• Tulsa teachers refuse to give student tests; Superintendent: That's not an option

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Two Tulsa teachers who have vowed not to subject their first-graders to any more student surveys or high-stakes tests for the purposes of teacher performance evaluations are getting a national audience for their concerns. But Superintendent Keith Ballard pushed back immediately, sending out a letter to all employees Tuesday evening stating that opting out of tests is not an option in Tulsa Public Schools. Skelly Elementary School first-grade teachers Nikki Jones and Karen Hendren were first featured in a Sunday Tulsa World story about the new use of K-12 student surveys in teacher performance evaluations. They are among dozens of local teachers who have been writing emails to district officials and contacting principals and the local teachers union to raise red flags about the new surveys.

  • Arvest report shows Oklahoma consumers less positive about economy

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Oklahomans, particularly families with children, were more negative about the economy in October than their neighbors regionally, according to the Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey. The current consumer sentiment index for Oklahoma is 72.6, down from 76.4 in June’s inaugural survey, according to the latest survey results released Tuesday. The report is based on 1,200 phone surveys in September and October. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Food stamp dollars spent on local produce to be doubled at nine locations across Oklahoma

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    Thanks to a mixture of private donations and federal funds, food stamp recipients can double their benefits dollars when shopping for locally grown fruits and vegetables at nine locations across the state, beginning in 2015.

  • Garth Brooks breaks record, sells more than 108,000 tickets for 7 Tulsa shows

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Garth Brooks had planned three shows at the BOK Center in January. It wasn't enough. He added four more shows within an hour of the on-sale date Friday morning. Now there are seven — including a 10:30 p.m. Saturday night concert. He also broke his Tulsa record with more than 105,000 tickets sold. All with in two hours. His previous record was 79,855 tickets over five shows during July 17-21 at Driller Park in 1997. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Oklahoma City vs. Tulsa: A look at what each city has to offer

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • East Tulsa man convicted in bludgeoning death of wife

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    A Tulsa jury on Friday recommended a life without parole sentence for a man found guilty of murdering his wife in 2012. Joseph Aaron Mitchell, 46, was convicted of first-degree murder in the beating death of 50-year-old Kennie Sue Mitchell. She died on April 20, 2012, after suffering blunt-force trauma to her head and body inside the couple’s home in the 11500 block of East 28th Street. Tulsa police previously said they found significant damage and signs of a struggle inside the residence. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Report details Oklahoma children living in poverty

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Nearly a quarter of a million children in Oklahoma were living in poverty in 2012, and close to one-third of the state's kids were living with parents who didn't have steady employment.

  • The New York Times visits downtown Tulsa

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The New York Times saw fit today to publish an 1,126-word look at recent developments in downtown Tulsa, noting the reopening of the historic Mayo Hotel and public projects like the 19,200-seat BOK Center. Give  it a read! It's really good.

  • Hofmeister to work with state leaders to raise teacher pay

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    State Superintendent-elect Joy Hofmeister isn’t wasting any time preparing to take statewide office in January. The Tulsan has just nine weeks before being sworn in and she has already named a transition team, and later this week she is headed to a meeting of state education department heads from across the country. Hofmeister has said she wants to work with education leaders and state lawmakers to develop an eight-year plan that she hopes will include a dedicated funding source to continue to help improve teacher pay. But not everything will wait for that. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Faith leader with Oklahoma ties killed in plane crash

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Nine people, including a world-renowned faith leader with ties to two Tulsa universities, died in a plane crash while en route to a leadership forum in the Bahamas, officials said Sunday night. Myles Munroe, a Bahamas native with degrees from Oral Roberts University and the University of Tulsa, boarded a Lear 36 executive jet with his wife Ruth and seven others in Nassau around 4 p.m. Sunday, according to Bahamian news reports. He was 60. The plane crashed while attempting to land in Freeport, located on Grand Bahama island, about an hour later, and everyone on board died, the Ministry of Transport and Aviation said in a statement. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma veteran said he wanted to be shot, police say

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    Between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nathan Boyd called a Veterans Crisis Hotline and told a dispatcher that he had weapons and wanted to commit suicide by forcing law enforcement officers to shoot him. Boyd’s call went to a New York call center, and soon afterward Tulsa police began searching for the 46-year-old U.S. Army veteran. At around 9:15 p.m., crisis and patrol officers finally tracked his pickup truck to a QuikTrip convenience store at 21st Street and 129th East Avenue. About 10 minutes later, Officer Demita Kinard said, Boyd exited the pickup with a weapon in hand that was later identified as a pellet gun. That’s when 19-year police department veteran Gregory Douglass fired once, striking Boyd in the neck.

  • California investor buys Tulsa-area mobile park

    Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Park Street Partners says it aims to turn renters into owners.

