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  • City of Tulsa to cut health insurance subsidies to police, fire retirees

    BY KEVIN CANFIELD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    In another effort to cut costs, the city of Tulsa has informed retired police and firefighters that it will no longer subsidize their health insurance effective July 1. The city has subsidized the (health care programs) for some time," said City Manager Jim Twombly. "As we look at out budgets going forward, this is something we feel we can cease. "It does change the economics for employees, but the main thing is the insurance is still available." Read the rest of this story at .

  • 2 Oklahoma towns rank among 10 cheapest cities in America

    Published: Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    The Council for Community and Economic Research looked at the cost of living in 308 urban areas in the U.S. -- crunching the numbers on everything from the average price of a supermarket can of coffee, to average rent on a two bedroom apartment, to the cost of a T-bone steak -- and put out a list of the 10 least expensive places to live, according to And Norman and Pryor Creek, Oklahoma both made the list.

  • Oklahoma pharmacy won't sell drug for inmate's execution

    Published: Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    An Oklahoma pharmacy has agreed not to provide Missouri with a made-to-order drug for an inmate's execution scheduled for later this month, according to court documents filed Monday. The Associated Press reports the Apothecary Shoppe, of Tulsa, will not prepare or provide pentobarbital or any other drug for use in Michael Taylor's execution. The documents ask a judge to dismiss the case that Taylor's lawyers had filed against the pharmacy seeking to stop it from providing the execution drug. Taylor's attorney, Matt Hellman, said that as part of the deal, the pharmacy acknowledged it has not already provided any such drug to the Missouri Department of Corrections for the execution, which is scheduled for Feb. 26, the AP reports.

  • Boren decries Fallin's proposed funding cuts for higher education

    BY KIM ARCHER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    University of Oklahoma President David Boren is decrying the governor's proposal to again cut higher education funding and is urging Oklahoma residents to raise their voices to stop further reductions. He became more troubled when Gov. Mary Fallin also proposed cutting the state income tax by a quarter of a percent to 5 percent during her State of the State speech two weeks ago, a move that would further reduce education funding. "We should start asking what kind of state do we want to be? Who are we as a people? I don't think we want ignorance and lack of opportunity to be our legacy," he said. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Oklahoma Hit by 10 Quakes—in 3 Days

    Published: Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    The strongest in a series of ten minor earthquakes hit central Oklahoma on Sunday night, according to seismologists. The quake was initially measured at magnitude 4.2 but was later downgraded to a 3.8, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was followed by three aftershocks between magnitude 3.0 and 2.7, taking the total number of earthquakes in the area to 10 since Friday, according to NBC News. The strongest of these quakes hit at 11 p.m. Sunday (midnight ET) about 7 miles southwest of Guthrie, a city of 10,000 people about 30 miles north of Oklahoma City.

  • K-12 enrollment up more than 8,000 across the state

    BY KIM ARCHER, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    Oklahoma public schools has 8,388 more students enrolled this school year, the state Education Department said Friday. Total enrollment of students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 for the 2013-14 school year is 681,578, up from 673,190 last year and 27,036 more than five years ago, according to a news release. "Because of this sharp growth in enrollment over the past five years, I have asked for additional funding for schools from the state Legislature," State Superintendent Janet Barresi said. "I'm pleased that even in a tight revenue year, Gov. (Mary) Fallin has proposed a significant increase for K-12 education." Read the rest of this story at

  • Teen Who Survived Oklahoma Parachute Malfunction Remembers Being 'Scared'

    Published: Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    The teenage girl who miraculously survived a parachute accident bragged today that she was "strong enough to fall 3,500 feet and live," according to Good Morning America. The site reports Makenzie Wethington, 16, emerged from Baylor Rehabilitation Center to say that she doesn't remember much from the Jan. 25 accident when her chute malfunctioned and she plummeted to the ground. "I know I was scared, that there was something very wrong. I think I was focused on how I could fix it and what I could do. I don't really know…I think I went into shock," she said. The teenager said she lost consciousness before her crash landing.

  • Document: Alleged Skiatook killer was angry at great-grandmother about doing dishes

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    Michael Devin Stanley, 19, is accused of killing his great-grandmother and his half sister. During questioning, Stanley stated that his great-grandmother "had been on him about ‘things’ and had been asking for him to do the dishes,” a detective wrote. Michael Devin Stanley, 19, has been charged with single counts of first-degree murder in Tulsa and Osage counties. Skiatook police found Esther Driskell, 74, dead in the hallway of her Tulsa County home around 6 p.m. Jan. 27. A medical examiner determined she suffered seven stab wounds to the chest and left side of her body, according to the affidavit of a Skiatook detective. Read the rest of this story at .

  • KFOR: Rep. Kern wants stronger punishments for obscenity

    Published: Tue, Feb 11, 2014

    KFOR in Oklahoma City reports that state Rep. Sally Kern (R-Oklahoma City) has authored legislation that would strengthen punishment for anyone convicted of obscenity. The state legislature's online database lists House Bill 2349 as being authored by Kern on Feb. 3, 2014. When asked by KFOR what is considered obscene, Kern said “It is patently offensive to the average person. It has a theme of interest in lewd sex and then to the average person has no literary, artistic or scientific value or purpose.”

  • Oklahoma City ranked fourth most aspirational city in the U.S.

