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Outstanding warrants and fines with the City of Sand Springs get a little cheaper Thursday if you donate to a good cause.

They’re calling it "Food for Fines."

"We're allowing people to bring in canned foods or other nonperishable food items, and we're giving them credit for those donations up to a $200 maximum toward their fines," said Deputy Court Clerk Kenny Penrod.

Each item will be worth a $10 credit.

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The head of the Oklahoma Geological Survey said recent earthquakes have helped scientists learn more about the state’s fault system.

Seismic activity is occurring in cluster along certain fault lines. OGS Director Jeremy Boak said when oil and gas activity increases — even miles away — so does seismic activity along those faults.

"We know that's where the earthquakes are going to happen. As long as we're convinced that injection is the cause, injection is going to be the solution," Boak said. "The question is, have we reduced it enough?"

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Oklahoma's treasurer says state tax collections from oil and gas revenue production are up for the first time in almost two years.

The Oklahoman reports that October's gross production collections of $35.1 million were more than October 2015 collections by 8.9 percent.

October gross production collections are based on production activity from August when West Texas Intermediate crude oil sold for an average of $44.72 per barrel.

Treasurer Ken Miller says monthly gross production collections have increased along with crude oil process since April.

 

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 Voters in Osage County in northeastern Oklahoma waited in line for nearly three hours after the polls closed because of long lines and a shortage of poll workers.

Oklahoma Election Board spokesman Bryan Dean says a sheriff's deputy raced across the county Tuesday night with lights and sirens to bring the county election board secretary to the precinct in the eastern part of the county to help get the lines moving.

The KWGS Oklahoma election recap.

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 The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake has shaken parts of northern Oklahoma.

The 4.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday about 12 miles northwest of Medford, about 120 miles north of Oklahoma City and 100 miles northwest of Cushing, a key oil hub where a magnitude 5.0 on Sunday night damaged homes and businesses. No damage or injuries was immediately reported following the latest quake in Medford.

 

 The decline in U.S. oil production may not be as severe as expected just a month ago.

The government is raising its forecast of U.S. production for both this year and 2017, as drillers respond to higher crude prices. Still, output won't match 2015, which was the biggest year for U.S. production in 35 years.

Grove Woman Votes for the First Time in 90 Years

Nov 8, 2016

An Oklahoma woman made history Tuesday by casting her ballot for the first time at 90 years old during the 2016 General Election.

 The Grove Sun reports that Marge Snowden was born six years after women received the right to vote, but for a variety of reasons never registered to vote. When Snowden married her husband, she spent her time raising the family and left the voting to her husband.  

 Snowden cast her vote for Donald Trump, saying that she thinks he is a better leader and trusts men to lead.  

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Republican Party won big in Oklahoma on Election Day, delivering the state's seven electoral votes to presidential candidate Donald Trump, winning all of the congressional seats on the ballot and increasing the party's legislative majorities. Oklahoma voters also rejected a 1 percent sales tax to help fund public schools and teacher pay raises and enshrined the death penalty in the state constitution

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Rate increases could be in store for Broken Arrow utility customers as the city looks to fund repairs and additions to its water and sewer system.

The increase will likely be combined with around $50 million in bonds voters will be asked to approve by early 2018.

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While it’s still not a done deal, an agreement that would bring a grocery store to downtown Tulsa takes a big step forward.

The Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust has agreed to negotiate terms with an Indiana-based developer to sell the PAC-owned parking lot at Third Street and Cincinnati Avenue. Flaherty and Collins will pay $5.5 million lot, which it’s eyeing for a 12-story mixed-use development. Plans include 240 apartment units and a 32,000 square foot Reasor's.

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The Tulsa County District Attorney invites family and friends of victims of violent crime to gather December 8 for a candlelight memorial service and Christmas tree decorating.

The memorial will be held at 6:30 pm at Chandler Park Community Center 6500 W. 21st St. in Tulsa. Participants are encouraged to bring an ornament to place on a tree in remembrance of a lost loved one. A short program and candlelight service will follow.

Governor Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for Payne County due to a magnitude 5.0 earthquake that occurred Sunday evening near the city of Cushing.

The earthquake was felt in multiple states and has resulted in damage to numerous buildings in downtown Cushing. Damage assessments are ongoing.

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Oklahoma regulators say they will shut down some disposal wells and reduce volume in others after a magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck near Cushing on Sunday night.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Oil and Gas Division said Monday that more than 700 square miles are included in the new area, but specific details wouldn't be released until Tuesday.

Wastewater from oil and gas production is injected into the disposal wells. Scientists have linked the practice to the increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma in recent years.

