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7:37 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Women in Recovery Hosts Open House for New Facility in Tulsa

Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa County's Women in Recovery program is hosting an open house this week to showcase its new 20,000 square-foot location.

The event is Thursday and officials say the new building is nearly double the size of the previous location and has enough office and work space to serve more than 100 women, 200 children and program graduates.

Women in Recovery is a program that offers an alternative to prison for women who are nonviolent offenders with alcohol and drug addictions in Tulsa County.

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7:34 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Bacon Found Wrapped Around Edmond Mosque's Door Handles

Bacon wrapped door handles at the Edmond Mosque
Credit CAIR-Oklahoma

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma chapter of Council on American-Islamic relations wants state and federal law enforcement to investigate after bacon strips were found wrapped on the door handles of an Edmond mosque.

Edmond police received a report Sunday morning about bacon being left in the parking lot and entrance of the Islamic Society of Edmond. Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products.

Police say more information about the incident will be released Monday.

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Local & Regional
7:05 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa sales tax figures take a hit.
  • New figures showing little improvement in addressing Oklahoma's hunger issues.
  • A major waterline breaks are causing problems near 41st and Harvard and Pine and Garnett.
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Local & Regional
7:33 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Police: Gun-Wielding Man Shot, Killed by Sand Springs Police

Sand Springs Police car
Credit Sand Springs PD

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Police in Sand Springs say an officer shot and killed an armed man who rushed police with a gun pointed at the officer.

The names of the dead man and offices involved in the Saturday morning shooting were not immediately released.

Police say in a news release that officers were called shortly after 8 a.m. about a man firing a weapon in the backyard of his home. Police say the man refused orders to drop the weapon and instead said the gun was loaded and threatened officers as he went inside the home.

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7:30 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Rural Oklahoma Lawmakers Push 'Right-to-Farm' Measure

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has a reputation for agriculture that pre-dates statehood, but some rural lawmakers feel that tradition could come under fire from animal rights groups. They're proposing an amendment to the state constitution to ensure that doesn't happen.

Republican Representative Scott Biggs of Chickasha has introduced a so-called "Right to Farm" measure calling for a statewide vote on whether the right to farm and ranch in Oklahoma shall be "forever guaranteed." The bill is backed by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, a powerful lobbying force at the Capitol.

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7:28 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Oklahoma Republicans Oust Party Leader Despite their Success

Randy Brogdon of Owasso
Credit Brogdon campaign

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Republican Party ousted its chairman on Saturday. The move came despite the party's November election success in increasing its majority control of both chambers of the state Legislature, winning every statewide elected office, all five U.S. House and both U.S. Senate seats.

The party elected 61-year-old former state Senator Randy Brogdon as its new chairman, replacing Dave Weston. Party spokeswoman Courtney Blossey said Brogdon defeated long-time GOP activist Pam Pollard in a runoff after Weston was earlier eliminated from the race.

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7:04 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Fort Sill Command Sergeant Major Convicted of 'Stolen Valor'

Entrance to Fort Sill
Credit Fort Sill

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A command sergeant major at Fort Sill has been convicted of wearing unauthorized military insignia, including a Ranger Tab and the Pathfinder Badge.

Command Sergeant Major Perry McNeill was convicted last week by a military judge who sentenced McNeill to a demotion to sergeant first class, a letter of reprimand and to forfeit $500 in pay per month for 10 months.

The sentence must be approved by the fort's commanding general.

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7:02 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Ponca City Woman Dies in 2-Vehicle Collision in Kay County

Credit KWGS File Photo

PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) — A 21-year-old Ponca City woman has died of injuries she suffered in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 60 just west of Ponca City.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Bridgette Alexis Coleman died late Saturday night following the crash that occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday.

An OHP report says Coleman was a passenger in a pickup truck that failed to stop at a stop sign at an intersection and was struck in the passenger side by a westbound pickup truck on U.S. 60.

The drivers of the two trucks were both injured in the crash.

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7:55 am
Sat April 11, 2015

An Emergency and a Tax Cut?

Credit Oklahoma Watch

Facing a budget hole of $611.3 million, Oklahoma lawmakers are considering taking money from the Constitutional Reserve Fund, or as it's commonly called, the "Rainy Day Fund." Currently, the Rainy Day Fund has a balance of $535.2 million.

The Legislature could take close to 61 percent, or about $326 million. Roughly $191 million would automatically be available. Another $133.8 million, which is 25 percent of the fund, would be available if the Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin declared an emergency.

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7:48 am
Sat April 11, 2015

No New Flu-Related Deaths in Oklahoma, Season May be Ending

File photo
Credit File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A record-breaking flu season in Oklahoma may be winding down.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports no additional deaths in the past week after 107 people died and about 2,200 were hospitalized due to the virus since the season began September 28th.

The previous record of 72 deaths set last year was broken in February.

Health Department epidemiologist Laurence Burnsed said Friday that flu cases typically decrease in April and have been doing so the past few weeks.

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