• 'Dancing is lust of the flesh,' Oklahoma pastor warned school board

    BY DEBBIE JACKSON and HILARY PITTMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Throughout history, it seems that Oklahomans have had to fight for the right to boogie. In the early 1940s, a proposal by the Parent-Teacher Association to allow “social dancing” in Tulsa Public Schools erupted into a fight with several local pastors. The Sunday before the school board vote, the pastors preached that anyone supporting the use of school buildings for social dancing would “answer to the Lord on Judgment Day.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Broken Arrow man jailed after peeping Tom complaint in University of Tulsa locker rooms

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    A Broken Arrow man was arrested by Tulsa police after he was caught using a camera to record men in locker rooms at the University of Tulsa campus. Isaac Samuel Spengler, 34, was booked Wednesday into the Tulsa Jail on a peeping Tom complaint, jail records show. Spengler was captured after police were notified by campus security that they found a micro card in a restroom containing video footage of men changing inside a campus locker room, according to an arrest report. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa school board strikes $855,000 three-year contract deal with next superintendent

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Tulsa’s next superintendent got a three-year contract worth up to $855,000 in base salary and bonuses alone on Wednesday. At a special meeting that lasted nearly four hours, the school board voted 6-0 to approve Deborah Gist’s employment contract. But board member Gary Percefull left the meeting 15 minutes before the vote was taken. “I can’t speak for him,” Board President Lana Turner-Addison said of Percefull, who did not return the Tulsa World’s calls seeking comment. “My primary concern was going through the contract with our board attorney present. Everybody had an opportunity to speak because it is the most important duty of the board. I’m not going to read anything into it.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Ginnie Graham: Wilma Mankiller makes top four list for a woman on the $20

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    The Cherokee Nation's first woman to serve as its chief is named alongside Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks as suggestions for the $20 bill. Oklahoma can stand tall with Wilma Mankiller. Put her over the top and vote on the Women On 20s site . In a previous column , I back the movement to rid Andrew Jackson from our money. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa school bus carrying elementary students rolls over on U.S. 75

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Four elementary school students and a bus driver were taken to the hospital after a Tulsa Public Schools bus rolled over Wednesday afternoon and came to rest on its side on a steep embankment along U.S. 75. Tulsa Police spokesman Leland Ashley said there were 10 students on the bus and four were transported to the hospital. The driver also was taken to the hospital after the crash that sent the bus off the roadway and down an embankment in the 3900 block of southbound U.S. 75. An EMSA spokeswoman said the injuries were not life threatening. She said EMSA transported three students from the scene. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Wal-Mart associates in Oklahoma are now earning higher wages and will see bigger paychecks on April 23

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    More than 16,700 Wal-Mart associates in Oklahoma have begun earning higher wages and can expect to see bigger paychecks on April 23. As of April 4, all Wal-Mart associates started earning at least $9 per hour, which is above the federal and state minimum wage of $7.25. By February 2016, all current associates will earn at least $10 per hour. Wal-Mart is giving pay raises to 16,740 associates in Oklahoma as part of an additional $1 billion investment in its workers this year. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • State revenue will fall by 'Dust Bowl proportions' if local ordinances governing drilling aren't curbed, lawmaker says

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    State revenue will fall by “Dust Bowl proportions” unless local ordinances governing oil and gas drilling are curbed, the chairman of a key House committee said Tuesday. “We need this bill to preserve the tax base, preserve the drilling, etc.,” said Rep. Kevin Calvey, R-Oklahoma City, in debating for Senate Bill 468 , by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, R-Woodward, during a meeting of the House Environmental Law Committee that Calvey chairs. When Rep. Cory Williams, D-Stillwater, protested that the bill would repeal a local ordinance provision in place since at least 1935, Calvey said: “You hear a lot about local control. It’s used as kind of a shibboleth around here. Folks, I believe in states’ rights, not some amorphous local control.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • REVIEW: Nickelback at the BOK Center is 'endurance challenge'

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    I never really thought Nickelback deserved all the hate and bad jokes thrown their way. Yeah, their songs can be generic and underwhelming, especially some of their earlier work. But I guarantee you know at least some of the words to “Photograph.” After seeing them play the BOK Center on Tuesday night, I take it back. It was an hour and 50 minute-long endurance challenge, an assault that left me battered. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • CAP Tulsa ranked No. 4 among best large nonprofit employers in U.S.

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    A local anti-poverty organization was named one of the top nonprofit employers in the country in a recent report by the NonProfit Times. The publication’s 2015 Best Places to Work report ranks CAP Tulsa No. 4 among large agencies — those with 250 or more employees — and No. 43 overall. “We were humbled and excited simultaneously that we were able to make such a prestigious list,” Executive Director Steven Dow said. “We’re in the human service business, and as an organization focused on working with people, the most important piece of our success is the quality of people we are able to hire and support.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin signs bills on trying to grab law officers' weapons, laser pointers

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday signed a measure designed to crack down on those who attempt to grab the weapon of a law enforcement officer. Senate Bill 55, by Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, and Rep. Lisa Billy, R-Lindsay, would make attempting to reach or gain control of a law officer’s weapon assault and battery. It would make the act aggravated assault and battery if the person made physical contact with the officer. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Bills on brewery sales, refrigerated beer pass committee on National Beer Day

