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6:58 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Group Says Oklahoma Bill Threatens Federal Flood Insurance

File photo of flooding near Burbank
Credit American Red Cross

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A group responsible for managing Oklahoma's floodplains says bills moving through the Legislature that prohibit cities from regulating oil and natural gas drilling operations could prevent the state from participating in the National Flood Insurance Program.

The Tulsa World reports that the Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association has sent a letter to lawmakers warning that the local control legislation might prevent flood insurance policies from being written and renewed.

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6:55 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Forecasters Say Severe Thunderstorms Likely During the Week

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Weather forecasters say severe thunderstorms are likely in parts of Oklahoma by the middle of the week.

The National Weather Service in Norman says severe storms and a threat of tornados are possible across portions of the central U.S. on Wednesday and Thursday.

Forecasters say there is a chance of stormy weather every day during the upcoming week except Friday, when a cold front is expected to bring dry but breezy conditions.

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6:50 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Building a Budget at City Hall

File photo of Mayor Bartlett.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa City Department Heads are in the middle of budget presentations. They are going in front of a committee,  presenting  budget requests for the next fiscal year which will begin in July.

Mayor Bartlett says he is pleased with the presentations so far. He is asking departments to address "needs" but to stay away from "wants".

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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Monday Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • City Department Heads are drafting next fiscal year's proposed budget.
  • Earthquakes rattle north central Oklahomans.
  • TU plays host to scholars.
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Local & Regional
8:58 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Reports Triple Fatality Crash

Credit KWGS News File Photo

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is reporting a triple fatality crash on state Highway 16 just west of Muskogee.

Details were not immediately available, but the OHP said Highway 16 is expected to be closed for a lengthy period.

The crash is near the intersection of Highway 16 and 94th street.

This is the second triple fatality accident in Oklahoma in two days. Three people died Friday in a collision involving two pickup trucks just south of Stillwater.

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8:56 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Oklahoma Poultry Owners Urged to Increase Health Safety

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is encouraging owners of domestic bird and poultry to take additional biosecurity precautions after two new strains of avian influenza have been found in wild waterfowl and domestic poultry.

In the past month, cases have been found in Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and South Dakota. No humans have become ill from these strains and health officials say there is no danger to humans from eating poultry products.

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8:46 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Man Dies after Being Shot with Stun Gun by Warner Police

WARNER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a man has died after being shot with a stun gun by a Warner police officer.

The OSBI says the Muskogee County Sheriff's Office asked the OSBI to investigate the early Saturday morning death of 33-year-old David Cody Lynch.

The agency says Lynch was involved in an auto accident shortly before midnight Friday and was shot with a stun gun after assaulting the officer investigating the accident.

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8:44 am
Sun April 5, 2015

It is a "Seismic" Weekend

Credit File photo

CRESCENT, Okla. (AP) — More than a dozen small to moderate earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma since Friday afternoon, including one with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 that was felt in Kansas and Texas.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake occurred at 8:21 a.m. Saturday 12 miles north of Crescent, about 45 miles north of Oklahoma City. Residents about 270 miles north in Topeka, Kansas and about 240 miles south in Dallas reported feeling the quake.

Logan County Sheriff's Sergeant Greg Valencia says there are no reports of damage or injury.

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Local & Regional
7:58 am
Sat April 4, 2015

SandRidge Energy to Lay Off 132 Employees

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — SandRidge Energy said Thursday it plans to lay off 132 employees from its Oklahoma City headquarters.

According to a statement issued by company CEO James Bennett, declining oil and natural gas price have forced the company to adjust its workforce to align with "the realities of a lower commodity price."

The layoffs would cut headquarter staffing by about 20 percent. SandRidge currently employs 661 in Oklahoma City.

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Local & Regional
7:52 am
Sat April 4, 2015

Reserve Deputy Pulled Wrong Weapon

Reserve Deputy Robert Bates
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff

Authorities say the Reserve Tulsa County Deputy involved in this week's fatal shooting of a suspect in a string operation, mistook his service weapon for a taser.  Deputy Robert Bates is 73-years-old.  You may read the Sheriff's Department's initial report below:

Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) Investigators are continuing an investigation into yesterday’s shooting involving a reserve deputy assigned to the Tulsa County Violent Crimes Task Force.

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