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6:49 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Tuesday Top Local Stories from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Election Day is here in Oklahoma.
  • TB is detected in McAlester.
  • A public meeting is held dealing with Tulsa's rash of sexual assaults.
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2:24 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Christmas Is Back in the Christmas Parade

Paul Ross announces his company, American Waste Control, will sponsor the 2014 downtown Tulsa Christmas parade.
Credit KWGS News

A new name, with Christmas included, and a new sponsor bring a unified downtown yuletide parade for Tulsa this year. For the past several years, dropping the word Christmas from the downtown event caused a split that resulted in two separate parades, one downtown, one at Tulsa Hills. This year there will be only one parade. Paul Ross is with American Waste Control, the new sponsor. He says this year's parade will officially be known as the 2014 American Waste Control Christmas Parade in Downtown.

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12:54 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Planning for OU Tornado Shelters Nears Completion

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    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — University of Oklahoma President David Boren says the planning phase for tornado shelters on the OU campus in Norman is nearing completion.

The $12 million project is an expansion of campus storm shelters for students living in university housing.

The OU Board of Regents last September approved — at Boren's request — the hiring of MA Plus to help design a campus system of additional storm shelters.

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12:02 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Underage Drinking a Leading Health Problem

Credit Tulsa Regional Prevention Coordinator

  Underage teens are walking into liquor stores… and it has law enforcement’s approval. They are working undercover trying to buy alcohol. Compliance checks are being conducted to tackle a leading public health problem- underage drinking. Tulsa Health Department’s Marianne Long, with the Regional Prevention Coordinator program, says underage drinking is a major problem for Tulsa.

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11:29 am
Mon June 23, 2014

NSU Gets Grant for Tribal Child Welfare Services

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  TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Northeastern State University has received a five-year grant of $735,000 aimed at improving child welfare services in the Cherokee Nation.

The university's Department of Social Work will partner with the tribe to enhance and support child welfare services. The funding is from the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, which is a service of the U.S. Children's Bureau.

Northeastern State University is one of 11 universities nationwide to receive the funding.

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10:45 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Neighborhood Meeting to Address Recent Attacks

Brookside residents will gather tonight at 6:30 for a neighborhood meeting. Residents in the area are concerned after two, of the recent six,  sexual assaults have taken place in Brookside.  The meeting will be at the Southminster Presbyterian Church. The church is on the corner of 35th and South Peoria.

Tulsa Police and the Domestic Violence Intervention Service/Call Rape will take part in the gathering and offer tips for staying safe. These attacks have all taken place in the middle of the night, inside a home or apartment.

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10:03 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Baby Rhinoceros Born at Oklahoma City Zoo

Credit Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden Facebook

  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Zoo has a new baby boy: an Indian rhinoceros born Saturday.

The zoo says the male calf was born to a 7-year-old female rhinoceros named Niki. The calf's father is 28-year-old rhinoceros Chandra.

The zoo says the calf is the fourth Indian rhino born at the zoo since the facility added the species in 1981.

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10:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

2 Injured in Separate Accidents on Lake Murray

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  ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says two juveniles were injured in separate boating accidents on Lake Murray.

Both accidents involved tubes that were being towed by boats. According to the highway patrol, a 9-year-old boy was tubing Sunday afternoon when he was struck by an oncoming pontoon.

The boy was taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he is in stable condition with leg injuries.

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7:51 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Wrong Way Chase on I-44 in Tulsa

Lance Newsom
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Tulsa Police are involved in a slow-speed chase overnight. What makes it news-worthy is that it was the wrong way on Interstate 44. 

Tulsa Police say the chase lasted ten miles. Officers joined the chase near Lewis. At speeds of 30-to-35 mph, the chase crawled east in the westbound lanes to 145th East Avenue. Police deployed stop-sticks which caused the wrong ways driver's tires to blow. The driver, 46-year-old Lance Newsom, lost control of the car and it crashed into the interstate cable barrier.

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7:06 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Attorneys for Same Sex Marriage

A group of about 85 attorneys from across Oklahoma are joining a coalition in support of gay marriage in the state and the country.

The group Oklahoma Lawyers for Marriage is launching its website today and supports the idea that all marriages should be legally recognized.

Oklahoma's constitutional ban on gay marriage was approved by more than 75 percent of Oklahoma voters in 2004.

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