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3:53 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

4 More Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Oklahoma

Credit File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health is reporting four more deaths due to influenza in the state.

The department said Thursday that six people have now died as a result of the flu during the season that began Sept. 28. Each person who died was 65-years-old or older.

Two of the deaths were reported in Garfield County and one each in Carter, Oklahoma, Payne, and Stephens counties.

Nearly 140 people have also been hospitalized due to the flu.

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3:02 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Mayor Presents Streets, Traffic Portions of Public Safety Proposal

Credit City of Tulsa

Mayor Bartlett presented the streets and traffic portions of his public safety proposal to city councilors today.

Streets and Stormwater Director Roy Teeters said it’s clear how those areas tie in with public safety.

"All the traffic — potential accidents caused from trying to dodge potholes and also pay attention to the red light," Teeters said. "Is it yellow and it's fixing to turn red? And I've got to dodge this pothole and make it through that intersection."

Tulsa has nearly 4,400 lane miles of streets and not many workers to maintain them.

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2:28 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

OSU Buys Old Fire Station

The closed fire station is at 17th and Phoenix
Credit KWGS News

Oklahoma State University was the high bidder for an old, surplus Tulsa fire station. The University out-bid several other people for the closed facility at 17th and South Phoenix.

The location is right across the street from the OSU West Tulsa Campus. The University's Eric Polak says the facility will be turned into a forensic laboratory for a master's program.

OSU paid $135,000 for the closed fire station.

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2:22 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Cherokee Nation Opens Tag Office Near Tulsa

The Cherokee Tag Office is in the I-44 Visitors Center
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation has opened a tag office in Tulsa as it makes its license plates available to its citizens across Oklahoma.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker says demand is up for Cherokee Nation license plates, so it was necessary to open a Tulsa office so it can deliver tags in a timely manner.

The tag office opened Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. It joins five others — at Adair, Collinsville, Jay, Sallisaw and Tahlequah. The new office is in the Cherokee Nation Welcome Center off  of I-44 at 161st East Avenue

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8:57 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Hearing for Ex-Tulsa Police Officer in Shooting

Shannon Kepler
Credit Tulsa County Booking Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Tulsa police officer charged with killing his daughter's boyfriend is due back in court.

Court records show a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Tulsa County District Court for 54-year-old Shannon Kepler.

Kepler is charged with first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill in the Aug. 5 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremy Lake. Kepler has pleaded not guilty.

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8:52 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Revenue Up Enough for a Tax Cut But Not Enough to Avoid Budget Cuts

Preston Doerflinger talks to reporters at the state capitol
Credit State Impact-Oklahoma

Revenue is up enough for a tax cut, but state lawmakers will have nearly $300 million dollars less to spend next year. That is the word from State Finance Director Preston Doerflighter.

Doerflinger announced Wednesday the estimate for general revenue fund collections for the upcoming fiscal year is about $60 million more than the estimate made in February 2013, thus triggering the cut.

A seven-member board led by Governor Mary Fallin will meet Thursday to certify the final figures.

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7:04 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Oklahoma Receives $2 Million Grant for Health Care

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state of Oklahoma has received a $2 million dollar grant to improve the quality and affordability of health care.

The state had applied for the State Innovation Model grant in July.

Beginning Feb. 1, 2015, the state will begin a 12-month project to design a model that will improve health system performance, increase quality of care and decrease costs of health care.

State Secretary of Health and Human Services and Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline says the focus will be on community health systems.

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6:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • State Revenue will be short by $300 Million, but a tax cut will still take place.
  • A jail fee agreement is signed by county leaders.
  • 2 surplus Tulsa fire stations will be auctioned today.
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2:52 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Commissioners Pass Jail Agreement Amendment

Credit Tulsa County

Tulsa County commissioners approve an amendment to their jail agreement with the city.

Commissioner Ron Peters said it’s an extension of the existing agreement, which expired Oct. 31.

"To ensure that the City of Tulsa receives uninterrupted service at the jail and while simultaneously protecting the county, which is currently accepting prisoners without an agreement, we are retroactively extending the agreement to Nov. 1," Peters said.

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2:05 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Broken Arrow Chamber Official Killed in Crash

Michaelena Taylor was the Vice President of the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Broken Arrow Chamber

Broken Arrow Police have identified the woman killed in an overnight car crash on 81st Street in Wagoner County. The victims has been identified as 43-year-old Michealena Taylor.

Taylor was the Vice President of the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce . She was in charge of Governmental Affairs.

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