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6:46 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Friday Morning News Update from KWGS

Top Local Stories:

  • Storms cause minor damage across Green Country.
  • An AWOL Air Force service man is killed in a high speed Bixby car crash.
  • Jenks Schools conduct a realistic intruder dril.
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5:59 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Storms Cause Some Damage

Crews work to restore power in southern Tulsa County after the storm passes.
Credit KWGS News

Strong winds that accompanied a severe thunderstorm, dropped hail, heavy rain and took down power lines.

Damage was reported in Bixby, Broken Arrow and the Oneta area from the winds. It was mostly roofing material, trash cans and tree limbs. The storm was backing 60-to-70 mph winds. There have been no reports on any injuries.

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5:52 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bixby Crash Kills AWOL Service Man

Police block off 131st Street West of Mingo
Credit KWGS News

One man is dead after a fiery crash on Bixby's north side. It happened about 3 p.m.

Bixby Police say an AWOL serviceman was speeding on 131st Street between Memorial and Mingo when he slammed into a slow moving dump truck.

The man, 19, was dead at the scene as his car burst into flames. Police estimate he was driving 75-to-85 mph at the time of the crash.

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4:36 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

In Tulsa for One Night Only: Marilyn Monroe!

The 18-ton sculpture Forever Marilyn will spend Friday night in Tulsa as it makes its way across the U.S. to Hamilton, N.J. It is in four pieces for the trip.
Credit Gregg Felson / Forever Marilyn by Seward Johnson, 1996, 2011, The Sculpture Foundation, Inc.

The actress — or, rather, the sculpture of her — has gone to pieces, but it’s OK. She'll still be a special guest at the Brady District's First Friday art crawl.

Forever Marilyn is 25 feet tall and weighs 18 tons, and she’s stopping overnight in Tulsa on her way from Palm Springs, Calif., to Hamilton, N.J. Curator Cynthia Stewart said Marilyn did some primping for her appearance.

"She went through a spa recently, which, in fact, is simply a truck wash," Stewart said. "It's pretty humorous to see photos of her in the middle of a truck wash."

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4:03 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Tulsa Businesses Urged to Prepare for Severe Weather Season

This map from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety shows which natural disasters different areas of the country are at the highest risk for. The gray line across the map is considered the freeze line, with everywhere above it at risk for extreme winter weather.
Credit IBHS

It’s officially tornado season, and disaster preparation experts warn Tulsa-area business owners to plan for the worst now.

Nonprofit group Tulsa Partners is urging businesses to prepare for the possibility of a natural disaster shutting them down. David Hall with the Disaster Resistant Business Council said 90 percent of small business owners don’t have a plan because they’re too busy to make one, but not having one is a big risk.

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2:51 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

VIDEO: Storm Dumps Hail on Southern Tulsa County

Hail falls in Bixby
Credit KWGS News

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM dropped pea-size hail on the Bixby area on Thursday afternoon. The hail lasted about five minutes as the storm shifted to the north east

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2:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Jenks Drill Simulates School Shootings

Police Officers respond to a call of shootings at the Jenks High School. It looks very real, but it's just an exercise to test emergency response policies.
Credit KWGS News

Gunshots, screams, and sirens are heard at the Jenks High School, but it’s all part of a drill to test emergency response to armed assailants. The Jenks District holds the full-scale multi-jurisdictional emergency exercise every other year, and this year’s scenario just happened to be a mass shooting on the day after a shooting rampage at Ft. Hood, Texas. Bonnie Rogers is Chief Information Officer for Jenks Schools and she says these realistic drills are necessary to find any holes in response policies and get them corrected.

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1:06 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Severe Weather Information Clearing House

Here is your one stop location for information you need concerning our severe weather threat in Green Country.

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12:13 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

TPD Officer Charged with Bribes and Drugs

Tyrone Jenkins
Credit Tulsa County Booking Photo

A Tulsa police officer was charged with five felony counts today, including two counts for receiving bribes.

The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office charged Tyrone Jenkins, 40, with taking a total of $3,100 in bribes from an individual who was a part of a “sting” operation by the Tulsa Police Department.  Jenkins also is charged with two counts of violating the Computer Crimes Act and one count of Attempted Intent to Deliver an Illegal Narcotic.

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11:35 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Fallin Extends $5Million Oklahoma Film Rebate Program

Credit file photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to extend a $5 million annual film rebate program through 2024 is among four measures that have been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin on Wednesday signed the Compete with Canada Film Act to extend the program that was used to help lure the production of last year's "August: Osage County" to Oklahoma.

Under the program, the state provides rebates to filmmakers of $1 for every $3 they spend on movie productions in Oklahoma, up to a total of $5 million annually. The $5 million cap has been reached in each of the past three years.

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