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6:48 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • A Tulsa School Bus rolls on a busy expressway. Students and the driver are hurt.
  • An agreement is reached with Tulsa's next school superintendent.
  • The Tulsa Zoo has a record month.
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5:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tulsa Zoo Sets March Attendance Record

March was a big month at the Tulsa Zoo.

The zoo had its highest March attendance in its 87-year history, with 91,891 people visiting.

Zoo staff think the dinosaur exhibit Zoorassic Park 2 and the new rhino exhibit brought a lot of people in. Community Relations Manager Sarah Floyd said they're still working on the rhino exhibit.

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3:54 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tulsa School Bus Overturns on Expressway

The bus overturned and rolled down the embankment on Highway 75 near 41st Street in west Tulsa
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At least 5 injured when Tulsa school bus rolls off highway

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Medical officials say at least four students and one adult were injured when a Tulsa school bus rolled off a highway and into a ditch.

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Kelli Bruer says the children and adult were taken to area hospitals Wednesday with non-life threatening injuries. Bruer says it is not clear if the adult was the bus driver.

It was also unclear how many students were on board the Tulsa Public Schools bus when it rolled over on southbound U.S. 75.

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11:50 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Texting While Driving Law Moves Toward Final Passage

Texting while driving law still alive.
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We should know later this month whether lawmakers will pass a measure against texting while driving this year. Chuck Mai with Triple-A Oklahoma says the proposal has gone further this year than in the past. Supporters had hoped for a stronger measure making texting a primary driving offense, but the law being considered only lists it as a secondary offense. It means a law officer could only ticket a driver if stopped for a primary offense like speeding. Also, the maximum fine is only up to $100.

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11:35 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Severe Weather Information Clearing House

Here is your one stop location for information you need concerning our severe weather threat in Green Country.

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11:22 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Oklahoma Forestry Services Warns of Extreme Wildfire Danger

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials at Oklahoma Forestry Services say extreme wildfire conditions are possible in the western one-third of the state.

A red flag warning and fire weather watch has been issued for Wednesday afternoon in advance of a dry line that will move across the state, bringing higher temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds.

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11:19 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Blue Bell Expands Recall of Ice Cream Made at Oklahoma Plant

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BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries says it's expanding its recall of products made at an Oklahoma plant after pints of banana pudding ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

The Texas-based dairy company announced in a statement Tuesday that no illnesses linked to those pints have been confirmed. The recall now includes the banana pudding ice cream pints and other products manufactured on the same line in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The products were distributed to retail outlets across the nation.

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7:45 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Matthews Elected to State Senate

Matthews and a young campaign supporter.
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Tulsa State Representative Kevin Matthews will be moving offices at the State Capitol. He was elected as the new State Senator for District 11. The election became necessary when Senator Jabar Shumate resigned in January.

Matthews is a former Tulsa Fire Fighter. He bested Regina Goodwin and Heather Nash for the seat. They are all Democrats. No Republicans filed for the post.

Now, Matthews' State House seat will be up for grabs.

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6:56 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Another Round of Severe Weather Likely Today

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters say the ingredients necessary for bad weather are coming together for a series of midweek storms.

Large hail, high winds and a few tornadoes are possible Wednesday in the Plains of eastern Kansas and northern Oklahoma. The mid-Mississippi River Valley, including nearly all of Illinois, could see even worse weather Thursday.

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6:45 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Governor Fallin Signs Bill Targeting Assaults on Police Officer

Governor Fallin at a recent signing ceremony
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Reaching for a law enforcement officer's gun would be a felony crime punishable by up to five years in prison under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The bill by Porter Republican Sen. Kim David was one of 17 measures signed into law by the governor on Tuesday.

Under the bill, any attempt to "reach for or gain control of" the firearm of any law enforcement officer or prison worker would be considered assault and battery upon a law officer and punishable by prison time.

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