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The University of Tulsa is getting a share of $3.3 million in grants by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to identify and control residential health hazards.

HUD said Tuesday that TU will receive almost $700,000 to address hazards like pest infestation and mold, which can trigger asthma and other illnesses. Other housing hazards include poor indoor air quality due to exposure to tobacco smoke and other contaminants and injury hazards.

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AAA Oklahoma says statewide gasoline price averages have fallen 11 cents since the end of August and are continuing to decline.

AAA says the state's average price for regular self-serve gasoline Monday stood at $2.02. Spokesman Chuck Mai says inventories have been good and demand is down following the end of the summer driving season. Mai says it's likely the statewide average gas price will fall below $2 per gallon in the state sometime this week.

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 A "march for justice" is planned in Tulsa as civil rights leaders call for further investigation into all police officers who were present when Terence Crutcher was shot to death earlier this month.

The Rev. Al Sharpton is set to lead the march and rally Tuesday afternoon. He'll be joined by attorneys representing Crutcher's family and others who are calling for disciplinary action against all officers who responded Sept. 16 when Crutcher was fatally shot.

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Tulsa Police say the Bank of America at 48th and South Peoria is robbed by gun-totting bandits. The heist happened right after the bank opened. Two suspects were arrested near Pine and North Denver.

Police are looking for more suspects.

Man Shot in Tulsa Pool Hall Fight

Sep 27, 2016
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A man is in critical condition after a pool hall fight spills into the parking lot at the Fontana Shopping Center. During the ruckus, someone pulled a gun and fired a shot in front of Magoo's near 5st and Memorial.

The man was rushed to the hospital after the 11 p.m. shooting. Police say the man was critically wounded. His name has not been released. Police are looking for suspect who fled the scene in a dark colored Chrysler. 



State officials in charge of a $245 million renovation of the Oklahoma Capitol are warning tenants and visitors of major changes, including an end to reserving public space in the building through 2022.

Office of Management and Enterprise Services spokesman John Estus said Monday that reservations for most public spaces inside the building will be suspended for safety purposes beginning in 2017. That includes reserving space for weddings and receptions and other events in the building rotundas or hallways.

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 The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Creek County man.

OSBI agents said Monday that 34-year-old Richard Dylan Vawter of Jennings was arrested Sunday night in Sand Springs. Vawter was booked into the Creek County Jail and online court records indicate he is being held on $5 million bond on a first-degree murder complaint. The records do not indicate if Vawter has an attorney.

In the Local News:

  • More protests today in the Terence Crutcher case.
  • A contractor is tabbed for the new Juvenile Justice Center.
  • The Tulsa Salvation Army announces new homeless policies.
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Tulsa County has hired Manhattan Construction to oversee work on the new Family Justice Center.

County Commissioners approved an agreement with the firm Monday. Commissioner Karen Keith called the move a big step.

"We've got a really good team to work with, and we're thinking October or December of [2018]," Keith said in regards to the project's completion date.

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The attorney for Terence Crutcher’s widow believes there should be more video of his death at the hands of a Tulsa police officer.

According to a TPD policy manual, officers are able to trigger dash cam video recording five different ways, including by pressing a button on a microphone worn on their duty belts or elsewhere. Attorney Dan Smolen wants to know why there’s no video from Officer Betty Shelby’s car when she was there two minutes before anyone else.

Salvation Army Cracks Down on Homeless Abuse

Sep 26, 2016
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The Tulsa Salvation Army will take new steps to address the Tulsa Homeless population. People will only be allowed to stay at the Salvation Army Shelter for 15 days. After that, the must be enrolled in a help program or pay a fee.  Tulsa Commander Ken Chapman says those intoxicated will not be allowed inside.

Commander Chapman says the new policies will take effect on October 10th.

  Geologists say a 3.2 magnitude earthquake has rattled parts of central Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake was recorded at 10:27 a.m. Monday about 12 miles northeast of Crescent in Logan County, about 39 miles north of Oklahoma City.

The earthquake was recorded at a depth of about three miles and no damage was immediately reported. Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest felt by humans and damage is not likely in quakes below magnitude 4.0.

OSBI arrests suspect in fatal Creek County shooting 

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Creek County man.

OSBI agents said Monday that 34-year-old Richard Dylan Vawter of Jennings was arrested Sunday night in Sand Springs. Vawter was booked into the Creek County Jail and online court records indicate he is being held on $5 million bond on a first-degree murder complaint. The records do not indicate if Vawter has an attorney.

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How do you get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables? Tulsa Public Schools finds it’s best to show them how they get to our tables in the first place.

The district’s fall farm-to-market event Friday let students make smoothies on blender bikes, learn about composting and gardening, and milk a wooden cow.

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The annual deer mating season is about to begin, and AAA Oklahoma is urging drivers to be on the lookout for animals on roadways across the state.

The months of October, November and December are when most animal collisions occur in the state. The rutting season for deer generally hits its peak in Oklahoma in early-to-mid-November.

Over the last two decades, an average of 110 Oklahomans have been killed or injured annually in collisions involving deer. Collisions have been trending higher in recent years as urban growth has driven deer into more populated regions.

 Houston police say several people have been shot at a strip mall in the city's southwest and that officers shot the gunman. Police said via Twitter that there are no reports of other suspects. Police say several people have been taken to the hospital but that they cannot provide details about how many were shot or the severity of their injuries. The shooting comes days after a shooting at a Washington state mall that left five people dead. On Sept. 17, a 20-year-old man stabbed 10 people at a Minnesota mall before being shot to death by an off-duty police officer.

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Tulsa Police report a man is dead and a woman is in jail this Monday.

The man was crossing south Peoria at 34th street when he was struck by a car. Police say the driver of that car was intoxicated. She was arrested and taken to jail. The man died at the scene in Brookside.

25-year-old Lindsey Smith is being held by authorities. The victim has been identified as Kenneth Huck, age 35.

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A $1 million federal grant will help rural Oklahoma oil and natural gas companies diversify to help create jobs and boost the region's economy.

The Oklahoman reports that the U.S. Economic Development Authority grant was presented to the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

Monday Morning's Top Local News from KWGS

Sep 26, 2016

In the local news:

  • Terence Crutcher is remembered for a caring spirit.
  • A man is killed in what police say was a Brookside DUI crash.
  • Oil prices are on the rise.
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The Yukon school board is suing the district's former food supplier for allegedly overbilling the district by $427,000. The lawsuit dated Thursday against Sysco Oklahoma LLC asks for compensatory damages of more than $10,000, punitive damages of more than $10,000 and attorney fees. Sysco said in a statement that it disputes the allegations.

TU Gets Biggest Come-from-Behind Victory in School History

Sep 25, 2016
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Tulsa overcame a 31-0 second quarter deficit to defeat Fresno State, 48-41, in double overtime Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 23,273 at Bulldog Stadium. It was the biggest come-from-behind victory in Tulsa football history, surpassing a 20-point comeback in the final seven minutes for a 24-23 win over Oklahoma State in the 1995 season.

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 Oklahoma Natural Gas could be fined up to $1.5 million because of a gas line explosion in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission's transportation division filed a complaint Friday alleging ONG failed to properly investigate a leak reported the day before the explosion; didn't investigate or document an investigation of at least eight previous leaks in the area; and didn't perform or document performance of surveillance after the leaks. Each count carries a maximum $500,000 fine.

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 State prison officials say three of six water pumps that supply water to two state prisons in Lexington have failed, causing an outage.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections said Saturday that the pumps provide water to the Lexington Correctional Center and the Joseph Harp Correctional Center.

The Harp center is rationing water and weekend visits at the Lexington center have been canceled.

1,000 Attend Crutcher Service

Sep 25, 2016

An estimated 1,000 people packed a church for a funeral honoring an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer.

Attendees filled the Antioch Baptist Church late Saturday to remember 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, who was fatally shot Sept. 16 by Officer Betty Jo Shelby.

Shelby has been charged with first degree manslaughter and turned herself in Friday. She was released after posting bond.

Flames Gut Tulsa Home

Sep 24, 2016

No one is injured in an overnight Tulsa House fire. The blaze was reported just northwest of the downtown area in the 200-Block of North Nogales.

The home was fully involved in flames when fire trucks rolled to the scene. No word yet on the cause of the blaze. The Fire Department was assisted by crews from PSO.

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 The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office says an inmate has died after being found unresponsive in her cell.

Sheriff's spokesman Mark Opgrande says 39-year-old Joann Cortez died Thursday.

Opgrande says Cortez was booked in the jail Tuesday on charges of enabling child sexual abuse and possession of a controlled dangerous substance and was initially placed on suicide watch.

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Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook says "something has to change" in the United States following the recent police shootings of black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

The NBA player made the comments Friday at the Thunder's annual media day.

Westbrook, who grew up in the Los Angeles area, says the Sept. 16 shooting of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man in Tulsa, hit home for him because of where he grew up and how he was raised.

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 A former Tulsa Jail detention officer has been charged with ignoring a fight involving dozens of inmates.

The Tulsa World reports that 28-year-old Marc Moncrief was charged Thursday with one count of willfully neglecting to perform the duty of a public officer. Online court records didn't list an attorney for Moncrief.

The sheriff's office released a surveillance video from the July 9 brawl. Authorities say Moncrief failed to call for help or prevent inmates from carrying out an assault.

 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a 90-extension to Department of Defense installations for compliance with what's known as the Real ID Act.

Officials at Fort Sill announced the extension Friday and say it includes Fort Sill in addition to Altus, Tinker and Vance Air Force bases.

Without the extension, an Oklahoma driver's license would not be accepted for entrance onto military installations starting Oct. 10. The extension moves the date to Jan. 10, 2017. An ID such as a passport would be needed.

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The community remembered Terence Crutcher at an event hosted Friday by Tulsa Community College.

Lawrence Rosenborough sang his friend's favorite song, "I Can't Complain," at a remembrance ceremony. TCC President Leigh Goodson said Crutcher believed in the transformative power of education.

"Like so many of our students, he brought to TCC his talents, hopes and dreams of completing a degree, a dream for both himself and his family," Goodson said.