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6:58 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Evacuation Advisory Issued as Crews Battle Large Wildfire

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — The Woodward County emergency manager has issued an evacuation order for a northeast area of the county as crews continue battling a large wildfire.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported on Monday night the fire has burned about 23,000 acres. The Woodward County emergency manager says crews have been working since 2 p.m. to put out the fire that as of 5 p.m. Monday had stretched to six and a half miles.

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6:55 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Governor Fallin to Host First in a Series of Job Fairs

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Gov. Mary Fallin is set to host the first Oklahoma Job and Resource Fair to connect job seekers with employment opportunities and resources.

The job fair is specifically designed to offset the economic effects caused by the downturn in the state's energy sector. The initial event is scheduled for March 26 at the Western Technology Center in Elk City.

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6:52 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Panel OKs Bill Prohibiting Payroll Deductions for Union Dues

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that prohibits Oklahoma school districts from making payroll deductions for its employees for union membership has narrowly passed a state Senate committee.

The Senate General Government Committee voted 4-3 Monday for the bill by Republican Sen. Nathan Dahm of Broken Arrow, the chairman of the committee. The bill already passed the House and now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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6:49 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Medical Waste Found in Arkansas River in Eastern Oklahoma

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PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality says medical waste including used vials and syringes has been found in the Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma.

Agency spokeswoman Erin Hatfield says the department was notified Monday of the discovery in Pawnee County and will send investigators to the scene about 60 miles west of Tulsa "in the next few days."

She said the river does not supply drinking water in Oklahoma. She also said there appears to be no immediate danger, other than to river users who might encounter any vials or syringes.

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6:41 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa has saved $24-million over five years by using a KPMG study.
  • Medical waste is found floating in the Arkansas River.
  • We are running out of space to store oil as the price continues to decline.
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1:06 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Duncan Running Low on Water

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DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — Duncan officials are looking for other sources of funds to help the city pump water from Clear Creek Lake amid an ongoing drought.

The Oklahoman reports that Duncan did not receive state drought relief grants, which were awarded two weeks ago by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. Officials are seeking federal grants to fund the Clear Creek Lake project, and are also looking at other water alternatives including drilling water wells.

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12:59 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Review Saves Tulsa Millions

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It has been five years since auditing firm KPMG released its study on Tulsa. Since that time, Mayor Bartlett says the city has saved $24-million.

The audit cost  $400,000  and the city didn’t even have to pay for it. It was paid for by the Tulsa Community Foundation.

Only about a third of the study has been implemented. The Mayor says other parts of the study are being reviewed to see if additional money could be saved.

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7:53 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Trooper: 3 Dead After Car Hits Group of Motorcyclists

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TRYON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in central Oklahoma say three motorcyclists have been killed after a head-on collision with a car.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a car traveling on U.S. 177 Sunday night in Lincoln County crossed over the center line and struck a 49-year-old motorcyclist. Troopers say a 20-year-old motorcyclist struck the first bike and a 36-year-old motorcyclist slid off the road to avoid the crashes.

The three men died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Troopers didn't identify the car driver or passenger because of their age.

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7:50 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Oklahoma Isn't Alone in Race-Related Fraternity Incidents

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Many colleges are clamping down on campus fraternities after their reputations are sullied by race-tainted incidents.

Even with a school's sometimes swift and hard action, episodes such as the racist chants by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma still surface.

In recent years, numerous other fraternities have been suspended and students expelled from school for racially tinged parties or behavior. Actions have included hanging nooses and shouting racial profanities.

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7:02 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Oklahoma Legislature Considering Online Voter Registration

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than a third of Oklahoma's eligible voters aren't registered, so lawmakers are considering allowing online registration to make the process more convenient and renew interest in elections.

State Election Board statistics show that more than 2.1 million people were registered to vote in January 2005. Ten years later and about 10 percent more residents, 119,280 fewer Oklahoma residents were registered to vote.

Last year's general election drew less than 30 percent of Oklahoma's eligible voters.

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