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6:55 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Supreme Court rules, Common Core is out.
  • The District Attorney Candidate dispute will be debate in court today.
  • An update on A Gathering Place for Tulsa.
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4:11 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

No Post-Construction Plan Yet for Apartments to Be Demolished for A Gathering Place

An aerial rendering of the first phase of A Gathering Place for Tulsa, which will be built between 27th and 31st Streets on both sides of Riverside Drive.
Credit A Gathering Place for Tulsa

Two apartment complexes near the future site of A Gathering Place for Tulsa will be mostly demolished early next year.

Project Manager Jeff Stava said contractor needs were behind the decision.

"They came to us after three or four weeks and said that we really needed to consider trying to identify a laydown yard and an area to do our soil amendments that's close to the site," Stava said. "And so that's why we chose to use the apartment complexes."

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3:57 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

High Court Upholds Common Core Repeal

Credit State of Oklahoma-File photo

  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the Legislature had the authority to repeal Common Core education standards for English and math in the state's public schools. The state's highest court took the action Tuesday a little more than four hours after attorneys presented oral arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the Legislature's action. The lawsuit alleged lawmakers violated the state Board of Education's constitutional authority over the "supervision of instruction in the public schools" when they repealed Common Core standards earlier this year.

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3:05 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Cherokees Top Out New Clinic in Washington County

Cherokees invest more than $100 million dollars in health care.
Credit Cherokee Nation Businesses Facebook

The Cherokee Nation moves ahead with an initiative to improve health care for tribal members. A topping out ceremony is held for one of four health clinics under construction. Chief Bill John Baker says the Cooweescoowee Health Center in Ochelata will provide a wide range of services and includes much more room and newer technology than what was available before.

In addition to the four new health centers, the tribe will construct a new hospital in Tahlequah. Cherokee Nation Businesses is investing more than $100 million into the tribe’s health system.

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12:16 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Common Core Argued Before Oklahoma Supreme Court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney says the Oklahoma Legislature engaged in "unprecedented expansion" of its authority when it passed legislation repealing Common Core education standards for English and math.

Attorney Robert McCampbell made the comments Tuesday during oral arguments before the state Supreme Court in a lawsuit that alleges the legislation is unconstitutional.

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12:14 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Contest Seeks Nominations

Credit Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Facebook

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Nominations are being sought for the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful annual environmental excellence competition.

The awards recognize individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, government agencies and schools for outstanding efforts to improve Oklahoma's aesthetic, environmental and sustainable quality of life.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Sept. 12.

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12:11 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Altus City Manager Picked for Job in Sand Springs

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — The Sand Springs City Council has selected the current city manager of Altus as the city's new leader.

The council announced Monday that Elizabeth Gray will take over as Sand Springs' city manager beginning Sept. 1. Gray is now city manager of Altus and has previously served in municipal positions in Shawnee and Matanuska-Susitna Borough in Alaska.

Sand Springs Mayor Mike Burdge says Gray has more than 20 years of experience in local government.

Local & Regional
12:10 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Hearing Set in Lawsuit Over Oklahoma DUI Arrests

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge has set a hearing on whether to grant class-action status to a lawsuit involving drivers whose licenses were revoked because of a faulty affidavit once used by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

The lawsuit seeks refunds for an estimated 40,000 drivers cited for alcohol-related offenses whose licenses were revoked between 2008 and October 2013.

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12:06 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Oklahoma Supreme Court to Hear Common Core Lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Supreme Court justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit that challenges the Legislature's repeal of Common Core education standards for English and math.

Arguments are scheduled before the state's highest court on Tuesday, about a month before public school students are scheduled to return to the classroom.

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11:59 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Reports of Minor Damage After 2 Harrah Earthquakes

Credit Kids Space Museum

HARRAH, Okla. (AP) — Minor damage has been reported after back-to-back earthquakes hit an Oklahoma City suburb early Tuesday.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.8 magnitude earthquake hit 3 miles north-northeast of Harrah shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday. About two hours later, a 3.9 magnitude earthquake struck in the same area, awakening many residents in the Oklahoma City area.

Harrah is about 20 miles east of Oklahoma City.

Minor damage, including broken windows, has been reported at businesses along Church Street in downtown Harrah. No injuries have been reported.

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