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3:53 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Tulsa Has a Few Gaps in Tornado Siren Coverage

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The head of the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency says there's a priority list of areas needing tornado sirens. 

Agency director Roger Jolliff told city councilors one place on the list is the intersection of 51st Street and Garnett Road.

"While there's not a lot of residences, it's a high-usage area that people are out in the daytime, they're working, they're moving about," Jolliff said. "Again, this is an outdoor warning system, so we need to be conscious of people who are out and about."

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3:45 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Public Safety Funding Vote Likely After River, Economic Development Measures

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Tulsa city councilors seem to be in agreement that river funding and economic development should go to voters this year, while a public safety tax should wait until next year.

Councilor David Patrick said they need to garner support for these proposals individually.

"I initially liked the idea of putting it all in one election, getting it over with and, you know, trying to pass the whole enchilada," Patrick said. "But, you know, that really is complicated, and so it probably makes sense to have two elections."

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12:21 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Oklahoma Senate Moves to Eliminate Wind Tax Credits

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has given unanimous approval to a pair of bills that will end two separate tax subsidies for the wind industry in Oklahoma.

With no debate, the Senate on Friday approved one bill to eliminate a 5-year property tax exemption for wind manufacturers, starting in 2017. Because the state reimburses counties for the revenue lost from the exemption, the cost of the subsidy has skyrocketed with the expansion of wind farms in Oklahoma. It's expected to cost the state about $44 million in the current fiscal year.

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12:19 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Oklahoma Attorney General Admits Court Filing Error

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office acknowledges it erred in a court filing with the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving a challenge to the state's lethal injection formula.

In a letter to the nation's highest court on Wednesday, Oklahoma Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick says he inadvertently cited a letter as having been sent to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. The letter was actually sent to the Texas Department of Corrections.

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6:59 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Blue Bell to Now Inform States of Positive Listeria Tests

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HOUSTON (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries has signed agreements with health officials in Texas and Oklahoma requiring the company to inform the states whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients.

The requirement comes after the company based in Brenham, Texas failed to tell federal or state health officials of repeated findings of listeria at its Oklahoma plant that date back to 2013.

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6:57 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Oklahoma Legislative Panels Pass Bond Plans for 2 Museums

Ok-Pop would be in the Brady Arts District.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Separate $25 million bond proposals have been approved by Oklahoma legislative committees to complete the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City and build the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa.

The Senate Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget voted 26-16 Thursday for the plan to complete the American Indian museum. The incomplete structure is on 67 acres along the banks of the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City.

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6:53 am
Fri May 15, 2015

A Country-Club Stand-Off Comes to an End

Entrance to Forest Ridge, east of Broken Arrow
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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — An armed carjacking suspect is in custody after a standoff with police near a suburban Tulsa golf course.

Police say the standoff began Thursday afternoon after a man ran into a building near the Forest Ridge Golf Club in Broken Arrow following an attempted carjacking in Wagoner County with two other suspects. The suspects ran in separate directions as police arrived.

Broken Arrow Police Sergeant Thomas Cooper told reporters that one suspect ran into the building near the course and barricaded himself inside.

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6:41 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The OSBI is asked to review the Tulsa Sheriff's Office.
  • A stand-off ends at a Broken Arrow Golf Course.
  • A Tulsa proposal for the low water dams.
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4:38 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Tulsa Police, Fire, 911 Departments Remain Understaffed

The city council budget committee asked Tulsa's public safety officials about their staffing levels Thursday, and each department is under authorized strength.

Fire Chief Ray Driskell said he's losing about two firefighters a month.

"But if we have anything that changes within the pension system, because of the people that come on in the early '80s and late '80s, we could have any number of people leave," Driskell said. "I mean, we could have 50, 60, 70 people leave because they've met their 20-year pension timeline."

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4:25 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Task Force Gets Idea for Dam Trust Structure

Tulsa City Councilor Phil Lakin presented an organizational structure Thursday for a dam trust to the river task force.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa's river task force hears an idea for structuring the trust that would oversee a series of low-water dams in the Arkansas River.

City Councilor Phil Lakin proposes an 11-member authority with an endowment group supporting it. Setting up an authority supported by an endowment would allow the trust to receive private donations.

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