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Where you live in Tulsa County may play a role in determining how long you live.

The Tulsa Health Department looked at life expectancy data from 2002 and from 2013. Then they did an Economic Hardship Index analysis. The index includes measures such as crowded housing, population living in poverty and low educational attainment, among others.

There’s a significant trend.



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Family and supporters of a condemned Oklahoma death row inmate have delivered more than 250,000 online petitions to Oklahoma's governor, urging her to grant a 60-day stay of execution.

Richard Eugene Glossip is to be executed Sept. 16 for his role in the 1997 beating death of a motel owner, but Glossip's supporters maintain he is innocent.


Law agencies in Tulsa County come together to try and end impaired driving this Labor Day weekend. Attending an announcement of a countywide crackdown with sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols is ‘Doc’ Livingston with Victims Impact of Oklahoma. His son is serving 40 years in prison after killing a man while driving drunk. ‘Doc’ says two men lost their lives that day, the victim killed in the crash, and his son, who ‘threw his life away.’

The holiday weekend ENDUI enforcement effort begins Friday and runs through Monday.

Health Conditions in North Tulsa Improve

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Life expectancy is one of the most fundamental measures of the health of a community, and where you live can determine how long you live.

In 2000, the life expectancy among Tulsa County residents varied by as much as 13.8 years: the life expectancy for residents of 74126 in north Tulsa was 66.8, compared to that of 74137 in south Tulsa, which boasted 80.6 years. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the FBI still possesses more than a dozen guns belonging to Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols.

Nichols petitioned a federal judge in July, asking that the guns be turned over to his ex-wife because he owes child support. Nichols argues that guns "had no part" in the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people.

In a report filed Tuesday in federal court in Denver, prosecutors say the FBI has 13 of Nichols' guns and that they're willing to have discussions with Nichols to resolve the issue.

A Health Advisory for a Green Country School

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A possible, and we stress the word, 'possible', case of viral meningitis has been reported in the Verdigris School District.

The Rogers County health Department has been notified. A statement on the district’s website says they are take preventive steps in cleaning the schools.

Viral meningitis is not as serious as the bacterial form.  Here is a link to the statement from the school district

In the local news:

  • The TPS begins mapping out the next five years.
  • A health advisory for the Verdigris Schools.
  • The closed Wal-Mart at Admiral and Memorial is set to reopen.

The Admiral and Memorial Walmart will reopen sometime this fall.

"Plumbing repairs and store upgrades are still ongoing, [but] our goal is to begin serving customers by late October or early November," said Walmart spokeswoman Erica Jones.

The east Tulsa store and four other Walmart Supercenters across the country closed suddenly on the same day in April. At the time, the company said the stores had plumbing problems that would take at least six months to fix.

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Science, technology, engineering and math education in Tulsa is set for a boost.

The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance is among 27 picked for a new national program. Tulsa Program Director Xan Black says the STEM Ecosystems Initiative includes newer and older groups, and the goal is to share information.

Thursday night is the first of nine community forums to help shape Tulsa Public Schools’ new five-year plan.

Those who attend will be asked to consider the district’s previous five-year plans as well as its future needs. Everything is on the table, from facilities to teacher recruitment.

Superintendent Deborah Gist recently asked for Vision funding for teacher housing. She said the idea has come up at every district event so far.