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Web Worms Hit Green Country Early and Hard

Jul 6, 2016
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A web attack is underway and it is not in cyberspace. 

Fall Web Worms are invading Oklahoma trees early this year. Tulsa arborist Don Massey says the worms have their favorite trees. He says they love pecan and hickory trees. He says he's even seen infestations in oak trees this year, which is rare. Massey says worms, which peak in September, also like ornamental trees, like Red Bud and Crab Apple.

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  The Grand River Dam Authority says a 54-year-old man has died following a boating mishap on Grand Lake in northeastern Oklahoma.

A spokesman for the Grand River Dam Authority, Justin Alberty, says the man was pronounced dead at a hospital in Grove about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Alberty says the man and a woman were on a tube that was being pulled by a boat near Sailboat Bridge when the man fell into the water and experienced difficulties. The victim was pulled from the water by the Monkey Island Fire Department.

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The Grand River Dam Authority says a 54-year-old man has died following a boating mishap on Grand Lake in northeastern Oklahoma.

A spokesman for the Grand River Dam Authority, Justin Alberty, says the man was pronounced dead at a hospital in Grove about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Alberty says the man and a woman were on a tube that was being pulled by a boat near Sailboat Bridge when the man fell into the water and experienced difficulties. The victim was pulled from the water by the Monkey Island Fire Department.

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The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office has filed a petition for a hearing in a civil case to determine the cost of caring for more than 20 animals that were taken from a home in Turley last week.

The Tulsa World reports that deputies took 19 dogs, two puppies and a cat from the home June 27.

The petition filed Friday alleges that boarding, food and water for the animals, which are being housed at the Humane Society of Tulsa's emergency shelter, will cost about $210 per day.

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Tulsa School Superintendent Deborah Gist released a statement explaining the administrative pay raises in the Tulsa District, at a time when teacher salaries are flat.   

In the local News:

  • "Fewer people doing more work" is how administrative pay hikes are explained at the Tulsa Schools.
  • A Sand Springs woman is arrested for multi bank robberies.
  • Rain in Tulsa this morning, followed by high heat this afternoon.

Tulsa cooling stations opened Tuesday to help people deal with the oppressive heat this week.

"Whoever is warm or they need a cooling place to get out of the heat, anyone's invited to take advantage of one of the cooling stations," said Jamie Ott with Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency.

Some cooling stations, including the Salvation Army Center of Hope and John 3:16 mission, are open 24 hours during heat waves.

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Damage from a fire Friday at Grand River Dam Authority’s Choteau power plant will take awhile to fix.

One turbine bore the brunt of the damage from the fire. Though GRDA is still assessing the situation, spokesman Justin Alberty said it could be down a year and a half to two years.

"We do know that none of our customers are going to suffer. They're not going to lose any power, and we hope to continue to maintain reliability of the system as we put all this back in place," Alberty said.

Welfare recipients in Oklahoma can now double the value of up to $20 of benefits a day by purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets.

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services announced details of the program on Tuesday for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. A pilot program launched in Tulsa a few years ago expanded statewide last week.

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It’s been several months since the March 30th tornado struck North Tulsa, and it will be months more before some victims are in their homes again. There is a special North Tulsa long-term recovery committee working on helping those without insurance who suffered damage. The city and county are working together without benefit of FEMA help this time, according to co-chair Linda Johnston.

Many churches and non-profits are assisting the 111 families without insurance who have requested help.

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