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Macy's To Revamp Tulsa Store

Aug 30, 2018
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Tulsa’s Macy’s store will undergo a change.

The Woodland Hills Mall store will be part regular Macy’s and part Macy’s Backstage. That is the name of Macy’s fashion outlet.

The company says the change begins September 15th.

In the local news:

  • Gentner Drummond bows out of AG race.
  • Democrat Drew Edmondson says he is ready for a hard fought gubernatorial campaign.
  • The Osage Nation opens is expanded casino north of downtown.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Organizers of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon say they are changing the race's course to reflect development of new public projects and help unify the city.

Race officials said Wednesday the 18-year-old marathon has outgrown its traditional space and will expand the race and its finish line south of the downtown area to reflect development of a new streetcar system and a downtown park.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions and 40-year prison sentence of a former Oklahoma missionary convicted of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday handed down the decision to 24-year-old Matthew Durham, who was found guilty in 2015 of four counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. The same jury cleared Durham of accusations he planned to abuse the children before leaving the United States.

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POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — The future of an independent coal-fired electricity generator and its about 100 employees in eastern Oklahoma is looking bleak in the face of cheaper power.

The AES Shady Point plant in Le Flore County could close as soon as January.

Vice President Lundy Kiger said Tuesday that closing may be the 360-megawatt plant's only option after being notified this month that Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. won't proceed with another extension of its long-running power purchase agreement with AES Shady Point.

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An announcement Wednesday afternoon by Gentner Drummond put to an end an incredibly close runoff election for the Republican nomination for Oklahoma attorney general.

"After considering whether to seek a recount and researching what that would entail, I’ve decided that instead, we would concede the election today in an effort to bring unity to the Republican party," Drummond said at a news conference at the Tulsa Press Club. "The upcoming elections are critically important to the future of Oklahoma, and a statewide recount would simply serve as a prolonging distraction."

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The Osage Nation’s new Tulsa casino and hotel is open for business.

The 247,000-square foot property north of downtown Tulsa includes 141 hotel rooms, event space, a pool and a full-service brewery. Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear said the $160 million investment is well worth it.

"This is where we derive our revenue for our programs to serve our elderly, our youth, our language retention, and just about every aspect of our government, these casino funds have some impact," Standing Bear said.

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A white Oklahoma law officer who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man says a "critical incident" class that she's been criticized for teaching isn't just about officer-involved shootings.

Betty Shelby, a Rogers County sheriff's deputy, told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday that the class touches on any critical incident an officer might face, including seeing a dead child.

Warning About 2nd Hand Marijuana Smoke

Aug 29, 2018

We have heard the dangers of breathing second hand tobacco smoke. University of Oklahoma Doctor Bob McCaffree says the medical marijuana is no different.                 

Doctor McCafree was speaking before the legislature’s ‘Medical Marijuana Working Committee”. The committee is looking a fine tune the pot regulations.

He told the committee, marijuana’s THC can be transferred from one person to another by second hand smoke.

AG Race Could Go to a Recount

Aug 29, 2018
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A bruising Republican primary runoff in the race to become Oklahoma's next attorney general was too close to call Tuesday night.

With nearly all votes counted late Tuesday, unofficial results show Attorney General Mike Hunter leading Tulsa attorney Gentner Drummond by fewer than 300 votes.

Tuesday's primary runoff comes after a campaign that included a series of heated attack ads by both candidates

  •  A quick correction: In this cast we state Cyndi Byrd has won the state auditor's race. While it is true no Democrat filed for the post. There is a Libertarian. The race will be decided in November. Our mistake.

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Six more incumbent Republican state House members in Oklahoma lost their jobs Tuesday, and all six voted against a tax hike used to fund a teacher pay raise.

The tax hike on fuel, cigarettes and energy production was used to pay for an average teacher pay raise of $6,100 annually, the first salary increase in a decade. But 19 House Republicans voted against it, and many of them are paying for it at the ballot box.

Municipal Results

Aug 28, 2018

Tulsa City Council:

District #-1 Vanessa Hall Harper/Re-elected.

District #-2 Crista Patrick and Justin Rolph in November run-off.

District #-4 Daniel Regan and Kara McKee in November run-off.

