• Police: Trash truck driver finds body near Tulsa

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    SAPULPA — Tulsa-area police are investigating after a trash truck driver found a body on the side of a road. Sapulpa Police say the driver saw a stopped car on Tuesday and stopped to offer assistance. They say he called police after finding the man’s body on the ground next to the car. The man was shot multiple times in the abdomen. His identity hasn’t been released. No arrests have been reported.

  • Tulsa woman, 24, shot in head in 'horrible, horrible accident'

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Tulsa police are at the scene of an apparent accidental shooting in east Tulsa. Officers were called to a house in the 100 block of South 168th East Avenue about 4:30 p.m. A 24-year-old woman was transported from the scene in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, an EMSA spokeswoman said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Oklahoma Watch: Number of homeless children in Oklahoma is among highest in nation

    By Nate Robson, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Oklahoma Watch: Oklahoma ranks fifth worst among states in the percentage of children under 18 who are homeless, according to the American Institutes for Research, a nonpartisan group based in Washington, D.C.

  • Two teachers' refusal to give tests puts their jobs at risk, but they say it's worth it

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Why are two first-grade teachers risking the jobs they love to take a stand against new student tests and surveys? Because they know they’re not alone. “It’s definitely not about my evaluation,” said Skelly Elementary School’s Nikki Jones. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Few Oklahoma exonerees receive payment for wrongful convictions

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    What Greg Wilhoit really wanted after five years on death row was an apology from the state of Oklahoma. Sure, the money would have made a huge difference in Wilhoit’s life after being convicted of murdering his wife, losing his freedom and missing the chance to raise his two daughters. After 12 forensic experts said Wilhoit’s teeth did not match a bite mark used to convict him in 1987, an appeals court threw out his conviction. Two years later, a judge halted Osage County prosecutors’ efforts to retry him, telling Wilhoit: “You’re free to go.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • High school football: Tulsa Union dominates Mustang, guarantees 19th straight east-side Class 6A champion

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, swright@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    TULSA UNION 52, MUSTANG 7 — Once again, the champion for the state’s largest class will come from the Tulsa area. After Union’s dismantling of Mustang on Saturday, the Redskins will face off against two-time defending champion Jenks on Dec. 5 for the Class 6A-I title.

  • Man convicted of beating grandmother to death while high on PCP

    BY AMANDA BLAND, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    A jury on Friday recommended a Tulsa man serve a life sentence with the possibility of parole for the first-degree murder of his 78-year-old grandmother. Antione Jermaine Jackson was found guilty of killing Arlevia Jackson in her house in the 3200 block of North Wheeling Place on Jan. 29, 2013. Jail records list Antione Jackson's address at the time of his arrest as the same residence. Jackson sighed after the verdict was read and requested through his public defender, David Phillips, that a presentencing investigation be conducted. District Judge William Musseman passed formal sentencing to Dec. 22. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • High school football: Division I football recruit suspended for fighting during playoff game

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, junruh@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    SUSPENSION — Three players from Tulsa Edison have been suspended after an on-field altercation with officials during last week’s playoff game vs. McAlester. Among the suspended is Akylen Mayfield, a Division-I prospect with a scholarship offer from Arkansas State.

  • Tulsa County Courthouse jury room evacuated after juror discovered with bed bugs

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    A jury room at the Tulsa County Courthouse was temporarily evacuated Tuesday morning after bedbugs were discovered inside. Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith said jurors in an assembly room were dismissed for an early lunch when a juror reporting for duty was spotted with a few bedbugs. “They were seen by some jurors, and my jury coordinator captured one with an envelope,” Smith said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa teachers refuse to give student tests; Superintendent: That's not an option

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Two Tulsa teachers who have vowed not to subject their first-graders to any more student surveys or high-stakes tests for the purposes of teacher performance evaluations are getting a national audience for their concerns. But Superintendent Keith Ballard pushed back immediately, sending out a letter to all employees Tuesday evening stating that opting out of tests is not an option in Tulsa Public Schools. Skelly Elementary School first-grade teachers Nikki Jones and Karen Hendren were first featured in a Sunday Tulsa World story about the new use of K-12 student surveys in teacher performance evaluations. They are among dozens of local teachers who have been writing emails to district officials and contacting principals and the local teachers union to raise red flags about the new surveys.

