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11:57 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Oklahoma anti-death penalty group wants commutation

Gary Allen
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Members of an anti-death penalty group are asking Gov. Mary Fallin to commute the sentence of Oklahoma death row inmate Garry Allen to life in prison.

Members of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty met Monday with Fallin's general counsel, Steve Mullins.

Fallin denied clemency for Allen on March 13 and set his execution date for Thursday. The anti-death penalty group wants Fallin to reconsider that decision.

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Local & Regional
11:46 am
Mon April 9, 2012

TU announces 10 winners of nationally competitive scholarships — most in the state

KWGS News File Photo

This spring, The University of Tulsa is pleased to announce that at least 10 students have been awarded prestigious nationally competitive scholarships from several foundations.

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Local & Regional
9:57 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Bond for suspects at $10 million

District Attorney Tim Harris discusses the case with reporters in the courthouse hall way.
KWGS News File Photo

A Tulsa County District Court Judge orders the suspected shooters in last Friday’s Tulsa shooting spree held on $10 million bond. Neither 19-year-old Jacob England or 33-year-old Alvin Watts had an attorney for this morning’s initial court appearance, which was done via-closed circuit TV from the Tulsa jail. The Tulsa public defender’s office has been contacted on their behalf.

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Local & Regional
8:46 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Tulsa begins to heal

KWGS News

Police in Tulsa, Okla., say it is much too early in their investigation to describe the murder of three black residents and the wounding of two others as a hate crime. Two men were arrested early Sunday morning and are expected to face charges of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill.

Soon after Friday's shooting, authorities reached out to the public for help. Police Maj. Walter Evans, the head of a task force looking into the murders, says information started pouring in shortly after that.

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Local & Regional
7:51 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Recapping a tense Tulsa Easter holiday

Councilor Jack Henderson talks with reporters
Brad Gibson/KWGS

Residents of North Tulsa are breathing a sigh of relief this morning as leads from the public led to the arrest of two white males who went on shooting spread last Friday morning, killing three black residents and wounding two others. But as  reporter Brad Gibson now tells us, the city is reflecting on how it got through a crisis that could have been much worse.

Local & Regional
7:07 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Natural gas glut means drilling boom must slow

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. natural gas market is bursting at the seams.

So much natural gas is being produced that soon there may be nowhere left to put the country's swelling surplus. After years of explosive growth, natural gas producers are retrenching.

The underground salt caverns and depleted oil fields that store natural gas are rapidly filling up after a balmy winter depressed demand for home heating.

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Local & Regional
7:05 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Broken Arrow casino could soon open doors amid protest

The casino construction site
KWGS News File Photo

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma Indian tribe could partially open a casino in Broken Arrow by the end of the month -- despite protests from thousands of residents and a pending state lawsuit.

The Kialegee Tribal Town began bulldozing the 20-acre site near the heavily-trafficked Creek Turnpike late last year. In recent weeks, it has trucked in several pre-fabricated buildings to temporarily house the Red Clay Casino.

Opponents of the project say the casino site is too close to schools and churches and will hurt property values and attract crime to the area.

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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Avenge his father's shooting death

Alvin Watts and Jacob England
Tulsa County Jail Booking photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa have arrested two men in a shooting rampage that killed three people, terrorizing the local African-American community, and said one suspect might have been trying to avenge his father's shooting two years ago by a black man.

Police arrested 19-year-old Jake England and 32-year-old Alvin Watts about 2 a.m. Sunday at a home north of Tulsa. Police said Sunday both suspects are white and all five victims in the early Friday were black.

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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Monday: Our Top Local Stories from KWGS

Hear a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories. In this Update:

  • The latest of the Tulsa shooting spree now that two people are in custody.
  • A new and controversial Broken Arrow tribal casino could open later this month.
  • A state lawmaker will try again to get Oklahoma state retirees a pension increase.
Local & Regional
3:24 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

POLICE CHIEF: Sickened that crimes may have been motivated by hate

Police Chief Jordan talks to reporters
Brad Gibson/KWGS

Pleased that suspects are in custody, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan told reporters in a Sunday afternoon news conference that he was “sickened” that the crimes may have been motivated by hate.

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