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1:36 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Getting Ready for Summer

The sign outside of the Big Splash water park on the Tulsa Fairgrounds
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Officials from the Oklahoma Department of Labor inspect the Big Splash Water Park on the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. The Labor Department recently took over the inspections following an accident at the park in 2007 when a section of the Master Blaster water ride collapsed.

Chief Safety inspector Tom Monroe says a review in February found a few minor problems that needed attention. Park owner Loretta Murphy says those repairs have been made and the park is ready to open.

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8:02 am
Fri May 22, 2009

New Developments on HB 1804

Tulsa, OK – Judge refuses to reconsider immigration law

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Tulsa County judge has rejected a request to reconsider his decision to uphold the constitutionality of the controversial immigration law created by House Bill 1804.

After District Judge Jefferson Sellers declined yesterday to change any of his February decision, attorney James C. Thomas said he planned to appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

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4:05 pm
Thu May 21, 2009

No Cell Phones in Prison Cells

The white-washed walls of Big Mac; the Oklahoma State Prison at McAlester.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma City, OK – Bill bans cell phones in prisons

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Senate has given final approval to a bill to ban cell phones in Oklahoma prisons.

Sen. Don Barrington, a Lawton Republican, says items are already prohibited in prison include alcohol, tobacco, drugs and other items that can be used of weapons.

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3:46 pm
Thu May 21, 2009

Memorial Services for Tisdale

Wayman Tisdale

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Thousands packed a downtown Tulsa arena today for a lively and musical public memorial service to honor Wayman Tisdale.

The former University of Oklahoma basketball star, NBA player and popular jazz musician died last week at age 44 after a long battle with cancer.

Tisdale's casket was carried by horse-drawn carriage on a 3-mile procession to the BOK Center.

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10:16 am
Thu May 21, 2009

Memorial Park Ready for Memorial Day

The manicured lawn at Tulsa's Largest Cemetery, Memorial Park at 51st and South Memorial
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – At 240 acres, Tulsa's Memorial Park Cemetery is roughly the same size as the Tulsa Fairgrounds. It is the largest cemetery in Tulsa County. Getting Memorial Park ready for the Memorial Day holiday when an estimated 25,000 visitors will converge at 51st and South Memorial Drive a mammoth job.
Jason Thames is the grounds manager. He says his crews are working hard to get the cemetery ready for the visitors. He has 13-full time members working 12-hour days to get the park ready.

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7:12 pm
Wed May 20, 2009

State Budget Settled

Lawmakers have wrapped up work on a new state budget
Oklahoma State Capitol

Oklahoma City, OK – Gov. Brad Henry, House Speaker Chris Benge and Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee announced a budget agreement today that protects the four core functions of government, including education, health care, public safety and transportation.
Those four areas are at least held harmless in this agreement, all while not tapping the state's Rainy Day fund, leaving about $600 million in place for future needs if necessary.

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Local & Regional
1:49 pm
Wed May 20, 2009

Huge Grant for TU

Announcement is made at the Gilcrease Museum by Ken Levit of the Kaiser Foundation
KWGS

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9:35 am
Wed May 20, 2009

Mayor Walks Out on Council

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor
City of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa mayor abruptly walks out of council meeting

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor abruptly walked out of a city council meeting after a testy exchange with Councilor Bill Martinson.

Martinson interrupted Taylor to say something during yesterday's meeting while the mayor was discussing the Tulsa Stadium Improvement District. She told Martinson that she "would sure like to finish a sentence ... if you don't mind."

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9:20 am
Wed May 20, 2009

New Museum Proposed for Tulsa

Bob Blackburn of the Oklahoma Historical Society makes the Tulsa museum announcement.
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Museum of Oklahoma pop culture proposed for Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The top official at the Oklahoma Historical Society and Tulsa leaders are announcing plans to build a $33 million museum of state popular culture in the city's Brady District.

Bob Blackburn, the historical society's executive director, says that officials can't pull back from the project even during a tough economic time.

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Local & Regional
9:35 am
Tue May 19, 2009

Improvements Ahead for Tulsa International

An aerial view of Tulsa's International Airport
Tulsa Airport Authority

Tulsa, OK – Work will begin next year on a $60-to-65 million renovation of the main runway at the Tulsa International Airport. Airports Deputy Director Jeff Hough says grants from the federal government will pay 95% of the project's cost.

Most airport runways last about 20-years before major rehabilitation is needed. Hough says it has been 25-years or more for the Tulsa runway. He expects the work to get underway in the summer of 2010 and last almost five years.

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