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5:34 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

TU Names New Head Football Coach

Credit University of Tulsa Athletics

  The University of Tulsa has selected Philip Montgomery as the school’s 29th head football coach, Vice President & Director of Athletics Derrick Gragg announced today. Montgomery will be introduced to the public at a university press conference Monday on the TU campus. Montgomery has logged nearly two decades of coaching experience, including the past seven (2008-14) at Baylor where he most recently has served as the offensive coordinator for the Big 12 powerhouse.

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3:42 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Employees Honored at Annual Awards

Deputy Michael Bonin (left) accepts a medal Thursday for his meritorious service award from Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb. Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz holds a plaque that went to Bonin.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz commended dozens of deputies, detention officers and staff today at an annual awards ceremony.

About 50 sheriff's office employees were honored.

"Probably the most mentionable is the life saving awards. I have five employees that are receiving the life saving [awards]," Glanz said. "We have one meritorious service award that we're giving, and then there's a lot of recognition besides that."

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3:32 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

No Extra Keystone Dam Water Likely for "Water in the River"

Credit KWGS File photo

It’s unlikely communities on the Arkansas River will tap Keystone Dam to put water in the river.

Fritha Ohlson is with Southwestern Power Administration, the agency that generates power at Keystone. She said water behind the dam is already spoken for.

"If there were a storage reallocation that impacted that hydropower or impacted one of the water supply users, those users that have paid for that storage have to be compensated," Ohlson said. "And we're talking about in the tens of millions of dollars."

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12:08 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

St. John Plans Comprehensive Outpatient Cancer Center

Credit St John

St. John Health System has announced plans for a comprehensive outpatient cancer care center to be built on the St. John Broken Arrow campus, 1000 W. Boise Circle.  The facility will be designed as a stand-alone, state-of-the-art outpatient facility providing convenient cancer treatment services to patients in eastern Oklahoma.   

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Local & Regional
12:03 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Tulsa Artist Fellowship

George Kaiser Family Foundation today announced the establishment of a national artist fellowship program—the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. The TAF will enhance Tulsa’s growing art scene by providing awards and resources to local and non-local artists. Fellows will be awarded an unrestricted stipend ranging from $15,000 to $40,000 and, in most cases, free housing and studio work space.

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Local & Regional
11:28 am
Thu December 11, 2014

A National Expert Predicts Continued Economic Growth for Oklahoma and the Nation in 2015

The annual OSU Spears School of Business and Regional Chamber's Economic Outlook Conference is held in Tulsa.
Credit KWGS News

Tulsa area business leaders hear a fairly rosy economic prediction for the state and nation in 2015. Growth will continue at an even faster pace through the next year is the expectation of Scott Colbert, Chief Economist for Commerce Bank.

He says the big driving factors are increasing employment and low interest rates. And he says even falling energy prices should not keep down consumer growth. Colbert was keynote speaker at the Tulsa Chamber and OSU Spears School of Business Economic Outlook Conference.

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10:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Flu Season Takes 2 Oklahoma Lives

New flu statistics are out from the State Health Department and the news is not good. Two people have died from the flu in Oklahoma in the past week.

Both of the victims were older than 65. One lived in Oklahoma County and the other in Carter County near Ardmore.

These are the first flu deaths in Oklahoma this season. Last year, the state set a record with 60 flu deaths.

While this year’s flu vaccine is not the most effective, the State Health Department says it should less the flu impacts. The department encourages people to get the vaccine.

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9:21 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Ruling Stands: No Football Replay

Credit OSSAA website

An Oklahoma County judge denies a request by an Oklahoma City school to have part or all of a high school football playoff game replayed.

Judge Bernard Jones issued the ruling this morning.

It all started during a state quarterfinal on Nov. 28, when an improperly enforced penalty erased a touchdown that would have put Douglass ahead of Locust Grove with 64 seconds left. Locust Grove held on to win 20-19, and Douglass appealed to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

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9:14 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Tribe Helps Own With Holiday Needs

Officials from Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses present a $20,000 check to coordinators for the Cherokee Nation Angel Project. The annual campaign ensures Cherokee children in need receive clothing and other gifts at Christmas.
Credit Cherokee Nation

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Cherokee Nation Businesses has contributed $20,000 to the Cherokee Nation Angel Project to help make Christmas dreams come true for thousands of Cherokee children. Along with the money, employees from the tribe, its business arm and entertainment properties have adopted more than 650 angels. This is the ninth consecutive year that Cherokee Nation Businesses and its employees have participated in adopting angels for the annual program.

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6:50 am
Thu December 11, 2014

2 Tribal Prosecutors Join US Attorney's Office

Credit File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two tribal special prosecutors have joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa to prosecute crimes in Indian Country.

U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. says Jeff Jones, attorney general of the Osage Nation, and Sarah Hill, deputy attorney general of the Cherokee Nation, will work alongside other prosecutors in the office's Indian Country Prosecution Unit to improve public safety in tribal communities.

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