• Cities prepare for warm climate without saying so

    By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it’s happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject. Big cities and small towns are shoring up dams and dikes, using roof gardens to absorb rainwater or upgrading sewage treatment plans to prevent overflows. Others are planting urban forests, providing more shady relief from extreme heat. Extension agents are helping farmers deal with an onslaught of newly arrived crop pests.

  • OKC, Tulsa superintendents weigh in on teacher shortage

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Oklahoma City superintendent Rob Neu, Tulsa superintendent Keith Ballard say higher pay and better training are among keys to putting effective teachers in classrooms.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Sept. 3

    Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for Sept. 3, 2014.

  • Police: Oklahoma man dies after police shooting

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    TULSA (AP) — Tulsa police have identified a 45-year-old man who was shot to death Tuesday morning by police officers. Police spokeswoman Jillian Roberson says officers responded to a home Tuesday morning after receiving a call that a man had stabbed himself. She says police found the man standing in the driveway holding a knife. Roberson says the man ignored instructions to drop the knife, and three officers opened fire. She says he was shot multiple times after officers became concerned he would approach nearby businesses. The man was transported to St. John Medical Center, where he later died. Tulsa police have identified him as 45-year-old Mark Allen Kelley.

  • Police: Tulsa man dies after police shooting

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police say a 45-year-old man has died in an officer-involved shooting. Police spokeswoman Jill Roberson says officers responded to a home Monday morning after receiving a call that a man had stabbed himself. She says police found the man standing in the driveway holding a knife. Roberson says the man ignored instructions to drop the knife. She says he was shot multiple times after officers became concerned he would approach nearby businesses. She says three officers were involved in the shooting. The man was transported to St. John Medical Center, where he later died. His name and cause of death have not been released. Roberson says the officers are expected to be placed on routine

  • Nonsurgical heart treatment helps seniors in Oklahoma City

    By Jim Killackey, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Integris Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, and other state hospitals, offer a heart procedure for people including older men who may not be candidates for surgery.

  • American Airlines introduces combined LGBT employee group

    By CASEY SMITH - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    In some ways, American Airlines is all-inclusive. American Airlines used social media Wednesday evening to introduce Pride, its newly combined LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender — employee resource group with US Airways. On its corporate Twitter and Facebook accounts, the airline posted a photo of a rainbow flag flying from a window in the pilot’s cabin of a parked passenger plane. With the hashtag #NowArriving, the company emphasized its continued support to equality, diversity and inclusion following the merger with US Airways. American Airlines has boasted it was the first major airline to have a company-recognized LGBT employee resource group, the Gay Lesbian Employees of American, or GLEAM.

  • Suspect in Wednesday death of former Tulsan killed in Dallas officer-involved shooting

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    DALLAS — An 18-year-old accused of fatally shooting a former Tulsan during an early Wednesday robbery attempt was killed in a shooting involving an off-duty Dallas police officer shortly afterward, authorities said. Officer Jose Gamez, a five-year-veteran of the department, fatally shot Sergio Ramos after Ramos reportedly killed 25-year-old Joseph Roling during a robbery at a local Walmart Supercenter, at 13739 North Central Expressway, around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, the Dallas Police Department said in a release. A 2001 Holland Hall cross country invitational list indicates Roling spent time at the preparatory school. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Woman loses appeal in high rise death case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected the appeal of a woman convicted of killing her husband by pushing him through a 25th-floor window in a Tulsa high-rise apartment. Twenty-two-year-old Amber Hilberling was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 2011 death of Joshua Hilberling. The court on Wednesday rejected her appeals — including lack of evidence, improper evidence, prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective counsel. Hilberling testified during her trial that she and her husband were arguing and that she feared for her safety as the dispute escalated.

  • Oklahoma blood donors can get free hotdogs, T-shirts Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Oklahoma Blood Institute will offer free hotdogs to blood donors on Friday, courtesy of the Oklahoma Beef Council and Bar S Foods. Donors also will receive their choice of an Oklahoma State University or University of Oklahoma T-shirt, along with a chance to win tickets to the 2014 Bedlam football game.