    Published: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    Call them aspirational cities, or magnets of opportunity, but the urban areas attracting today’s ambitious citizens are most likely Southern, culturally vibrant, modest sized, long on jobs, and short on traffic, according to The Daily Beast. Like the Texas state capital and the legendary Crescent City, most of our top cities are located in the American South and lower Midwest, and they attract businesses and people not only from other sections of the country but also increasingly from abroad as well. These include No. 3, Houston, and the smaller but burgeoning oil town of No. 4, Oklahoma City.

  • Lowering requirements could mean more applicants for Oklahoma Highway Patrol

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 6, 2014

    The Tulsa World reports that state lawmakers and the governor are taking steps to try to help the Oklahoma Highway Patrol bolster its ranks. A Senate panel passed on Thursday a measure designed to help the OHP recruit prospective troopers, and Gov. Mary Fallin has included money to the agency in her proposed budget to increase trooper pay. Senate Bill 1372 by Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, unanimously advanced Thursday from the Senate Public Safety Committee. It now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Police officer arrested on assault, kidnapping complaints

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    MUSKOGEE — The Tulsa World reports that a Muskogee police officer was arrested on accusations of assaulting, kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in Oktaha. Mark Vernon Ridley was arrested late Wednesday, Muskogee County Chief Deputy Brandon Caster said. Ridley, 39, was a 17-year veteran of the Muskogee Police Department, and had recently moved to Patrol Division after spending time in investigations, Cpl. Mike Mahan said. Read the rest of this story at .

  • News9: Oklahoma lawmakers consider preventing ALL marriage to keep same-sex marriage illegal

    Published: Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    The idea stems from a bill filed by Rep. Mike Turner (R-Edmond).

  • Oklahoma ranks among states with the worst schools

    Published: Thu, Jan 23, 2014

    For years, American students have consistently ranked poorly compared to most developed nations. And according to a recently released study, the U.S. education system remains mediocre, receiving a C− grade, for the third year in a row, according to Yahoo Homes. The K-12 Achievement Index, one indicator in Education Week’s recently released “Quality Counts” report, measures key education outcomes and provides ranks and grades for each state based on their commitment to improve educational policies and practices. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the states with the best and worst scores for K-12 achievement. Oklahoma is listed at No. 10 with a D in student achievement, driven in part by poor proficiency scores in reading and math, especially among eighth graders, according to Yahoo Homes.

  • Appeal filed in Oklahoma same-sex marriage ruling

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    The Tulsa World reports that the Tulsa County Clerk’s Office has appealed a federal judge’s ruling that an Oklahoma constitutional amendment that precludes same-sex couples from receiving state marriage licenses violates the U.S. Constitution. Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith filed the appeal Thursday with the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. On Tuesday, U.S. Senior District Judge Terence Kern, a Tulsa-based federal judge, ruled that Part A of the amendment, approved by Oklahoma voters in November 2004, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Sally Kern on same-sex marriage ruling: 'Homosexuality isn't a civil right'

    Published: Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    In covering the recent ruling on same-sex marriage by a federal judge in Tulsa , NewsOn6 in Tulsa interviewed the former state senator who authored the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2004, as well as state Rep. Sally Kern, who took the opportunity to continue her criticism of homosexuals . "Homosexuality is not a civil right, it's a human wrong," Kern said. "Homosexuals are saying 'This is who we are. This is how we're born.' And that is a ... you know if you tell a lie long enough, people begin to believe it." You can watch the report in its entirety below. - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - |

  • Bill seeks to make public OHP troopers' dash cam videos

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    The Tulsa World reports that dash camera videos of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol could become public under a measure filed in the Oklahoma Senate. Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, filed Senate Bill 1513 that would remove the exemption from the Oklahoma Open Records Act. Currently, the Department of Public Safety can withhold the videos. Local law enforcement agencies are already required to produce them when requested.

  • Oklahoma man suspected of DUI with baby in vehicle

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 14, 2014

    The Tulsa World reports a Tulsa man was taken into custody by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Monday after he was reportedly caught driving under the influence of drugs with a baby in the vehicle. LeeRoy Edwards, 29, was booked into the Tulsa Jail of driving under the influence of drugs, child endangerment, driving under a suspended license, no vehicle insurance and child restraint system complaints, jail records show. Edwards was stopped near the intersection of North Admiral Place and Sheridan Road about 12:20 p.m. Monday after an OHP trooper noticed that his 2000 Nissan AG8 featured a broken rear tail light. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Oklahoma Mayor Comes Under Criticism for Weather Channel Quote

    Published: Tue, Jan 14, 2014

    Mayor Dewey Bartlett has come under some criticism Tuesday after a reported quote in support of The Weather Channel, according to Earlier this week about 20 million DirecTV customers nationwide lost The Weather Channel because of a dispute over fees between the channel and the satellite service. And during the dispute The Weather Channel collected quotes and comments on their websites. One of them from Mayor Bartlett that stated: "As Mayor, I rely on The Weather Channel for alerts and up-to-the-minute information so that I can communicate clearly and quickly with my constituents."

  • Oklahoma Schools Integrate Skating Into Curriculum

    Published: Tue, Jan 14, 2014

    Instead of making a trip to the skating rink, a Dickson public school is bringing the rink to the classroom, according to Instead of dodgeball or basketball, 2nd graders laced up a pair of roller skates to their feet and made laps around the gym to learn about balance and confidence. PE teacher Kim Bayliffe says the students rent the skates from a company called Skate Time School Programs.