• Report says Oklahoma teachers' greatest concern is testing

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    A report released Monday by the education advocacy group Stand for Children Oklahoma outlines several concerns of teachers about the teaching environment as well as education reforms implemented in recent years. The report, “Oklahoma Teachers Matter: Listening Tour,” was based on four focus groups designed to identify barriers teachers face in the classroom, find possible solutions and discuss the effects of recent education reforms. “In recent years, Oklahoma lawmakers have enacted a steady stream of new education reforms,” said Amber England, Stand for Children Oklahoma executive director. “We wanted to better understand how these reforms have impacted Oklahoma teachers since they, as the front lines of our educational system, have been tasked with implementation. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • WPX Energy gaining more than $200 million cash by selling Marcellus Shale marketing contracts

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    WPX Energy, the Tulsa-based oil and gas producer which is working to trim down to core assets and cut debt, announced Monday it is selling some Marcellus Shale natural gas marketing contracts and pipeline capacity in that region of the eastern U.S. An undisclosed buyer will pay WPX in excess of $200 million cash in the deal. The two parties have signed an agreement and the deal is expected to close in the second quarter. The sale includes long-term natural gas purchase and sales agreements, as well as 135 million British thermal units in daily capacity on the Transco pipeline's Northeast Supply Link project. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa police arrest accused serial shoplifter

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    A man who reportedly is a serial shoplifter was arrested after he was caught stealing from an area department store late Sunday, according to Tulsa police.  Clint McConaghie, 37, of Tulsa was observed taking merchandise by a security officer at the Kohl's in the 11000 block of East 71st Street about 11 p.m.,  police said. McConaghie, who was recognized from previous thefts, left the area in a black sport utility vehicle and was stopped by police on U.S. 169 near 71st Street, the arrest report said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Bond set for Tulsa man charged in Bartlesville dinosaur statue theft

    BY LAURA SUMMERS, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    BARTLESVILLE — A 27-year-old Tulsa man bonded out of the Washington County jail on Monday after facing an arrest and felony charge connected to the January theft of a 9-foot tall dinosaur statue. Bond was set at $3,000 for Christopher Roman Ysbrand, who is charged with grand larceny in the theft and destruction of the mascot statue that for years stood in front of Bartlesville’s Classic Pets store on U.S. 75. It was video footage from a surveillance camera at the QuikTrip store across the street from Classic Pets that helped crack the case for Bartlesville police. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Adult entertainment club takes up residence in pastoral setting

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    CHOUTEAU — Amish and Mennonite country typically reserved for the planting of wheat and cutting of hay is now known for another endeavor. The sowing of wild oats. A seven-day-a-week gentlemen’s club opened a few months ago on U.S. 412 just east of the Roger/Mayes county line. Its presence has made some in this tranquil setting uneasy. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Two Tulsa teachers suspended amid cheating allegations; students may be retested

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Cheating allegations could soon cost two sixth-grade teachers at Skelly Elementary School their jobs and teaching certificates plus require students to be retested. Jo Dawn Sallee, 38, and Rebecca W. McCall, 43, were suspended April 24, and Tulsa Public Schools has begun termination proceedings against them, said Chris Payne, a district spokesman. TPS officials say they launched an investigation amid reports that written study guides with actual state test questions taken from earlier testing sessions were being sent home with students, and they immediately reported the allegations to the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

  • Testimony heard in trial of mentally ill Tulsan who fatally stabbed his mother

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A man charged with murdering his mother was “not in his right mind” that day and remained in a psychotic state for at least several days afterward, according to witnesses at his nonjury trial Thursday. William Matthew “Matt” Stick, 22, is charged with the first-degree murder of Veronica Stick. The 43-year-old woman was found dead outside her home near 23rd Street and Harvard Avenue on Oct. 5, 2012. Prosecutors allege that Stick knew what he was doing during the four hours between when he fatally stabbed his mother and when he arrived at All Souls Unitarian Church, where he and his mother both worked. During that time, he “ditched” the murder weapon, his getaway vehicle and his identification, they said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Man gets life without parole in shooting death of ex-girlfriend in front of her children

