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4:09 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Cherokee Nation Close to Opening New Casino and Hotel

Cherokee Nation leaders pose for a photo during a topping out ceremony at their new casino and hotel in Roland, Oklahoma.
Credit Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Nation leaders hosted a topping out ceremony Monday for a new hotel and casino complex.

"It's a ritual that we do. We put a cedar tree and the flags and the last piece of steel that goes to the highest point of the building," Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. "We have a ceremony and sign the beam and set that last beam in place."

"They're almost to the point where most of their work's going to be indoors, and a couple more months and ought to have that think whipped out and ready to put 100 more full-time people to work."

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1:34 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Nice Weather for Tulsa's Martin Luther King Day Parade

Several thousand turn out for Tulsa's annual MLK Day Parade.
Credit KWGS News

Several thousand line the route for Tulsa’s annual Martin Luther King Day Parade. On a beautiful sunny day, people turn out for the largest parade in Oklahoma honoring the civil rights leader. The grand marshal this year is Pastor G. Calvin McCutcheon, who marched with Dr. King in 1963. He was there for the historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

With more than 240 entries, the Tulsa parade is billed as the second largest in the region.

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11:50 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Dispute Erupts into Flames?

A Sand Springs Fire Truck
Credit KWGS News File Photo

The Sand Springs  Police and Fire Departments are conducting an investigation into a possible 1st Degree Arson fire. It occurred Sunday evening at 3305 South Bahama Drive.

Sand Springs Police got the first call of a domestic disturbance at that address. Officers report the occupants were arguing, but no physical assault had taken place. Both parties refused a police request that one side leave the home.

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7:56 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Sperry Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash in Tulsa County

Credit KWGS News File Photo

SPERRY, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Sperry man has died of injuries he suffered in a single-vehicle crash just east of Sperry.

The patrol says 45-year-old Michael Holcomb was dead on arrival at a Tulsa hospital following the crash shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday.

An OHP report says Holcomb was eastbound on a county street when his pickup truck went off the road in a curve and crashed into several trees.

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7:54 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Grass Fire Consumes 2,100 Acres in Logan County, Closes I-35

File photo
Credit Oklahoma Forestry Service

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Wildfires in central Oklahoma have burned thousands of acres, damaged buildings and led to a highway closure and temporary evacuations.

Crews were battling two grass fires Sunday in Logan County. Guthrie fire Chief Eric Harlow tells The Oklahoman that about 2,100 acres burned and one house and three barns were damaged.

Harlow says no injuries were reported.

The fires prompted the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to close a nearby portion of Interstate 35 for about an hour.

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7:04 am
Mon January 19, 2015

OSBI Investigates Fatal Muskogee Officer-Involved Shooting

Credit Muskogee Police

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Muskogee in which a 21-year-old man was killed.

Muskogee Police Department Sergeant Michael Mahan says officers responded to a call around 4 p.m. Saturday about an apparent domestic disturbance involving a man and woman near a church. The woman had entered the church to attend a wedding but the man, identified as Terence Walker, was outside with a gun and asked her to come out.

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7:01 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Candidate Filing Begins for Special State Senate Election

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The secretary of the state Election Board says candidate filing for a special election in state Senate District 11 is set to begin.

Filing begins Monday for the election to fill the unexpired term of Democratic former state Sen. Jabar Shumate of Tulsa. He resigned earlier this month to become state director of The American Federation for Children.

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6:51 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Monday Morning's News from KWGS

In Local News:

  • Tulsa prepares for the nation's second largest MLK Day Parade.
  • A fire at Pratville sends to people to the hospital.
  • Dropping oil prices has state officials watching state bank accounts.
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Local & Regional
9:45 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Declining Oil Prices Forcing Industry to Cut Jobs in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Declining crude oil prices have forced three major industry firms with strong northeastern Oklahoma ties to lay off workers.

The Apache Corporation, Baker Hughes and Schlumberger have begun laying off employees in response to the oil price crash in the past six months.

Two weeks ago, Denver, Colorado-based producer SM Energy announced it would close its Tulsa office, which employs 100 people.

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Local & Regional
9:40 am
Sun January 18, 2015

New Oklahoma Schools Superintendent Fires 3 Administrators

Joy Hofmeister at her office
Credit Department of Education

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has fired three key members of her predecessor's staff during her first week in the office.

The Oklahoman reports Hofmeister declined comment on the terminations of Education Department employees Joel Robison, Richard Caram and Marsha Thompson.

Caram and Thompson, three-year employees of the department, confirmed they were fired Friday. Robison, the former chief of staff, told The Associated Press Saturday he was also fired.

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