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4:56 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Mayor Gives Public Safety Task Force Details of His Funding Proposal

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett answers a question from Councilor G.T. Bynum Thursday during his presentation of a public safety funding proposal.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan says the department is heading in the wrong direction.

"Just to give us a little perspective, in January of 1994, we had 762 police officers. In January of 2015, we’ll have 755," Jordan said.

That’s one of the problems Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s funding proposal is meant to address. Bartlett says his plan will pay for 70 more cops and 16 more dispatchers, which will cut response time — currently averaging 10 and a half minutes.

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11:49 am
Thu December 4, 2014

State Senator Arrested for Intoxication

Bryce Marlatt
Credit State of Oklahoma

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — A Republican leader in the Oklahoma Senate faces a misdemeanor charge of being in actual control of his vehicle while intoxicated after a sheriff's deputy reported finding him asleep in his running pickup truck on a country road.

Sen. Bryce Marlatt was charged Tuesday in Woodward County after his arrest early Tuesday morning. He pleaded not guilty.

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10:58 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Health Officials are Telling Doctors the Flu Vaccine May Not be Very Effective this Winter

18 people have been hospitalized in Oklahoma in the last week with the flu. For this flu season that number is 58. 10 of those hospitalized by been in Tulsa County

As flu season begins to ramp up, officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant strain seen most commonly so far this year.

That strain tends to cause more death and illness, especially in the elderly. CDC officials say the vaccine should still provide some protection, but it won't be as good as if the vaccine strain was a match.

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9:07 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Board Votes Against Replaying Final Minute of Game

Locust Grove coach and players run onto the field.
Credit Locust Grove Schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma high school has lost its appeal to replay the final minute of a football playoff game it lost after a bad call.

Douglass High School appeared to score the winning touchdown in the state quarterfinal on a fourth-down play last Friday. The jubilation was short-lived, as the score was wiped out when officials improperly enforced a penalty. Tiny Locust Grove won 20-19, and Douglass felt robbed.

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8:56 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Hearing Set on Media Access to Oklahoma Executions

Clayton Lockett
Credit DOC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge is expected to hear arguments from attorneys for a group of journalists and news organizations who want to prevent the state from restricting media access to executions.

Arguments are scheduled before a judge Thursday in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Observer and Guardian US newspapers, along with two journalists, are asking a federal judge to ensure that media witness are able to view the execution of a condemned inmate from start to finish.

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8:38 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Drizzle Causes Tulsa Crashes

The Broken Arrow Expressway at I-44
Credit O-Dot Traffic Camera

This morning's drizzle made for a very soggy traffic commute in Tulsa. There were numerous injury accidents on both the expressways and the city streets.

Temperatures were above freezing, so the roads were just wet and not ice covered. So many accidents took place, the Tulsa Police Department went to its Operation Slick Streets mode. That is where the officers only respond to injury crashes or an accident involving a crime.

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7:01 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Police: Tulsa Man Killed Trying to Catch Bus

Credit KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police say a Tulsa man has died after being accidentally hit by a city bus he was trying to catch.

Tulsa police say the man was running alongside the bus Wednesday evening and was trying to get the driver's attention. They say the man fell and was crushed under the Tulsa Transit vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police haven't released his identity. They say preliminary information indicates the driver won't face charges.

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6:58 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Thursday

In the Local News:

  • Bixby goes high-tech.
  • The OSSAA says the OKC Douglas/Locust Grove ruling on the field.... Stands.
  • More Oklahoma earthquakes. They seem to be getting stronger.
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3:27 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Bixby Stakes Claim as Oklahoma's First Gigabit City

BTC Broadband President Scott Floyd announced Wednesday the company will offer gigabit Internet connection speeds to residences in its service area.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Bixby will be the first city in Oklahoma to have gigabit Internet connection speeds for residents.

While Google Fiber brought ultra-fast Internet to Provo, Kansas City and Austin, BTC Broadband is offering it to dozens of communities in Bixby, South Tulsa and Jenks. President Scott Floyd said the company has laid cables in practically every development built in the last 10 years.

"Most [residents] in this footprint that have purchased a home that was built during that time will have that fiber-optic technology to their house," Floyd said.

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12:56 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Tulsa's Library System Gets a Prestigious Award

CEO Gary Schaffer talks about the Oklahoma Quality Award the Tulsa Library System received from the state.
Credit KWGS News

The Tulsa library system gets a prestigious award from the state. The Tulsa library is the first library system in the state to win an Oklahoma Quality Award for Pursuit of Excellence. It recognizes organizations and businesses for achievement in quality, performance, and best practices. Gary Schaffer is Library CEO. He says libraries are still very popular, and they’re always looking for ways to make each branch helpful and easier for users.

The Quality Award Foundation program helps both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

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