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7:44 am
Mon May 11, 2015

The Week Ahead at the State Capitol

Credit State of Oklahoma

Tulsa County State House members David Brumbaugh (R) and Eric Proctor (D) discuss the legislative session.

Topics covered:

  • The budget stand-off.
  • County Road Funds.
  • The Indian Cultural Center/the OKPOPs Museum.
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6:58 am
Mon May 11, 2015

3 Candidates Challenging Incumbent in Cherokee Election

Credit Cherokee Nation Welcome Center

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The three candidates challenging incumbent Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker in this year's election all disagree on how they'd run one of the county's largest American Indian tribes.

About the only thing they see eye to eye on is trying to unseat Baker from the position he's held since 2011.

Baker's challengers are Chad Smith, the former Cherokee chief; Charlie Soap, widower of late chief Wilma Mankiller and Will Fourkiller, a state lawmaker.

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6:55 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Oklahoma Oil Firms Drilling but Waiting to Complete Wells

Credit OU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma energy companies are still drilling in spite of low oil prices, but they are putting off costly completion practices like hydraulic fracturing until prices recover.

The Oklahoman reports that drilled uncompleted wells are a new trend in the oil patch, led both by lower oil prices and the drastic technological and procedural changes the industry has experienced over the past decade.

Continental Resources Incorporated CEO Harold Hamm has said completion processes typically represent about 60 percent of the cost of a modern shale well.

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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Monday's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Sunshine and dryer conditions are in the forecast after a soggy/stormy weekend.
  • An ammonia leak at the Broken Arrow Blue Bell plant.
  • A Washington County Reserve Sheriff's Deputy is arrested for DUI.
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Local & Regional
7:23 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Oklahoma City Assesses Damage from May 6 Storms

OKC area storm damage on May 6th
Credit OPMX

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City officials say a preliminary damage assessment following storms earlier this week found 812 structures and recreational vehicles either destroyed, damaged or otherwise affected.

A tornado, damaging winds, flooding and hail struck the city Wednesday as strong storms crossed Oklahoma.

The assessment found six houses, 18 mobile homes, three businesses, a church and 68 recreational vehicles destroyed. Another 36 houses, 23 mobile homes, 11 businesses and six apartment buildings have major damage.

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7:18 am
Sun May 10, 2015

No Charges in Stun Gun Death of Tulsa Man by Tribal Officer

Osage sign at Skiatook
Credit KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Osage Nation says tribal police officers will not be charged in the death of a man who was shocked with a stun gun.

Terry Price died February 20th after being shot with the stun gun as he fought with officers. An autopsy found Price died of cardiac arrest associated with being in a prone position with his hands cuffed behind him. The report also says he had psychedelic drugs in his system.

The Tulsa World reports that Osage Nation District Attorney Rex Duncan said the officers did not use excessive force or inappropriate measures.

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7:14 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Off-Duty Washington County Deputy Arrested for DUI

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — An off-duty Washington County deputy has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sheriff Rick Silver said Deputy William Wade was arrested following a non-injury collision about 11:45 p.m. Friday.

Silver says authorities responding to two non-injury collisions on Highway 75 found Wade was driving one of the vehicles and was given a field sobriety test. Silver says Wade was later given a blood test and found to have a blood-alcohol content of .18 — more than double the legal limit of .08.

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Local & Regional
8:51 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Shawnee Area Dam Close to Being Topped

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Officials are telling residents in one Oklahoma neighborhood that a dam is close to being topped amid heavy rains.

The Shawnee News-Star reports that voluntary evacuations were underway Friday night in the Windmill Road neighborhood of Shawnee, which is about 40 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

Don Lynch, the Shawnee/Pottawatomie County emergency management director, tells the newspaper that the Granada Lake dam is one-tenth of an inch away from a breach. That could lead to flooding in Windmill Road.

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8:45 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Tulsa Man Convicted of Running 'Revenge Porn' Website

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been convicted in California of running a website for so-called "revenge porn" and trying to extort money from victims who wanted explicit photos of themselves taken down.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said 28-year-old Casey Meyering of Tulsa pleaded no contest on Friday to charges of extortion, attempted extortion and conspiracy.

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8:43 am
Sat May 9, 2015

FDA Unaware of Listeria in Blue Bell Plant Before Outbreak

Credit Blue Bell

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it wasn't told listeria had been found in a Blue Bell Creameries plant before an outbreak linked to its ice cream turned deadly.

Results of an FDA investigation released this week show the company had found the bacteria dating back to 2013. The FDA said Friday that it was not aware of those findings before doing its own inspection this year.

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