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8:01 am
Fri January 9, 2015

No School at Oologah Again

The sign in from of the Oologah-Talala School System
Credit KWGS News

There is no school again today in the Oologah-Talala School District. Officials called off classes again as they await medical test results on what took the life of a six-year-old girl.

The girl went home from school on Monday with a high fever. She died on Monday evening. Officials want to make sure she did not have a communicable disease.

Five years ago, two students died from a contagious version of meningitis. A third student was left disabled and disfigured from the disease.

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7:03 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Oklahoma Ranks Low in Latest National Report on Education

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest "Quality Counts" report ranks Oklahoma 48th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the quality of education it provides students.

The report issued Thursday focuses on educational outcomes while looking at academic achievement, school funding and the chance for success students have when they grow up.

Oklahoma received a D-plus, which placed it ahead of Mississippi, Nevada and New Mexico. Massachusetts led the nation with a B.

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6:56 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • The flu claims 13 lives in one week in Oklahoma.
  • Still no school at Oologah-Talala as officials await test results as to what killed a six year-old.
  • Tulsa preps for Garth's homecoming.
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Local & Regional
3:27 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Iowa Pacific Shares Details on Passenger Rail Trial Run

Passenger rail service between Tulsa and Oklahoma City has been an elusive goal for some time, but it’s about to become a reality.

The state transportation department sold the 97.5 mile Sooner Sub line to the Watco Companies last year. Watco said then it would work with Iowa Pacific to offer passenger service on the freight line, and the company has come forward with an idea for six months of trial service.

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3:17 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Firefighters Take City Councilors on a Field Trip

Credit KWGS News File photo

Tulsa firefighters take city councilors on a run to show how slow response times can be in east Tulsa.

Councilors were split among Tulsa’s three easternmost fire stations and rode to a mock fire call near the city limits at 31st Street.

Chief Ray Driskell said the drive itself takes up to eight minutes. The national response standard is six.

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11:44 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Tulsa County Appreciates Law Officers

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff

Tulsa County leaders say it’s time to show appreciation for those who enforce the law. A resolution recognizing National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is passed. Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz says such recognition now is important, given recent situations that have brought out protestors against police involved shootings and tactics. He believes lawmen and women are getting a ‘bad rap’.

The resolution is in solidarity with Concerns of Police Survivors, or COPS, the group behind Law Enforcement Day.

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11:21 am
Thu January 8, 2015

10 Commandments Monument: 'Thou Shall Be Replaced'

The old monument was destroyed after being hit my a car.
Credit Chris Benge-Facebook

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds that was destroyed by a man who ran over it with his vehicle has been replaced.

Workers from a Kansas-based memorial company reinstalled a new granite monument on Thursday.

Gary Mosier with Wilbert Memorials said the 2,400-pound monument is made from granite from a quarry in South Dakota. The design was added at the company's facility in Kansas.

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11:10 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Oklahoma Flu Deaths More than Double in One Week

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of influenza deaths in Oklahoma. In just the last week, 13 people have died from the flu and another 288 people have been hospitalized.

The death toll from the flu jumped to 22 this  season (since October 1st).  Most of the deaths have been in people over 65 years old. One child, under four, has died and one person between 18-and-49 years old. 

Exact ages and circumstances are not released because of federal privacy laws. We can report that two of the deaths this flu season have been in Tulsa County.

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9:17 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Treasurer: Low Oil Prices Will Drag Down Oklahoma's Economy

Ken Miller
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's treasurer says the state's economy performed well to close out 2014, but that continued low oil prices will eventually start to drag down other sources of revenue like income and sales taxes.

Treasurer Ken Miller released figures on Wednesday that show overall collections by the state in December and in 2014 exceeded those from the prior year. But he warned that December oil and gas production taxes reflect oil field activity from October, when oil prices were around $85 per barrel.

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9:11 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Oklahoma Tribes Holding Inter-Tribal Meeting in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is holding a two-day meeting in Tulsa.

The Muscogee Creek Nation is hosting the Thursday and Friday sessions that includes the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole Nations. Muscogee Creek Nation Principal Chief George Tiger says he's also invited other tribes to attend and that about 400 people are expected.

The quarterly meetings are held to allow tribal officials to discuss ways they can cooperate on issues facing the tribes and to collaborate on projects.

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