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2:38 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Even Moneymakers Prepare for Cuts Ahead of Tulsa Budget Presentation

Tulsa's city budget is due next week, and several councilors want to defend moneymaking departments from steep cuts. 

The planning department is already short-staffed, and Councilor Blake Ewing said cutting more from its funding will put Tulsa at an economic disadvantage. 

"Owasso just is like a baby city," Ewing said. "Its roads are newer in a lot of ways. Its buildings and infrastructure is newer, and so it has substantially fewer maintenance needs with a booming revenue."

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12:17 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Hepatitis C Victim in Dental Scare Writes of Fears

Harrington's old office just 21st near Utica.
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A patient whose hepatitis C diagnosis focused attention on allegedly filthy conditions inside two Tulsa-area dental clinics says his body has been ravaged by the disease.

The patient is identified as "G. Rains" in court records. He's suing Dr. W. Scott Harrington, claiming the dentist's deliberate use of rusty instruments and re-use of contaminated drug vials led to his infection.

Rains says he's battled depression and lives in fear that the virus could attack his body again and destroy his liver.

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12:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Tulsa City Worker Injuries Drop Significantly

Water and Sewer Director Clayton Edwards
Credit KWGS News

Injuries to city of Tulsa workers reach a six year low, and officials believe a new Safety First Program is mostly responsible. Since implementation of the safety transformation project, the city overall has reduced the number of serious work-related injuries by 22%. Water and Sewer Director Clayton Edwards says the numbers are even better in his department, worker injuries dropped by 36%.

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12:13 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Lawyer for Oklahoma Inmates Criticizes Ruling

Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for two Oklahoma death row inmates set for execution says the state's secrecy about lethal injection "undermines our courts and democracy."

Attorney Seth Day represents Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, who challenged Oklahoma's law that keeps the source of execution drugs secret. After initially issuing a stay in the case Monday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court reversed course Wednesday and dissolved Lockett's stay.

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10:59 am
Thu April 24, 2014

A Tax on the Sun? That is What Some Call a New Oklahoma Fee

The solar lab at Tulsa's McLain High School.
Credit Ion Solar

Is Oklahoma about to institute a “Sun Tax”?

The legislature has passed and the Governor has signed a measure allowing electric companies to charge an additional fee to customers who get part of their power from wind or solar energy.

The problem is the fee has not been set. That will be up to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Seth Christ is with Ion Solar in Tulsa:

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7:10 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Oklahoma House Passes Income Tax Cut Legislation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that would trim Oklahoma's personal income tax rate when state revenue increases has been approved by the state House.

House members voted 54-40 for the Senate-passed measure that is one of Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's top goals for the 2014 Legislature. It now goes to Fallin to be signed into law.

The measure will reduce the personal income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent in 2016 if state revenue projections are greater than projections in December 2014.

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7:07 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Oklahoma Executions "Back On"

Oklahoma Supreme Court
Credit State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for two Oklahoma death row inmates set for execution says the state's secrecy about lethal injection "undermines our courts and democracy."

Attorney Seth Day represents Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, who challenged Oklahoma's law that keeps the source of execution drugs secret. After initially issuing a stay in the case Monday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court reversed course Wednesday and dissolved Lockett's stay.

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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • State Senators vote to divert money from roads to education.
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court over turns a lower court judge's ruling over the state's execution law.
  • Tulsa area school face challenges teaching non-English speaking students and not all are Hispanic.
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4:39 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Safe Kids, AAA Remind People Not to Leave Kids or Pets in Cars

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Danial Karnes talks Wednesday about the dangers of leaving kids in a car. Background from left: Tulsa Police Officer Craig Murray, Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, Dr. Roopa Thukaram, Tulsa Area Safe Kids Director Beth Washington, veterinarian Paul Welch and Tulsa Fire Department Public Information Officer Stan May
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The weather is nice again, but the Tulsa Area Safe Kids coalition wants to remind people it will get hot in the car now — up to 20 degrees warmer than outside in 10 minutes.

Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said a parent or caregiver could be charged with second-degree manslaughter if a child dies while left alone in a car.

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2:42 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

VIDEO: Bartlett Fountain Rededicated

Bartlett Fountain at 5th and Main
Credit KWGS News

Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr., joined by District 4 City Councilor Blake Ewing and Downtown Coordinating Council Chairman George Shahadi, held a dedication today for the new Bartlett Square Fountain at Fifth Street and Main Street in downtown Tulsa.

The new fountain in the middle of the traffic roundabout features nine water jets springing from openings in the round structure. LED lights illuminate the fountain at night.

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