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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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1:07 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Transportation Chief Warns of Project Delays

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's transportation director says road projects across the state will face significant delays if the Legislature pushes forward with a plan to divert transportation funding to education over the next several years.

Director Mike Patterson updated members of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission on Monday about a bill passed by a Senate committee last week that would divert hundreds of millions of dollars from transportation directly to public schools.

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12:57 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Tulsa Air and Space Museum Opens Discovery Center

Tulsa Air and Space Museum Planetarium.
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium has opened the Discovery Center with an MD-80 aircraft donated by American Airlines.

Monday's opening ends a three-year-long project that turned the aircraft into a multi-purpose facility that will be used to promote the adventure, innovation, imagination, and opportunity associated with flight.

The Discovery Center featuring the MD-80 will initially be used for educational presentations, meetings, and events.

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12:46 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Tulsa Best Buy Shooter Sentenced

Best Buy at I-44 and Darlington.
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Twenty-two year old Willie Wise is headed to prison for the rest of his life. Wise was convicted in March of killing a rival gang member outside the I-44 and South Darlington Best Buy store. A stray bullet struck a Best Buy shopper inside the store, killing him as well. The shootings took place during the summer of 2012.

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12:29 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

4.4 Magnitude Quake Rocks Central Oklahoma

The star marks today's earthquake.
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LANGSTON, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Geological Survey says a 4.4 magnitude earthquake has rocked central Oklahoma.

The quake struck shortly after 11 a.m. Monday and was centered near Langston. It was felt widely through the central part of the state, including Oklahoma City. There are no immediate reports of damage.

Austin Holland with the Oklahoma Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary depth of 3 miles.

The U.S. Geological Survey, however, reported that the quake had a 4.0 magnitude. Quake magnitudes are often revised after data is reviewed.

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12:09 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Tulsa Chamber in Washington D.C.

Tulsa Chamber President Mike Neal.
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Roaming the halls of the nation’s capitol, are some 70 northeast Oklahoma business and civic leaders. The Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Mike Neal says they are lobbying for the Arkansas River.

"First an foremost, it has to do with the Arkansas River and then trying to get some federal funds to force the development of the Arkansas River Corridor Project."

Down river from Tulsa they’re also lobbying for upgrades to the McClellan-Kerr navigation channel.

"Some much needed, really over a million dollars, of maintenance backlog of projects with the whole navigation system."

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11:52 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Tulsa Mental Health Association Expands

A simple name change actually means a lot. The Tulsa Mental Health Association takes on a new mission and a new name. Executive Director Mike Brose says it reflects what they do for the state as a whole.

"The Mental Health Association formerly in Tulsa, now the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, is now doing business in the Oklahoma City metro area."

Brose says they have worked on projects in Oklahoma City for a long time but are now taking a step further.

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6:46 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Candidates to File for 2014 Oklahoma Elections

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Elections for both of Oklahoma's U.S. Senate seats, the open 5th Congressional District seat and statewide seats including governor will highlight a busy 2014 political season that formally kicks off this week.

Candidates will start arriving at the State Capitol on Wednesday to file paperwork and pay fees to have their names placed on the ballot.

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6:43 am
Mon April 7, 2014

USGS Records 3 Earthquakes near Langston

LANGSTON, Okla. (AP) — The United States Geological Survey has recorded three earthquakes — including one of magnitude 4.0 — near Langston.

The USGS reports the 4.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 9:58 a.m. Sunday 1 mile south of Langston — about 35 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

No injuries or damage are reported.

The other quakes registered a preliminary magnitude of 3.0 and 2.7 and were recorded at 9:25 a.m. and 10:04 a.m. in the same area.

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6:41 am
Mon April 7, 2014

OklahomaTransportation Commission Plans Meeting

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is set to meet and plans to discuss proposed state funding changes that have been passed by a state Senate committee.

The Senate Appropriations Committee last week voted 20-3 for a bill that would divert hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue from transportation directly to public schools in Oklahoma during the next several years.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

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