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11:50 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Ex-Wife of Tulsa Mayor Dies at Age 60

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The ex-wife of Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett has died.

The mayor's spokeswoman says Susan Bartlett died Tuesday. She was 60.

The cause of death was not immediately released.

Susan and Dewey Bartlett were married for nearly 20 years when they divorced in 2002. They had one son, Dewey Bartlett III of Tulsa.

Funeral services were scheduled for Friday.

Mayor Bartlett was re-elected to a second term in 2013 when he defeated former Mayor Kathy Taylor.

Local & Regional
12:19 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bill Adds Prescriptions to Trafficking Law

Credit KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four highly abused prescription drugs would be added to the state's drug trafficking laws and allow those convicted of violating those laws to serve up to life in prison without parole under a bill that has advanced in the state Senate.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 21-0 Wednesday for the bill by Ardmore Republican Sen. Frank Simpson.

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10:49 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Oklahoma Tribal Gambling Revenue Rises

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new national study says gambling revenue from Oklahoma's Indian casinos increased 7 percent in 2012 to $3.7 billion.

Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report released Wednesday shows that Oklahoma continues to far outpace other states on the number of gambling facilities. The report by economist Alan Meister says there were 118 facilities open in 2012, though a large number of those were somewhat small.

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12:13 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Tornado Review: Public Not Aware of Flash Flooding

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new report assessing last May's tornadoes in Oklahoma says the National Weather Service needs to develop a protocol for when there are multiple severe weather events.

The recommendation stems from the combination tornado and flash flooding that occurred on May 31 in El Reno.

Eight people died in the tornado while 13 people died in the flash flooding.

The report says that although the weather service warned about the flash flooding threat, the public was not generally aware of it.

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12:12 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Court Says Name Change After Sex Change OK

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court has ruled that a woman who became female through gender-reassignment surgery also has the right to change her name.

A three-judge panel of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals handed down the ruling Friday in connection with an application filed by James Dean Ingram for a change of name to Angela Renee Ingram.

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12:10 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Woman Found Dead after Tulsa House Fire

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a woman was found dead after a house fire in south Tulsa.

Investigators believe the Thursday fire was accidental and caused by an electrical source. Authorities say a woman tried to escape the fire but was unable to make it out of the house. She was found dead inside the home near a bathroom.

Authorities say a man was rescued and taken to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition.

Firefighters say the blaze apparently started in a back bedroom of the home.

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Local & Regional
12:36 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Senate Panel Passes Bill for $5M in Film Rebates

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $5 million annual rebate program that has been used to attract producers of films like last year's "August: Osage County" to Oklahoma would continue for another ten years under a bill that has passed a Senate committee.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 7-2 for the bill on Tuesday. It now heads to the full Senate, where it is expected to pass.

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Local & Regional
11:33 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Museum to Consult with Native Americans

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's state museum has agreed to consult with Native American tribes after the museum closed an exhibit on the Sand Creek Indian massacre over complaints from descendants of the slaughter's survivors that they weren't consulted about the display.

The consultations, which will begin Tuesday, will include Colorado officials, History Colorado museum officials, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma Tribes.

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11:30 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Moore Approves New Residential Building Code

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — City leaders in Moore have approved new residential building codes requiring new homes to be built to withstand winds of up to 135 mph.

Officials say Moore is believed to be the first U.S. city to adopt building codes aimed at making homes more resistant to damage caused by tornadoes. The building standard now used requires homes to withstand winds of up to 90 mph.

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Local & Regional
11:47 am
Fri March 14, 2014

AAA Oklahoma to Offer Tipsy Tow for St. Patrick's

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says the agency will provide the "Tipsy Tow" to drinkers during the weekend before St. Patrick's Day.

The program will be offered from 6 p.m. Sunday until 4 a.m. Tuesday in metro Tulsa and Oklahoma City and in Ardmore, Bartlesville, Enid, Lawton, Muskogee, Shawnee and Tahlequah.

The service is offered with no questions asked to both AAA members and non-members. AAA will give a driver and up to one more person, and the car ,a free ride home within a 15-mile radius from the point of pick-up anytime during the 34-hour period.

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