Local & Regional
7:59 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Earthquake Swarm Rattles Central Oklahoma

Earthquake graph
Credit NPR

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — No injuries or damage were reported after a series of earthquakes rattled central Oklahoma overnight, including a 4.1-magnitude temblor that woke many residents near Guthrie.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded four earthquakes near Perry late Wednesday and early Thursday, and two more earthquakes near Guthrie early Thursday.

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Local & Regional
7:06 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Another Pump Jump in Tulsa

The price sign at the Kum & Go at 9700 East 51st.
Credit KWGS News

You will be digging a little deeper this morning to pay for gasoline. The price at the pump increased 11-cents overnight in Tulsa.

Most Tulsa area service stations are now charging $3.49 per gallon for regular unleaded at self-service pumps.

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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Fire Destroys Tulsa Chemical Business

Bright lights were brought in to help crews sift through the debris
Credit KWGS News

Tulsa Fire investigators are sifting through the debris left after a major evening fire in east Tulsa.

An explosion rocked the area near 46th and South Mingo about 8:30 last night. Flames were spotted quickly from the Broken Arrow Expressway and Highway 169.

The firm, known as Sabre Chem, a chemical warehousing facility,  was destroyed by the blaze. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. There were no injuries.

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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Thursday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Fire destroys an east Tulsa chemical warehouse.
  • Gasoline prices take a jump in Tulsa.
  • The filing period for state office is underway.
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Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media.  She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She loves the Boston Celtics unconditionally.

StudioTulsa
7:02 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

A Chat with the Wonderful Singer-Songwriter, Actor, and Activist Holly Near

Aired on Wednesday, April 9th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with the remarkable singer-songwriter, actor, and activist Holly Near, who'll perform with the folk duo known as Emma's Revolution --- as well as pianist Jan Martinelli -- on Friday night (the 11th) at 7:30pm at the All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, at 2952 South Peoria. Near is well-known for writing such classic modern-day folk anthems as "It Could Have Been Me" and "Singing For Our Lives" --- and for appearing in several notable films, plays, and TV programs over the years.

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Local & Regional
2:48 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Tulsa City Leaders Form Task Force on Juvenile Crime Prevention

Task force to study ways to reduce juvenile crime
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Tulsa Leaders are taking on juvenile crime. City Council Chair Karen Gilbert says a task force focusing on juvenile crime prevention has begun meeting. She says the idea is to bring together groups and organizations that deal with juvenile crime and enhance existing programs and expand the effort. Members of the District Attorney’s office, the police gang unit, the Juvenile Bureau, and those who work with at-risk youth are on the task force.

Gilbert says task force members want to focus on a small area at first and then expand throughout the city.

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Local & Regional
2:46 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

TCC Students Win Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships

TCC honors program coordinator Susan O'Neal (left) speaks to Michelle Harris and Jim Presley's class Wednesday morning after the students were told they would receive scholarships from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Two Tulsa Community College students are among 85 recipients of a national scholarship worth up to $90,000.

Southeast Campus Provost Brett Campbell interrupted Jim Presley and Michelle Harris’ morning class, announcing, "No one has won the Publishers Clearing House," complete with balloons and a poster in lieu of a giant check, to tell them they’d won Jack Kent Cooke Foundation transfer scholarships. Both students were stunned.

"I did not do this by myself," said Harris. "It was everybody that knows me, knows the challenges that I've had."

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Local & Regional
12:29 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

House Panel Passes Judicial Nominating Bill

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys would be appointed to Oklahoma's Judicial Nominating Commission by leaders of the House and Senate under legislation adopted by a House committee.

The House Rules Committee voted 6-1 for the bill Wednesday and sent it to the full House for a vote.

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Local & Regional
12:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fallin, Dorman File to Become Oklahoma Governor

The entrance to the governor's office.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has filed paperwork to seek another four-year term as the state's chief executive officer, and she's not the only one seeking the state's top post.

Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs and Richard Prawdzienski, a Libertarian-leaning independent from Edmond, also filed to run for governor on Wednesday, the first of a three-day filing period for state offices.

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