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7:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • State Senators vote to divert money from roads to education.
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court over turns a lower court judge's ruling over the state's execution law.
  • Tulsa area school face challenges teaching non-English speaking students and not all are Hispanic.
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4:39 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Safe Kids, AAA Remind People Not to Leave Kids or Pets in Cars

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Danial Karnes talks Wednesday about the dangers of leaving kids in a car. Background from left: Tulsa Police Officer Craig Murray, Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, Dr. Roopa Thukaram, Tulsa Area Safe Kids Director Beth Washington, veterinarian Paul Welch and Tulsa Fire Department Public Information Officer Stan May
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The weather is nice again, but the Tulsa Area Safe Kids coalition wants to remind people it will get hot in the car now — up to 20 degrees warmer than outside in 10 minutes.

Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said a parent or caregiver could be charged with second-degree manslaughter if a child dies while left alone in a car.

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2:42 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

VIDEO: Bartlett Fountain Rededicated

Bartlett Fountain at 5th and Main
Credit KWGS News

Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr., joined by District 4 City Councilor Blake Ewing and Downtown Coordinating Council Chairman George Shahadi, held a dedication today for the new Bartlett Square Fountain at Fifth Street and Main Street in downtown Tulsa.

The new fountain in the middle of the traffic roundabout features nine water jets springing from openings in the round structure. LED lights illuminate the fountain at night.

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12:43 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Tulsa Area Schools See Increase in Student Diversity

Credit KWGS News File Photo

A new report shows an increase in the number of Hispanic numbers in various school districts. Sherri Fair is in charge of student data and assessment in the Union district. She says the growth is not just with Spanish speaking students.

"People automatically think ELL equates with Hispanic, and it doesn't. We have many, many, different languages spoken in the district. Our Hispanic population is our largest for our ELL."

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12:23 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Senate Moves from Road Fund to Education

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The Oklahoma Senate votes overwhelmingly to make changes in the way education is funded. The plan approved today would eventually divert dollars from the road fund to education.

The bill was sponsored by Stillwater Senator James Halligan. He says it differs from a similar bill passed by the House.

"When it came off in the House, it called for 60 million; this calls for 30 million until we get the road fund full. Then, it takes the funds we are currently putting into the road fund."

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12:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Senate Kills bill for Aging Prisoner Release

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to allow some aging prisoners to be released from prison early has been shot down in the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate voted 29-14 on Wednesday against the Parole of Aging Prisoners Act. The bill would have allowed the state Pardon and Parole Board to parole prisoners who are 65-years-old or older if they have served 10 years in prison or at least one-third of their sentence.

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12:15 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Conservatives to Protest Holder's Oklahoma Trip

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some conservative politicians and activists are planning to protest U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's speech to a group of graduating Oklahoma City Police Department cadets.

Holder is scheduled to address the class of 42 police recruits during their swearing-in ceremony Thursday afternoon at First Church in downtown Oklahoma City. The 35 men and seven women were among 52 recruits who started the 30-week physical and academic training academy.

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12:13 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Fire Breaks Out at Woodward Industrial Facility

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say no injuries have been reported after a large fire broke out at an industrial facility in Woodward.

Oklahoma City television station KWTV reports that three workers were on site at Basic Sediments and Waste Solutions when several tanks exploded early Wednesday. Authorities say all three workers escaped without injury.

Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer says it appears a mechanical device malfunctioned and started the fire.

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8:05 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Wreck Closes North Bound Tulsa Expressway

Traffic flows south, but there is no autos on 169 northbound following a morning crash near the BA Expressway.
Credit ODot Traffic Camera

Traffic is moving again on Highway 169. That was not the case during the morning rush. The roadway, northbound, was closed because of a pick-up/motorcycle wreck at the Broken Arrow Expressway. The motorcycle rider was injured and rushed to the hospital by EMSA.

The roadway was closed while police investigated the crash. Traffic was taken off the expressway at 51st Street. That caused a huge back-up on Mingo and Garnett Roads. The 169 Northbound entrance ramps were closed at 71st, 61st and 51st to keep traffic off the roadway.

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7:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Fallin: Supreme Court Went Too Far

Governor Fallin
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has granted an Oklahoma death-row inmate a one-week stay of execution, saying the Oklahoma Supreme Court overstepped its authority when it issued a separate stay of execution on Monday.

Fallin issued an executive order on Tuesday delaying the execution of Clayton Lockett until April 29. In her order, Fallin claims the stay ordered by the state's high court is "outside the constitutional authority of that body."

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