 

 Southern California authorities say a 22-year-old man from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been arrested in the murders of a Long Beach mother and her 4-year-old daughter.

Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna announced the arrest of Brandon Colbert at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Luna said Colbert was identified as a suspect after being matched to DNA submitted by detectives.

Investigators believe Colbert boarded a Greyhound bus from Tulsa to Los Angeles three days before the shooting on Aug. 6.

It is FINALLY Here! Election Day

Nov 8, 2016
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The long lines start off this election day in Oklahoma. People started arriving before 6 a.m. at some of the polling places. It is estimated that 75% of the registered voters will cast a ballot today in Tulsa County. The polls will be open until 7 p.m.

Our election coverage will begin at 4 p.m. with a special edition of 'All Things Considered'. We will then transition to continuous election coverage as the polls at 7. We will also be posting results, on-line, on Facebook and on Twitter.

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 Oklahoma regulators say they will shut down some disposal wells and reduce volume following Sunday's 5.0 earthquake at Cushing.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Oil and Gas Division said Monday that more than 700 square miles are included in the new area, but specific details wouldn't be released until Tuesday.

Wastewater from oil and gas production is injected into the disposal wells. Scientists have linked the practice to the increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma in recent years.

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The head of the Oklahoma Democratic Party is calling for the resignation of Republican State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, who is facing felony charges accusing her of illegally raising money for her 2014 election bid.

Democratic Party Chairman Mark Hammons said Monday Hofmeister should step down "for the good of education and the good of teachers."

Hofmeister pleaded not guilty last week and was freed on $8,000 bond.

In the local news:

  • It is election day.
  • The assessment continues at Cushing.
  • The head of the Democratic Party wants Joy Hofmeister to resign.
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Record early voting and high turnouts in the last two Presidential elections prompt optimism for lots of ballot casting Tuesday. While races for President always bring out voters, Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says the top of the ballot race isn’t the only issue of interest. She mentions the seven state questions and some local and county races that have prompted lots of discussion. Bryant hopes for 75% turnout or better.

The early voting ended Saturday, but polls are open from 7am to 7pm Tuesday , and if you are in line at 7pm, you will be allowed to vote.

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State regulators in Oklahoma say normal operations have resumed at the Cushing oil storage terminal after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck Sunday night.

Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner says pipelines are operating Monday at the storage terminal, which is one of the world's key oil hubs. Cushing is located about 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City and bills itself the "Pipeline Crossroads of the World."

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Criminal justice reform is a popular issue lately in Oklahoma.

Earlier this year, Gov. Mary Fallin signed a slate of bills aimed at reducing the populations of the state's overcrowded prisons and keeping more Oklahomans from having a felony on their records.

 

The state's top law enforcement agency is investigating an Okfuskee County deputy's fatal shooting of a man who allegedly tried to run the deputy over.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a deputy was outside his vehicle on Saturday when 36-year-old James Carl Coale allegedly tried to drive over the deputy after a traffic stop.

The agency says the deputy fired several shots at the vehicle, striking Coale. Coale was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says there are no immediate reports of damage at a major oil storage hub following a 5.0 magnitude earthquake in the area.

Fallin tweeted that officials in Cushing are checking for building damage and natural gas leaks following Sunday night's quake. It was the third earthquake with a magnitude 5.0 or greater this year in Oklahoma.

Weekend Ends With Another Tulsa Homicide

Nov 7, 2016

Overnight, Tulsa recorded its 68th homicide of the year. Tulsa Police say a man was shot and killed at the Towne Square Apartments near Lansing and Utica.

He was shot about 11:30 last night, but died early this morning at a Tulsa hospital.

Police say a large amount of marijuana was found inside that apartment.  No arrests have been made and no names have been released.

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An Alzheimer’s study will be taking place at Tulsa Clinical Research.

More than five million Americans are currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, scientists expect this number to triple to 15 million or more. Experts say that women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, as are minority communities, including African Americans and Hispanics.

In the local news:

  • The very latest in the Cushing 5.0 earthquake.
  • A new dementia study is getting under in Tulsa.
  • Tulsa records its 68th murder of the year.

AUDIO: Cushing Quake Downgraded to 5.0; Considerable Damage

Nov 7, 2016
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A 5.0-magnitude earthquake centered near one of the world's key oil hubs has triggered fears the temblor may have damaged key infrastructure and rendered century-old downtown buildings unsafe in the latest Oklahoma town rattled by increasingly strong quakes.

Cushing Assistant City Manager Jeremy Frazier told a late-night news conference that a few minor injuries were reported in the quake that struck at 7:44 p.m. Sunday. He said the damage appeared to be contained to downtown, where piles of debris sat at the base of some commercial buildings.

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