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In the local news:

  • The Step-Up Oklahoma plans fails in the state house.
  • Tulsa arts patron George Kravis dead at 79.
  • School board and bond issues on today's ballot at Tulsa, Union and Broken Arrow.



Tulsa arts patron and former broadcaster George Kravis has died. His philanthropic efforts supported many arts organizations… including the Circle Cinema, which darkened its marquee in his honor last night. He founded KRAV radio in Tulsa  in 1962. He was also a supporter of Public Radio Tulsa.

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A proposed rule that would require Oklahoma elected officials to wait two years before working as lobbyists is getting mixed reviews.

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has unanimously approved the rule. It will take effect if the Legislature doesn't take any action by the end of the session.

The proposal comes as more lawmakers are lobbying their former colleagues as a way to make a living after their terms have ended.

The commission's executive director, Ashley Kemp, said the rule would prohibit policymakers from using their positions to benefit themselves.

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Security officers at a southern Oklahoma travel plaza have shot and killed a person who they say was brandishing a weapon.

Choctaw Nation Executive Director of Public Safety John Hobbs says the shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Hobbs says an employee of the Choctaw Travel Plaza contacted security officers about a person causing a disturbance.


Tax provisions of the Step Up Oklahoma plan failed Monday to get the required three-fourths majority on the House floor.

A bill containing the proposal’s tax increases got just 63 of the 76 votes needed to pass. House Republican leaders kept the vote open until just after 11 p.m. trying to get the necessary votes.

Amid special session votes and rallies Monday on the Step Up Oklahoma plan, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs released its own $505.4 million budget proposal.

Dubbing it the "plan that can pass," OCPA's primary goal with the proposal is a $5,000 teacher pay raise.

The plan gets most of its funding from a 5 percent gross production tax on new and existing oil and gas wells, and a 75 cents per pack cigarette tax increase. Those pieces account for $199.5 million and $121.9 million. 

Educators Lobby Hard for 'Step Up Oklahoma'

Feb 12, 2018

Just ahead of today’s schedule debate and vote on the Step-Up Oklahoma plan, educators held a rally at the state capitol. The plan includes funding for a $5,000 teacher pay increase. Oklahoma teachers have not had a raise in over a decade.

Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis was one of the speakers. He said lawmakers who fail to get the message are “tone-deaf”.

A National Honor Society student from Enid also spoke to the crowd. Bailey Fitzgerald thanked teacher for their contributions to her education and said it is past time for the state to thank teachers.

Single Car Crash Leaves Man Dead

Feb 12, 2018
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A man is dead after a morning crash on Highway 75. It happened just to the north of 36th Street North.

Police got the call around 7 a.m. It appears the car was headed southbound when it hit a concrete barrier. The car went out of control and landed on its top. It is unclear why the 37-year-old driver lost control.  Police say the roadway was not icy at the time.

The driver was dead at the scene. Police say it was unclear if he was wearing a seatbelt. The wreck caused a major back up on Highway 75 as police investigated the crash scene. 

'Step-Up' Vote on Today's Agenda in the House

Feb 12, 2018
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The Oklahoma House is expected to vote today, in Special Session, on a package of ‘revenue enhancements’.  That is legislative-speak for tax increases.

The measures would increase the cost of cigarettes by $1.50 per pack. It would increase the cost of a gallon of gasoline by 6-cents per gallon. The tax on new oil and gas wells would go from 2% to 4%.

That is expected to raise enough revenue to give Oklahoma teachers a $5,000 annual pay hike.

The measure will require a three-fourths majority to pass and be sent on to the state senate for consideration.

Homicide Reported in North Tulsa

Feb 12, 2018
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Tulsa Police are investigating an overnight homicide in north Tulsa. A man was found shot, multiple times, at a home in the 5900-block of East Marshall. That is between Yale and Sheridan.

Police found shell casings both inside and outside the home. Police are searching for two men who left the scene on an auto. They are believed to be from out-of-town.

A witness is being questioned.

