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  • Hillary Clinton touts new child-development initiative during Tulsa visit

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Tulsa on Monday to help launch an initiative to improve children's readiness for school and discuss with local leaders the success the city has had in early childhood education. "Talking is Teaching" is a new effort to empower parents and caregivers to boost young children's brain development and build their vocabularies by increasing the number of words they hear spoken to them every day. Children will usually know 500 words by the age of 4. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Records show state officials joked about exchanging OU-Texas tickets for help with lethal injection drugs

    Published: Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    An Oklahoma assistant attorney general joked in a January 2011 email to a colleague that the state would provide advice to Texas on how to deal with the scarcity of a drug needed for the lethal injection in exchange for tickets to an OU-Texas football game, according to public records obtained by the Colorado Independent. Email thread: Oklahoma searches for lethal injection drugs //

  • Oklahoma Sunday school teacher charged with lewd acts to a child

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 18, 2014

    A Talala Sunday school teacher was arrested in Tulsa and accused of lewd acts with a child, Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said. Timothy Maxey Gregston, 28, was arrested at his job in Tulsa, Walton said. He was charged Tuesday in Rogers County with four counts of lewd acts to a child under the age of 16, according to court records. Court records show his bond was set at $200,000.

  • Okmulgee native receives Medal of Honor

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 18, 2014

    Okmulgee native Melvin Morris was silent but proud when President Barack Obama bestowed him with what the president and family members said was a 44-year belated honor. “It was pretty emotional for some people,” said Rodney Powell, Morris’ nephew, after watching Morris receive the Medal of Honor in the nation's capital on Tuesday. “There were lots of tears in the audience.” Morris was one of 24 ethnic or minority U.S. soldiers to receive the honor, all of whom the government determined deserved recognition following a decade-long congressional review that concluded some veterans were unfairly passed over due to racial or ethnic biases. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • KTUL: Several Sheriffs Asked to Disarm at Oklahoma State Capitol

    Published: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    It's a building of dignity and honor, but what happened at the state capitol recently has law enforcement officers upset, according to KTUL.com. "Everybody in that building knew who we were," said Wagoner county Sheriff Bob Colbert, who, along with 40 other sheriffs from around the state, converged on the capitol as they do every year to meet and greet and lobby. Until... "One of the senators, who they wouldn't tell us, complained because we were armed in the building," he said.

  • Police add mine resistant military vehicles to fleets around Oklahoma

    Published: Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    A new military vehicle is turning heads and sparking debates in smaller towns across Oklahoma. Their tires can crush almost anything on the road, their windows are bulletproof and the vehicles are ready for battle.

  • Man found dead on OU campus identified

    Published: Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    University of Oklahoma officials identified the individual found deceased Wednesday near the Mosier Indoor Training Facility, according to The Norman Transcript. The death of Matthew Ian Williams, 34, of Norman is being investigated by the University of Oklahoma Police Department as a possible suicide. Williams was found outside of the indoor track facility.

  • News6: Couples In Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage Ban Lawsuit To Be Honored

    Published: Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    Two Oklahoma couples who are plaintiffs in a potentially landmark case challenging Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage are being honored by the American Civil Liberties Union, according to NewsOn6. The ACLU's Oklahoma chapter announced Wednesday it plans to present its Angie Debo Civil Liberties Award to the four women: Mary Bishop, Sharon Baldwin, Susan Barton and Gay Phillips...

  • KOCO: Large grass fire ablaze in southwest Oklahoma City

    Published: Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    KOCO reports that Oklahoma City fire crews have reported to a large grass fire at Southwest 59th Street and Mustang Road.

  • Senate hopeful in Oklahoma: African American voters are ready to support Republicans

    Published: Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    tiring Sen. Tom Coburn, believes that African American voters are increasingly ready to vote for his party, describing that community as "fertile ground" for a conservative message, according to The Washington Examiner. The site reports Shannon, who is black and native American, said he can "move the needle" in terms of convincing voters in those communities to support Republicans. "I think those two groups have seen better than anybody what the onslaught of government dependency does and how it robs you of your dignity," Shannon told the Washington Examiner. "I think those groups are the most fertile ground for going in and explaining how conservative values actually are what lead to prosperity. The problem is, we've had the wrong messengers doing that."

