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Fire In Second Floor Apartment
6:36 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Baby Dropped To Arms Of Police Officer From Burning Building

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A Tulsa police officer caught a baby that was dropped to him from the second floor of a burning apartment complex.

Officer Alan Franks was among several officers leaving a morning meeting when they saw the apartments in east Tulsa on fire.

The mother of the baby told the Tulsa World that she was screaming for help when she dropped the child to Franks. Franks said he was nervous and "was just thinking don't drop the baby."

The child was not injured and the mother and her boyfriend escaped the flames.

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Sponsored By The Oklahoma City Thunder
4:59 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Black History Heroes Challenge Contest

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The Oklahoma City Thunder is launching its sixth annual Black History Heroes Challenge.

The contest, which commemorates Black History Month, will remain open through Feb. 7.

Students throughout Oklahoma in kindergarten through 12th grade can enter the contest by submitting an essay or visual arts piece portraying an outstanding individual in black history or an African-American who has impacted their life. Entrants are encouraged to employ creativity in their entries, including photography, music, video, art or writing.

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Oklahoma Voices
3:44 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Native American Code Talkers Receive Congressional Gold Medal

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During Native American Heritage Month last November, Congress bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest civilian honor, to American Indians who used their native languages to outwit the enemy and protect American battlefield secrets during World Wars I and II.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:31 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Oklahoma House Speaker Wants To Make Horizontal Drilling Tax Break Permanent

A rig hand on a Triad Energy horizontal drilling operation near Alva, Okla. Company CEO Mike McDonald says he likely wouldn't have drilled the well with out a tax break Oklahoma's House Speaker has proposed making permanent.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon will author legislation to make permanent an oil and gas industry tax break for horizontal drilling.

The incentive lowers gross production taxes from 7 percent to 1 percent for the first 48 months of production, and was installed in the ’90s to encourage the then-experimental type of drilling. Now days, most oil and gas wells in Oklahoma are horizontally drilled, and critics say the incentives are unnecessary.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:46 am
Mon January 6, 2014

How Train Accidents Involving Northern Plains Crude Affect Oklahoma’s Oil Industry

A series of explosive train accidents has renewed concern about the safety of transporting crude oil by rail, especially the type of crude extracted from the Northern Plains.

The most recent accident was the the fiery crash that occurred on Dec. 30 in North Dakota. No one was injured, but dramatic fireballs erupted when the train with more than 100 cars collided with another train carrying grain in the small town of Casselton.

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Oklahoma Deep Freeze
10:12 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Bitterly Cold Monday Morning Temperatures Across Oklahoma

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Dozens of schools across Oklahoma called off classes as bitterly cold sub-zero temperatures and wind chill indexes were reported.

The Oklahoma City and Tulsa school districts - the state's two largest - are among those cancelling classes for Monday.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill warning for Ottawa and Craig counties until noon Monday and a wind chill advisory for all but far southern and parts of southwestern Oklahoma.

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Business and Economy
8:03 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Tax Breaks Add Up For New Macy's Center Near Owasso

Gov. Mary Fallin at the Tulsa Regional Chamber to announce a $170 million Macy's fulfillment center in the Tulsa area - December 17, 2013.
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Macy's Inc. could receive up to $21 million in tax breaks and incentives for its $170 million order fulfillment center to be built in Tulsa County.

The Tulsa World reports the largest of those tax breaks would come from Tulsa County, pending approval from county commissioners.

The commissioners recently agreed to pursue the creation of a Tax Incentive Finance District that would exempt Macy's from property taxes on new construction for four years at its planned site for the center.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
6:53 am
Mon January 6, 2014

'Timing Is Everything' For First Responder Mental Health During Disasters

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Orr
Credit Kate Carlton / KGOU/Oklahoma Tornado Project

For over a decade, Lieutenant Brian Orr of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has responded to disasters throughout the state, including both the 1999 and 2013 Moore tornadoes. He remembers each of them clearly.  

“It was very difficult to see things, and of course first arriving, hearing screams from people and just the total devastation,” Orr said.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

KGOU's FY2013 Financial Audit Complete

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During December, KGOU opened our 2013 financial records for the annual external audit. That audit is complete, and I posted the financial report on the KGOU web page.

For fiscal year 2013, total operating income to KGOU decreased one percent from 2012, but private giving in all forms increased about nearly four percent. Private giving now represents 52 percent of KGOU’s budget. Direct support from the University of Oklahoma decreased while in-kind support increased. 

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Stoops Says "You Never Know"
6:13 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Stoops To Go Pro?

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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is the latest college coach to be linked to Cleveland's head coaching vacancy.

Just hours after his Sooners stunned Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, Stoops, a Youngstown, Ohio native, didn't rule out the possibility of jumping to the NFL. On Dan Patrick's national radio show, Stoops said he's not looking to pursue a pro job but "you never know down the road."

Later, Stoops would not discuss rumors tying him to the Browns' job with Oklahoma writers and again said "you never know" when pressed on the subject.

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