• Oklahoma's education budget cuts highlighted on "Ellen DeGeneres Show"

    Oklahoma\'s education budget cuts highlighted on...

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 10, 2016

    The library media specialist at Union's McAuliffe Elementary made yet another appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and came away with $25,000 to help her school weather state budget cuts. Kirby Mackenzie has been dubbed "Ellen's favorite librarian" in the two years since the talk show surprised her with a new bookmobile and $25,000 cash for McAuliffe's summer reading program.  In a Skype interview that aired on Monday's episode, DeGeneres asked Mackenzie how Oklahoma's budget crisis was affecting McAuliffe students.

  • Two Tulsa men declared innocent in 1994 fatal shooting after serving 20 years in prison

    Two Tulsa men declared innocent in 1994 fatal...

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 9, 2016

    Two men who have maintained they are innocent of a 1994 murder for which they have served 20 years of a life sentence were exonerated on Monday in Tulsa County District Court. Malcolm Scott and De'Marchoe Carpenter faced sentences of life plus 170 years in prison in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed 19-year-old Karen Summers. They were sentenced at age 18 after a Tulsa County jury found them guilty of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill and one count of use of a vehicle to discharge a firearm.

  • Tulsa musician Steve Pryor killed in motorcycle crash

    Tulsa musician Steve Pryor killed in motorcycle...

    By JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Sat, May 7, 2016

    Prominent and prolific Tulsa musician Steve Pryor died Friday after a motorcycle crash, multiple sources said. Pryor was a renowned blues guitarist and Tulsa native who toured with bands like the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Joe Cocker and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and played extensively around the Tulsa area, recording his own music for decades and working with many musicians throughout the region. "He really exemplified the Tulsa scene," said John Cooper with the Red Dirt Rangers, who played with Pryor recently in Tulsa. "He bridged back to the old Tulsa scene, and he was respected by the new scene. He's kind of the embodiment of what they Tulsa scene is right now."

  • Former keyboardist for Brian Wilson's band convicted of rape at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

    Former keyboardist for Brian Wilson\'s band...

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    CLAREMORE — A musician who played with Brian Wilson's band at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in Catoosa in December 2014 has been convicted in Rogers County District Court of rape by instrumentation and sexual battery. Scott Montgomery Bennett, a keyboardist who has played and collaborated with the Beach Boys artist, was found guilty April 29 on both counts after a weeklong trial. A jury recommended a sentence of three years in prison on the rape by instrumentation charge and two years on the sexual battery charge, court records indicate. Bennett is being held in the Rogers County Jail without bond.

  • ETE CEO says that deal with Williams 'can't close'

    ETE CEO says that deal with Williams \'can\'t close\'

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Dallas billionaire Kelcy Warren and other members of the Energy Transfer C-Suite didn’t hold back during an earnings call Thursday morning when analysts asked questions about the status of Energy Transfer Equity’s proposed merger with Williams and new problems with the deal that have come up during the past quarter. One of those obstacles has been over tax issues that allegedly threaten the merger. Law firm Latham & Watkins LLP has told Energy Transfer that, under current conditions, it wouldn’t be able to deliver a tax opinion that Energy Transfer and Williams need to complete their transaction. The law firm recently told Energy Transfer that it wouldn’t be able to deliver that so-called 721 Opinion but Williams has said that it disagrees with the law firm’s position. Williams has proposed two possible solutions to the tax issue that ETE says it does not agree with.

  • Energy briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Energy Index holds Increasing crude oil prices have led to the most recent Oklahoma Energy Index holding steady after nine months of decline. Using data collected in March, the index was at 159.1, down 0.3 percent from the previous month. "The recent oil price recovery has been a welcome event," said Chris Mostek, senior vice president of energy lending for Bank SNB. "If sustained, these price increases should help relieve some of the credit migration experienced by the industry the last couple of quarters." Russell Evans, executive director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute, said a 24 percent surge in crude oil prices helped push stock prices of Oklahoma oil and natural gas companies higher.

  • Tulsa leaves its mark on New Yorker punched in face during cross-country bicycle trip

    Tulsa leaves its mark on New Yorker punched in...

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    During his 3,020-mile cross-country biking trip, there was only one place where Jeffrey Tanenhaus was punched in the face. It’s now also the area where he’s considering moving and starting a business. "It makes for a good story in hindsight,” he said about the assault. “And I think ultimately it was a good thing, which sounds kind of crazy.”