  • KFOR: Oklahoma City, Tulsa make list of 50 hardest working cities

    Published: Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    Would you say Oklahoma has some of the hardest working people in the United States? According to Locality.com, Oklahoma City ranks as #36 of the hardest working cities across the country...

  • Humane society rescues 100 dogs from home

    Published: Wed, Mar 5, 2014

    SAPULPA -- More than 100 small breed dogs were rescued Wednesday from a puppy mill situation in the Sand Springs area, according to the Tulsa Humane Society. The dogs, primarily elderly dogs which had been repeatedly bred, were living mostly unattended in the residence, Humane Society president Gina Gardner said. Gardner said the dogs belonged to a couple in their 60s who reached out to the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office for help when the number of dogs became unmanageable. Many of the dogs, mostly poodles, Chihuahuas and Yorkies, are elderly and have dramatic medical needs, including needing immediate surgery, Gardner said. Read the rest of this story and watch video of Humane Society examining the dogs at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Miranda Lambert And Blake Shelton Are Moving To Music City

    Published: Wed, Mar 5, 2014

    Miranda Lambert and husband Blake Shelton are putting down roots in Music City, according to Forbes.com. In an exclusive interview with Taste of Country’s Sam Alex, Lambert confirms that she and her famous husband have purchased a house in the Nashville area. The musically-inclined power couple live full-time in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, but decided to buy something permanent in the Nashville area, since they spend so much time in the country music capital, Forbes.com reports.

  • Oklahoma Panhandle: Rural and quirky

    Published: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    The Oklahoma Panhandle has never been for the faint of heart, according to The Associated Press. Before becoming a part of Oklahoma Territory, this strip known as No Man's Land was a haven for outlaws and land squatters. Later, during the Great Depression, severe drought and blinding dust storms turned the region into the Dust Bowl. The strong survived, and today the Panhandle of Oklahoma is made up of dedicated ranchers, a growing Hispanic population and awe-inspiring views of rural life at its finest.

  • Dogs Prove They’re Bad to the Bone With Expensive Joyride In Oklahoma

    Published: Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    A pair of dogs caused three hours of traffic mayhem after accidentally taking their owner’s truck for a spin and crashing it into the river near Tulsa, according to ABC News. The site reports the dogs, Roscoe and Luna, accidentally put the truck into gear and cruised three blocks down the four-lane highway along the Arkansas River, narrowly missing joggers and oncoming traffic before it rolled through a stop sign and crashed into the river bed, authorities said. First responders who arrived at the accident scene around 6 p.m. Tuesday were shocked to find a border collie and a Labrador at the wheel of the pick-up.

  • Teacher shortage continues in Tulsa

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    The Tulsa school board on Thursday continued its study of the school district’s teacher shortage and strategies to address it. Nearly 400 teachers retired or resigned from Tulsa Public Schools in 2012-13, and the district began the current academic year short-handed and never caught up. “We started the year with 49 vacancies. The lowest we dropped to was 30, and we currently have 37,” Chief Human Capital Officer Talia Shaull told the board at a special meeting. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Reported shooting at Oklahoma radio station was a hoax

    Published: Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    KVOO personnel are saying a report of a shooting at their studio was a prank call, and Tulsa police are no longer at the scene. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Agency identified 17 hate groups, 15 patriot groups in Oklahoma

    Published: Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    The Southern Poverty Law Center’s latest statistics counted 17 hate groups and 15 “patriot groups” in Oklahoma last year, which officials said during a news conference Tuesday is part of the agency’s recording of downward trends of the existence of such groups around the country. The center’s “Year in Hate and Extremism” report, released Tuesday, states there were 939 classified hate groups in the United States in 2013, down 7 percent from a year ago. Also, patriot groups, defined by the SPLC as those promoting anti-government movements, saw a 20 percent decrease from 2012’s all-time high of 1,360, said SPLC senior fellow Mark Potok, who edited this year’s report. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former officer enters no-contest plea to soliciting prostitution

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    A former Tulsa police officer charged with soliciting prostitution near a local church last year pleaded no contest in Tulsa County District Court on Monday afternoon. Then-Cpl. David Turner, 52, of Broken Arrow will appear back in court April 7, during which time a judge will determine his sentence, Tulsa County community outreach director Susan Witt said. “The recommendation is two years pursuant to a pre-sentence investigation,” she said. “But it depends on what the investigation recommends.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .