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PSO: 1,600 without power in east Tulsa

Quick Facts:

  • PSO reports 1,631 customers without power in far east Tulsa near Catoosa.
  • The impacted area is near the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and south.
  • PSO shows the outage between 161st E. Ave & the Creek Turnpike, and I-44 all the way down to around East 51st Street in Broken Arrow.
  • The estimated time of restoration is 10:30 p.m.
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Caitlyn Jenner puts Trump administration on blast for withdrawing protections for transgender students

On Wednesday, the Trump administration rolled back protections for transgender students set forth by the Obama administration in former President Obama’s “dear colleagues” letter. On Thursday, well-known transgender woman and LGBTQ spokeswoman Caitlyn Jenner shared her response to the White House’s move.

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“Well @realDonaldTrump, from one Republican to another, this is a disaster,” she tweeted along with a video further explaining her thoughts. “You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.” 

In the video, Jenner addressed the decision and what it means for the future and offered her support for transgender people across the country.

Well @realDonaldTrump, from one Republican to another, this is a disaster. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me. pic.twitter.com/XwYe0LNUOq— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 24, 2017

“I have a message for the transgender kids of America. You’re winning. I know it doesn’t feel like it today or every day, but you’re winning,” she said. “Very soon, we will win full freedom nationwide, and it’s going to be with bipartisan support. You can help by checking out the National Center for Transgender Equality and letting Washington hear you loud and clear.”

“Now, I have a message for the bullies,” Jenner continued. “You’re sick, and because you’re weak, you pick on kids, you pick on women or anyone else you think is vulnerable. Apparently even becoming the attorney general isn’t enough to cure some people of their insecurities. As proof, the Supreme Court will soon hear a very important Title IX case thanks to the courage of a very brave young man, Gavin Grimm. Mr. President, we’ll see you in court.”

Lastly, she reiterated her message to the president himself.

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“Finally, I have a message for President Trump,” she said. “From, well, one Republican to another, this is a disaster, and you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.”

2 First Coast High students killed overnight in Yulee

Two teenage boys from Jacksonville were killed Wednesday night in a crash in Yulee. 

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash and believe weather was a factor.

A blue Nissan Sentra driven by a 16-year-old was headed south, went off the road and overcorrected when a car headed north T-boned the Sentra. The driver, Kay Deraway IV, 16, of Jacksonville, and passenger Travis Lighthall, 15, of Jacksonville, died at the scene. 

The 76-year-old driver in the other car was taken to UF Health Jacksonville and is expected to be OK.

Kay and Travis were cousins. They were headed to church at the time of the crash.

“You couldn’t separate them. If one did something, they were doing it too,” said Brendan Wishart, cousin.

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Thursday afternoon, several people stopped at the crash site.

“It’s hard to believe they’re gone, it really is,” says Megan Stevens.

“Feels like a dream, you can’t wake up from,” says Wishart. 

Much of the highway is dark, and on Wednesday night it was wet; both wet roads and dark conditions were likely a factor in the crash.

"It can be dangerous at times, especially when you start incorporating inclement weather, some possible driver distractions or anything of that nature," says Sgt. Dylan Bryan with FHP

Action News Jax checked to see how dangerous the highway is. According to FHP, in the last year, from Pecan Park Road north across the county line into Nassau, there were 32 crashes and no fatalities. At the Nassau/Duval county lines to the Georgia border, there were 110 crashes, and three fatalities. 

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Grief counselors were at both boys' schools on Thursday, First Coast High School and Oceanway Middle School.

Duval County Schools released a statement:

"The communities of First Coast High School, Oceanway Middle School, and Duval County Public Schools are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of two of its students due to an auto accident. To support the well-being of students and faculty, specially-trained school counselors and social workers will be onsite today at both schools, and will provide continued support as needed."

Action News Jax is following the story. Watch Action News Jax and follow us on Twitter @ActionNewsJax for the latest. 

