Local & Regional

In the local news:

  • In addition to the rain, a labor shortage is impacting Oklahoma's spring harvest.
  • I-35 is reopen between OKC and Ardmore following a rock slide.
  • Tulsa's  Williams Companies offered an unsolicited buy-out.
KFOR TV/Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Longtime Oklahoma sportscaster Bob Barry Jr. is dead after a vehicle crash in Oklahoma City.

KFOR-TV, where he worked, announced his death in a video on its website Saturday evening.

"It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague Bob Barry Junior," the station said. "Bobby died earlier this afternoon in a car crash not far from his home."

EMSA Issues Tulsa Metro Heat Alert

Jun 21, 2015
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EMSA is issuing a HEAT ALERT for Saturday, June 20th, 2015. EMSA issues an alert when we receive five or more heat-related calls in a 24-hour period,

 Since midnight to 7 p.m. Saturday, EMSA has responded to eight heat-related calls. Of those six, four people transported to a local hospitals.  Ages of the patients ranged from 28 to 90, and included symptoms ranging from heat exhaustion to chest pains. EMSA is encouraging everyone to take precautions. 

Tips for staying healthy in the heat:

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The following highways are closed due to high water. Updates will be issued as conditions change. Do NOT drive into high water. Drivers are cautioned to heed warning signs and to not drive around barricades.


Carter County


US-70 is narrowed to one lane in each direction in Wilson


Cherokee County


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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials are cautioning drivers to avoid Interstate 35 in the southern portion of the state after severe flooding caused a rockslide that blocked the highway this week.

The agency urged drivers instead to take US-81 or US-69 as alternate routes while construction continues.

Officials say southbound I-35 is narrowed to one lane at the rock slide location at the Arbuckle Mountains. While construction continues, the agency says drivers should expect heavy congestion and delays for the upcoming weeks.


TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A and M Colleges has voted to increase tuition across all of OSU's five branch campuses.

The hike was approved during a regents meeting Friday in Tulsa. The increases, along with a proposed operating budget of $1.3 billion for the OSU system, now goes to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for approval.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While the U.S. Supreme Court considers a key case related to the Affordable Care Act, officials in Oklahoma have taken little action to prepare for a ruling that could threaten the tax subsidies nearly 90,000 residents are using to purchase health insurance.

The nation's highest court is considering whether low- and moderate-income Americans still can receive federal tax subsidies to offset the cost of health insurance if they live in a state like Oklahoma that did not establish its own online insurance marketplace.

Cherokee Nation

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation has been awarded $6.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to invest in the tribe's innovative job training programs.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday it was awarding $138 million to be split among 27 states and the Tahlequah-based Cherokee Nation — which is the only tribe in the country to receive part of the funding.

The grant is through the Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant Program.


UNDATED (AP) — A section of a major highway that connects Oklahoma City and Dallas remains closed as transportation officials assess how to prevent further rockslides following heavy rainfall.

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety is urging motorists to avoid Interstate 35 in southern Oklahoma. Drivers traveling northbound through the Arbuckle Mountains must make a 4 mile detour while crews repair the road following an earlier rockslide that blocked the highway.

Numerous Roads Still Closed by Flooding

Jun 20, 2015