• Summer well spent: Youths shadow professionals in mentoring program

    By HANNAH COVINGTON, Tulsa World | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Allysa Ware snagged a summer job that few 16-year-olds even attempt to land. For the past five weeks, the high school junior worked at a law office and shadowed an attorney as part of a mentoring program offered by 100 Black Men of Tulsa. “It was nothing like on ‘Law & Order’ or what you see on TV,” said Ware, a student at Booker T. Washington High School. “It definitely gives you insight into a certain job, and I got to see what they do.”

  • ONEOK Partners to invest up to $100 million to expand capacity in Permian Basin

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    ONEOK Partners LP announced Thursday plans to invest between $70 million and $100 million to expand the ONEOK WesTex Transmission intrastate natural gas pipeline system. The expansion project is located in the Texas Panhandle and the Permian Basin in West Texas. Plans would increase the system’s natural gas capacity by 260 million cubic feet per day by the first quarter of 2017. The expansion includes the construction of two new compressor stations and upgrades or expansions to three existing compressor stations.

  • Raid at Tulsa hotel believed to be site of drug and prostitution operation yields 6 arrests so far

    BY KYLE HINCHEY and SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Six people were arrested and at least a dozen others were detained Wednesday night after Tulsa police and the FBI conducted a room-to-room raid at a Tulsa motel believed to be the home of a large-scale drug and prostitution operation. The Tulsa Police Department's Special Operations Team executed warrants at the Tonight Inn & Suites, 8833 E. Admiral Place, beginning around 8 p.m. Sniper teams took position on the roofs of the motel buildings, and a mobile command center was brought to the scene. The sweep was part of a joint investigation involving Tulsa police and the FBI.

  • QEP Resources to shut down Tulsa office; approximately 70 jobs affected

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Denver-based QEP Resources announced Thursday that it will be shutting down its regional office in Tulsa. Around 70 employees, most of them in technical jobs, work in the company's Tulsa office, said Brent Rockwood, a spokesman for the company. Approximately half of those employees will be given relocation offers at the crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company's headquarters in Denver. Others will be laid off.

  • Oklahoma seeks to be home for F-35 Lightning II

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin is seeking to make sure Oklahoma is one of the homes for the U.S. Air Force's next generation of fighter jet. Fallin is convening a task force to promote the Oklahoma Air National Guard's 138th Fighter Wing as a candidate for the fifth or sixth operational location to receive the F-35 Lightning II. If the campaign is successful, Oklahoma would receive its first F-35s by 2023. Oklahoma National Guard officials are set to announce details of the plan during a press conference Friday in Tulsa. The Tulsa-based 138th Fighter Wing has flown F-16 Fighting Falcon jets since 1993. The U.S. Air Force plans to remove the nearly 1,200 F-16s in service sometime between 2026 and 2030 and replace them with

  • KTUL: Man Fatally Shot in North Tulsa

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Police are investigating a fatal shooting in North Tulsa.  Officers told Tulsa's Channel 8 it happened near Newton and North Birmingham around 5:15 a.m. Tulsa Police said it started with an argument inside the home and one man was shot.  That's when he stumbled outside and collapsed.

  • Bridenstine may join effort to oust Speaker John Boehner

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A spokeswoman for First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine said Wednesday there is a good chance the Tulsa Republican will join the most recent effort to oust U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner. Sheryl Kaufman said Bridenstine "absolutely supports new leadership" in the House, and noted he has twice voted for someone other than Boehner for speaker. Kaufman said Bridenstine is "reviewing" a resolution filed Tuesday by North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows to declare the speakership vacant.

  • OMRF lab lures students from the beach

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Several students have been chosen as part of the 60th group of Fleming Scholars, a program offered by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

  • Oklahomans for Equality to establish Cub Scouts pack

    BY STACEY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Fresh off the heels of the Boy Scouts of America’s decision Monday to end its ban on gay adult leaders,  Oklahomans for Equality has announced its intention to form a local Cub Scouts pack. Operating out of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth St., the organization will charter the troop through Tulsa’s Boy Scouts chapter, the  Indian Nations Council . The interest is there — both from youth participants and adults taking part in its leadership — and now it’s just a matter of getting all the paperwork in order and approval from the local council, said Andrew Grimes, who will serve as cubmaster.

  • Tulsa man accused of killing the father of his ex-girlfriend's child bound for jury trial

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A Tulsa man accused of murdering the father of his ex-girlfriend's child was arraigned in district court Tuesday. Cameron Jerel Hendrick, 28, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony before District Judge Caroline Wall, who bound him over for jury trial on Jan. 11. Wall also denied a motion filed by Hendrick's public defender, Gregg Graves, to reduce the charge to manslaughter.

  • WPX Energy CEO gives U.S. Senate hearing testimony supporting end of crude oil export ban

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    WPX Energy President and CEO Rick Muncrief spoke Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., voicing the domestic oil and gas producer's "strong support" for lifting the United States government's four-decades old ban on the export of crude oil. Among other benefits, Muncrief said WPX Energy believes lifting the ban would boost the U.S. economy as well as strengthen the country's national security. Muncrief's testimony was part of a full committee hearing held by the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on "Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban." The ban has been in place since the Energy Policy and Conservation Act became law in 1975.

