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Local and Regional News Stories from NPR for Tulsa Metro

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Local and Regional News Stories from NPR for Tulsa Metro

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Episodes

Wednesday's News Update From KWGS

2/24/2021
Wedne sday's top stories: • Health experts said Tuesday Oklahoma’s declining COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations appear to be the real deal. • Tulsa Public Schools began welcoming students back to in-person learning on Tuesday. The district has raised the pay rate for substitute teachers in an attempt to ensure they have enough to keep sufficiently staffed.

Duration:00:02:29

Program Giving Remote Workers $10,000 To Move To Tulsa Now Offering Grant Upfront For Home Purchase

2/23/2021
A program offering remote workers $10,000 to move to Tulsa is trying something new. New Tulsa Remote participants can ask for the full cash grant upfront to put toward buying a house. "We want individuals who are going to come to Tulsa, who are going to fall in love with this great city that we all love, and who are going to want to be here and remain a meaningful part of the community. And we found that many, many people who were coming into the program were absolutely loving Tulsa, were...

Duration:00:01:25

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Bills To Punish Social Media Websites For Perceived Censorship

2/23/2021
The Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday advanced two bills from Republican lawmakers aimed at perceived social media censorship. Senate Bill 383 by Sen. Rob Standridge (R-Norman) would grant users the ability to sue certain sites if their political or religious posts are taken down. ACLU of Oklahoma says the bill would also prohibit sites from moderating hate speech, a term that lacks a precise legal definition and that Standridge’s bill pins to someone’s "personal moral code."...

Duration:00:01:43

Former State Epidemiologist Estimates Nearly Half Of Oklahomans Have Some COVID Immunity

2/23/2021
Health experts said Tuesday Oklahoma’s declining COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations appear to be the real deal. Speaking at a virtual update of the Healthier Oklahoma Coalition, former state epidemiologist Dr. Aaron Wendelboe said testing is down, but so is the positivity rate, indicating spread is not significantly worse than known. And after more than a month of declines, Oklahoma has hit an important milestone: a new case rate of fewer than 20 per 100,000 residents. "I’m already...

Duration:00:01:42

Tuesday's News Update From KWGS

2/23/2021
Tuesday's top stories: • State officials said Monday they will attempt to guard against sky-high energy bills for Oklahomans after the winter weather emergency. • The state opened COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to teachers, school staff, and people 16 and up with comorbidities on Monday. • Hundreds of Tulsans continue to lack running water and/or remain under a voluntary boil water advisory due to water system failures caused by the prolonged cold weather.

Duration:00:02:29

'Vast Majority' Of Oklahomans Won't See Huge Energy Bill After Storms But Officials To Look At Issue

2/22/2021
Updated Feb. 23, 11:50 a.m. to clarify only unregulated gas utilities may not spread out increased costs. State officials said Monday most Oklahomans will not see utility bills in the thousands of dollars after last week’s historic winter storms that plunged the state into subzero temperatures and strained the regional power grid. Oklahoma Secretary of Energy Ken Wagner said people will pay for their increased usage — easily two to three times what’s normal — but not for utilities’ cost of...

Duration:00:02:19

Hundreds Of Tulsans Still Without Water As Crews Continue Broken Line Repairs

2/22/2021
Crews continued work Monday on dozens of water line breaks across the City of Tulsa, meaning hundreds of people are still without running water. Officials said 40 crews were at work, and the city's water main breaks dashboard showed 60 active breaks as of 5 p.m. Tulsans are asked to keep conserving water — no washing cars, no running high-use appliances and no long showers. The city is pumping 75 million more gallons of water a day than is typical. Water and Sewer Director Clayton Edwards...

Duration:00:01:32

Monday's News Update From KWGS

2/22/2021
Mon day's top stories: • The state of Oklahoma expands eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday. Adults 18 and up with comorbidities, along with teachers and school staff, can now make appointments at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov . • The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has received $154 million from the federal coronavirus relief package passed in December. • Hundreds of Tulsans are still without water, and those whose service has been affected are still under a voluntary...

Duration:00:02:29

Downtown Coordinating Council Monitoring Bill To Let Some Hotels Opt Out Of Improvement Districts

2/22/2021
Updated Feb. 22, 9:10 a.m. A City of Tulsa entity focused on boosting downtown is carefully watching a state Senate bill out of concern it may undermine its work. The Downtown Coordinating Council has an eye on Senate Bill 489 , which would let certified historic hotels opt out of an improvement district — areas created by local governments where an assessment can be levied on businesses to pay for marketing services, improvements not related to streets and other benefits. DCC Executive...