    BY TOM GILBERT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Oklahomans saw progress on two beer-related bills on Tuesday, National Beer Day. Senate Bills 424 and 383 went through the Alcohol, Tobacco and Controlled Substances Committee, so they could go up for a vote on the House floor in the next three weeks. SB 424 would allow beer in excess of 3.2 percent alcohol by weight to be sold at a brewery. Breweries currently can sell only 3.2 ABW and below at their locations; for higher-point beer, they must go through a wholesaler, distributor and then liquor store (who all get cuts). Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 5-year-old dies in Tulsa after being run over by neighbor

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    A 5-year-old boy was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at Saint Francis Hospital after being hit by his neighbor's Jeep. Tulsa police said the neighbor who was supposed to take Jarden Ber-Morgan to Bunche ECDC, a preschool at 2703 N. Yorktown Place, backed over the boy about 8 a.m. No wrongdoing is suspected in the accident, which occurred near 48th Street North and Elwood Avenue. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Sheriff's Office: Reserve deputy who fired fatal shot was among 'lots of' wealthy donors in reserve program

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Robert Bates, the reserve Tulsa County deputy who fatally shot a man who was in a physical altercation with another deputy last week, has donated thousands of dollars worth of items to the Sheriff’s Office since becoming a reserve deputy in 2008. Bates, 73, accidentally shot Eric Harris on Thursday, according to Maj. Shannon Clark, after Bates — the subject of an undercover gun and ammunition buy by the Sheriff’s Office’s Violent Crimes Task Force — fled from arrest and then fought with a deputy who tackled him. Bates, Clark said, thought he was holding a stun gun when he pulled the trigger. Bates is not an active member of the task force but donates his hours there as a highly regarded member of the Reserve Deputy Program, Clark said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • CDC recommends people not eat ice cream products from Broken Arrow Blue Bell facility

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people not eat Blue Bell products that were produced at a Broken Arrow facility after some ice cream products were found to be contaminated with listeria. Blue Bell products made at the Broken Arrow facility can be identified by checking for letters “O,” “P,” “Q,” “R,” “S,” and “T” located at the end of the code date printed on the bottom of the product package, according to a Blue Bell release. "We are voluntarily withdrawing these products from stores. If you have purchased any of these products, either discard or return it to the retailer for a full refund," the company states. "It is important to note that these products have not been recalled; however, some retailers have decided to remove products from their shelves." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tank unit commander Larry Lantow was lone survivor of three WWII brothers

    BY TIM STANLEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Whenever one of his men was killed in action, it was Larry Lantow’s job to write to their families. But unlike many things done over and over, he said, it never got easier. “I hated it,” added Lantow, who commanded a tank company during World War II. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa doctor's license suspended after dangerous prescribing methods found

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    A Tulsa doctor had her license suspended during an emergency hearing last week, after an investigation found she was prescribing large amounts of narcotics to patients without doing exams or keeping adequate records. Dr. Tamerlane Rozsa also was abusing substances while practicing medicine and prescribing controlled dangerous substances to herself, according to a complaint from the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. She apparently slept in her office at 2301 S. Sheridan Road, which investigators described as “filthy.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • See which county soared above the state in household income

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    MEDFORD — Gary Aebi’s timing couldn’t have been any better when he decided three years ago to open an RV park in the Grant County town of Medford in northern Oklahoma. Business took off, thanks largely to the energy boom that sprung from new horizontal drilling and fracking techniques being employed in the area. With 21 stalls, the small RV park was pretty full by 2013, Aebi said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • BOK Center misses out on possible top 10 venue rank because of Garth Brooks' request

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The BOK Center ranked in the top 80 for arenas worldwide in the industry-tracking magazine Pollstar’s quarterly report; however, about 122,000 asterisks kept it from the top 10, BOK Center officials said. BOK Center officials said they were asked by Garth Brooks’ tour management to not report the numbers for his seven-show run at the arena in January. The roughly 17,500 tickets each night would have added 122,500 tickets to the BOK Center’s total, putting it in or near the top 10 of the worldwide rankings of arena venues. Ranked high this quarter was Cain’s Ballroom, which reached No. 17 in the first quarter, with 27,670 tickets sold in the first quarter of 2015. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Judge in Creek Nation embezzlement case marvels at lack of tribal fund oversight

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    A federal judge questioned the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s fiscal controls during a sentencing hearing Thursday for a tribal officer who has pleaded guilty to embezzlement. Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell described as “amazing” the apparent lack of accounting oversight that prosecutors say enabled Second Chief Roger Dana Barnett, 53, to steal about $150,000 from the tribe. “It boggles the mind,” Frizzell said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Answers may be hard to find in triple murder-suicide of Tulsa family

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM and JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    As police comb through evidence at a triple murder-suicide discovered Wednesday afternoon, others — those who lived nearby, worked with the parents or knew them through their children — will be left to search for the “why.” Often, there is no answer. That’s the hard part in understanding these tragedies, said Mike Brose, executive director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma. “In one way, each situation is a little unique, a little different,” Brose said. “But sometimes in the aftermath, we don’t really know because we don’t have anyone to talk to.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.




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