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Ground is Broken for A New Downtown Bank

Jun 15, 2018
Valley National Bank

Ground is broken for a new six story building downtown. It will become the home of Valley National Bank.

The facility will serve as the bank’s executive office as well as a banking facility. But, there will be more.

Retail shops will also occupy space on the ground floor and In The Raw will offer a roof top restaurant.

The facility will be directly across the street from the Oneok ball park.

Man Dead in Glenpool Crash

Jun 15, 2018
Glenpool Police

Glenpool Police officers are sorting through the details of a fatal crash on Highway 75. It happened just before daybreak near 171st Street South.

Police say a man apparently ran from the side of the roadway into oncoming traffic. He was struck by a pick-up and was dead at the scene.

The south-bound lanes were closed for most of this morning’s rush.

   

A new autopsy report says a 9-year-old Oklahoma girl who died after losing consciousness at school had an enlarged heart.

The Tulsa World reports that the state Medical Examiner's Office released its autopsy report Tuesday for Milagros Villalpando, known as Milly. The report lists the fourth-grader's cause of death as myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart, and the manner of death as natural.

Office spokeswoman Amy Elliott says Milly had no previous illnesses.

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It looks like you will be voting in November of how and where you get your eye exam. The Secretary of State has certified there are enough signatures to call a vote on modernizing Oklahoma’s optometry laws.

Supporters gathered over twice as many signatures than they needed to call for a vote. They submitted 255,000 signatures. They needed 123,000.

If approved, State Question 793 would allow big box stores, like WalMart and Target, to sell eye-ware. Most of other states already allow this.

In the local news:

  • A new law could benefit tribal residents and Oklahoma schools.
  • A gas line explosion sends five people to the hospital.
  • You could be voting on where you can get your next eye exam.

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An Oklahoma firefighter and four other people were injured in an explosion and fire that followed the rupture of a natural gas line in Tulsa.

Police say a tractor struck the gas line around 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the city's west side. A Tulsa Fire Department spokesman says an explosion and fire followed the rupture.

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Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is being met with protests deep in Trump country, as corn farmers and ethanol producers complain his support for oil and gas is hurting their industries.

Midwest corn farmers are showing their unhappiness in rallies, on billboards and at meetings as Pruitt tours farm states this week.

Corn farmers accuse Pruitt of waffling on a promise by President Donald Trump to boost use of ethanol in motor fuel.

It’s taking longer than anticipated to set up a citywide special taxing district to lure more tourists to Tulsa.

April 2017 was the original target for the tourism improvement district. Initial plans called for a 2.5 percent room tax on hotels with 50 rooms or more. That revenue would go toward marketing efforts like advertisements or conference attendance to boost tourism.

Before it goes to the city council for approval, the proposal needs support from a simple majority of those affected, which is around 100.

Cherokee Nation

Starting Aug. 2, Oklahoma school districts will be allowed to transfer surplus land to tribal housing authorities.

So far, those transactions could only happen with local governments or a state university.

"There are some school districts that had come to us over the years saying, 'We have surplus land, and the highest and best use of that would be affordable housing in our area,' and this just breaks down a barrier to accomplishing that," said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.

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Expensive travel; sending aides to find lotion, snacks and a Trump Hotel mattress; and giving some employees big raises while seemingly retaliating against others — Scott Pruitt’s conduct as EPA administrator is being noticed by Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe.

"Every day, something new comes up. So, I’ve kind of taken the position that if that doesn’t stop, I’m going to be forced to be in a position where I’m going to say, 'Well, Scott, you’re not doing your job,' Inhofe told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

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Part of the U.S. Air Force's recently grounded bomber fleet is currently undergoing maintenance at Oklahoma's Tinker Air Force Base.

The commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command ordered a "safety stand down" of all B-1B Lancers last week. The order comes after an emergency landing in Texas last month prompted an investigation revealing problems with the long-range bomber's ejection seats.

WIC Program Wants Performance Feedback

Jun 14, 2018
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The Oklahoma State Department of Health is soliciting comments from individuals regarding the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Input is needed for the State Plan of Program Operations for the 2019 Federal Fiscal Year. These comments must be received before July 31, 2018.

The Local News

Jun 14, 2018

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa City Council is briefed on the Amazon deal.
  • Verizon service is restored in Oklahoma.
  • A Tulsa brewery gets a top award... but not for its beer.

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The Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma will contribute to the U.S. Marshals Museum in Arkansas a statue of a native lighthorseman who worked with federal marshals to keep order in the Indian Territory.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the museum board voted Tuesday to accept the recommendation from the tribes' Intertribal Council for the statue by Dan HorseChief, a Cherokee-Pawnee artist.

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Customers of Oklahoma's largest electric utility could get a break on their electric bills next month under a settlement agreement reached between the company and state regulators.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced the $64 million rate reduction settlement agreement with Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. at a news conference on Tuesday. The agreement still must be approved by the three-member Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

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Oklahoma prison officials say an inmate on the state's death row has apparently taken his own life.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Matt Elliott said Wednesday that 35-year-old Jeremy Williams was found dead in his cell at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Authorities say members of the prison's staff discovered Williams' body while conducting a head count on death row at about 11:14 p.m. on Saturday.

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OWASSO, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor says police officers in a Tulsa suburb were justified when they fatally shot a man who authorities say threatened them with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Authorities say 39-year-old Duane Preciado was shot and killed March 21 in Owasso. Preciado carried the rifle as he met Owasso Officers Casey Lawson and Laura Lehner while they responded to requests for a welfare check. Authorities said Preciado was shot as he moved toward the officers while making threatening comments.

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The Oklahoma Department of Labor recognized Tulsa’s pioneering craft brewery Wednesday not for its beer, but for its way of doing business. 

Marshall Brewing Company received the Mark Costello Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, created by and renamed after the late Commissioner Costello. The award recognizes Oklahomans for expanding job opportunities in the state.

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Oklahoma officially ranks last in summer lunch participation for 2017, the same spot it held in 2016.

That’s according to the Food Research and Action Center’s review of programs to feed low-income kids last year in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report shows fewer than one in 20 kids eligible for free and reduced-price lunches received summer meals.

The ranking seems not to square with state figures released last fall saying participation was up 14 percent from 2016. FRAC’s report, however, looks only at July.

 

 

The Tulsa Zoo will close to the public on Friday, June 15, 2018, as zoo staff and volunteers prepare for the annual fundraising gala, WALTZ On The Wild Side. 

 

Standing for We All Love the Tulsa Zoo, WALTZ has been integral for funding some of the zoo’s most important exhibits, while offering guests a zoo transformed for an evening of fine cuisine from more than 40 area restaurants, libations, live music and unique animal encounters. 

 

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Health officials want military members and veterans in Oklahoma to listen to former smokers in a national stop-smoking campaign.

Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Executive Director John Woods said the state’s 32,000 active-duty personnel and 280,000 veterans smoke at a much higher rate than other Oklahomans.

Verizon Service Disrupted in Oklahoma

Jun 13, 2018
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If Verizon is your phone provider, you may have looked at your phone today and wondered. "What’s wrong with this thing?"

The answer was nothing.

The problem was on Verizon’s end. A cut fiber optic cable knocked out service in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City, as well as some other Oklahoma communities.

In an email to KWGS News, Verizon said:

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says one person was killed this morning on Highway 20, about half-way between Owasso and Claremore.

The crash took place at Keetonville Hill about 6 this morning. It is a two-lane highway at that point. The Patrol says a pick-up truck and a passenger car collided head-on.

A person in the car was killed.  The Limestone Fire Department and Owasso paramedics responded to the scene to assist the Highway Patrol. The roadway was shut down, both directions, at Keetonville while the Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

In the local news:

  • The lack of Medicaid expansion may hurt some Oklahoma poor.
  • A school bus wreck in northeast Tulsa leaves one person dead.
  • Two people are arrested in Tulsa County for kidnapping their Washington state son.

Suspected Kidnappers Arrested Here

Jun 13, 2018
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A multi-state crime spree comes to an end in Tulsa County. A couple from Fort Smith is in the Tulsa County Jail this morning.

In custody this morning are Scott and Stephanie Mitchell of Fort Smith. They are accused of abducting their biological son from guardians in Washington State. They were arrested separately in Owasso and Tulsa.

The five year-old boy is fine. They were also in the possession of a stolen vehicle, according to authorities. 

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A 17-year-old in Tulsa will soon learn whether his defense can use state funds to hire mental health experts ahead of a jury trial in a teacher's death and other crimes.

Deonte Green's defense team asked last month for a jury to evaluate whether he's legally competent to stand trial for first-degree murder in the October shooting of Shane Anderson, the reported rape of an elderly woman and many other felony counts.

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A hardy, invasive species of tick that survived a New Jersey winter and subsequently traversed the mid-Atlantic has mysteriously arrived in Arkansas. No one is sure how the Longhorned tick, native to East Asia, arrived in the country, nor how it made its way to the middle of the continent.

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State finance officials say collections to Oklahoma's main operating fund exceeded the monthly estimate by nearly 20 percent, a jump attributed largely to continued economic recovery.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services reported Tuesday that collections to the General Revenue Fund in May totaled nearly $500 million, about $82 million more than expected.

OMES Director Denise Northrup says lower-than-expected corporate and personal income tax refunds are partially responsible for the spike.

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A program to help food entrepreneurs in Tulsa is growing and making a new home in Mother Road Market.

Although the market won't open until at least August, Kitchen 66's area within it is ready for business. Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation Director of Food Innovation Adele Beasley said 2,800 square feet of commercial kitchen space is just one of the perks for up-and-coming restaurateurs, caterers, food trucks and packaged product makers.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State finance officials say collections to Oklahoma's main operating fund exceeded the monthly estimate by nearly 20 percent, a jump attributed largely to continued economic recovery.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services reported Tuesday that collections to the General Revenue Fund in May totaled nearly $500 million, about $82 million more than expected.

OMES Director Denise Northrup says lower-than-expected corporate and personal income tax refunds are partially responsible for the spike.

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