  • Tulsa police chief says collection for Ferguson officer was desire to 'seek justice'

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan stated Tuesday that an attempt to collect money at a police station for the legal fund of an embattled Ferguson, Missouri, police officer was not appropriate but was to “seek justice.” Jordan told the Tulsa World that the officer, Darren Wilson, had essentially been publicly convicted before an investigation into his shooting of an unarmed teenager had even begun. The situation could fracture relationships between officers and the public they serve across the country, Jordan said, not just in Ferguson. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa man sentenced to four years in rape case

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    A Tulsa man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl pleaded guilty to an amended charge on Monday and was sentenced to more than four years in prison. Jerry Tyrone Leblanc, 60, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape — which was amended from first-degree rape — and furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a minor. Charges of kidnapping and possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony against him in the case were dismissed. He was arrested within hours of an alleged assault on a 15-year-old girl in December. At the time, the victim told police Leblanc approached her in his sport utility vehicle and abducted her at gunpoint near 1700 N. Sheridan Road in December. He allegedly took her to a hotel, forced her to drink

  • Oklahoma helicopters accidentally coated in foam

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    TULSA — Cleanup has finished on 10 Black Hawk helicopters that were accidently bathed in fire suppression foam at an Oklahoma National Guard base. Col. Max Moss says a Simplex Grinnell company representative triggered the fire suppression system Monday at the Tulsa base during a routine maintenance check. He says the system was installed a few months ago. Photos and videos released by the National Guard show the UH-60 model helicopters slathered in the substance. The foam reached helicopters both inside and outside of the hangar. Moss says the chemicals aren’t dangerous to humans or the environment and have already been cleaned up. He says officials will inspect the helicopters before using them for flights.

  • Tulsa police chief says collection for Ferguson, Mo., officer was desire to 'seek justice'

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan stated Tuesday that an attempt to collect money at a police station for the legal fund of an embattled Ferguson, Missouri, police officer was not appropriate but was to “seek justice.” Jordan told the Tulsa World that the officer, Darren Wilson, had essentially been publicly convicted before an investigation into his shooting of an unarmed teenager had even begun. The situation could fracture relationships between officers and the public they serve across the country, Jordan said, not just in Ferguson. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa police ordered to remove bucket requesting donations for Ferguson officer

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The Tulsa Police Department’s Gilcrease Division was ordered by the chief to remove from its building a donation bucket for contributions to embattled Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson’s legal fund, officials confirmed Monday. A Tulsa World staff member received a photo of the bucket that was taken Saturday at the division headquarters, at 3436 N. Delaware Ave. A note asking, “Can you spare $1.00 for Officer D. Wilson Ferguson P.D. Legal Fund?” was attached to the bucket. The note indicated that the Tulsa Police Department had an $800 collection goal. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Police: Four dead, including two children, in east Tulsa apartment shooting

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The Tulsa Police Department is investigating after officers found four people, including two children, dead in an east Tulsa apartment early Tuesday. Police responded to a call at the Bradford Townhouses Apartments, 2190 S. 109th East Avenue, around 12:30 a.m. They arrived to find four people dead inside, Tulsa Police spokeswoman Demita Kinard said. "They were visiting the apartment residence and one of the (apartment) residents came home and found them deceased," she said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma congressional delegation mad about fundraising letter

    By RANDY KREHBIEL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Oklahoma’s all-Republican congressional delegation is angry about a letter on Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce letterhead promoting a local fundraiser for Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu. A letter issued Sunday and signed by all seven members of the delegation takes the chamber to task for a letter dated Aug. 12 and signed by chamber Chief Executive Officer Mike Neal. That letter, on chamber letterhead, encourages recipients to attend a fundraiser at the home of former Mayor Kathy Taylor on Wednesday. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa's 'most violent and dangerous' gang taken down by phone calls

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Last week’s indictment against 51 people outlines the alleged drug-ring activity of Donald Walters, 34, who had at least 40 underlings, including members of the Hoover Crips. Among the men indicted on drug charges was De’Mond Parker, a former University of Oklahoma football star who played in the NFL. U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said what he deemed Tulsa’s “most violent and dangerous gang” brought an estimated $10 million worth of cocaine — more than 600 kilograms — and marijuana through the city over a three-year period. Authorities allege the drugs came from cartels in Mexico and made their way through Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa en route to Ohio and the northeastern United States.

  • Tulsa dentist accused of unsanitary practices surrenders license to state board

    By GINNIE GRAHAM - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    A Tulsa oral surgeon found to have possibly exposed up to 5,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C may be permanently barred from practicing as of Friday.

  • Bond hearing set for accused Tulsa officer

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    TULSA — A veteran Tulsa police officer charged in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter’s boyfriend earlier this month is set to ask a judge that he be released on bond. Court records indicate attorneys for Shannon Kepler are scheduled to ask a district judge Friday to set bond, saying Kepler is not a flight risk. Kepler pleaded not guilty earlier this week in the Aug. 5 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. Kepler has been held without bond since the shooting and his case is set for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 22. Kepler’s attorney, Richard O’Carroll, said earlier this week that there isn’t one credible witness to the event. Prosecutors countered that it’s improper for attorneys to try