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  • Failed challenger alleges U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas is dead

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    A candidate who was soundly defeated in Tuesday's Republican primary by U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas says he will contest the election because the incumbent congressman is dead and an imposter is filling his shoes. Timothy Ray Murray garnered 5.2 percent of the vote in Tuesday's three-candidate Republican primary, which Lucas won outright with 82.8 percent. On Wednesday, Murray, who listed his residence as Moore on his declaration of candidacy, announced he would contest the election. Read the full story at

  • Oklahoma elections: Joy Hofmeister pulls away from Brian Kelly, Janet Barresi in surprising race for state schools superintendent

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Democrats John Cox and Freda Deskin appear headed for runoff.

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    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

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  • Former teacher gets Democratic US House nomination

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A retired schoolteacher from Fort Gibson has won the Democratic nomination in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District race. Earl Everett defeated recent college graduate Joshua Harris-Till in Tuesday's primary election. He advances to the November general election against freshman GOP U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin and independent Jon Douthitt. Everett is a Korean War veteran who ran for the seat in 2012 and forced a runoff after the primary. He decided to run again because he says Mullin hasn't done enough for voters who live in the large district that sprawls across 26 counties in eastern Oklahoma.

  • Paths of Neiman, Lockett crossed on fateful night

    By CARY ASPINWALL & ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    This is the first story in a three-part series by the Tulsa World on problems with Oklahoma executions revealed in the wake of the April 29 botched execution of Clayton Lockett. While the execution caused an outcry over pain Lockett may have felt, this article tells the story of Lockett's victim and the heinous crime that led to his death sentence. It was compiled using records and interviews, including the transcript from the murder trial of Clayton Lockett, his 1999 police interrogation video, archived news reports, interviews and public records. Jane Doe is a pseudonym for the female victim who was raped by Lockett, because the Tulsa World does not identify victims of sex crimes.

  • Police searching for suspect after fatal stabbing in east Tulsa early Sunday

    By SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    The Tulsa Police Department is investigating after a stabbing at an east Tulsa club left a man dead early Sunday morning, the Tulsa World reports. Officers received a call just before 2 a.m., which indicated a man was hit by a car, Sgt. Dave Walker said in a release. When first responders got to the scene, they determined a man suffered a stab wound to the chest, and a security guard was using pepper spray to disperse the crowd, Walker said.

  • Tulsa police create task force after another early morning rape

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Tulsa Police Department has launched a task force to help identify a serial sexual assault offender in response to the latest attack at a midtown apartment complex Friday morning, the Tulsa World reports.

  • Barresi, Hofmeister face off in televised debate

    By KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    The top Republican candidates for Oklahoma superintendent of public instruction traded barbs in a televised debate Thursday night, less than a week before the primary election. Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide which candidates from both parties will continue on to the general election in November or the Aug. 26 runoff. Incumbent Janet Barresi continued to describe herself as the candidate who is fighting “education bureaucrats and unions,” while painting challenger Joy Hofmeister as one of those bureaucrats because of the educators who have donated to her campaign. But Hofmeister noted that Barresi hasn’t actually fought the unions, as she hired the “top lobbyist for the teacher’s union”

  • First Oklahoma case of chikungunya confirmed in traveler

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    A Tulsa County resident, who recently traveled to Haiti on a mission trip, is the first Oklahoman confirmed to test positive for the chikungunya virus.

  • Joy Hofmeister fires back: Candidate accuses Janet Barresi of violating federal privacy laws of students, calls for investigation in Oklahoma

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Hofmeister accused Barresi of violating the federal privacy laws of students — including those with special needs — by releasing confidential information. She is calling for a federal investigation.

  • Long overdue: 60 years after fatal crash, Caney, Kan., soldier's remains returned to family

    By TIM STANLEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    As a youth, Leonard Kittle was known for coming and going quickly. But for someone who loved motorcycles and fast cars, his homecoming has been especially slow in arriving, according to the Tulsa World.

  • Former OHP pilot among three killed in Alabama plane crash

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who served as a pilot for two state governors was one of three men who died  Wednesday in a plane crash at an Alabama airport. Killed were William Christopher II, 57, Center Point Ala.; Robin Gary Smith, 60, Yukon, Oklahoma and Kenneth Lynn Rousseau, 67, Harpersville, Ala., authorities said. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says a Westwind II aircraft was trying to depart Huntsville International Airport when it veered from a runway and caught fire. Read the full story on

  • Janet Barresi manager accuses Joy Hofmeister of breaking law with campaign emails to Oklahoma school administrators

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Republicans face off in June 24 primary for state schools superintendent

  • 'Treehouse Masters' builds Scottish treehouse in Tulsa's Florence Park

    By RITA SHERROW, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Any hiccup along the way and Tulsans Liz Lowe Jones and Lance Woolsey wouldn’t have a one-of-a-kind treehouse in their backyard, the Tulsa World reports.

  • Suspects charged in fatal drive-by shooting of 14-year-old girl

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    First-degree murder and robbery charges were filed against two Tulsa men in the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl. David Ruble II, 19, and Demonte Wayne Rushing, 21, were charged Tuesday in Tulsa County District Court with single counts of first-degree murder and attempted robbery in the death of April Montano, court filings show. Montano, a student at Thoreau Demonstration Academy, was riding with family members in a pickup that was hauling all-terrain vehicles on the Gilcrease Expressway when she was shot in the head about 9 p.m. May 29. Read the full story at

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    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

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  • Old friends face off in Oklahoma wind farm debate

    By CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    Blue Mound is the highest point on Frank Robson’s Craig County cattle ranch and was once, he says, one of the highest points in the Cherokee Nation, Tulsa World reports.

  • Coburn says VA problems not limited to wait times

    By RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Problems in the Veterans Administration are deeper and more widespread than the manipulation of waiting lists recently disclosed, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn says during the weekly Republican address released Saturday, the Tulsa World reports. "The problems at the VA are far deeper than scheduling," Coburn said in the prerecorded message. "Getting to see a doctor, after all, does not guarantee quality care."

  • Soldier surprises children with homecoming at Tulsa Zoo

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Between the snowy owl and grizzly bear exhibits Emily Denning emptied her hands and tearfully leaped into her father’s arms, the Tulsa World reports. “I felt like I was just going to die in his arms,” said the 9-year-old. “I was so happy.”

  • Police: Hospital standoff suspect shot son while driving in Jenks

    BY AMANDA BLAND and COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    A suicidal man who caused a Tulsa hospital to be locked down Friday morning is accused of shooting his 27-year-old son while they were driving in Jenks, the Tulsa World reports.