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  • Tulsa mayor vetoes city council resolution on keeping state control of rail lines

    By JARREL WADE - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Mar 5, 2014

    The mayor on Monday vetoed a resolution passed by the City Council urging the state not to sell the state-owned rail line connecting the Tulsa area to Oklahoma City, favoring instead the private sector's ability to bring passenger rail to Tulsa. In a memo to councilors, Mayor Dewey Bartlett explained his decision, saying the resolution reached too far in expressing an opinion for the whole city — an opinion Bartlett said he does not share. Bartlett said Tuesday that he had spoken with state transportation officials prior to the veto, but they were discreet in regard to details of their potential sale. Read the full story at

  • ‘Merry Christmas Bill’: Lawmakers get contentious before it passes House

    Published: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    The "Merry Christmas Bill," had some rough sledding Monday in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, where a 90-minute discussion became contentious at times. House Bill 2317, by Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, is intended to allow schools to observe "winter holidays" – essentially Christmas and Hanukkah – without fear of legal retribution. Several House members questioned the bill’s usefulness while others said it represented the membership's lack of perspective. Read the rest of this story at

  • House passes film tax rebate bill after reconsideration

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    The Oklahoma House of Representatives may not have changed its mind on "August: Osage County," but it has decided the state's $5 million incentive program for film and television isn't so bad. After falling three votes short of passage Monday, House Bill 2580 by Rep. Todd Thomsen got a do-over on Tuesday and passed 65-28. The bill extends the film program for 10 years. Read the full story at

  • Class B girls state tournament notebook: Red Oak, Okarche matchup looms in Class B girls finals

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: Sun, Mar 2, 2014

    After winning the Class A championship last season and returning all five starters this year, Okarche has been the heavy favorite to win Class B this time around. No. 2-ranked Red Oak might present a challenge to that should the two meet Saturday in the championship game.

  • Wrestler Daryl Monasmith is one of Gallagher-Iba Arena's legendary stories

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: Sun, Mar 2, 2014

    Monasmith was a two-time All-American for the Cowboys, but his name is often forgotten when rattling off OSU wrestling legends.

  • Pardon and Parole Board denies clemency for Oklahoma man on death row

    Updated: Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 4-1 to deny clemency for Clayton Lockett, who confessed to shooting and burying alive a teenager in Perry in 1999.

  • Oklahoma home prices slip in fourth quarter as U.S. prices inch up again

    Published: Sat, Mar 1, 2014

    Oklahoma is slightly out of step with the rest of the United States, as far as home prices go.

  • Two die on Oklahoma roadways

    | Updated: Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    Separate crashes Friday in Oklahoma City and Creek County left two people dead, authorities reported.

  • Arrest made in Broken Arrow teen's 2006 death

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    An arrest was announced Friday in the 2006 death of a Broken Arrow teen whose body was found in Fort Gibson Lake.

  • Album review: St. Vincent, “St. Vincent” (Loma Vista/Universal Republic)

    | Updated: Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    “Rattlesnake” sets things in motion on St. Vincent's self-titled fourth studio album. The infectious track tells the autobiographical story of the time Tulsa-born Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) took a liberating walk in the nude in a desolate part of Texas and stumbled upon a rattlesnake.

  • Pluggin In business briefs for Feb. 28

    | Updated: Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    Pluggin In business briefs for Feb. 28

  • Dogs Prove They’re Bad to the Bone With Expensive Joyride In Oklahoma

    Published: Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    A pair of dogs caused three hours of traffic mayhem after accidentally taking their owner’s truck for a spin and crashing it into the river near Tulsa, according to ABC News. The site reports the dogs, Roscoe and Luna, accidentally put the truck into gear and cruised three blocks down the four-lane highway along the Arkansas River, narrowly missing joggers and oncoming traffic before it rolled through a stop sign and crashed into the river bed, authorities said. First responders who arrived at the accident scene around 6 p.m. Tuesday were shocked to find a border collie and a Labrador at the wheel of the pick-up.

  • Teacher shortage continues in Tulsa

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    The Tulsa school board on Thursday continued its study of the school district’s teacher shortage and strategies to address it. Nearly 400 teachers retired or resigned from Tulsa Public Schools in 2012-13, and the district began the current academic year short-handed and never caught up. “We started the year with 49 vacancies. The lowest we dropped to was 30, and we currently have 37,” Chief Human Capital Officer Talia Shaull told the board at a special meeting. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Two Oklahoma death row inmates sue state Corrections Department over lethal injection secrecy

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER | Updated: Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    Two men on Oklahoma’s death row are suing the state Corrections Department, challenging a statute which allows the source of the drugs used in the lethal injection process to be kept secret.

  • Federal watchdog agency sues for-profit college chain in Oklahoma

    | Updated: Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday filed the lawsuit against ITT Educational Services Inc., alleging predatory student lending practices. ITT Technical Institute has branches in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

  • Reported shooting at Oklahoma radio station was a hoax

    Published: Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    KVOO personnel are saying a report of a shooting at their studio was a prank call, and Tulsa police are no longer at the scene. Read the rest of this story at .

  • OKC man arrested on child trafficking, pornography complaints

    By SAMANTHA VICENT World Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday announced it arrested a registered sex offender on suspicion of child trafficking. Members of the Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force took Dana Preston Duncan, 44, into custody after a internet crimes counterpart in Montana passed them a tip alleging Duncan was distributing child pornography from Oklahoma to Montana.

  • Agency identified 17 hate groups, 15 patriot groups in Oklahoma

    Published: Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    The Southern Poverty Law Center’s latest statistics counted 17 hate groups and 15 “patriot groups” in Oklahoma last year, which officials said during a news conference Tuesday is part of the agency’s recording of downward trends of the existence of such groups around the country. The center’s “Year in Hate and Extremism” report, released Tuesday, states there were 939 classified hate groups in the United States in 2013, down 7 percent from a year ago. Also, patriot groups, defined by the SPLC as those promoting anti-government movements, saw a 20 percent decrease from 2012’s all-time high of 1,360, said SPLC senior fellow Mark Potok, who edited this year’s report. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Former officer enters no-contest plea to soliciting prostitution

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    A former Tulsa police officer charged with soliciting prostitution near a local church last year pleaded no contest in Tulsa County District Court on Monday afternoon. Then-Cpl. David Turner, 52, of Broken Arrow will appear back in court April 7, during which time a judge will determine his sentence, Tulsa County community outreach director Susan Witt said. “The recommendation is two years pursuant to a pre-sentence investigation,” she said. “But it depends on what the investigation recommends.” Read the rest of this story at .

  • Southmoore girls basketball team's hopes high with star Serithia Hawkins back

    | Updated: Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    Southmoore is just 1-3 since Serithia Hawkins’ return, but there’s more optimism the SaberCats can regain their early season form in the playoffs that start Thursday against Norman at Edmond Santa Fe.