Duration:00:01:42

ODOT Received $154M From Federal Coronavirus Relief Package Passed In December

2/22/2021
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has received $154 million from the federal coronavirus relief package passed in December. State Secretary of Transportation and ODOT Executive Director Tim Gatz plans to put a portion of that into the agency’s asset preservation fund. He said the timing of a cash infusion for road repairs couldn’t be better. "I can’t emphasize enough the impact that two weeks of subfreezing weather conditions are going to have on our pavement structures for the...

Duration:00:01:50

House Committees Move Bills To Accomplish Stitt's Public Education Policy Goals

2/19/2021
Oklahoma House committees advanced legislation this week that would accomplish public education policy changes Gov. Kevin Stitt pushed in his state of the state address. House Bill 2078 would change the statewide funding formula so initial allocations are based on districts’ average weighted attendance from the preceding school year, rather than letting them use the higher of the past two years. Rep. Kyle Hilbert (R-Bristow) says the intent is funding schools for the students they actually...

Duration:00:03:20

Friday's News Update From KWGS

2/19/2021
Friday's top stories: • The Oklahoma State Department of Health said winter weather has delayed federal shipments of COVID-19 vaccine doses, but they remain on track for when eligibility opens up to roughly 1,000,000 more Oklahomans on Monday. • Water woes continue for Tulsans as crews work 24/7 to restore broken water mains. Water is available to residents who bring their own container to River Spirit Expo (21st and Pittsburg, enter behind the Golden Driller) or any Tulsa Fire Department...

Duration:00:02:29

Tulsa Public Schools Offers Board Insight Into Students' Mental Health

2/18/2021
Tulsa Public Schools is keeping tabs on students’ mental health amid a global pandemic that’s kept them out of school for months. Around 1,100 students are currently receiving mental health services from the district’s more than 30 partner agencies, according to an update given to the TPS Board this week. TPS Student and Family Support Services Director Stephanie Andrews said the district started tracking mental health data at the end of last year, and what’s collected is slightly different...

Duration:00:01:16

Delayed COVID Vaccine Shipment Won't Hold Up Oklahoma Moving To Teachers, Adults With Health Issues

2/18/2021
State health officials said Thursday while winter storms have delayed delivery of this week’s shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, Oklahoma is in line for another supply bump. Deputy State Health Commissioner Keith Reed said that will keep new priority groups on track to start getting vaccinated. "We’re expecting to receive an additional 25% of supply from Pfizer as we begin vaccinating teachers and adults with comorbidities next week. This will make for a total anticipated 137,00 doses next week....

Duration:00:01:19

Thursday's News Update From KWGS

2/18/2021
Thursday's top stories: • More utility disruptions for Tulsans as at least 1,600 homes were without water service Thursday morning due to water line breaks, and an unknown number of additional customers were experiencing low pressure due to a pump failure. The city will be operating a water distribution station at River Spirit Expo from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. • The regional grid operator for all of Oklahoma said Wednesday they hope to be back on firm footing and out of outage danger by...

Duration:00:02:29

Wednesday's News Update From KWGS

2/17/2021
Wedne sday's top stories: • Hundreds of Tulsans could be without water for days as the city responds to the largest number of simultaneous water line breaks in city history, a result of the historic cold spell. • The regional power grid operator is warning outages could continue intermittently through Thursday.

Duration:00:02:29

Tuesday's News Update From KWGS

2/16/2021
Tuesday's top stories: • Thousands were without power Tuesday morning as Oklahoma's electric companies resumed intentional outages meant to lower the burden on the grid during incredibly cold temperatures and high demand for natural gas. • Just back from a ski vacation in New Mexico, Gov. Kevin Stitt told Oklahomans Monday it's important to conserve as much energy as possible to reduce strain on the power grid.

Duration:00:02:29

Monday's News Update From KWGS

2/15/2021
Monday's top stories: • Winter storm conditions continue across Green Country, with wind chills as low as 30 below zero and more snow expected.

Duration:00:02:29

Tulsa Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart Speaks With KWGS About Vaccine Cancelations, Efforts

2/10/2021
Dr. Bruce Dart, executive director of the Tulsa Health Department, spoke with Public Radio Tulsa on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 10, about the department's cancelation of 2,000 vaccine appointments that day due to inclement weather. He also discussed how recently announced plans for a federal mass vaccination site for Tulsa County fell through.

Duration:00:05:21

Wednesday's News Update From KWGS

2/10/2021
Wednes day's top stories: • The FEMA-run "mega-POD" mass COVID vaccination site announced by Tulsa Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart last week is likely a no-go for now. • The city of Tulsa says crews are working 24 hours a day to treat arterial roads during this week's cold, icy weather. • Less than two weeks after a triple murder-suicide in Sand Springs, police there report a Tuesday double murder-suicide.

Duration:00:02:29