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7:54 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Body Found at Catoosa Recycling Plant Identified

Catoosa Police Headquarters
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CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a body found at a recycling center in Catoosa has been identified as that of a Tulsa woman.

The agency said Wednesday that fingerprints were used to identify the body as 24-year-old Bobbie Lee Cole of Tulsa.

Workers at the plant found the body Monday among cardboard that had been left for recycling at the National Waste Disposal Facility.

The OSBI says the body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office in Tulsa to determine the cause and manner of death.

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7:51 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Federal Officials Open Fort Sill Shelter to Media

Entrance to Fort Sill
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FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — Federal officials plan to allow members of the media to tour a temporary shelter at Fort Sill that is being used to house more than 1,000 mostly teenage immigrants from Central America.

Participants in the tour Thursday afternoon at the Army post in southwest Oklahoma are heavily restricted and are prohibited from taking pictures, asking questions or interacting with staff or children at the shelter.

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6:46 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Immigration reform takes center stage in Oklahoma.
  • Tulsa educators now review Tulsa's Third Grade Reading Academy
  • Costco moves forward with Tulsa plans
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3:03 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

TPS Administrators Visit Reading Classes Ahead of Assessments

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard (right) and Chief Academic Officer Tracy Bayles look in on students Wednesday in Bridgette Mangrum's summer reading academy class.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa Public Schools administrators visited third-grade reading remediation classes today ahead of assessments this week.

Students who didn’t pass state tests in May are in groups of 15 to 25 in 22 classrooms throughout the district. Marion Munchinski normally teaches third grade at Cooper Elementary, but she’s at Disney leading a summer reading academy class. She said the curriculum is largely the same — there’s just more of it.

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12:31 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Oklahoma Leaders Push Immigration Reform

Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Republican leaders in Oklahoma is joining a coalition of business and manufacturing groups from across the country in urging Congress to pass immigration reform they say is vital to the nation's economy.

Former Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele and ex-Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating both are participating in calling for Congress and President Barack Obama to work together to enact federal legislation on immigration.

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12:20 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

New River Plan Floated

The Arkansas River flowing toward downtown Tulsa
Credit KWGS File Photo

A new Arkansas River plan is bubbling to the surface in Tulsa. Under the plan, the city would ask voters to extend a portion of the soon-to-be-expiring Vision 2025 Sales Tax to fund river improvements.

DEWEY BARTLETT: " Our suggestion is that we strongly consider using a portion of that 6/10s that is coming up for renewal; that we use a significant portion of it to put water in the river."                             

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11:46 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Farmers Hoping for More Rain to Lessen Drought

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Some Oklahoma farmers say there's "cautious optimism" that patchy rains this summer will make a dent in the drought afflicting much of the state and help save crops and cattle.

But they concede conditions could change quickly, like they did last year when Oklahoma settled back into the oppressive heat of the summer months. Crops wilted and hay shortages were prevalent across a large swath of the state.

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11:44 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Lawton Man Bound Over for Trial in Wife's Death

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A Lawton man has been ordered to stand trial in the stabbing death of his wife.

Comanche County District Judge Joe Reeves ruled Tuesday that there's sufficient evidence for Herbert Haynes to stand trial on a second-degree murder charge in the January death of his wife, Irene Haynes.

Authorities say Irene Haynes was found stabbed to death in a Lawton motel room.

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10:47 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Governor Declines Call for Strip Club Session

Democrat State Representative Ben Sherrer from Choteau.

There will be no special session of the state legislature to address a proposed strip club in the heart of Mayes County’s Amish country. In an email to KWGS, Governor Fallin’s office says she is opposed to the idea, but the cost of a special session would be over 100 thousand dollars a week. The call for the session came from Democrat State Representative Ben Sherrer. He says if a republican would have made the request, it would have been considered pro-family.

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9:35 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Enid Teen to Stand Trial on Manslaughter Charge

ENID, Okla. (AP) — An Enid teenager accused of running over her boyfriend with a pickup truck has been bound over for trial on a second-degree manslaughter charge.

Nineteen-year-old Jonna Marie Jordan is accused in the November death of 44-year-old Orlando Rutledge. Prosecutors allege that Jordan backed over Rutledge with the truck after the two got into an altercation.

According to police, Jordan told officers that she did not intentionally run over Rutledge.

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