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  • 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 .

  • Oklahoma's private prisons operate in secrecy, advocacy group says

    BY CARY ASPINWALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 24, 2014

    Taxpayers fund the operations of private prisons in Oklahoma, just as they do state and federal ones — but they largely don’t have access to the same information and records about those private facilities. According to a report from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, private prisons avoid greater public scrutiny because they are not subject to the same federal Freedom of Information Act and state open records law requirements as government-run prisons. "We find ourselves unable to develop any information about these facilities," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW. "They can hide under the rug civil rights violations, how prisoners might be harmed or have died, or employment issues or understaffing. There's sort of nothing they can't hide." Read the rest of this story and a copy of the report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington at TulsaWorld.com .

  • OKCFox: Oklahoma substitute arrested, accused of showing up to elementary school drunk

    Published: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    A substitute teacher in the Ada school district was arrested after police say she showed up to teach at an elementary school drunk, according to OKCFox.com. Ada officers captured the interaction with Michelle Childress on Feb. 14th with a small camera they wear...

  • Oklahoma teacher gets big surprise from Ellen DeGeneres

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 20, 2014

    BROKEN ARROW — A Union Public Schools teacher got a big surprise this week. Ashley Kirby Thomas, the library media specialist at McAuliffe Elementary School in Broken Arrow got a $25,000 check, a new van for her Summer Mobile Media Book program and a $25 Target gift card for each of her students. The gifts came through Ellen DeGeneres, and a clip of the surprise was aired on The Ellen Show Thursday afternoon. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • News6: Warden Dismisses Oklahoma Inmate's 'Facebook Charge'

    Published: Thu, Feb 20, 2014

    An Oklahoma prison warden has dismissed a charge levied at an inmate for allegedly operating a Facebook page from behind bars, according to News6. Charles Jordan has been in prison for 13 years for non-violent crime convictions...

  • Bill to allow handguns at state Capitol advances from committee

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    Handguns would be allowed in the state Capitol under a bill passed Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee. Author David Derby, R-Owasso, said House Bill 2672 would allow "law-abiding citizens" to "express their Second Amendment rights" by carrying properly licensed guns with them in the Capitol. Asked if that meant guns could be carried onto the House floor, Derby said, "If the House rules allow it." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • American Airlines not laying off 400 in Tulsa this year but asking for retirements, changed shifts

    BY KYLE ARNOLD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    American Airlines has taken its projected 400 layoffs at the Tulsa maintenance base off the table for this year, but will ask for voluntary retirements and shift work to weekends, the company reported Wednesday. American Airlines announced that it will bring in MD-80s for rib checks and take brand new Boeing 737 aircraft for acceptance work to help avoid involuntary layoffs at the plant this year. “As we’re revitalizing our fleet and completing several aircraft modification incentives in anticipation of American’s changing operational needs, we continue to collaborate with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) to find ways to mitigate any potential labor surplus in Tulsa and at the Alliance Airport maintenance base (Dallas),” said a statement from American Airlines. “These efforts to rebalance operations through work schedules and workload will ensure that the impact to our Tulsa and TAESL operations remains minimal.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .