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11:40 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Early Voting Starts Today

Early voting for runoff election set to begin.
Credit KWGS News

Early in-person absentee voting for the runoff election begins today. You may cast a ballot at 555 North Denver at the Tulsa County Election Board or at the satellite location at Hardesty Library on 93rd Street, just off Memorial. Hours are from 8am to 6pm Thursday and Friday and 9am to 2pm Saturday.

Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says this is the second time a satellite location…Hardesty Library…is being used for early voting. There is no early voting Monday. Polls will open on Tuesday.

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11:26 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Depression Seminar Set for Tulsa

Seminar on Depression will be held in Tulsa.
Credit MHAO

The recent suicide of Robin Williams has people asking questions about depression. In Tulsa tomorrow afternoon, a seminar, free and open to the public, will teach people how to recognize the symptoms and what to do about it. Michael Brose is Director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma. He says it’s important that people be able to ask THE QUESTION…Are you thinking about harming yourself or killing yourself?

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11:24 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Officials Say Fort Sill Migrants Boosted Oklahoma Business

Credit Fort Sill

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Some officials say a southern Oklahoma city saw economic benefits from a facility that processed children who entered the country unaccompanied.

Federal officials say more than 1,800 unaccompanied immigrant children came through Fort Sill in southwestern Oklahoma before the facility closed earlier this month. It opened in June.

A 2008 law requires that unaccompanied child immigrants from countries that don't border the U.S. be handed over to federal officials within 72 hours of being apprehended.

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6:48 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Former Congressman to Keynote at Symposium

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Former Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the 20th annual Zarrow Mental Health Symposium celebration.

The Sept. 18 dinner will be at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa.

Kennedy has been an advocate for those affected by depression and bipolar disorder. The former lawmaker authored the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 —requiring health insurance plans to provide equal coverage for mental illness.

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6:46 am
Wed August 20, 2014

CDC: Oklahoma teen birth rate second-highest in US

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal report shows Oklahoma has the second-highest teen birth rate in the nation.

The Oklahoman reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the 2012 findings on Wednesday. The 2012 rate was about 47 births per 1,000 teenagers ages 15 to 19. Only New Mexico had a higher rate.

Oklahoma's teen birth rate has decreased over the past 20 years, but at a slower pace than in every state except North Dakota and South Dakota.

The CDC says babies of teen mothers are at higher risk of low birth weight and preterm delivery.

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6:38 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • It is the first morning of the new school year in the Tulsa Public Schools.
  • Officials say a 238-count indictment will crimp Tulsa drug traffic.
  • Tulsa Police Officer Shannon Kepler enters a plea on a first degree murder charge.
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5:17 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

52 People Indicted in Tulsa for 238 Crimes

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan discusses the investigation with reporters.
Credit KWGS News

Unsealed today in the United States District Court, 52 members and associates of the Hoover Crips Street Gang and the Donald Walter’s Drug Trafficking Organization were charged with 238 criminal offenses. Among the offenses are drug conspiracy, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, weapon offenses, retaliating against a witness, and conspiring to promote dog fighting.

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4:44 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Plane Lands Short of Runway

The plane landed on a street near the Tulsa International Airport
Credit KWGS News

A plane touches  down short of the runway at Tulsa International Airport. The incident happened about 3:45 this afternoon near Apache and North Sheridan. It landed on a city street near  the general aviation area of the International Airport.

No one was injured.  The plane was piloted by a teenager with another teenager on board as a passenger. The teen did have his pilot license.

The plane sit down on a narrow  stretch of road along 69th East Avenue, between the airport and the Gilcrease Expressway.

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1:29 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

BA Choice for First Time Home Buyers

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Broken Arrow has been named the Best City for First-Time Home Buyers by personal finance website WalletHub.

To determine which housing markets most favor first-time home buyers, WalletHub assessed the affordability of homes as well as the conditions of the real estate market and community environment in the 300 largest U.S. cities. WalletHub used 17 key metrics, ranging from median house prices and real estate taxes to median home price appreciation and price-to-rent ratios.

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11:42 am
Tue August 19, 2014

AUDIO: Officer Pleads Not Guilty in 19-Year-Old's Death

The fatal shooting took place on this dead end street west of Tulsa's IDL
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa police officer has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend.

The court entered the plea Tuesday at Shannon Kepler's arraignment and set a preliminary hearing for Oct. 22.

Kepler was charged Monday in the Aug. 5 death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake.

Kepler is a 24-year-veteran police officer who's also charged with one count of shooting with intent to kill because prosecutors say he shot at his daughter during the alleged confrontation in which Lake was killed.

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