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A man accused of murdering a woman in front of their son and her two other children pleaded guilty to the crime Friday morning and received a sentence of life without parole. Robert Julius Tillotson III, 32, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Beverly Stratton; three counts of feloniously pointing a firearm; and possession of a firearm after the conviction of a felony. Stratton was 32 when Tillotson fatally shot her inside their home near 46th Street North and Martin Luther King Boulevard on Oct. 25, 2014. He pleaded guilty in September to two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and battery that named Stratton and one of her sons as the victims. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Praying in Creek: Rural Indian church keeps faith with its ancestral language

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    OKMULGEE — Two little girls, 7-year-old cousins who could almost pass for identical twins, come running across the grass, their waist-length hair flowing behind them, their shoes muddy from playing in the creek. “Look what we found,” one of them squeals, holding up a turtle the size of a brick. Jeremiah Wilson, in denim overalls and a dark T-shirt, leans down, almost face-to-face with the creature. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Leaked document: Wal-Mart tells employees of closed stores to avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Leaked handouts indicate the "plumbing issues" that closed the Admiral Place and Memorial Drive Wal-Mart, along with four others across the nation, did not pose health or safety concerns. The handouts, originally posted on the website Gawker and given to the 2,200 furloughed employees at the time of the stores' sudden closure, also is worried about its employees' health habits. The documents suggest they avoid caffeine, chocolate and alcohol. Gawker said the documents were given to them by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which also operates OUR Walmart, an organization that advocates for improved treatment of Wal-Mart employees. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa, OKC school superintendents talk funding with lawmakers

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Superintendents of the state’s two largest school districts discussed myriad issues with lawmakers Thursday during a breakfast at the Capitol. Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard covered finances, third-grade reading skills and his opposition to the possible expansion of charter school sponsorships to cities. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City Public Schools Rob Neu discussed “The Great Commitment,” a seven-point plan for improving the district. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Report: Oklahoma foster care plan seeing progress, but some areas falling behind

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Monitors of Oklahoma’s foster care improvement plan said the state Department of Human Services has made a “good faith effort” in some areas and has not made adequate progress in others, according to a report released Wednesday. The Pinnacle Plan is the settlement agreement that began implementation about three years ago in response to a federal class-action lawsuit. It sets out goals to reach by 2017 with targets of progress along the way overseen by a three-member monitoring panel. The monitors’ report found that areas not improving are the addition of new therapeutic foster homes, shelter use for children 6 and older, and finding permanent placements for children older than 13. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Next stunt? Wheelchair daredevil boosts kids' spirits at hospital

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Aaron Fotheringham, 23, has been in a wheelchair since he was 8. Look up next month and you’ll see him. Up? Fotheringham (“People call me Wheelz”) doesn’t like to keep his wheels on the ground. What’s the fun in that? Never mind the chair, he’s part of the Nitro Circus Live daredevil troupe, which is booked for a May 21 performance at the BOK Center. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Trial begins for man with mental illness accused of killing his mother

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    A man charged with murdering his mother was "not in his right mind" that day and remained in a psychotic state for at least several days afterward, according to witnesses at his nonjury trial Thursday. William Matthew "Matt" Stick is charged with the first-degree murder of 43-year-old Veronica Stick, who was found dead outside her home on Oct. 5, 2012. District Judge William LaFortune will decide the case. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa County Sheriff names new undersheriff, also announces other personnel moves

