• Downtown Tulsa's East Village development is connecting the dots of 'stand-alone' districts

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Developers and city leaders say the vision for downtown’s East Village isn’t to make it the next Brady Arts District or Blue Dome District. Instead, they hope building south and east of the Blue Dome District will better connect downtown’s existing entertainment districts. “It just makes sense that as things continue to grow and develop that things just flow together, and it becomes just, ‘downtown Tulsa,’ ” said City Councilor Blake Ewing. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • HB1858 on its way to raise beer taxes passes subcommittee

    BY TOM GILBERT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    HB1858 passed the House Revenue and Taxation subcommittee on Thursday with a vote of 5-2. The title of the bill was struck and it will now go to a full House committee. With the title being struck changes could occur, but in its current form, five members voted to increase taxes to consumers on 3.2 alcohol by weight beer. The bill would eliminate sales tax for 3.2 abw beer and charge an excise tax on it. It would move the tax from point of sale to distributors and brewers, who would have to pay the tax before it has even been sold. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa man gets probation for pointing laser at police helicopter

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    A federal judge on Friday sentenced a Tulsa man to three years of probation after he admitted to pointing a laser at a police helicopter about a year ago. U.S. District Judge Claire Eagan imposed the probated sentence on Carl Don Floyd following a short hearing in Tulsa federal court, saying she considered both the nature of the offense as well as his criminal history. In November, Floyd entered a guilty plea on the eve of his second jury trial on the matter. As part of an agreement, prosecutors agreed to support a probationary sentence. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt tells Tulsa GOP that federal government putting liberty, freedom at risk

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, protect states from executive actions on immigration and prevent a federal agency from expanding its reach will shape the relationship between the executive and legislative branch for generations to come, said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. “I never thought we’d be in a situation where rule of law, fundamental structures of government… would be under such assault, but it is,” he said. “As a result, your liberty, your freedom, my liberty, my freedom is at risk.” Pruitt, while speaking to the Republican Club of Tulsa Friday at the Summit Club, said that the cases he is involved in as the state's attorney general “go to the heart of that very simple concept of checks and balances." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Age of the Earth controversy heating up as 'young Earthers' speak out

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Four out of 10 Americans believe the Earth is less than 10,000 years old, despite overwhelming acceptance in the scientific and academic communities that the planet is some 4.5 billion years old. “Young Earthers,” as they are sometimes called, tend to take the biblical story of the creation literally. While an ancient Earth is considered settled science in academic circles, it has been discussed and debated for decades in some evangelical churches and schools and in some conservative Christian colleges. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • One toke? Over the line, says Congressman Markwayne Mullin

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    NOWATA — First District Congressman Markwayne Mullin disagrees with President Barack Obama on just about everything. On Thursday, that included the relative hazards and of marijuana and liquor. “You can be a social drinker and not get drunk,” Mullin, a teetotaler, told an audience of mostly Nowata Middle and High School students. “There’s no way you can take a drag on a joint without feeling it.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Proposed changes to Oklahoma Open Records Act would allow denials if 'excessive disruption' claimed

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    An Oklahoma House of Representatives committee passed on Thursday sweeping changes to the state’s Open Records Act that would allow a public body to deny any records request its officials think “would clearly cause excessive disruption of (its) essential function.” The measure, introduced by Rep. Claudia Griffith, D-Cleveland, but amended by Rep. Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City, passed through the House’s Public Safety Committee by a vote of 10-1. Christian is chairman of the committee. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Senate panel passes measure prohibiting smoking in vehicle if minor is present

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    A Senate panel on Thursday passed a measure that would make it illegal to smoke in a vehicle when a minor is present. The measure passed despite a concern that government was intervening into the decision-making process of parents. Senate Bill 747 by Sen. Randy Bass, D-Lawton, advanced from the Senate Public Safety Committee by a vote of 7-1. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Two charged with murder in Tulsa barber shop shootings

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Two people arrested earlier this month in connection with a gang-related shooting at a north Tulsa barber shop were charged with first-degree murder on Thursday. Chadrick Colbert and Dezmen "Dash" Smith also face three counts each of assault and battery with a deadly weapon in the death of Keith Liggins, who was a barber at the Gifted Hands Barber & Beauty Shop, and the wounding of four others there on Feb. 6. Tulsa Police Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker has said detectives believe that Smith was the shooter and that Colbert helped Smith get inside the business, at 1219 N. Sheridan Road, as it was closing around 9 p.m. that day. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Lawmaker who targeted AP history works to bring back the Black Robed Regiment

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    For several years, state Rep. Dan Fisher has been giving public presentations in costume with his version of American history, which centers on the role pastors played in American independence. Fisher, R-Yukon, is part of a group called the "Black Robe Regiment." It is a call for religious leaders to challenge politicians for Christian-based governance. The group formed the Salt and Light Institute . Its goal is to promote Christian themes in education including history, civics and economics. It is unknown if other state lawmakers are part of the organization. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Customers flock to Oklahoma's first Urban Outfitters for opening day

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Fifteen minutes before the staff at Tulsa's Urban Outfitters opened their doors for the store's first day of business, a nervous energy could be felt inside and outside. Jeremy Johnston, the store's manager, had about a dozen employees doing a little last-minute hyping, getting them pumped up for the opening. Outside the store, shoppers began to crowd around, peeking into the windows and taking selfies with the Urban Outfitters sign in the background. And not everyone in that crowd was from Tulsa, a fact Urban Outfitters officials likely planned on when they decided upon the city. The store, at 3340 S. Peoria Ave., is the only location in about a 4½-hour radius. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Fire in downtown Barnsdall burns old newspaper building

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    BARNSDALL — Multiple Osage County agencies are working Wednesday night to extinguish a fire that burned two buildings in downtown Barnsdall, the Osage County Emergency Management office confirmed. Spokesman Jerry Roberts said just before 9 p.m. that firefighters had been downtown for about an hour and a half and had contained the blaze to two buildings. AEP-Public Service Company of Oklahoma spokesman Stan Whiteford said 611 customers in the area lost power initially, but power to 474 of those customers has been restored as of 9 p.m. Crews at the scene have expressed concerns about the two buildings collapsing, and downtown Barnsdall has multiple power lines, he said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • LGBT workplace equality bill won't get House committee hearing

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    A bill that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity will not get a hearing in the House, its author said Wednesday. House Bill 1345 by Rep. Jason Dunnington, D-Oklahoma City, was assigned to the House Economic Development, Commerce and Real Estate Committee, chaired by Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa. Kirby said he was not pressured by anyone to take the bill off the panel's agenda. He said adequate protections against discrimination based on sex and gender already exist in Oklahoma law. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • HIV-infected man charged with rape, exposing 16-year-old to AIDS

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Tulsa County prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against a man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl while he was knowingly HIV-positive.  Calvin Ezekiel Hill, 19, was charged in Tulsa County District Court with first-degree rape, forcible sodomy and exposing others to AIDS. Hill was arrested by Tulsa police Feb. 10 after the girl reported that he raped her at the Canyon Creek Apartments after she refused to have sex with him, court documents show. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com . 3570972

  • Bills targeting same-sex marriage advanced by Oklahoma House panel

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Bills discontinuing state marriage licenses and forbidding state and local government employees, including judges, from complying with federal rulings on same-sex marriage advanced from the Oklahoma House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The two bills are in response to recent federal court decisions and the possibility those decisions will be affirmed later this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. One of the bills’ authors, Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said forcing states to acknowledge marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. Kern quoted the Declaration of Independence’s reference to “the laws of nature and of nature’s God,” and said marriages of other than one man and one woman violate both. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • ONE Gas surpasses $100 million in profit in first year after ONEOK separation

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    The first full year ONE Gas Inc. had as an independent company was a good one, as the yearly income increased significantly over the previous year’s operations. The ONEOK spinoff made $109.8 million in profit, or $2.07 cents per share, on revenue of $1.82 billion, the company reported Wednesday. That compares to income of $99.2 million, or $1.90 cents per share, on revenue of $1.69 billion in 2013. The yearly total was helped along by a strong fourth quarter, which saw earnings of $36.6 million, or 69 cents per share, on revenue of $514.4 million. The fourth quarter of 2013 had $30.3 million in profit, or 58 cents per share, on revenue of $522.7 million. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Owasso City Council OKs more than $280,000 in back pay to reinstated police officer Lt. Mike Denton

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    OWASSO — The City Council OK’d a budget supplement on Tuesday night to extend more than $280,000 in back payments to a court-reinstated police officer who was fired in 2011. Lt. Mike Denton will receive $283,420.04 in benefits relating to base pay, vacation, sickness and health. The police officer, reinstated by an appeals court after being fired in November 2011 for violating the Owasso Police Department’s use-of-force policy, went back to work Sept. 22, city staff said. The municipality also will be required to pay back contributions to the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System, the Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund Thrift Plan and applicable employer taxes. The back pay and benefits were processed through the city’s January payroll, Human Resources Director Michele Dempster said at Tuesday night’s meeting. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Justified or not? Tulsa sees rash of self-defense shootings this year

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Dale Long died in the same red car he used to run into an apartment security guard on a cold night in early January. Long, who had been arrested in Tulsa nearly a dozen times since the early 1990s, was spotted by security officers who recognized him not only as the source of the disturbance to which they were responding but also as someone who had been banned from the property.  Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said Long was shot in the torso when the security officer he ran into pushed away from the vehicle and fired a single bullet. The 40-year-old continued to drive away, eventually crashing his car into a tree south of the shooting scene. Long was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to chest while still in the car. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Bills targeting same-sex marriage advance in Oklahoma House of Representatives

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Bills discontinuing state marriage licenses and forbidding state and local government employees, including judges, from complying with federal rulings on same-sex marriage advanced from the Oklahoma House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The two bills are in response to recent federal court decisions and the possibility those decisions will be affirmed later this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. One of the bills' authors, Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said forcing states to acknowledge marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. Kern quoted the Declaration of Independence's reference to "the laws of nature and of nature's God," and said marriages of other than one man and one woman violate both. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Urban Outfitters opening in Tulsa this week

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Brookside businesses are about to welcome a new neighbor. The highly anticipated opening of the first Urban Outfitters store in Oklahoma is set for Thursday with a big grand-opening party. The store, 3340 S. Peoria Ave., will host the opening party from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. On hand will be the Clean Hands Arms with screenprinting, painting and more on display. Food will be available from Lone Wolf Banh Mi (free options available with Urban Outfitters purchase) and drinks from Prairie Artisan Ales. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .




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