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12:38 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

HUD Announces $6.6 Million in Grants to Oklahoma

File photo of a homeless man with his belongings stuffed in a shopping cart.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced $6.6 million in grants to renew support for 55 homeless housing and service programs in Oklahoma.

The grants announced Tuesday support programs that include street outreach, client assessment and direct housing assistance to individuals and families with children who are homeless. The grants also support job training; health care; mental health counseling; substance abuse treatment; and child care.

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11:43 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Body Found in Burned Home 2 weeks After Blaze

GANS, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have discovered a body inside a home that burned two weeks ago in eastern Oklahoma.

Authorities in Sequoyah County say firefighters believed the home was vacant when they extinguished the blaze in Gans two weeks ago. But according to Fort Smith television station KHBS, a man's body was discovered inside the home on Monday.

Authorities say the victim's body was sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy and positive identification.

Fire investigators say they don't yet know how the fire started.

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11:26 am
Tue April 8, 2014

New Communications Director For Broken Arrow

Krista Flasch
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After an extensive and competitive recruiting process, Krista Flasch has been named the Director of Communications for the City of Broken Arrow and will start on  April 16th. 

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11:18 am
Tue April 8, 2014

New Signs Going Up in Okmulgee County

New flood signs are installed in Okmulgee County
Credit Okmulgee County EM

This week motorist will notice several new signs in Okmulgee County placed there to warn of the dangers of driving into flooded roadways.

The new signs warn drivers that “When Flooded Turn Around Don't Drown”. 

Last year, in the U.S. 85 people lost their lives to freshwater flooding. More than half of those fatalities were a result of people driving into floodwaters.  With $8.3 billion in damages annually, flooding causes more property damage in the United States than any other weather related event.

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7:40 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Feature Film 'Mekko' to Start Shooting in Tulsa

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A feature film about a homeless Native American parolee trying to find his way in Tulsa is set to start shooting later this month.

The film, "Mekko," is written and directed by Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo of Tulsa.

Mekko stars Native American stuntman Rod Rondeaux in the lead role. Rondeaux was previously in "3:10 to Yuma" and "Wild Wild West."

Harjo says he's shot all of his films in Oklahoma. He says it's his home and it inspires his work.

Principal photography will start later this month in Tulsa.

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7:07 am
Tue April 8, 2014

State Inmate Count Down at Tulsa Jail

Sheriff Glanz
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An order to more than triple the intake rate of inmates into state prisons is helping reduce the backlog in county jails in Oklahoma. It’s an action ordered by new Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton. 

Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz says it is helping cut the numbers in the overcrowded David Moss Center here.Glanz says since the effort to clear the inmate backlog began, numbers of those awaiting transfer in the Tulsa County jail have dropped from around 100 a day to 20 a day.

                 

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6:56 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Lawyers: Marriage Ban Denies History's Progress

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for a lesbian couple suing an Oklahoma court clerk to have their out-of-state marriage recognized in Oklahoma say the defendant is denying the progress of contraception and reproductive technologies.

Susan Barton and Gay Phillips were married in California in 2008. They're suing Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith to have their marriage recognized in Oklahoma.

Smith argues that marriage exists for its procreative potential.

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6:53 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Oklahoma US Senate Hopefuls hit $800K Mark

U.S. Captiol
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two of the top Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn say they've raised at least $800,000 since announcing plans to run.

Current U.S. Rep. James Lankford and former House Speaker T.W. Shannon both reported Monday they raised more than $800,000 during the quarter that ended on March 31. Federal campaign finance reports on campaign fundraising and expenditures during the first quarter are not due until April 15, but both released their totals early.

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6:43 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Tuesday Top Local Stories from 89.5/KWGS

Top Local Stories:

  • The DOC moves to lower Tulsa County inmate counts.
  • Best Buy Shooter Willie Wise is sentenced to life in prison.
  • More earthquakes shake Oklahoma.
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3:31 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

ODOT Asks Drivers to Heed Work Zone Speed Limits

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This week is Work Zone Awareness Week, a national campaign to remind drivers to slow down and follow posted speed limits when they encounter road work.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokesman Cole Hackett said it doesn’t keep just workers safe.

"Anytime there's cones and barrels, we ask people to slow down and follow the posted speed limits, because they're not there just to protect the workers," Hackett said. "A lot of times there will be lane shifts, things like that where it requires a lower speed for people going through there."

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