  • Police arrest boyfriend in triple stabbing at Tulsa apartment

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    A Tulsa man was jailed in a triple stabbing that left his live-in girlfriend in critical condition, police said. Chuck Davis, 26, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of assault with intent to kill, maiming, assault with a dangerous weapon, and domestic assault and battery, jail records show. Police responded to the Greens of Bedford apartments, 10620 E. 66th St., just before noon Tuesday after a caller reported that several people had been stabbed, said Tulsa Police Officer Leland Ashley. A 43-year-old woman and 22-year-old woman were taken from the scene in critical condition, according to an EMSA representative. A 19-year-old man was transported with stab wounds to the back of his head. The 43-year-old woman was stabbed in the forehead and in the chest, police said. Ashley said Davis is the boyfriend of the 22-year-old woman. The woman’s mother and brother were the other victims in the attack, Ashley said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Two Tulsa energy sector companies qualified for up to $15.7 million in job creation incentives

    By Brianna Langness, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Quality Jobs payments approved for creating up to 495 jobs over 10 years for two energy sector companies in Tulsa. The companies have qualified for up to $15.7 million in incentive payments.

  • Everything you need to know about the Oklahoma midterm elections

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Incumbent Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican and the first female governor of Oklahoma, is being challenged by state Rep. Joe Dorman, a Democrat from Rush Springs. The two have sparred mostly over public education and health care. Education reporter Tim Willert compares and contrasts the candidates for state schools superintendent, John Cox and Joy Hofmeister. Republicans are expected to fill two U.S. Senate seats and four U.S. House seats. Though urban congressional districts in Oklahoma used to be more reliable for Republicans, many experts think they may now offer the best opportunity for Democrats. Washington bureau reporter Chris Casteel explains why. The Republican super majority is

  • UPDATE: Officials say Tulsa hospital patient with fever has malaria, not Ebola

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    A person who was admitted to a Tulsa hospital with a fever after recently traveling to West Africa has tested positive for malaria, according the Tulsa City-County Health Department. The person, who hasn’t been identified, was at OSU Medical Center as of Thursday night for evaluation and was being monitored for possible Ebola, Marketing Coordinator Jamie Calkins said. "The individual was being monitored daily by public health personnel because the person had traveled to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone within the previous 21 days," the Tulsa Health Department said in a statement. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa man gets 12-year prison term in child pornography case

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    A man charged with five counts of aggravated possession of child pornography was sentenced to concurrent 12-year prison terms on Wednesday. Howard David Shelton, 52, was arrested by Tulsa police in May after a sting operation led to his employer's business in the 2500 block of East Admiral Place. An investigator located a video of an unknown-age man fondling and raping a girl between 9 and 12 years old on a file-sharing service from the business' Internet protocol address in late October 2013 and a file containing 97 sexual images of a girl between 11 and 13 six days later. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa Health Department monitoring recent traveler for Ebola virus

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    The Tulsa Health Department is monitoring a person who recently traveled to West Africa and reported developing a fever for further signs of contracting the Ebola virus, officials said Thursday. The Oklahoma State Department of Health earlier this week implemented a post-arrival Ebola virus monitoring protocol, and the individual - who is classified as "low risk" - traveled to either Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone withing the past 21 days but didn't have any known exposure to the virus. "THD staff has been in contact with the person daily over the 21 day surveillance period to monitor for symptoms and report their measured body temperature, as recommended by the OSDH and CDC’s guidance of active monitoring of low risk individuals," the release states. "The individual informed health officials late this evening that they had developed a fever. THD officials immediately implemented an isolation and evaluation plan in conjunction with the Regional Medical Response System following appropriate protocols to limit exposure." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa woman indicted on fraud charges in cancer treatment scheme

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    A Tulsa woman who formerly ran two cancer treatment clinics in the Tulsa area was in federal court Thursday to face 41 counts of fraud. Antonella Carpenter, 70, entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. A federal grand jury had indicted her Oct. 15. Carpenter, who is not a doctor, ran the Lase Med clinics in Owasso and Broken Arrow from November 2006 to December 2012. She claimed to be able to cure cancer with a treatment method she called Light Induced Enhanced Selective Hyperthermia. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Attorney General Scott Pruitt tells Tulsa group that religious freedom at risk in U.S.

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Religious freedom in the United States is under attack, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Wednesday. “I’m very concerned. I cut my teeth on religious liberty issues,” Pruitt said during the Oilfield Christian Fellowship’s 10th anniversary celebration at First Baptist Church in downtown Tulsa. Pruitt made a distinction between what he called the free exercise of religion and freedom of worship. People in China have the freedom to worship, he said, but the government licenses and oversees their churches. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .