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7:42 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Feds Agree to Extension of Insure Oklahoma

Governor Fallin
Credit NGA

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government will let the state operate its Insure Oklahoma health care plan for another year, keeping alive a program that provides coverage to about 19,000 of the state's working poor and their families.

Gov. Mary Fallin announced Monday that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services extended the program through Dec. 31, 2015. It was set to expire at the end of the year.

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7:39 am
Tue July 1, 2014

2 Killed after SUV Strikes Trailer on I-35

Credit KWGS File Photo

THACKERVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed after an SUV crashed into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 35 in southern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the wreck happened late Monday at the 9 mile marker on I-35 in Love County. According to a preliminary report, the SUV was speeding and driving recklessly when it crashed into the rear portion of the tractor-trailer.

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7:08 am
Tue July 1, 2014

State Workers Are Smiling; Pay Raise Starts Today

Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 11,000 of Oklahoma's most underpaid state workers are getting a boost in pay under one of dozens of bills passed by the Legislature that is set to become law.

The pay raise bill is one of 60 measures approved by the Legislature this year that take effect on Tuesday, the first day of the state's 2015 fiscal year. Among the other bills that go into effect on Tuesday is the omnibus general appropriations bill that divvies up the state's $7.1 billion budget.

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6:44 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Tuesday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • An update on Tulsa's serial sexual assaults.
  • Reaction to the Hobby Lobby victory in the Supreme Court.
  • The Mayor wants a public-safety tax.
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12:41 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

AUDIO: Police Update Attack Case

Red pins mark approximate location of the attacks
Credit Google maps

Tulsa Police will setup a command post near the fairgrounds as the search for Tulsa's serial sex assault suspect intensifies.  Since the first of June, there have been eight attacks. The map shows where the attacks have taken place. As you can see, the attacks have been scattered across the city.

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan says they have reason to believe the suspect is new to the Tulsa area, possibly recently released from prison. The chief says officers will continue to search for the suspect until he is found and brought to justice.

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11:52 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Architect Contract for Jail Expansion Delayed Until Next Week

An architect's contract for jail expansion won't be awarded until at least next week.
Credit Tulsa Jail

Awarding a bid for an architect to design expansion of the Tulsa jail is taking longer than anticipated. The contract has been delayed about three times while a firm is decided upon by a committee studying bids. Sheriff Stanley Glanz says there were problems when a contract was awarded first time around when the lockup was originally built, and he wants to be sure the right firm is chosen this time.

He says a contract should be awarded next Monday, still in time to begin construction late this summer or in early fall.

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11:27 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Sexual Attacks Push More Women into Self-Defense Classes

Credit G3 Martial Arts Facebook

Self-defense classes rise in attendance with more sexual attacks happening over the weekend. G3 Martial Arts held a free seminar. Owner, Trey Simpson, says they had a total of about 30 women show up. These are some of the things taught in the class.

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10:42 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Tornado Damage Confirmed at Adair

File photo
Credit File photo

The National Weather Service in Tulsa says it was a tornado that hit the Mayes County town of Adair on Saturday afternoon.

The service says winds were up to 80-miles an hour. The tornado formed on the leading edge of some fast moving thunderstorms. It happened so fast, that there was not time to issue a Tornado Warning ahead of the twister.

There were no injuries. The tornado did caused some tree and building damage in the town of just over 700-people.

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9:24 am
Mon June 30, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: High Court Rules in Hobby Lobby Case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

The justices' 5-4 decision Monday is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies' health insurance plans.

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6:41 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Monday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

The Top Local Stories:

  • We are standing-by for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Hobby Lobby's case against the Affordable Care Act.
  • A weekend attack brings to eight, the number of sexual assaults committed by the same man this month, according to Tulsa Police.
  • The first of five "City Hall in Your Neighborhood" is planned for tonight.
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