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6:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Severe Weather will be possible across portions of Oklahoma today and tomorrow.
  • Tulsa County Public Safety Tax Questions are approved by voters.
  • Common Core is repealed in the Oklahoma Senate. Measure goes to Governor Fallin.
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6:54 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Tulsa County Questions Approved and other Election Results

The Tulsa County Jail
Credit KWGS News-File photo

Tulsa County leaders are pleased this morning. The two sales tax questions on yesterday's county-wide ballot were approved by voters with over 65% of the vote.

One measure would build a new Juvenile Justice Center for Tulsa County. The other measure would expand the Tulsa County Jail.

Also on the ballot yesterday:

  • Shawna Keller is elected to the Tulsa School Board.
  • Richie Stewart is elected to the Bixby City Council.
  • John Fothergill is elected to the Sand Springs City Council.
  • Bond issues at Owasso are approved.
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Local & Regional
11:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Ballad of Oklahoma Education Funding

Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

It's been decades since Woody Guthrie wrote a protest song, but his influence continues to reach people today — people like former teacher Robertson Brown, who taught art and art history for 14 years in Broken Arrow public schools.

A big Guthrie fan, Brown was a on a Tulsa Public Schools bus to the state capitol Monday when the inspiration for a song struck.

"There's a song called 'The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd.' It has a really neat melody, and I just thought it kind of fit," Brown said. "We maybe messed with it for an hour.

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6:20 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Tulsa Chase Ends with Murder-Suicide

The street sign at 30th and South Utica
Credit KWGS News

A man and woman are dead after a police chase ended with a murder/suicide attempt.

Tulsa Police spotted a vehicle with a male suspect wanted in Colorado. A woman was in the car with the man, apparently of her own free will. Police gave chase.

It started at the IDL downtown and ended in a fashionable neighborhood at 30th and South Utica. Police say the man stopped the car, shot the woman and then turned the gun on himself. The woman was dead at the scene. Police say the Colorado suspect died later at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.

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2:04 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

OSU Med Center Chooses a Partner

OSU Medical Center
Credit KWGS News Photo

A managing partner has been chosen for downtown Tulsa’s OSU Med Center. After months of talks, it’s announced Oklahoma City based Mercy Health Systems is the selection. Chairman of the OSU Medical Authority, Jerry Hudson, says an agreement would provide administrative expertise, financial stability, and needed upgrades.

Negotiations are underway, but no timeline is set. OSU Med Center is the primary hospital for Tulsa’s indigent residents.

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12:33 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Senate Panel Passes Bill to Cut Oklahoma Income Taxes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to cut Oklahoma's corporate and individual income tax rates once certain revenue triggers are reached has passed a Senate committee.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 8-2 on Tuesday for the House bill by Bartlesville Republican Rep. Earl Sears.

The House and Senate each have separate proposals to reduce the state's individual income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent, once certain revenue triggers are reached.

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12:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Cleveland County Leader Rejects Calls to Resign

Norman, Oklahoma water tower
Credit KWGS News

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A Cleveland County commissioner says he won't resign despite requests to do so from other commissioners following a report from the state's multicounty grand jury.

Commissioner Rusty Sullivan said Monday he won't step down from his post and that he plans to file for re-election. Last week, a multicounty grand jury report found that Sullivan likely broke state laws for his involvement in a road project, but that the statute of limitations to charge him had expired.

Sullivan was not charged with any crimes.

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12:18 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Dead Inmate was from Tulsa County

Credit File photo

HELENA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of an inmate who was allegedly killed in an Oklahoma prison by another inmate.

Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie says 61-year-old Timothy Dunivan was found dead Saturday morning at James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helena. Massie tells the Enid News & Eagle that investigators have identified a suspect in Dunivan's slaying, but he didn't release the suspect's name.

He says the suspect has been moved to a different facility as the investigation continues.

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7:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Oklahoma Prosecutor Puts Drug Abuse Video Online

District Attorney Janice Steidley opens the video
Credit Steidley's office

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — A prosecutor in northeastern Oklahoma is making available online a video that highlights trends in student drug and alcohol abuse.

District Attorney Janice Steidley says the video is for anyone who wants to use it to raise awareness in classroom, church or community meetings. She said it's targeted at parents of students in Craig, Rogers and Mayes counties where she is the prosecutor.

The video can be found at www.OKDistrict12.org .

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6:54 am
Tue April 1, 2014

TCC Presidential Candidates to Be in Tulsa

TCC downtown campus
Credit TCC

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The three candidates to replace retiring Tulsa Community College President Thomas McKeon are scheduled to visit the campus for interviews and meetings.

McKeon has announced plans to retire by June 30.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College President Richard Shrubb is to be in Tulsa on Tuesday; Oklahoma State University Research and Institutional Advancement Vice President Leigh Goodson is to visit on Wednesday; and Ivy Tech-Wabash Valley Chancellor Ann Valentine is to visit on Thursday.

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