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9:10 am
Tue May 19, 2009

Tulsa Jail Agreement

The sign in front of the Tulsa Jail.
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – City, county reach Tulsa jail contract agreement


TULSA, Okla. (AP) The city of Tulsa and Tulsa County have reached a deal on a new jail contract.

The deal was reached Monday night and officials say its details will be announced Tuesday.

The agreement came after Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor said during a court-ordered mediation session Monday morning that the city had dropped its lawsuit against the county over jail operations.

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Local & Regional
9:46 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

10 Commandments Okayed by Henry

Charlton Heston as Moses in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille motion picture \"The 10-Commandments\"

Oklahoma City, OK – Governor signs Ten Commandments bill


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry has signed a bill allowing for the creation of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.

This was one of several bills he signed into law Monday.

Civil libertarians and some religious groups argued that such a monument would be a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution. Similar monuments have drawn legal challenges elsewhere.

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Local & Regional
9:34 am
Mon May 18, 2009

The Latest from the Oil Patch

Tulsa's Sinclair Refinery along Southwest Blvd. in West Tulsa
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – The price of crude oil is bouncing all over the place and that is causing our gasoline prices to do the same. Tulsan Dewey Bartlett, Junior is the president and CEO of Tulsa based Keener Oil. He says the price of oil has jumped about $10 a barrel within a month. He believes the spikes are brought on by what some see as an economic recovery.

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Local & Regional
3:19 pm
Sun May 17, 2009

Missing Tulsan Found

The body of 53-year-old Jerry Adkins is pulled from Lake Keystone.
Tulsa Police

Lake Keystone, OK – A Tulsa man missing for almost a week is found dead at Keystone Lake west of Tulsa. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of 53-year-old Jerry Dale Adkins was found Sunday morning about nine.

The Patrol says Adkins had drown. He went missing from his home earlier in the week. Tulsa Police had been searching for him because of a medical problem. It is not known if the medical condition contributed to his drowning .

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Local & Regional
12:38 pm
Sun May 17, 2009

Cracking Down on the Unisured

Oklahoma City, OK – Computer system targets uninsured drivers


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Uninsured motorists might soon find it more difficult to elude Oklahoma state troopers.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol could be using the state's electronic insurance verification system in time for the Memorial Day weekend travel rush.

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Local & Regional
9:41 am
Sat May 16, 2009

Tulsa Polar Bear Dies

Polar bears play in the sunshine at the Tulsa Zoo.
Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum

Tulsa, OK – Polar bear at Tulsa Zoo euthanized after illness


TULSA, Okla. (AP) A 23-year-old polar bear at the Tulsa Zoo has been euthanized after fighting kidney disease.

A press release issued by the zoo says the bear, named Kavek, died Thursday.

Kavek had been undergoing treatment for the illness since December. After zookeepers noticed a change in the animal's appetite, he was given an emergency medical examination, which indicated that his kidney disease had progressed dramatically.

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Local & Regional
2:30 pm
Fri May 15, 2009

Tisdale Lost to Cancer

Wayman Tisdale

Tulsa, OK – UNDATED (AP) Former Oklahoma All-America and NBA basketball player Wayman Tisdale has died at a Tulsa hospital after a two-year battle with cancer.

Tisdale died about 8 this morning at St. John Medical Center. He was 44.

After three years at OU Tisdale spent 12 seasons in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns, then became an award-winning jazz musician.

Tisdale also played on the U.S. team that won the gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Games.

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Local & Regional
2:05 pm
Fri May 15, 2009

Mentoring with Music

The Signature Symphony's string quartet performs at the Eugene Fields Elementary School in West Tulsa as the Mentoring to Music program is announced.
KWGS

Tulsa, OK – On May 12, 2009, Mayor Kathy Taylor kicked off a brand-new mentoring initiative called, "Mentoring to the Max with Music. This new program came about through the leadership and vision of Dr. Barry Epperley, artistic director and conductor for TCC's Signature Symphony. Dr. Epperley said, "The fact is that music is the universal language because that's how we're built and we can measure it. An individual's brain lights up when music is played during a CAT scan or an MRI -- it's how we're made."

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Local & Regional
10:51 am
Fri May 15, 2009

Tulsa Sets Soggy Record

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa sets record for days of consecutive rainfall

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The wet weather in recent weeks in Oklahoma has resulted in a record-setting stretch of rainfall for the state's second-largest city.

The National Weather Service says that through Thursday, Tulsa has had 20 straight days with at least a trace of precipitation.

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Local & Regional
10:36 am
Fri May 15, 2009

Update on Miss Belvedere

The rusted 1957 Belvedere is lifted from its watery time capsule grave in Downtown Tulsa in 2007.
NPR

Tulsa, OK – Restoration continues on unearthed 1957 car

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Nearly two years after it was pulled from a concrete vault in Tulsa, a rusted-out 1957 Plymouth Belvedere is still being restored in New Jersey.

The two-door car was buried in the concrete time capsule near the Tulsa County Courthouse in 1957 as part of a contest. The person who most accurately guessed the city's 2007 population would receive the car.

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