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1:13 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Snowy Weekend in Green Country

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The National Weather Service says snow is likely through out much of eastern Oklahoma this afternoon through the weekend.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain are all in the forecast.  The service issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for portions of eastern Oklahoma. However, Tulsa is not covered in the advisory.

City Crews in Tulsa are ready to respond to any road related problems. ODOT says it will also be ready to respond.

Broken Arrow plans to initiate snow operations this Saturday, unless the weather dictates otherwise.

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12:44 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Anti-Islamic Protesters Shout at Muslims at Oklahoma Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Muslims coming to the state Capitol to learn more about their government are being met by about two dozen anti-Islamic protesters.

The state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations expected more than 100 people to attend Friday's event designed to foster civic participation by Oklahoma Muslims.

Some protesters shouted anti-Islamic rhetoric at visitors outside the building's north entrance. Others held signs with inflammatory anti-Muslim language.

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12:42 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

BIA's Indian Child Welfare Act Guideline Revision Applauded

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Cherokee Nation leaders are lauding a guideline revision that could have impacted a bitter custody case in 2013.

The BIA's new guidelines prioritize early intervention — with services designed to prevent Native children from being removed from their homes.

The new guidelines also give state courts direction on how to locate family and tribal members for placement if a Native child can no longer safely remain in his or her own home.

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9:12 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Oklahoma Education Board Okays Sugary Snack Sales in Schools

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma education officials say students can continue to sell snack foods in schools despite concerns that the fundraisers contribute to health problems.

State Board of Education members Thursday granted schools the ability to set local exemptions to a 2010 federal law that limits the sale of foods high in sugar or salt at schools. The board previously allowed a limited number of fundraiser exemptions per school.

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9:01 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Oklahoma Forestry Services Sets Tree Sales Across the State

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Forestry Services is planning to hold its annual sale of tree seedlings in nearly 20 communities across the state next month.

Tree seedlings that have been sold at the state nursery since October will now be taken on the road. Seedlings will be sold directly from a refrigerated truck with forestry staff on hand to help customers.

The seedlings grown at the Oklahoma Forestry Services State Nursery located south of Norman are from local seed sources that are selected because they perform well in the Oklahoma environment.

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8:55 am
Fri February 27, 2015

HUD Awards Tulsa Housing Authority More than $350,000

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding the Tulsa Housing Authority a $352,293 grant to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents find jobs and homes.

The funding announced Thursday can also link the elderly and the disabled with supportive services that allow them to maintain independent living. 

The grant award is part of $36 million distributed nationwide. 

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8:53 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Tulsa Police Investigate Shooting, Crash at Laundromat

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police are investigating the injury of a man whose van was shot before it crashed into a laundromat.

Police Corporal Kevin Warne says officers have received conflicting stories about what happened early Friday morning.

Police say the driver was taken to an area hospital with unspecified head injuries that are not life threatening. They say two children in the van weren't injured.

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6:50 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Residents could vote on 'Water in the River' this October.
  • A fire near Sperry destroys a home as fire-fighters are forced to retreat.
  • Senator Inhofe has a new weapon in his  Climate Change fight; a snow-ball.
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3:56 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

State Legislature Moves Toward Constitutional Convention

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Both chambers of the Oklahoma legislature are preparing the state for a constitutional convention.

The Senate Rules Committee passed Sen. Rob Standridge’s bill to establish how delegates would be selected.

"Two delegates will be appointed by majority vote of the House of Representatives, and two will be appointed by majority vote of the Senate," Standridge said. "And one shall be appointed by receiving a majority vote of all members elected."

The bill passed 8–5. Standridge assured committee members other states can’t pull a fast one by sending more delegates.

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3:44 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Voters Could See Dam Proposal in October

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Some Tulsa County residents could vote on a “water in the river” proposal in October.

The Arkansas River task will get designs and cost estimates by May 1, hold public meetings in June and finalize the proposal in July. Task force chair G.T. Bynum said he wants it on the ballot for Oct. 13.

"If we hold a standalone vote on the river in October, that then allows us to consider the outcome of that vote as it relates to any other further Vision renewal," Bynum said.

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