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6:42 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Educators rally at the Oklahoma Capitol.
  • Work begins on Oklahoma's first Costco store.
  • A man and woman are murdered in a Bristow motel.
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1:15 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Educators Flood the State Capitol

One on the many signs for lawmakers to see.
KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thousands of educators, parents and schoolchildren are rallying at the state Capitol seeking a boost in funding for public schools and a reduction in the number of state-mandated tests.

Wearing T-shirts from their hometown schools, attendees wandered the halls of the Capitol and congregated outside legislators' offices to talk about the importance of more funding for schools.

A similar rally held last year drew an estimated 25,000 people.

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12:10 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Double Murder at Bristow Motel

Carolyn Inn is on Route 66 and the Turner Turnpike exit ramp
Credit Google Street View

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist Bristow Police in a double homicide.

The bodies of a man and a woman were found inside a room at the Carolyn Motel on Sunday. The motel is located at the junction of I-44 and Route 66 in Bristow.

Officials are not saying how the two died, but have confirmed it is a homicide. The man was near 20 years old and the female believed to be closer to 30.

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10:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Tulsa School Bus in Head On Crash

Reporters were made to stay a block away as emergency personnel treated the patients and investigated the crash.
Credit KWGS News

Seven people are rushed to the hospital after a car slams into a Tulsa Public School bus, head-on, about 8:30 Monday morning.

The crash took place on a bridge at  42nd Street North and Lewis Avenue. Six of the injured were students on the bus. They were transported to the hospital by EMSA. The seventh person hurt was the driver of the car, that apparently crossed the center line, and hit the on-coming bus.

Tulsa Public Schools spokesman Chris Payne says the students were being transported to the McLain Junior High facility, a little over a mile away.

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7:49 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Church Goes On Despite Tornado Damage

The Keystone Hills Baptist Church.
Credit NWS

Sunday church service was held yesterday, as normal, at the Keystone Hills Baptist Church. But that was about the only thing that was normal.

The church was heavily damaged by last Wednesday night's tornado that roared through the area with 135-mph winds. The E-F-2 tornado did considerable damage to the sanctuary of the church which is on New Pure Road just northeast of Keystone Dam.

The service yesterday was held in the church's gym.

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6:58 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Thousands of Educators Expected at Oklahoma Teacher Rally

Last year's rally at OKC
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the second consecutive year, thousands of teachers from across Oklahoma plan to converge on the state Capitol to ask state lawmakers to appropriate more taxpayer dollars to public education.

Monday's rally is being spearheaded by the Oklahoma Education Coalition, a public school advocacy umbrella group. And participants will bring a laundry list of needs they want state lawmakers to address, including a long-term plan to improve teacher compensation, more resources for public school classrooms and increased instructional time.

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6:51 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Monday Morning's Local News

In the local news:

  • Educators and their supporters head to a massive state rally at the Oklahoma Capitol.
  • Governor Fallin is pleased with the legislative session so far.
  • The Tulsa Metro is growing----but just not as fast.
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9:47 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Missouri Man Dies after Being Run Over by Train in Oklahoma

Fairland Police Badge
Credit Fairland Police

FAIRLAND, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Missouri man was killed when he was run over by a train that he apparently had fallen off of near Fairland.

The OHP said Saturday that 33-year-old Jesse Lloyd Bingaman of Springfield, Missouri, was found lying between two sets of tracks after being spotted by the crew of a train headed east.

The patrol says it appears Bingaman had been riding on a westbound train that had passed through the area earlier and that he apparently fell off and underneath the westbound train.

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9:39 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Father, Son Escape Injury when Boat Explodes on Lake Texoma

Lake Texhoma
Credit Lake-Texhoma.net

DURANT, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a man and his young son escaped injury when the boat they were on exploded on Lake Texoma in southern Oklahoma.

The OHP says 35-year-old Eric Henry and 2-year-oild Huck Henry — both from Caddo — were thrown from the vessel when it exploded in more than 40 feet of water on Friday afternoon.

The patrol says both were wearing flotation devices and were rescued from the water by another boater.

Investigators say the cause of the explosion has not been determined.

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9:36 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Oklahoma Measles Patient Went Through Will Rogers Airport

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A person in Oklahoma with measles traveled through Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and may have exposed others to the virus.

The state Health Department said Friday the infected person lives in Stillwater and has the first confirmed case of measles in Oklahoma since 1997.

The airport said in a news release that the person was a passenger on a United Airlines Flight from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport that arrived at 9:30 p.m. on March 12th. The person went to the United baggage claim area.

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