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A recent investment by an Oklahoma foundation is helping animals displaced by devastating flooding in Louisiana.

The Kirkpatrick Foundation helped fund a 50-foot, 15-ton rescue truck for American Humane’s rescue team. Randall Collins with American Humane said they’re mainly working in Livingston Parish, where three in four homes have been destroyed.

"What we've been doing is search and rescue to find those animals, bring them back, get them veterinary care that they need and try to reunify them with their owners, their loved ones, their families," Collins said.

KWGS News

On October 1st, the renovated Tulsa Central Library will reopen. The $55 million, three-year,  project is nearly complete. Library Director Gary Shaffer says that means the'Librarium' in the old Safeway/Homeland store downtown will be closing.

Governor Fallin

 

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed election proclamations that place five state questions on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Fallin signed the proclamations on Tuesday ahead of Friday's deadline for the governor to complete paperwork for the general election ballot.

Juvenile Injured in Tulsa Hit-and-Run

Aug 23, 2016
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A juvenile is in critical condition after being struck by a pick-up last night in south Tulsa.

The Tulsa Police Department says it happened as the youngster was walking near 81st and South Sheridan.

The crash happened about dusk. The driver of the pick-up truck fled the scene after knocking the boy some 50-feet. 

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The final roster of candidates for this fall's general election will be decided when Oklahomans choose party nominees for seats in the state House and Senate and a congressional seat in central Oklahoma.

Registered Democrats will choose between former state Sen. Al McAffrey and retired university professor Tom Guild in Tuesday's runoff for their party's nomination in the 5th Congressional District. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

AUDIO: More Students... Fewer Teachers

Aug 23, 2016
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The Oklahoma State School Board Association says Oklahoma is facing a crisis. Schools are facing more students and fewer teachers.

Association Executive Director Shawn Hime says the state is facing a teacher shortage. He says over 2,000 teachers have either had their jobs eliminated, left the profession or fled the state for more money.

Just across the Red River, a teacher can make $20,000 a year more than in Oklahoma. He says young teachers can not pass up that money.   

 

Every Oklahoma motorist will pay an additional $5 beginning later this month for a new license plate that features the outline of the state bird — a scissortail flycatcher — on a blue background.

Gov. Mary Fallin unveiled the new license plate during a press conference with state officials on Monday. The new plates cost the state about $2.05 to produce. Most of the additional revenue will go into a newly created State Public Safety Fund that will be available for the Legislature to spend to "support public safety" in the state.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma faces a teacher shortage.
  • A Vinita teen is accused of killing his step-mother.
  • This is election day in Oklahoma.

A company donates backpacks filled with school supplies to homeless kids staying in the Tulsa County shelter. County Social Services Director Linda Johnston says the donation was a surprise to the children and to the employees at the shelter. Employees from Bob Moore Auto just showed up with the backpacks before the first day of school and dropped them off for the children.

Johnston says it’s a struggle every year to find supplies for the shelter kids, so the unexpected donation is ‘greatly appreciated’.

OutdoorsOK.com

 

Oklahoma State University is set to conduct a study on the impact of the number of people and boats on the popular Illinois River.

The Tulsa World reports that the Grand River Dam Authority approved the study to be carried out by the university's geography department last week.

The authority's vice president for scenic rivers and water quality, Ed Fite, says the last time the river's carrying capacity was analyzed was in the 1990s.

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