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8:18 am
Fri August 14, 2009

Gaming at the Convention Center?

This isn't a casino. It is the Tulsa Convention Center as it hosts the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association's trade show.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – The ribbon is cut and the doors swing open it is an amazing sight. There are hundreds of slot machines, but this is not an Oklahoma Casino. This is actually the Tulsa Convention Center.

This week the center played host to the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association. David Qualls is the Association's Chairman. We all know that Indian Gaming is big in Oklahoma . But this fact may come as a surprise. Oklahoma is the number three gaming market in the nation.

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Local & Regional
4:32 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Cleaning Up After Meth Part #-2

Tulsa, OK – Yesterday we told you about the dangers of meth lab contamination and a lack of standards and policies to cleanup those hazardous waste sites. Today, we focus on what could and should be done to keep you and your neighbors safe.

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Local & Regional
1:44 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Free Back to School Immunizations

Tulsa, OK –

TULSA CITY-COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT FREE Back-To-School Immunizations..
The Tulsa City-County Health Department has FREE back-to-school immunizations Monday-
Thursdays from 8am-4pm and Fridays from 8am-11am at all 4 locations. The child(ren) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and bring current immunization record.

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Local & Regional
1:42 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Stadium "Topped-Out"

A Bennett Steel crane lowers the final beam into place.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – A crane from Bennett Steel lowers a 1,200-pound beam into place at Tulsa's new OneOK Field. A "topping out" ceremony was held at the ballpark today.

Construction is nearing the half way mark on the ballpark. It is expected the Tulsa Drillers will play ball in the new stadium next April.

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Local & Regional
8:20 am
Thu August 13, 2009

List Narrows at OSU-Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Tulsa business executive and a vice chancellor at the University of Kansas are the two finalists for the job as the president of Oklahoma State University's Tulsa campus.

A search committee named Howard Barnett and Robert Clark from more than 80 applicants as the finalists on Wednesday. Both men will visit the campus later this month to meet with students, faculty, staff and community members.

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Local & Regional
8:15 am
Thu August 13, 2009

Ozone Alert

Tulsa, OK – Ozone Alert called for Thursday in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Ozone Alert for Thursday in the Tulsa area.

The alert will be the city's first for the month and 10th of the year.

An alert means weather conditions are favorable Thursday for the buildup of ozone near the ground to an unhealthy level.

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Local & Regional
8:12 am
Thu August 13, 2009

UPDATE: Swine Flu

Oklahoma City, OK – Physicians register to give swine flu shots

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State health officials say dozens of physicians registered to administer swine flu vaccinations when they become available this fall.

The state Health Department says the physicians registered within hours of a request that they help give the shots. The department is hoping hundreds will eventually sign up to provide vaccinations against H1N1 virus.

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Local & Regional
5:52 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Man Sentenced for Bomb Threat

22-year-old Christopher Jacob Stefanelli was booked into the Tulsa jail.
Tulsa County Booking photograph

Tulsa, OK – A guilty plea in Tulsa District Court for 22-year-old Christopher Stefanelli. He is the man accused of making a bomb threat last month to the Tulsa Jewish Retirement Center.

Police says Stefanelli placed the call after becoming upset with his boyfriend who worked at the center. A ticking alarm clock was found a trash can that led to an evacuation of the center, but police say the clock was not placed there by Stefanelli.

Stefanelli got two years in prison, followed by two years on probation.

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Local & Regional
4:36 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Tight Times In the Classroom

Oklahoma City, OK – As schools open, they must deal with budget cut

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State and local education officials in Oklahoma preparing for the upcoming school year received a most unwelcome back-to-school present with word of a state revenue shortfall.

State financial officials on Tuesday ordered a 5 percent across-the-board cut in budget allocations to state agencies, which education officials warn could have both short-term and long-term effects.

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StudioTulsa
3:49 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

TPS Superintendent outlines new Teacher Effectiveness Initiative

Tulsa, OK – Dr Keith Ballard, Tulsa Public Schools superintendent talks about the district's new Tulsa Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, a comprehensive and accountable school reform effort, which will measure teacher and administrator effectiveness with performance pay incentives for high performers and a call for the removal of ineffective educators. The district has set ambitious five year goals to raise the four year graduation rate in the district from 70 to 85%, and college readiness from 7% to 32%.

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