In the local news:

  • State workers join teachers wanting a pay raise.
  • A key vote is set for today on 'Step Up Oklahoma'.
  • Tulsa Police investigate a homicide.

State Workers Say "Don't Forget Me!"

Feb 12, 2018

Teachers are not alone wanting a pay raise. The last time state employees got an across the board pay increase was 12-years-ago. The head of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association is Sterling Zearly. He says state workers are struggling. He says many have had to take a second job to make ends-meet. 

State workers are paid 27-percent less than those doing the same job in the private sector. That is causing a huge turn-over among state employees



Investigators in Norman say the theft of tires and rims from vehicles at a Norman car dealership appears similar to thefts reported in Texas.

Norman police say tires and rims were discovered missing removed from about 40 vehicles at a car dealership in Norman

  . Officers say rims and tires were removed from about 40 vehicles and the vehicles were sitting on wooden blocks. Investigators estimate that 160 rims and tires were taken from the dealership.

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The Office of the State Medical Examiner is investigating the cause of death of a man whose bloodied body was discovered behind the Tulsa County Jail.

Authorities say the unidentified man's body was found about 5 p.m. Saturday by a homeless man who told police he saw a body under a highway overpass. The man told authorities that he didn't recognize the victim.

Police say the man was found at the bottom of a steep concrete area under an overpass where homeless people are known to sleep. Officials say there was blood on the body and trauma to the victim's head.

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Oklahoma authorities are donating an overdose-reversing drug to sheriffs and deputies in each of the state's 77 counties to stem the rise in opioid-related deaths.

The drug, called Narcan, helps reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, and is used by hundreds of police officers, firefighters, hospitals and other law enforcement agencies across the U.S.

The Oklahoma Sheriff's Association, state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and attorney general announced the donation this week. The Norman Transcript reports the donation is worth about $150,000.

Frontier Airlines

A Frontier Airlines flight has been diverted to Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport after a "suspicious device" was found on board.

Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney tells The Associated Press that a suspicious device was reported on Flight 481 from New Orleans to Denver and the aircraft landed without incident in Oklahoma City late Saturday night.

Carney says all 156 passengers were taken off the Airbus 319 as FBI and Oklahoma City Police Department officials investigated.

Cold Start but Nice Warm-Up for Work Week

Feb 11, 2018
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Areas of freezing drizzle will continue through Sunday morning primarily southeast of Interstate 44. This will result in slick spots on area roadways. A band of very light snow will also pass across northeast Oklahoma this morning but no accumulation is expected. Both the freezing drizzle and light snow will diminish by afternoon with temperatures slowly warming above freezing for all locations. Temperatures will warm through mid week with much above normal temperatures expected Wednesday into Thursday.

The Case for and Against Tapping the Tobacco Fund to Bolster State Services

Feb 11, 2018
Jeff Raymond-Oklahoma Watch

With another sizable budget shortfall looming, and state agencies pleading for help, some Oklahoma lawmakers are turning hungrily to one of the state’s biggest heaps of public cash.


Patchy freezing drizzle will continue today generally across northeast Oklahoma and extreme northwest Arkansas. Colder temperatures will continue to spread southward through the day, and the potential for freezing drizzle will spread into southeast Oklahoma and the remainder of northwest Arkansas by late afternoon through the overnight hours. Trace ice accumulations are possible primarily on bridges and overpasses. This may result in a few slick spots and motorists should be aware of this potential.

An Oklahoma business owner was sentenced to probation but ordered to pay $348,450 restitution for her role in a conspiracy to defraud JE Dunn Construction.

The Kansas City Star reports 53-year-old Debi Jordan was sentenced Friday for mail fraud. She will serve 30 days in custody as a condition of the probation.

Prosecutors said Jordan owned two job recruitment businesses and was paid by JE Dunn to find employees

Jordan and a JE Dunn employee, John Kirwin, took money from the company for employees who were not hired or were paid inflated amounts for their services.

