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11:07 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Oklahoma Senate Supports Limiting Access to Police Videos

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has approved Open Records Act legislation that would limit access by the public and media to audio and video recordings obtained from equipment attached to a law enforcement officer or vehicle.

The Senate voted 46-0 for the House-passed bill Tuesday and sent it to a joint House-Senate conference committee for more work. Its Senate author, Republican Sen. David Holt of Bethany, says lawmakers are working with law enforcement and media representatives to fashion the bill's final form.

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10:18 am
Tue April 21, 2015

There's a Backlash Against Proposed New Rules on Oil and Gas Production in Stillwater

Protestors against proposed new energy production standards in Stillwater.
Credit Consumer Energy Alliance

Stillwater leaders are considering new rules on energy production inside city limits. Recent earthquakes and potential damage to the environment has prompted a proposal to implement a 22-hundred foot setback. It’s led to a backlash by those who say that would ban any energy production in the city. David Holt is President of Consumer Energy Alliance. He says any such regulations must be balanced, and a setback that large is effectively a ban.

The Alliance proposes a task force that takes into account those on both sides of the issue…environmental groups and business interests.

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6:57 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Berkshire Hathaway Buys Group of Small Oklahoma Newspapers

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company is adding a group of small Oklahoma newspapers near Tulsa to its growing group of more than two dozen small and medium-sized newspapers.

Berkshire Hathaway Media Group said Monday that it had acquired six weekly newspapers and the daily Tulsa Business and Legal News from Community Publishers Inc.

Berkshire Hathaway Media CEO Terry Kroeger says the new papers should complement the company's existing publications, which include the Tulsa World.

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6:55 am
Tue April 21, 2015

HUD awards Nearly $360K to Help Oklahoma Homeless Veterans

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs have awarded nearly $365,000 in Oklahoma to help homeless military veterans find permanent homes.

The $364,335 in awards will be shared among the cities of Tulsa, Muskogee, Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency.

The funding is to be used as both rental assistance from HUD, with case management and clinical services provided by the VA.

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6:52 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Blue Bell Creameries Issues Recall of All Products

Credit Blue Bell

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries has issued a voluntary recall for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for the potentially deadly bacteria listeria.

Blue Bell's chief executive Paul Kruse says the company "cannot say with certainty" how the bacteria was introduced to its facilities.

Blue Bell's recall includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks distributed in 23 states and international locations.

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6:47 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The latest on the Sheriff's Office problems.
  • Blue Bell recalls all of its ice-cream.
  • The search continues for missing boaters on Lake Eufaula.
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5:13 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Harris Family Attorney Hammers Sheriff on Bates Records

Attorney Dan Smollen says he's troubled by several inconsistencies in the application of sheriff's department policies and the training logs of reserve deputy Bob Bates, which were released over the weekend.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The attorney for Eric Harris' family questions the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office after a weekend release of training records.

Attorney Dan Smollen spent nearly an hour pointing out things he found troubling. Range scores drastically improved. Activity logs stood in for much more detailed field training logs. Many things were signed by the head of the task force Bates donated to.

Smollen said the sheriff has yet to produce records indicating Bates qualified with the Smith & Wesson revolver he carried and shot Harris with.

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2:17 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Officials Break Ground on Tulsa County Jail Expansion

County commissioners John Smaligo (left), Ron Peters and Karen Keith; Sheriff Stanley Glanz; and Undersheriff Tim Albin break ground Monday on the Tulsa County Jail expansion project. Construction will begin next month.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Construction on the Tulsa County Jail expansion begins next month, with the sheriff and county commissioners breaking ground this afternoon.

The 43,000-square feet addition will include two transitional units, office and counseling space, and an area for video court processing. But this is mostly about the two new mental health units.

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1:57 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Lexington Teenager Killed in Collision with Church Van

NOBLE, Okla. (AP) — The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office says a 17-year-old Lexington girl has been killed when the vehicle she was riding in collided with a church van near Noble.

The sheriff's office says Morgan Smith was pronounced dead at a Norman hospital following the Sunday afternoon collision at an intersection on the western edge of Noble.

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12:13 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Search Continues for 2 Missing Boaters on Lake Eufaula

An OHP helicopter
Credit KWGS News

EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a search will continue this week for two boaters who were reported missing on Lake Eufaula.

Twenty-three-year-old James Giles and 41-year-old Sean McDonald were last seen between 11 p.m. and midnight Saturday leaving the Holiday Cove area on the lake in a canoe.

Troopers said a search began shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday after they were alerted that the men were missing.

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