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Water Worries at Okmulgee

Sep 13, 2016
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Residents in Okmulgee are told to go easy on the water. Pressure is coming up after an 18-inch water line ruptured before daybreak on Tuesday.

Okmulgee City Emergency Manager Ken Anderson says that leak quickly drained the town's water tower.  It forced the schools in Okmulgee to call off classes for Tuesday.

Crews used two other lines to refill the water tower and resume service. Residents are being urged to boil any water before consuming it, as a precaution, until the Department of Environmental Quality has a chance to test water samples. 

Vandals Damage Flea Market Shopping Center

Sep 13, 2016
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Tulsa Police say vandals hit overnight at the Great American Flea Market in east Tulsa. The market is in an old shopping center just west of the Admiral and Mingo Traffic Circle in East Tulsa.

Police says it appears someone walked outside the complex and smashed out over a dozen plate glass windows. It appears a ball bat was used. The damage was discovered just before 5 a.m. this morning.

If you have information, you are asked to call Tulsa Police or Crime Stoppers.

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 Authorities say a 4-year-old child died after a fire broke out at a northwest Oklahoma City apartment.

Fire crews say that the fire happened at about 2 a.m. Tuesday at the London Square Village Apartments. Authorities say a woman, two infants and the 4-year-old were inside the apartment at the time. Oklahoma City television station KFOR reports the woman brought the two infants out of the apartment then went back inside for the older child but she was unable to make it to safety.

 

The officiating error that gave Central Michigan a last-play chance to beat Oklahoma State Saturday is unlikely to lead to changes in the way officials enforce penalties at the end of games.

Rogers Redding, the former national coordinator of officials who sits on the NCAA's football rules committee, told The Associated Press on Monday that the circumstances that led to the mistake were rare. He said the goal is to have rules that stay consistent throughout the game.

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 Gov. Mary Fallin has launched an initiative to bring high-speed broadband and digital learning opportunities to public schools across the state.

The Oklahoma Connect and Learn Initiative will work with interested school districts and telecommunications service providers to increase the number of schools with fiber optic connections, improve the connections' capacity and affordability and ensure Oklahoma classrooms have Wi-Fi access to better facilitate digital learning.

2 Hurt as South Tulsa Home Explodes

Sep 13, 2016
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A home-owner and a Tulsa Fire Fighter suffer minor injuries as a south Tulsa home explodes into a fire ball.

The explosion took place in a neighborhood, southwest of 81st and South Yale. The blast shook nearby homes and was felt over a wide area. Some neighbors, at first, thought it was another earthquake.

Fire investigators will spend the day looking for the cause of the blast and  watching for hot spots.

In the local news:

  •    More waste water injection well will be closed around this month's 5.8 earthquake near Pawnee.
  •    The PAC Trust delays a vote on whether to allow development on what is now a parking lot.
  •    A south Tulsa home explodes into a fireball last night. Two people are hurt.
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An expected vote Monday afternoon on a development proposal that would bring a grocery store downtown didn't happen.

The Performing Arts Center Trust had the vote on its agenda, but several members still had questions about the deal that would sell the PAC parking lot at Third Street and Cincinnati Avenue to Indiana-based Flaherty and Collins, ranging from the parking lot's value to what happens if the developer goes bust mid-project.

Past PAC Trust chairman Ken Busby said economic development outside the arts isn't their area of expertise.

Gas prices in Oklahoma are continuing to fall following the end of the summer travel season.

AAA Oklahoma says the average price for a gallon of unleaded gas was $2.04 on Monday. That's 9 cents below the average recorded at the end of August.

But the gas prices aren't all falling at the same rates around the state. The AAA says Tulsa's average price has dropped 21 cents since Aug. 31, but Oklahoma City's has only decreased by 7 cents during the same period.

Around the state, prices ranged from $1.93 per gallon in Lawton to $2.14 per gallon in Stillwater.

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Several Oklahoma cities have passed resolutions urging residents to vote against a state sales tax for education, but questions have been raised about their legality. Residents will vote on a one-cent sales tax for public education on Nov. 8. Oklahoma City's city attorney advised against it, citing a state attorney general's 1991 opinion that said the use of public funds to oppose or support an initiative is prohibited.

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