• Police find mummified human skull on River Spirit Casino grounds

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating after officials discovered a human skull on the River Spirit Casino grounds Saturday night. Tulsa Police Sgt. Dave Walker said Lighthorse police found the skull at the casino near 81st Street and Riverside Drive and later found bones from a human foot near a drainage ditch with help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The skull was mummified, Walker said, and an anthropologist told authorities it was on casino property for about a year. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 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 TulsaWorld.com.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 TulsaWorld.com.

  • 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

  • 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 TulsaWorld.com.

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  • 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.”

  • Man in custody after standoff at Tulsa hospital

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    TULSA — Authorities say a standoff outside a Tulsa hospital has ended without injury after an armed man near the facility's entrance prompted a brief lockdown of the emergency room.

  • KJRH: Police standoff with suicidal subject prompts lockdown for Saint Francis Hospital emergency room

    Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    TULSA - The emergency room at Saint Francis Hospital is on lockdown, KJRH reports. A standoff between police and a suicidal subject began around 5 a.m. prompted the lockdown at the ER.

  • Tulsa woman shot in feud with neighbor

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    A 46-year-old woman was shot multiple times during a "neighborly feud" early Friday. Tulsa police responded to a residence near 52nd Place North and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard around 2:45 a.m. to find a woman there had been shot in the torso, arms and legs, said Sgt. Ryan Woods. Medics transported the woman, who was still conscious, to a hospital in serious condition, he said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Muslim convert to Christianity sues Oklahoma church

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    A Muslim convert to Christianity is suing First Presbyterian Church and its pastor, the Rev. James D. Miller, alleging that church leaders published an announcement of his baptism on the internet after assuring him they would not do so.

  • Historical marker to be dedicated in Tulsa

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    TULSA — State and local leaders are gathering in Tulsa on Thursday to dedicate a historical marker recognizing an area that played a role in the deadly race riot that killed African-Americans in 1921. Historical records show that Standpipe Hill had a significant role in Tulsa’s history, including the Tulsa Race Riot. It was also where the Dalton gang of outlaws would go to try to spot lawmen to see if it was safe to attend church nearby. The University Center at Tulsa, a consortium of higher education institutions including OSU, was established on land adjacent to Standpipe Hill in the 1980s. The campus became OSU-Tulsa on Jan. 1, 1999. A marker recognizing the area’s significance and history will be dedicated

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