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6:57 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Rally Set for 19-Year-Old Killed in Tulsa Shooting

The shooting took place near this home west of the IDL
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A rally is planned in Tulsa to call on local law enforcement to fully prosecute two married police officers arrested in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man last week.

Family and friends of Jeremey Lake plan to hold Friday's event near where authorities say he was gunned down while walking with his girlfriend— who is the police couple's daughter.

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6:48 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Friday

In our local news:

  • Petitions seeking a statewide vote on medical marijuana will be turned in today.
  • A dip in Math and Reading scores  has schools looking  for answers.
  • An apartment fire in Tahlequah leaves people homeless.
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3:05 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Marijuana Petitioners Near Goal

A booth for signing the medical marijuana petition
Credit Facebook

Signatures are being gathered up until almost the last moment, but those seeking legalization of medicinal marijuana in Oklahoma intend to turn in petitions tomorrow. Lisa Bowman is a spokeswoman with the Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma. She believes the number of just over       150-thousand signatures will be reached, but they will have to be certified by the Secretary of State’s Office.

Those supporting legalizing marijuana for medical purposes will rally at the state capitol tomorrow afternoon as petitions are turned over to the Secretary of State.

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2:55 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

In a Tulsa Visit, the Governor Details her Position on Cannabis Oil

Governor Mary Fallin at a Tulsa news event.
Credit KWGS News

In Tulsa today, Governor Mary Fallin clarifies her position on a call for a study on possibly legalizing cannabis oil for medicinal purposes. Research shows it can be effective for treating some children who suffer seizures and strokes. She says it does NOT mean she is for legalizing medicinal marijuana.

She says she is just asking for a legislative study on the possible use of non-intoxicating cannabis oil for medical purposes and a recommendation from lawmakers.

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2:43 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

TPS Fires Up New Natural Gas Compressor to Fuel Buses

Tulsa Public Schools' new natural gas compressor will be running in time for the start of school next week.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa Public Schools expands its use of compressed natural gas in buses for the new school year.

TPS won a $60,000 Bellmon Award grant that’s going toward a new natural gas compressor. The machine can fill up to 30 buses at once, and Corey Williams with Sustainable Tulsa said there are many benefits to TPS using CNG.

"The fuel burns cleaner, which is better for the children on the bus and better for the environment. That is also a quality of life piece," Williams said. "Additionally, you'll hear the savings for TPS on their bottom line is over $500,000."

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11:32 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Drop Corrections Board from Suit, Oklahoma Argues

Clayton Lockett
Credit DOC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys representing the state in a lawsuit over Oklahoma's lethal injection procedures are again asking a federal judge to dismiss the Board of Corrections from the complaint, along with any other death row inmate who does not have a pending execution date.

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11:26 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Tahlequah Apartments Heavily Damaged by Fire

Tahlequah fire fighters
Credit Tahlequah Fire-Facebook

Over half of the Pleasant View apartment complex at Tahlequah sustained heavy damage from a daybreak fire. The blaze was reported about 6 O'clock this morning.  An estimated 12-units, out of 16, were damaged. The blaze also consumed a half-dozen or more cars.

Tahlequah Fire Lt. Rick Hicks says it appears the blaze started in a car. The fire then spread from the auto to the apartments and other vehicles parked in a car port.

Lt. Hicks say no one was injured the blaze.

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7:03 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Cherokee Fire Dancers Deployed to California

A Cherokee Nation Fire Dancer
Credit Cherokee Nation

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Twenty Cherokee Nation Fire Dancers are being sent to California to help fight wildfires.

The tribe says the Fire Dancers were deployed Wednesday and will work up to 16-hour shifts each day to help suppress fires and to keep other fires from starting.

The firefighters will join five other Fire Dancers who left earlier this month and remain in California to help fight the fires.

The group is called up by the U.S. Forestry Department.

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6:55 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Truck Driver in Critical Condition after Tour Bus Collision

Pryor Emergency units at Highway 69 and 69A
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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says more than a dozen people were injured when a tractor-trailer rear-ended a tour bus in northeast Oklahoma.

Capt. George Brown says the wreck happened shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 69 near Pryor in Mayes County. Brown says the bus had slowed at railroad tracks and was struck from behind by a truck.

Brown says the truck's driver was flown to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition.

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6:47 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa pastor is indicted for fraud.
  • Memorial Services are held for Jeremy Lake.
  • Senator Tom Coburn says good-bye.
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