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  • New OSU mandate requires sexual-violence prevention training for all students

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    STILLWATER — Beginning this semester, all Oklahoma State University students will have to complete an online course aimed at sexual-assault awareness and prevention, and the campus community now has a revamped central location for resources about such crimes. The course requirement, announced via email to students on Monday, is in conjunction with the public launch of 1is2many , a website created by the university that is dedicated to information about sexual-assault reporting and domestic violence and which provides resources for students and others. "Oklahoma State University takes acts of sexual violence and sexual harassment seriously," the university wrote in the email. "In an effort to comply with the Violence Against Women Act and the Office for Civil Rights federal guidelines, all students are required to complete online training on sexual violence prevention. A hold will be placed on your account, which will affect enrollment for the subsequent semester, until the training has been completed." Read the rest of this story at .

  • Oklahoma woman to cops: I think my meth is laced

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    A 54-year-old Enid woman is facing felony drug charges after calling police earlier in the week and telling them she thought her methamphetamine was laced with something, according to The Enid News and Eagle. Lynette Rae Sampson was arraigned Thursday on a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Sampson faces two to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 on the felony charge and up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine on the misdemeanor.

  • NewsOn6: Man Electrocuted While Mowing Field In Bartlesville

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    BARTLESVILLE - A Nowata County man is dead after an accident involving electrical lines in Bartlesville Thursday, NewsOn6 reports. Two men were mowing a field with a tractor when the accident occurred on ..

  • Viral 'Walmart shoplifting' video in Coweta leads to charges

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    COWETA — A man accused of shoplifting from a Walmart — and being chased and filmed in the act by another shopper — was charged Thursday with two misdemeanors. Kenneth Glen Pack was arrested Monday, according to an affidavit filed Thursday. Pack, 34, was charged with petit larceny and resisting an officer. The affidavit states that a Coweta officer "was informed of a video that had gone viral," and believed that Pack, who had local warrants, was the suspect. That officer and a backup traveled to the Roland Park area of Coweta, where they spotted Pack. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Oklahoma man gets consecutive 20-year terms for rapes of intellectually challenged classmates

    BY BILL BRAUN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    A man was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in prison for raping two intellectually challenged men at a Tulsa hotel. Brandon Brady, 22, pleaded guilty previously to two counts of first-degree rape. The charges stemmed from crimes that occurred in April 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown, court records show. Instructors with the High Plains Technology Center in Woodward had brought a group of special-needs students to Tulsa for an annual Skills USA competition to reward and recognize their hard work. The students included Brady and the two victims, who were then ages 19 and 22 and were identified as his classmates. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Oklahoma's one of the best states for recent grads since the recession, according to Forbes

    Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Though CNBC recently found Oklahoma to be one of the country's very worst states to live in , it seems that the Sooner state has at least one thing going for it: a favorable economy for recent college graduates. In a study published on Forbes, contributor Ben Taylor found that comparing tuition costs of four-year public institutions with income and unemployment figures resulted in a number-two ranking for Oklahoma, sandwiched between fellow oil-rich states Wyoming and list-topper North Dakota.

  • Oklahoma among 'tightest' states, according to Mother Jones

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    What makes a society 'tight' or 'loose'? Mother Jones put together a criterion to gauge each American state's so-called tightness or looseness based on several factors including "the legality of corporal punishment in schools, the general severity of legal sentences, access to alcohol and availability of civil unions, level of religiosity, and the percent of the population that is foreign." So how did Oklahoma fare? Awfully 'tight,' it turns out, so 'tight' in fact, that it wound up in the top four and 'tightest' possible category.

  • Fallin's office on rumor: Barresi not being considered for secretary of education

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    State Rep. Joe Dorman issued a news release Wednesday evening slamming Gov. Mary Fallin on her education policies and accusing her of considering the appointment of outgoing State Superintendent Janet Barresi as secretary of education. But Fallin's spokesman dismissed Dorman's press release as "baseless and silly" and he accused the Democratic nominee for governor for starting the rumor about Barresi himself as a way to trump up publicity for his campaign. "Superintendent Barresi has never asked to be considered nor has she ever been considered for secretary of education," said Alex Weintz, Fallin's spokesman. "We actually said that before he put out his press release, so all he would ever have needed to do was pick up the phone and call." Read the rest of this story at

  • Oklahoma ranked among America's 10 worst states to live in

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    A new report from CNBC lists Oklahoma as the second worst state to live in, according to The Tulsa World. The list, which ranks the 10 worst states to live in, is based on several factors including crime rate, local attractions, health care and the environment. According to CNBC, Oklahoma ranks among the worst states in the nation for crime, health and air quality. No. 1 on the list was Tennessee, The Tulsa World reports.

  • Oklahoma student speaks out about being expelled from Christian college after same-sex wedding

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    hristian Minard and her longtime girlfriend, Kadyn Parks, were driving through New Mexico in March, exploring some of the state's scenery when they settled on a courthouse in Albuquerque for their marriage. Minard, 22, a student at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, said she and Parks had dated for more than three years before they decided to wed. Unable to get married in Oklahoma because of the state's present same-sex marriage ban, they had settled on New Mexico. Four months later the couple found themselves thrust into the same-sex marriage debate raging in Oklahoma and across the nation.

