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7:02 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Texas Teenagers Arrested at Sapulpa Motel

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SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma authorities have arrested two Texas teenagers wanted in the fatal shooting of a 66-year-old woman.

Sapulpa police say the 17-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy surrendered without incident Thursday night at a motel. Authorities say they tracked the pair by using the victim's credit card.

The Lamar County, Texas, Sheriff's Office says the victim was found Thursday at a home near Paris, Texas. They say her cards and car had been stolen. The district attorney has issued warrants for the teens, who will be extradited back to Texas.

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6:58 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Ex-Tulsa Officer Ordered to Trial for Murder of Daughter's Boyfriend

Shannon Kepler
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Tulsa police officer has been ordered to stand trial on a charge that he killed his daughter's boyfriend.

The Tulsa World reported that a judge on Thursday bound 54-year-old Shannon Kepler over for trial on a first-degree murder charge, along with two counts of shooting with intent to kill.

Police say Kepler shot Jeremey Lake to death last August. Prosecutors say Kepler also fired shots at his own daughter, Lisa Kepler, and Lake's brother. Lisa Kepler had recently been kicked out of her house.

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6:56 am
Fri December 19, 2014

2 States Challenge Colorado Marijuana Legalization

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday that the states are seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing a measure that was approved by voters in 2012. Bruning says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is also a party to the lawsuit.

The complaint alleges that Colorado's Amendment 64 runs afoul of federal law.

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6:52 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Governor says the state can handle a predicted revenue shortfall.
  • A surplus Tulsa fire station is sold to OSU.
  • A former Tulsa Police officer will stand trial.
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3:53 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

4 More Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Oklahoma

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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
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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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