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4:42 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Know Before You Go; Check Weather Conditions Here

Here is your one stop location for information you need concerning our winter weather threat in Green Country.

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3:56 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Measure Allowing Sale of Refrigerated High-Point Beer Heads to Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Senate panel has passed a measure that would allow liquor stores to sell refrigerated, high-point beer.

Senate Bill 383 by Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, advanced from the Senate Business and Commerce Committee by a vote of 10-0 and heads to the Senate.

Bice was asked if the measure would create an unequal playing field because some liquor stores couldn't afford to put in refrigeration equipment.

Liquor stores choosing to refrigerate high-point beer could charge more for the product to cover their costs, she said.

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3:46 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

City Councilors Ask for Tulsa Public Education Update

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City councilors this week asked local leaders in education what Tulsa can do to help bolster public education.

CAP Tulsa Executive Director Steven Dow told them data CAP collected shows kids in the city’s poorest families are less prepared for kindergarten, setting the stage for academic struggle later.

"And so, as a community, when we think about investing our limited resources, investing those during the earliest years and in those children who are coming from the lowest-income households is where we're going to get the greatest return for our dollar," Dow said.

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3:25 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Second Tulsa Public Safety Summit Looks at Domestic Violence

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After 12 murders last year were linked to domestic violence, it was the topic of a Tulsa public safety summit today.

Several law enforcement agencies and victim services groups were represented. Mayor Dewey Bartlett said he was surprised to hear how often domestic violence turns into homicide, especially when drugs or alcohol are involved.

"We can't just walk away from it," Bartlett said. "We have to deal with it very directly and very harshly, but also do it in a way that it doesn't become a recurring problem."

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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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