITAN) will study the benefits of treating sleep problems and nightmares in tandem with traditional posttraumatic stress disorder therapy.

Nearly 8 million Americans suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychologists at a local institute believe they’ve found a better way to treat it, and they have backing from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology in the form of a six-figure grant.

The typical course of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder involves nine to 12 sessions with a therapist.

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3:23 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Sports Commission Announces New Route, Beneficiaries for 2014 Tulsa Run

Ray Hoyt (right) with VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission speaks at a news conference announcing the Tulsa Run's new course and 2014 beneficiaries. Tulsa Federal Credit Union President and CEO Greg Gallant, Tulsa Boys Home Executive Director and CEO Gregg Conway, and race director Heath Aucoin (left) also spoke.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The course for this year’s Tulsa Run is going to look different.

With construction on the Gathering Place starting next month, the Tulsa Run gets off Riverside this year. Runners in the 15K race will go south out of downtown, hit Cherry Street and go through midtown. Race director Heath Aucoin said this course may be more challenging.

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1:54 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Tulsa County Commissioners Okay Pay Hikes

All eight elected Tulsa County leaders are getting pay hikes.
Credit Tulsa County

Following up on action by the budget board, Tulsa County Commissioners today okay pay hikes for elected leaders, including themselves. The move gives eight county officials a salary boost of more than two thousand dollars annually to $104,498. Only John Smaligo’s deputy on behalf of his boss, voted against the hike. The deputy for Karen Keith and Commission Chairman Ron Peters voted yes. Peters says he feels like the increases are deserved, considering the work load and comparable salaries in the private sector. The pay hikes are retroactive to July 1st.

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