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7:54 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Helicopter Heat: Porter Peach Crop Saved from Bitter Cold

A helicopter circles low over the orchard at day break.
Credit Livesay Orchard

UPDATE: Orchard owner Kent Livesay says it appears the peach crop escaped any serious damage from the overnight cold.

A helicopter makes lazy circles over the Livesay Orchard at Porter. It is an attempt to force warm air aloft down into the orchard. Owner Kent Livesay says it is an effort to save his peach crop from a late freeze. The temperature dropped to a critical level at the orchard just before 7 a.m.

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Local & Regional
7:02 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote to Ban Sex Offenders in Parks

Oklahoma House in session.
Credit Oklahoma House/KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House of Representatives has voted to prohibit habitual or aggravated sex offenders from entering a neighborhood, town, county or state park.

The House voted 93-1 Monday for the bill that bans individuals who have committed a crime against a child or individuals who have committed more than one sex crime from entering the parks. Republican Rep. Josh Cockroft of Wanette said the bill stems from uncertainty over whether or not state parks are included in a current ban.

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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Fallin Signs Minimum Wage Hike Ban in Oklahoma

Mary Fallin
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cities in Oklahoma are prohibited from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements under a bill that has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin signed the bill Monday that supporters say would prevent a hodgepodge of minimum wages in different parts of the state that could potentially harm the business community.

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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Clerk Shot at East Tulsa Gas Station

The station is located on East 21st, just west of Garnett
Credit Google Street View

Tulsa Police are looking for clues in the shooting of a Tulsa gas station clerk. The shooting took place at the Diamond-Shamrock station on East 21st Street, just west of Garnett.

A customer, who entered the store to pay, found the clerk on the floor about 9 p.m. last night. He was rushed to the hospital where he is in serious condition.

Police are unsure what might have sparked the shooting.

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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Tuesday Top Local Stories from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Helicopters are brought in to push warmer air into a Porter peach orchard.
  • A Tulsa service station clerk is in serious condition after being shot last night.
  • Tax Day is here. You must file by midnight.
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StudioTulsa
5:26 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

"Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman"

Aired on Monday, April 14th.

On this edition of our show, we offer an interesting chat with Peter Korn, the founder and executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, a non-profit school in Rockport, Maine. A furniture-maker since 1974, Korn is also the author of several noted how-to books, yet his latest volume is, so to speak, more of a "why" book. It's a readable and far-reaching memoir called "Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman" --- and he discusses it with us today.

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Local & Regional
4:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Candidates for Most Offices Will Run Unopposed This Year

Oklahomans will vote for candidates in more than 300 offices from U.S. senator to district attorney this fall, but about 60 percent of the races will have just one candidate.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

Candidate filings are in, and more than 60 percent of the candidates for elected offices in Oklahoma will be unopposed this year.

Out of 126 races for state legislature seats, 56 have just one candidate. Brandon Lenoir is a political science professor at Oklahoma State University. He said there are two things to consider about uncontested offices.

"Obviously it doesn't give voters much of a choice, but at the same time, if the voters were upset with the incumbent, odds are there would be a candidate who would step forward," Lenoir said.

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Local & Regional
2:32 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

A Copper Theft Causes a Partial Shutdown and Big Headaches for Tulsa County Government

Tulsa County loses some copper tubing that services condensers cooling computers to theft.
Credit KWGS News

A copper theft shuts down much of Tulsa County government operations over the weekend. Thieves ripped out copper tubing from condensers used to cool computers. It caused temperatures inside to soar and forced a partial shutdown, according to Information Technology Director Tom Trimble. He says had it occurred during the week, it could have been devastating. Trimble says they were able to keep systems to the Sheriff’s Office going for emergencies.

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Local & Regional
1:49 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

2 Tulsa Women Sentenced to Life for Child's Death

Tulsa County Court House
Credit File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two Tulsa women have been formally sentenced to life in prison for murder and neglect of a 19-month-old boy.

Jazmin Williams and Mica Shoate were sentenced Monday after being convicted in March of child-abuse murder and child-neglect in the March 2012 death of Zamontay Green. Both were sentenced to life without parole for the murder conviction and life with parole for neglect.

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Local & Regional
1:41 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Unit Corp Latest Gathering Place Donor

A model of the Gathering Place
Credit KWGS News File Photo

Unit Corporation today announced it will contribute $3 million as a partner in the construction of A Gathering Place for Tulsa. Ninety acres of waterfront along Riverside Drive will be transformed into broad and active civic commons. Phase I, totaling 66.5 acres, will be completed for Tulsans to enjoy by late 2017.

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