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An Oklahoma woman convicted of using a counterfeit check has received a reduced sentence after getting medically sterilized at the suggestion of the judge.

The Oklahoman reports that U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot showed leniency to 34-year-old Summer Thyme Creel during her sentencing Thursday because she had surgery to prevent pregnancies.

Friot had suggested the medical procedure in a June order, noting that Creel had relinquished her parental rights to six of her seven children.

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Oklahoma's attorney general says he acted on his own in asking for a presidential pardon for a former U.S. solider convicted of killing an Iraqi prisoner.

Mike Hunter said Friday he believes former Army Lt. Michael Behenna's conviction was unjustified. Hunter said the jury got erroneous instructions and that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence supporting Behenna's claim of self-defense.

A military appeals court in 2012 agreed the errors were made but ruled they did not affect the trial's outcome.

Cherokee Nation


The Cherokee Nation has refiled a lawsuit against opioid distributors in state court after a federal judge ruled that tribe's court system had no jurisdiction over the companies.

Lawyers filed the suit Jan. 19 in Sequoyah County, which is part of the tribe's 14-county jurisdiction. It names Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and major U.S. drug distributors.

City Crews Prep for Winter Weather

Feb 9, 2018
Matt Trotter / KWGS

City street crews spend the day getting ready for the wintry mix that is in our weather forecast. Tulsa Streets crews will be on stand-by and ready to roll when the weather moves into the region.

The city has over 60 trucks to spread the salt mixture. Many of the trucks also have plows if needed.

The city has plenty of salt to street any icy streets. Crews are responsible for about 18-hundred miles of city streets. 

City Crews Prep for Winter Weather

Feb 9, 2018
Matt Trotter / KWGS

City street crews spend the day getting ready for the wintry mix that is in our weather forecast. Tulsa Streets crews will be on stand-by and ready to roll when the weather moves into the region.

The city has over 60 trucks to spread the salt mixture. Many of the trucks also have plows if needed.

The city has plenty of salt to street any icy streets. Crews are responsible for about 18-hundred miles of city streets. 


Via Airlines is announcing new nonstop flights from Austin to Tulsa.  Tulsa service begins May 6, 2018. The airline will have daily flights operating Sunday to Friday on a schedule conducive to both business and leisure travelers. 

“We look forward to welcoming Via Airlines to Tulsa in May,” said Tulsa International Airport CEO, Mark VanLoh. “The addition of daily nonstop service to Austin will further enhance the connection between our two cities and give our passengers one more reason to fly from Tulsa.” 

In the local news:

  • A portion of 'Step-Up Oklahoma' clears a house committee.
  • Bixby gets a new school board member.
  • The flu sets a record for Oklahoma hospitalizations.

Nice Today, But Huge Change Tonight

Feb 9, 2018

Wildfire spread rates will rise this afternoon across portions of northeast Oklahoma. Conditions are very dry across the region and any fire starts could spread quickly. A strong cold front will arrive tonight with areas of drizzle and freezing drizzle developing during the overnight hours. Light icing is possible across portions of northeast Oklahoma. Slicks spots may develop on bridges and overpasses. Temperatures will remain steady or slowly fall during the day Saturday as colder air continues to filter across the region.

Harwelden Back on the Market

Feb 9, 2018
Arts and Humanities Council

The 'For Sale' sign is again up in front of the Harwelden Mansion in Tulsa. The family that owns Bodean’s Sea food was set to buy the historic site, but has had a change of heart. 

The mansion has served as the offices and event space for the Arts and Humanities Council, but is now considered surplus. McGraw Realtors has the historic mansion listed for $4.2 million.

New Member Picked For Bixby Board

Feb 9, 2018
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Bixby Resident Matt Dodson is appointed to the Bixby School Board. The position became open when no one filed for the position with the election board.

The Bixby District has been engulfed in controversy following allegations of a sexual assault on a football player by other team members.

The assault apparently took place at the home of former superintendent Kyle Wood and was not immediately reported to authorities.