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6:53 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Oklahoma House Democrat Leader Calls for Museum Vote

The unfinished museum
Credit American Indian Museum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House's top Democrat says the chamber should vote on whether to provide funding to complete the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum in Oklahoma City.

House Democratic Leader Scott Inman of Oklahoma City urged the House to take action on Thursday, a day after the House Appropriations and Budget Committee approved a plan to take $40 million from the Unclaimed Property Fund to complete the unfinished structure.

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6:48 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Anti-Death Penalty Group to Honor Tulsa Legislator

Seneca Scott
Credit State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An anti-death penalty group plans to honor an Oklahoma lawmaker who filed legislation to study Oklahoma's use of capital punishment.

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will honor Democratic Rep. Seneca Scott of Tulsa during its 23rd annual membership meeting on Saturday.

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6:41 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Friday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Water in the River: Estimates are released on repairs to Tulsa's Storm Water Management system.
  • Tulsa's Biz Jet opens a new facility. It will mean new jobs.
  • Today is the last day to file for a statewide office.
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3:09 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Some Costs, Funding for Arkansas River Projects Still Uncertain

Tulsa's river task force is still waiting to hear what it will cost to prepare the city's storm water system and the riverbanks for water in the river, but communities may be able to use a Vision 2025 surplus for some projects.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa’s river task force will wait at least another month for a firm estimate on how much it will cost to prepare the city’s storm water system for water in the river.

Gaylon Pinc with the Program Management Group gave the group a ballpark estimate and said he’s relieved it wasn’t in the tens of millions of dollars range.

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11:54 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Suit to Save Lesser Prairie Chicken

Lesser Prairie Chicken
Credit ABC Birds.org

Three conservation groups today announced a legal challenge to force full protection of the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act. The move comes in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision last week to protect the highly imperiled bird only as “threatened” while providing special exemptions that would allow ongoing destruction of the birds and their dwindling grassland habitat.

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11:41 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Free Dump Days Ahead

Free Landfill Days for City of Tulsa utility customers are scheduled April 12-13 at the Quarry Landfill on 46th Street North, approximately 1-1/2 miles east of U.S. 169. On those days Tulsa utility customers can dispose of unwanted items at the landfill, with some exceptions as noted below.

The Quarry Landfill address is 13740 E. 46th St. North. The open hours will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The landfill closes promptly at 3 p.m.

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11:37 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Oklahoma Appeals Court Upholds Dewey Death Sentence

Washington County is red
Credit KWGS Map

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man sentenced to life in prison for the death of a 15-month old child has lost an attempt to have his first-degree murder conviction overturned.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the ruling Thursday in the appeal of 24-year-old Marcus T. Mitchell.

Mitchell was convicted by a jury in Washington County of first-degree murder, three counts of child neglect and drug charges in connection with the Feb. 24, 2012, death of Emma Beth Warmberodt.

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9:28 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Drought is Getting Worse in Oklahoma

The darker the color, the worse the drought. Tulsa County is considered to be in Moderate Drought.
Credit Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor report is released by the federal government. The news is not good for Oklahoma.

Despite some recent rain, it appears the drought is getting worse. The panhandle and southwest Oklahoma are in the worst condition, followed by northcentral parts of the state.

Tulsa County is listed as in Moderate Drought condition.

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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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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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