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Chief Deputy Rick Weigel will replace outgoing Undersheriff Tim Albin, who is resigning this week in the wake of a 2009 internal report alleging falsified records and special treatment pertaining to Reserve Deputy Robert Bates. Tulsa County sheriff's Maj. Shannon Clark confirmed the promotion Wednesday afternoon, while also announcing two other personnel moves. Weigel had a 35-year career with the Tulsa Police Department that came to a close in 2007, according to his biography on the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office website. He worked from 2007 to 2008 for the Department of Homeland Security before then joining the Sheriff's Office. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • After Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin's resignation, protesters call for Sheriff Stanley Glanz, Maj. Tom Huckeby to follow suit

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin will vacate his post effective Friday after being implicated in a 2009 internal affairs report that alleged he allowed former reserve deputy Robert Bates to receive special treatment during his training. But Albin's departure, according to protesters who gathered again outside the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Wednesday evening, is just one of multiple that should take place as a result of the fallout that occurred after Bates fatally shot Eric Harris April 2 after video captured Harris running from deputies during an undercover gun buy. "I don't get the opportunity to come to every one of 'em, but it lifts my spirits and puts a big smile on my face because these are the citizens of Tulsa that are crying out against this injustice," Harris' brother Andre Harris said of the numerous protests held by local activist group We The People Oklahoma. "I knew some resignations would come and some people would jump ship, but I also knew there would be a lot of people that would still be here at this point." Andre Harris was among about 100 people who marched from the Tulsa County courthouse to the sheriff's office to demand that Sheriff Stanley Glanz and Maj. Tom Huckeby resign, chanting "Glanz Gotta Go" and "No justice, no peace, no racist police" outside the facility's gate. Huckeby and Albin were accused in the report of pressuring and bullying subordinates and coworkers to sign off on training Bates never completed, and reportedly helped facilitate transfers of deputies who refused to do so. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Highest-ranking classification in TCSO reserve program suspended amid investigation

    BY JARREL WADE and COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The highest-ranking classification in the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office's reserve program has been temporarily suspended as an investigation into records of its members is undertaken. Tulsa County Maj. Shannon Clark said a records audit of each reserve's training file is being conducted, resulting in the postponement of the auxiliary program's advanced status that allows reserves to patrol on their own. "Reserve deputies will still be utilized for law-enforcement purposes as long as they are partnered with a certified deputy," Clark said in a statement. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Cirque du Soleil takes flight in Tulsa next year

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The latest show from Cirque du Soleil will land in the BOK Center next year, the venue announced Wednesday. Inspired by the hit epic "Avatar," "TORUK - The First Flight" is set for March 25-27, 2016, in the BOK Center. Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. May 8. Tickets will be available at bokcenter.com , by phone at 866-7-BOKCTR or at the BOK Center box office at Third Street and Frisco Avenue. The 2009 blockbuster "Avatar" dazzled audiences with its special effects and design. TORUK hopes to do the same, bringing the audience to a world thousands of years before the film is set. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa County Commissioners awaiting investigation at Sheriff's Office before taking any action

    BY JARREL WADE and COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    County Commissioners said Tuesday they are waiting for an investigation to conclude before weighing in on the controversy surrounding Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz and his office. The agency that would conduct an investigation, or the scope of any investigation, is unknown. However, a county official on Tuesday suggested the FBI may currently be conducting an investigation into the Sheriff’s Office. “We’ve heard that they’ve reached out and talked to some people,” said Terry Simonson, intergovernmental affairs and contract administrator for the Sheriff’s Office. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • BOK Financial nets $75 million profit on the strength of record fees and commission

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Increased loan growth and a record quarter for fees and commissions drove Tulsa-based BOK Financial Corp. to $74.8 million in net income for the three months ending March 31. Overall net revenue totaled $167.7 million, down $2 million from the fourth quarter of 2014. Company CEO Steven Bradshaw also noted that the mortgage business posted its best quarter in two years and rose 31 percent above the previous three months. "The year is off to an excellent start, with continued double-digit annualized loan growth and a record quarter from our fee-generating businesses, combined with careful expense controls," Bradshaw said in the earnings report released Wednesday morning. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.




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