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7:46 am
Thu April 14, 2011

Easley Steps Down

Vinita, OK – Former Okla senator steps down as GRDA director

VINITA, Okla. (AP) A former state senator who heads the Grand River Dam Authority is stepping down.

According to a release from the Vinita-based utility, Kevin Easley announced his resignation Wednesday during a regular meeting of the GRDA board.

Easley said he's stepping down to pursue a job offer in the private sector. He says he plans to remain with the utility until July 31.

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7:43 am
Thu April 14, 2011

Major Fire Near Lawton

Lawton, OK – Crews contain blaze in SW Oklahoma

ELGIN, Okla. (AP) Fire crews have contained a blaze that forced the evacuation of about 30 homes and the closure of Interstate 44 for a time.

Comanche County spokesman Chris Killmer said there were no reports of injuries with the fire, which officials estimate charred about 400 acres Wednesday afternoon. He says residents were told to leave about 3 p.m. and were allowed to return home an hour later.

Killmer says there were no reports of injuries or structures burned.

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Local & Regional
2:35 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Senator Inhofe and the FAA

Senator Jim Inhofe from file photo.
Jim Inhofe

Tulsa, OK – Inhofe reaches deal with FAA over landing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Sen. Jim Inhofe reached an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration over his landing of a Cessna aircraft on a closed runway in Texas last year.

The Oklahoma Republican completed a remedial training program rather than face possible legal action.

Witnesses say Inhofe "sky-hopped" the airplane over six vehicles and ground personnel as he landed and that workers were running for cover.

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Local & Regional
10:40 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Tornado Preparedness Month

Tulsa, OK – In 2010, 102 tornadoes struck Oklahoma. And this month marks the 20- and 30-year anniversaries of two of the most devastating tornadoes to strike eastern Oklahoma. On April 19, 1981 - Easter Sunday - a deadly tornado struck Bixby. Ten years later, on April 26, 1991, Oologah fell victim to a massive tornado outbreak. Another April tornado claimed lives when it struck Catoosa on April 24, 1993.

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Local & Regional
10:02 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Parents Don't Want Changes at Bell

A car stops in front of Bell Elementary so that the driver can sign a petition.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa's Bell Elementary School is NOT on any of the school district's closing proposals. However, it could be reconfigured as an alternative school or a first-thru-eighth grade school. That is something that parent "Victor" does not want to see happen.

He was just one of several parents getting signatures on a petition. Parent "Crystal" is pleased with Bell "as-is".

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8:04 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Sex Offender Located

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. man, missing teen found in south Texas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Authorities say a registered sex offender and his 14-year-old niece have been found in South Texas.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said 35-year-old Matthew Mallory and Ariel Mallory were found Tuesday evening near San Antonio in Bexar (Bear) County.

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Local & Regional
8:01 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Lawmakers not Included

KWGS News File Photo

Oklahoma City, OK – Senate removes Okla. lawmakers from gun law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Senate has removed an amendment to a bill that would have allowed state lawmakers to carry a firearm anywhere in the state of Oklahoma, including on the floor of the House and Senate.

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Local & Regional
7:56 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Wednesday Morning's Local News

Tulsa, Oklahoma – Hear a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS:

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Local & Regional
1:52 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

No Tulsa Shuttle

Air and Space Museum in Tulsa
KWGS News photo

Undated – CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) New York City will be the new home of space shuttle Enterprise, the prototype shuttle used for test flights more than three decades ago.

Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said Tuesday that Enterprise will go to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Enterprise has been on display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington. But NASA plans to send shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian once the shuttle program ends this summer.

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Local & Regional
1:46 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

TU Leader Stepping Down

Steadman Upham
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham announced today he is retiring as the University President. In an email to staff, he said he will step down June 30, 2012. At that time he will join the TU staff as President Emeritus and as a University professor. The TU trustees were notified of Upham's decision this morning.

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