  • Dorman blasts "Fal-esi" education program

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman announced the "first phase" of his education program on Thursday. In so doing, Dorman signaled his intention to tie state Superintendent Janet Barresi around incumbent Gov. Mary Fallin's neck. "The 'Fal-esi' (which Dorman pronounced 'fallacy') plan — The Fallin-Barresi education plan — must be turned around," Dorman said during a press conference in Tulsa. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Serge Ibaka bares it (nearly) all in ESPN Magazine Body Issue

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Serge Ibaka broke new ground the Oklahoma City Thunder. While teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook get most of the attention from the media, it was the 6-10 forward who was asked to pose nude in the latest installment of ESPN The Magazine Body Issue. The section is titled the "Bodies We Want," according to The Norman Transcript. The magazine was released Monday on the internet and will hit the newsstands Friday. Ibaka was featured in the special issue along with 21 other athletes.

  • Stillwater band learns from VH1 contests in New York City

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    The One Seven Four may have not won Make A Band Famous on VH1, but they didn’t come home empty-handed either, according to The Stillwater News Press. The band gained a once in a lifetime experience as participants on the show. Cody Payne, vocal leader and rhythm guitar player, said the most important thing they learned was to stick to the rules when working with a big company like VH1. While on the show the band had to adjust accordingly. “You make it happen no matter what,” Payne said.

  • Muslim convert to Christianity sues Oklahoma church

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    A Muslim convert to Christianity is suing First Presbyterian Church and its pastor, the Rev. James D. Miller, alleging that church leaders published an announcement of his baptism on the internet after assuring him they would not do so.

  • Marine unites fallen soldier's family with treasure ... 45 years later

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    HITCHITA — Jack Precht and his wife, Mickey, are sitting in the kitchen of their little one-bedroom home in rural Hitchita, about 30 miles southeast of Okmulgee. They moved out here a few years ago to retire in the country, having lived in Kansas City for a time and then Haskell. Jack Precht describes himself as a quiet, modest man. But a closer look shows a determination inside him that he only acknowledges if asked. In front of Precht, on the small wooden table where he’s sitting, are two items — a coverless pocket Bible with yellowing, torn pages, and a scratched, strapless watch face. Behind Precht, metaphorically speaking, is a 45-year hunt for the family of the man to whom those two items belonged, a Tennessee Marine named Dan Arthur Bolton who died in Vietnam in 1969. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Man charged after punching pregnant woman; child stillborn

    BY LAURA SUMMERS, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    BARTLESVILLE — A 23-year-old Bartlesville man was charged on Monday with beating a pregnant woman and causing the child she was carrying to be stillborn. Washington County District Judge Curtis DeLapp set a $200,000 bond for Michael Edward Bosworth who faces a felony charge of domestic assault and battery against a pregnant woman resulting in miscarriage to unborn child. Bartlesville police received a call on June 2 about a man punching a woman inside a convenience store and in the parking lot in the 400 Block of West 14th Street. The victim told police Bosworth, who is an ex-boyfriend, had met her at the store supposedly to give her back some property, but instead he pulled her by the hair and tried to force her into his vehicle, a court affidavit stated. The woman was able to get away from Bosworth, but he followed her into the store where he punched her hard in the left side of her stomach, along with injuring her hand, the affidavit stated. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Corrections Board discusses Clayton Lockett execution during executive session

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    STRINGTOWN – The state Corrections Board met in executive session for nearly 45 minutes Thursday to discuss an investigation into a botched execution, with Director Robert Patton and the board’s chairman promising a full public discussion as soon as a state investigation is complete. “I’ve been informed the DPS (Department of Public Safety) investigation is making very good progress on the investigation. When it’s done, I will be making a full statement and answering your questions,” he told a Tulsa World reporter following the meeting. The board also discussed the execution of Clayton Lockett in executive session during its meeting last month. In both cases, the agenda cited pending or expected legal action as the reason to meet in executive session. Read the rest of this story at .

  • New Oklahoma law requires class before many divorces

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Getting a divorce based on incompatibility will be a little more complicated after Nov. 1. A bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Mary Fallin requires married couples with children younger than 18 and who are seeking a divorce based on incompatibility to pay for and complete an educational program. The class will cover the impact divorce has on children. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Up to 10 inches of rain possible in areas of northeast Oklahoma during next week

    By ALTHEA PETERSON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    The Weather Prediction Center's outlook for northeast Oklahoma during the next seven days is filled with rain, the Tulsa World reports. A Weather Prediction Center map released today shows a "quantitative precipitation forecast" of up to 10.7 inches of rain during the next 7 days for the far northeast corner of Oklahoma. Other areas of northeast Oklahoma, including Tulsa, could record up to 4-5 inches of rain, according to the WPC.

  • Grand Lake state park closed after high levels of E. coli bacteria found

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE and RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    BERNICE — The swimming beach in the Bernice Area of Grand Lake State Park was closed Tuesday because of potentially unsafe levels of E. coli found in water samples. It will remain closed for at least 48 hours until addition water samples are tested. The park remains open but no swimming is allowed. “Public safety is our top priority,” Grand River Dam Authority spokesman Justin Alberty said in a news release. Read the rest of this story at .