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Friends say this is the 16-year-old and 15-year-old cousins killed in crash last night in Nassau Co. pic.twitter.com/4NVEMUjE1r— Amber Krycka (@AmberANjax) February 23, 2017 Just In:DCPS confirms 2 students, killed in head-on collision in Yulee, attended First Coast High. @ActionNewsJax @AmberANjax CBS47 at noon— Paige Kelton (@PaigeANjax) February 23, 2017

 

Coweta homes spared from flames after residents evacuated

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  • Coweta firefighters are responding to a grassfire in Wagoner County 
  • Officials told FOX23 the fire is near 141st and 229th
  • Homes were evacuated from 131st to 141st around 228th
  • Wagoner County Emergency Management told FOX23 nearly 300 homes are in the affected area.
  • The evacuation order was lifted shortly before 5 p.m.
  • The FOX23 Severe Weather team has been tracking high fire danger 
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FOX23 Meterologist Ben Walnick flew the SkyView Drone over the fire:

 

 

Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott snapped this picture of smoke from the fire on one of the FOX23 tower cameras.

 

Big smoke plume from fire in SW Wagoner Co. Appears to be near 225th E Ave and 141st St. South. (3 miles WNW of Coweta) #okfire @FOX23 pic.twitter.com/waKPtQZ3v5— James Aydelott☂✈ (@jamesaydelott) February 23, 2017

 

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Big cooldown on the way to Green Country

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  • Thursday's high temperature in Tulsa came in at 85 degrees.
  • That's a new record high. The previous record was 81.
  • A big cool down is on the way this weekend with temperatures dropping below freezing.
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NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks out about his racing future

NASCAR fans just got Dale Earnhardt Jr. back after his season-ending concussion in 2016.

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So they definitely don’t want to see him go quite yet.

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Yet, talk began swirling this week after Dale’s comments about racing in this year’s Daytona 500 and just what it would take for him to consider retirement.

“Hell, yeah … I would definitely not want to come back and try to race anymore if I won the championship … I’d be outta' here,” Dale said during a pre-Daytona 500 press conference on Feb. 22, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. “You know, I’ve always wanted to win a championship so badly. We’ve worked so hard to come back from this injury. To come back and win a championship, it would be hard not to hang it up.” 

RELATED: Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up about his return, to the turn that took his father’s life

There is no doubt that Dale’s recent marriage and the health scare from last year has changed the way he looks at life these days.

“My eyes were jumping around in my head real bad, just walking down the street, or riding in a car,” Dale said. “A road sign was jumping around so I couldn’t even read it. I was scared to death that I was going to be stuck with that all my life.”

Tulsa police investigate shooting at Lacy Park

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  • Tulsa police are investigating a shooting at Lacy Park.
  • It happened Thursday evening near N. Madison Ave. and E. Virgin St.
  • EMSA officials said they transported two patients.
  • FOX23 learned that 2 young men approached 3 people sitting in a vehicle and demanded money.
  • A fight ensued and shots were fired.
  • FOX23 is at the scene now learning more.
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Father: Unvaccinated son expelled from Jacksonville Catholic school

A Jacksonville father is taking on the Diocese of St. Augustine in court after he claims his son was expelled from Catholic school for legally opting out of required immunizations.

The father contacted us after an Action News Jax investigation revealed that more than a thousand local children are going to school without required vaccinations to protect against deadly diseases.

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Patrick Flynn said that in years past, local Catholic schools have honored several children’s religious exemptions from vaccines. But during the 2014-2015 school year, he claims something changed at Holy Spirit School in Ft. Caroline.

“My son was not welcome back for the first grade, even though he had graduated kindergarten there,” said Flynn.

Flynn said the school told him it no longer accepted his child’s religious exemption.

The Diocese of St. Augustine would not comment on the case because of the pending lawsuit, but it did send us its vaccine policy that states exemptions based on religious beliefs will not be considered in any Catholic school.

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Here is an excerpt from the policy: “There is nothing in Catholic moral teachings that which would hold that the use of vaccines as immoral or sinful … accordingly request for exemptions based on religious beliefs will not be considered in any Catholic schools of this diocese.” Flynn lost his first case against the church and is appealing the decision. He is awaiting a response on his appeal. 

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