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4:52 pm
Tue July 7, 2009

Oklahoma Sailor Killed

Henryetta, OK – Henryetta sailor killed in Afghanistan

HENRYETTA, Okla. (AP) A 21-year-old sailor from Henryetta has been killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Rogers Funeral Home in Henryetta confirmed Tuesday it is handling arrangements for Petty Officer 2nd Class Tony Randolph.

Henryetta High School football coach Kenny Speer says Randolph died Monday after the vehicle he was in struck a roadside bomb.

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11:41 am
Tue July 7, 2009

PROFILE: Adelson for Mayor

Tom Adelson makes his campaign announcement in Braden Park, near 7th and South Yale
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A state legislator has decided to join the race to become the next mayor of Tulsa.

Sen. Tom Adelson, D-Tulsa, announced his run Wednesday morning, saying he wants to focus on smart development for the state's second-largest city and build unity with the City Council.

Adelson and at least three others are vying to succeed Kathy Taylor, who announced in June that she wouldn't seek another term.

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10:41 am
Tue July 7, 2009

Library Board Meeting: Take 2

KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK –
The Tulsa Library Board will try again today. An afternoon meeting is set for the board.

While no citation has been given, it is believed the board violated the Oklahoma Open Meetings rules by adjourning a recent meeting while still in executive session. Oklahoma law requires meetings to adjourn in public after a closed door session ends.

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10:37 am
Tue July 7, 2009

UPDATE: Tulsa Red Cross

Red Cross Headquarters in Tulsa at 11th and Highway 169.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa,OK – Ex-Tulsa Red Cross leader gives reason for firing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The former CEO of the Tulsa Chapter of the American Red Cross says a disagreement with the agency's national officials led to her firing last week.

Mary Ogle says she wasn't fired for insubordination, but because she disagreed with the national agency's move away from local governance of local chapters. Most of the Tulsa chapter's board of directors agreed with Ogle and resigned in protest after her dismissal.

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4:27 am
Tue July 7, 2009

New Funding Source Sought for City Hall

The sign in front of Tulsa's new City Hall
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – A new proposal has surfaced to fund --in part-- city government. Outgoing Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor is urging future leaders to lobby the state legislature to allow municipalities to create Fire Protection Districts.

This plan would allow the cities to get property tax dollars for the operation of fire departments. Currently, Tulsa finances most all city services via sales taxes. Tulsa gets three cents on each dollar that is spent. A similar fire district proposal failed during the 2007 legislative session.

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3:04 pm
Mon July 6, 2009

Jail Agreement Approved

The sign in front of the David Moss Correctional Center, better known as the Tulsa Jail.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – New jail agreement approved

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa County Commission has approved a new jail agreement with the city.

Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to accept a five-year deal that calls for the city to pay the county $45 per inmate per day to house municipal inmates.

The daily rate goes to $54.13 after the first 35 prisoners held in a 24-hour period.

The agreement still requires the signature of Mayor Kathy Taylor, but Taylor has indicated she will sign the agreement.

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1:32 pm
Mon July 6, 2009

The Master Plan for Downtown

Drawings, like this one, adorn the walls of Jack Crowley's office in City Hall at One Technology Center.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – This week at City Hall, Doctor Jack Crowley is packing up. His job in Tulsa is finished. He will soon be headed back to the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design. He has been on loan if you will to the City of Tulsa for the last year and a half working on the City's downtown master plan.

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9:59 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Congressman Back to Work

Tulsa, OK – Sullivan returns to D.C. after rehab stint

TULSA, Okla. (AP) U.S. Rep. John Sullivan is returning to Washington after a one-month stay in a California treatment center for alcohol addiction and says he plans to seek another term in office.

Sullivan, R-Okla., told the Tulsa World's Washington bureau his surprise announcement in late May to seek treatment for his drinking was not triggered by a single incident.

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9:13 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Tulsa Sea Lions Head Southwest

A Tulsa Zoo Sea Lion
Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum

Oklahoma City, OK – Tulsa Zoo sea lions to move to Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two sea lions from the Tulsa Zoo soon will be moved to Oklahoma City.

The sea lions, a 16-year-old male named Dorsey and a 23-year-old female named Briney, will stay at the Oklahoma City Zoo for about two years as work is done on a $5 million update to the Tulsa Zoo's sea lion habitat.

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3:21 pm
Sun July 5, 2009

Riverpark Fireworks Display Cut Short by Accident

A picture of the fireworks explosion on the 23rd street bridge during Saturday night's fireworks show
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Tulsa, OK – A misfire on the 23rd Street Bridge, over the Arkansas River, caused the Freedom Fest 2009 fireworks display to be cut short. About 15 minutes into the show an aerial display exploded as it was leaving the launch tube. That caused a fire which spread to a nearby platform. Tulsa Fire Fighters, on the scene, rushed to put out the blaze. But it was deemed unsafe to continue the show. The remaining fireworks had to be dismantled and made safe. No one was injured.

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