  • Magellan Midstream Partners reports 1Q earnings of $207 million

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP reported Wednesday net income of $207.1 million for first quarter 2016, up from the $183.6 million for first quarter 2015. The 2016 results include a $26.9 million noncash gain related to the transfer of the partnership’s 50 percent interest in Osage Pipe Line Co., LLC. Diluted net income per limited partner unit was 91 cents in first quarter 2016 and 81 cents in first quarter 2015.

  • University of Tulsa trustees vote to remove college of law building name with KKK ties

    University of Tulsa trustees vote to remove...

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    University of Tulsa trustees on Wednesday voted to remove John Rogers' name from the College of Law building. Rogers, who had a brief involvement with the Ku Klux Klan, helped found the university’s College of Law in 1943. He was also the attorney for J.A. and Leta Chapman, whose estate saved the university from almost certain bankruptcy in the 1960s and became the foundation for what is now a $1 billion endowment.

  • Company hiring additional 350 workers in Tulsa

    Company hiring additional 350 workers in Tulsa

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Alorica, a customer service and support center, is looking for another 350 employees in Tulsa. The company has openings in customer care, sales and bilingual support positions at its renovated office space in Eastgate Metroplex, 14002 E. 21st St. Suite 600.

  • Earnings for May 4, 2016

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Earnings for May 4, 2016

  • Williams, ETE agree to change timeline in merger

    Williams, ETE agree to change timeline in merger

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Williams Cos. and Energy Transfer Equity have agreed to shorten the amount of time that will pass between the deadline for Williams shareholders to vote on the proposed merger and the anticipated closing date for the transaction. According to forms filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, Williams and ETE have agreed to amend the merger agreement to remove the requirement that the Election Deadline must come at least 30 days before the merger's anticipated closing date.

  • Tulsa attorney resigns from Oklahoma Bar Association after daughter's sex abuse revelations

    Tulsa attorney resigns from Oklahoma Bar...

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday approved the resignation of Tulsa attorney George Michael Lewis from the Oklahoma Bar Association after the professional organization launched disciplinary actions against him stemming from allegations that he sexually abused his daughter more than 30 years ago. A grievance was filed against Lewis after his daughter, Ginger Lewis, 45, revealed she was sexually assaulted by her father between the ages of 11 and 16. She has been seeking changes in the statute of limitations to allow for prosecution of child sex crimes decades after they occur. Lewis had been a senior partner at Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, which placed him on “indefinite leave” immediately after being informed of the alleged abuse.

  • Robert Bates denied bail as he awaits sentencing at Tulsa Jail

    Robert Bates denied bail as he awaits...

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Robert Bates was denied post-verdict bail after taking the stand Tuesday to tell a Tulsa County judge about the medical issues he's faced during his almost six-day stay in jail. The 74-year-old former Tulsa County reserve sheriff's deputy will remain in jail for the time being after the judge ruled against his request to set bail as he awaits formal sentencing and appeals. District Judge William Musseman agreed with prosecutors that he doesn't have discretion to set bail for Bates due to a statute prohibiting bail on appeal to those convicted of felonies committed while in the possession of a firearm.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for May 3

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Oklahoma news briefs for May 3, 2016

  • KKK ties: TU could change name of its law school

    KKK ties: TU could change name of its law school

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The University of Tulsa may soon remove the name of a key figure in the school’s development from a campus building because of a brief involvement with the Ku Klux Klan, the Tulsa World has confirmed. TU trustees are expected to decide Wednesday to take down the name of John Rogers from the university’s College of Law, which Rogers helped found in 1943. Rogers was also the attorney for J.A. and Leta Chapman, whose estate saved the university from almost certain bankruptcy in the 1960s and became the foundation for what is now a $1 billion endowment.

  • Man convicted in killings of 4 women sentenced to life terms

    AP | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A man convicted of fatally shooting four women in 2013 has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. A Tulsa judge gave James Poore four life terms on Monday after his March conviction for the murders of 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson. Poore's brother, Cedric, is accused of the same crimes and goes to trial in December. He's pleaded not guilty. The four women were discovered Jan. 7, 2013, in a back bedroom of Powell's apartment. All had their hands tied behind their backs with blue or pink fabric and were shot in the head. Authorities believe the Poores shot the four because they feared the women might

  • Tulsa's Midstates Petroleum files for bankruptcy reorganization

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Energy company cites more than $2 billion in debt.




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