  • State Sen. Rick Brinkley acknowledges criminal investigation in court filing

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Attorneys for state Sen. Rick Brinkley acknowledge in court documents that Brinkley is the subject of criminal investigations related to his alleged embezzlement of more than $1 million from the Better Business Bureau. “One or more criminal investigations are pending relating to the same subject matter” as the alleged embezzlement, according to a motion to stay civil proceedings against Brinkley. Brinkley’s attorney in the matter is Joel Wohlgemuth of Tulsa. In his motion, Wohlgemuth argues that a stay is justified because continuing the civil proceedings could jeopardize Brinkley’s defense against the possible criminal charges.

  • Oklahoma 16-year-old to be charged as adult in stabbings

    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma 16-year-old will be charged as an adult alongside his older brother in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings at a suburban Tulsa home, authorities said Saturday. The suspect will face the same counts as his 18-year-old brother, Robert Bever, who is accused in a booking document of five counts of first-degree murder and a count of aggravated assault in the Wednesday night attack in Broken Arrow. Police have not released the 16-year-old's name, but Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler confirmed Saturday both siblings have been booked on first-degree murder complaints. It wasn't immediately clear in jail records when

  • Tulsa woman faces murder, assault charges in fatal double stabbing

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    A 33-year-old who turned herself in to authorities after being named a suspect in a fatal stabbing was charged with murder Friday. Latoya Willis was charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Tulsa County District Court in a double stabbing that left one woman dead. Amber McBroom, 31, was stabbed shortly before 12:45 a.m. July 13 in the 700 block of North Kingston Avenue. She died about an hour later at a hospital.

  • Man who likely shot NFL's Pat Tillman to speak about guilt, road to recovery in Tulsa

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    No one knows who shot and killed Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals safety who became a national hero when he turned down a lucrative NFL contract to fight the Taliban in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But the probability is high that it was former Army Ranger Steven Elliott, Kansas native and Oral Roberts University graduate who was on patrol with Tillman when he died 11 years ago in a rugged mountain pass in Afghanistan. Military and congressional investigations concluded that Tillman was shot three times in the forehead by friendly fire during an intense firefight. The Army originally reported that Tillman was killed by enemy fire.

  • Everything you need to know to prep for Tulsa's Center of the Universe Festival this weekend

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Tulsa ventures to the Center of the Universe this weekend, a universe full of music, art, food, heat, dancing and fun. The third Center of the Universe Festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday in the middle of the Brady Arts District and runs until the early morning hours. It picks back up at the same time Saturday. More than 110 bands will play over the two days for the tens of thousands of people expected to flock to downtown Tulsa for the festival.

  • Blue Bell Creameries hasn't set a date yet for resuming production in Broken Arrow

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama, but hasn't determined when it will begin production at its Broken Arrow plant. "We are making good progress on our facility in Broken Arrow, but have not confirmed a date to resume production," said Jenny Van Dorf, a public relations market specialist with Blue Bell Advertising Associates, in an email. Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The Texas-based company said it's evaluating the enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga, Alabama.Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama, but hasn't determined when it will begin production at its Broken Arrow plant. "We are making good progress on our facility in Broken Arrow, but have not confirmed a date to resume production," said Jenny Van Dorf, a public relations market specialist with Blue Bell Advertising Associates, in an email. Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The Texas-based company said it's evaluating the enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga, Alabama.Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama, but hasn't determined when it will begin production at its Broken Arrow plant. "We are making good progress on our facility in Broken Arrow, but have not confirmed a date to resume production," said Jenny Van Dorf, a public relations market specialist with Blue Bell Advertising Associates, in an email. Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The Texas-based company said it's evaluating the enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga, Alabama.

  • 'It’s almost impossible to get your head around:' BA brothers arrested in fatal stabbings of parents, three siblings

    By COREY JONES & KENDRICK MARSHALL | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW — Two teenage brothers were accused of stabbing to death three younger siblings and both of their parents late Wednesday in what police have termed an “unprecedented” family tragedy in a quiet community. Robert Bever, 18, and a 16-year-old brother were taken into custody after a search near the family home, Broken Arrow Police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said. An open line on an emergency phone call led Broken Arrow police to the grisly scene, where the bloodied bodies of the five victims were found inside the house. A critically wounded sixth victim — a 13-year-old girl — was pulled outside and whisked away to a hospital. A 2-year-old girl was located inside but uninjured. Read the full story at

  • Tulsa's Humane Society seeks help for 24 rescued dogs, mostly greyhounds

    BY HANNAH COVINGTON, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Evan Fadem ran from room to room at the Tulsa Humane Society on Wednesday afternoon, helping volunteers leash up dogs for walks or hoist them into sinks for baths. It’s the most care any of the 24 recently rescued dogs has ever been given, and the Humane Society is looking for extra hands to help until they are adopted. The dogs came from an animal cruelty case in Grant County, about two hours northwest of Tulsa.

  • Two brothers in custody in fatal stabbings of parents, three siblings in Broken Arrow home

    BY COREY JONES and KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW —Two teenage brothers allegedly stabbed to death three younger siblings and both of their parents late Wednesday in what police have termed an "unprecedented" family tragedy in a quiet community. An open line on an emergency phone call led Broken Arrow police to the grisly scene, where the bloodied bodies of the five victims were found inside the home. A critically wounded sixth victim — a 13-year-old girl — was pulled outside and whisked away to a hospital. A 2-year-old girl was located inside but uninjured. Police identified the parents as David Bever, 52, and his wife, April, 44. The names of the children were not released.




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