  • Arvest report shows Oklahoma consumers less positive about economy

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Oklahomans, particularly families with children, were more negative about the economy in October than their neighbors regionally, according to the Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey. The current consumer sentiment index for Oklahoma is 72.6, down from 76.4 in June’s inaugural survey, according to the latest survey results released Tuesday. The report is based on 1,200 phone surveys in September and October. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Food stamp dollars spent on local produce to be doubled at nine locations across Oklahoma

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    Thanks to a mixture of private donations and federal funds, food stamp recipients can double their benefits dollars when shopping for locally grown fruits and vegetables at nine locations across the state, beginning in 2015.

  • Months later, man from Tulsa's first experimental 'homeless court' improving greatly

    By DYLAN GOFORTH World Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    Craig Curtis was visiting a friend earlier this year, checking out the man’s new television, when he said he went across the street to cut a cable hanging off an abandoned home, Tulsa World reports. Curtis, who said he spent years working for AEP-PSO, thought it would help with the TV’s reception, according to the Tulsa World. It was a split-second decision, he said. And while it might not have been what you would call a “good decision,” it was one that might just have saved his life.

  • Garth Brooks breaks record, sells more than 108,000 tickets for 7 Tulsa shows

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Garth Brooks had planned three shows at the BOK Center in January. It wasn't enough. He added four more shows within an hour of the on-sale date Friday morning. Now there are seven — including a 10:30 p.m. Saturday night concert. He also broke his Tulsa record with more than 105,000 tickets sold. All with in two hours. His previous record was 79,855 tickets over five shows during July 17-21 at Driller Park in 1997. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Oklahoma City vs. Tulsa: A look at what each city has to offer

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • East Tulsa man convicted in bludgeoning death of wife

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    A Tulsa jury on Friday recommended a life without parole sentence for a man found guilty of murdering his wife in 2012. Joseph Aaron Mitchell, 46, was convicted of first-degree murder in the beating death of 50-year-old Kennie Sue Mitchell. She died on April 20, 2012, after suffering blunt-force trauma to her head and body inside the couple’s home in the 11500 block of East 28th Street. Tulsa police previously said they found significant damage and signs of a struggle inside the residence. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Report details Oklahoma children living in poverty

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Nearly a quarter of a million children in Oklahoma were living in poverty in 2012, and close to one-third of the state's kids were living with parents who didn't have steady employment.

  • The New York Times visits downtown Tulsa

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The New York Times saw fit today to publish an 1,126-word look at recent developments in downtown Tulsa, noting the reopening of the historic Mayo Hotel and public projects like the 19,200-seat BOK Center. Give  it a read! It's really good.

  • Hofmeister to work with state leaders to raise teacher pay

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    State Superintendent-elect Joy Hofmeister isn’t wasting any time preparing to take statewide office in January. The Tulsan has just nine weeks before being sworn in and she has already named a transition team, and later this week she is headed to a meeting of state education department heads from across the country. Hofmeister has said she wants to work with education leaders and state lawmakers to develop an eight-year plan that she hopes will include a dedicated funding source to continue to help improve teacher pay. But not everything will wait for that. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Faith leader with Oklahoma ties killed in plane crash

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Nine people, including a world-renowned faith leader with ties to two Tulsa universities, died in a plane crash while en route to a leadership forum in the Bahamas, officials said Sunday night. Myles Munroe, a Bahamas native with degrees from Oral Roberts University and the University of Tulsa, boarded a Lear 36 executive jet with his wife Ruth and seven others in Nassau around 4 p.m. Sunday, according to Bahamian news reports. He was 60. The plane crashed while attempting to land in Freeport, located on Grand Bahama island, about an hour later, and everyone on board died, the Ministry of Transport and Aviation said in a statement. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.