District #-5 Ty Walker and Cass Fahler in November run-off.

District #-6 Connie Dodson/Re-elected.

District #-9 Ben Kimbro/Re-elected.

Tulsa District Attorney

Incumbent Steve Kunzweiler advances to November General Election.

Tulsa County Assessor

John Wright/Elected.

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A Tulsa fast-food restaurateur has won the Republican nomination in the race for the open U.S. House seat in Tulsa.

Kevin Hern defeated longtime Tulsa prosecutor Tim Harris in Tuesday's GOP primary runoff to advance to the November ballot in the race for the state's only open congressional seat. Hern will face Democratic nominee Tim Gilpin in November.

The seat was previously held by U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a Republican tapped by President Donald Trump to be administrator of NASA.

Broken Arrow Bonds Approved

Aug 28, 2018
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Broken Arrow voters approved all six propositions for the 2018 Build Our Future BA General Obligation (GO) Bond on Tuesday, Aug. 28.  This is the largest municipal bond package in the history of the City of Broken Arrow.

 

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Tulsa mortgage company owner Kevin Stitt, who criticized his opponent as being inadequately supportive of President Trump, won the Republican nomination Tuesday in the race to become Oklahoma's next governor.

  The 45-year-old owner of Gateway Mortgage Group defeated former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and advanced to face Democrat Drew Edmondson and Libertarian Chris Powell in November.

"Let's celebrate this victory tonight, because tomorrow we get back to work," Stitt told supporters at a watch party at his company headquarters.

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What do comprehensive health care reform, infrastructure and immigration have in common?

"All these issues are important to my constituents. They’re important to you. They’re important to your neighbors. But they will not be addressed in the approximately four months and a few days left in this session of Congress," Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas said at a Tulsa Regional Chamber forum.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The race for the GOP nomination in Oklahoma's race for governor could hinge less on experience and ideology, and more on the state's geography and the candidates' allegiance to President Donald Trump.

In a race that has grown increasingly testy in recent weeks, longtime Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, 60, and Gateway Mortgage Company founder Kevin Stitt, 45, have touted their conservative credentials as they seek to replace term-limited GOP Gov. Mary Fallin.

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At a Gathering Place for Tulsa, you’ll be able to play basketball, volleyball, street hockey or street soccer with a view of the Arkansas River.

Park Director Tony Moore said he looks forward to five lighted courts marked for those sports getting a good workout.

"There’s a challenge from a physical point of view in getting kids out playing sports and not on the couch all the time with electronic devices. And so, we wanted to have a very cool way engage kids in an athletic and a health and wellness manner," Moore said.

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The former CEO of an Oklahoma ambulance service has agreed to pay tens of thousands of dollars to settle a civil kickback case.

The U.S. Justice Department revealed Monday that Stephen Williamson will pay an $80,000 settlement.

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Apparently they do smoke marijuana at Muskogee. Medical marijuana that is.

The city council there backed off a plan to charge a growers fee after residents complained. Protesters spoke out at last night's Muskogee City Council meeting.

The council had been considering a $50 fee for those wanting to grow their own medical marijuana. After hearing from citizens, the council eliminated that portion of the city ordinance. 

In the local news:

  • Election day is here.
  • A major blaze guts a section of downtown Locust Grove.
  • Protesters are upset with the Tulsa Sheriff's Office's choice to teach a training class.

Major Blaze Guts Section of Locust Grove

Aug 28, 2018
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A popular café in Locust Grove is among the buildings destroyed in a major blaze. The fire started in a vacant building and then spread along the downtown area. 

The fire was reported about 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon. It spread very quickly through the old buildings. D.J's Diner was gutted by the blaze. 

No injuries were reported. Witnesses say they heard an explosion just before the fire.

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The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is drawing protests for a training class it's sponsoring to be taught by a white former police officer acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man.

Betty Shelby resigned from the Tulsa Police Department after her acquittal last year in the 2016 shooting of Terence Crutcher. Now a patrol officer for the Rogers County Sherriff's Office, Shelby will teach a "critical incident" class Tuesday for the Tulsa County sheriff.

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The race for the GOP nomination to replace Oklahoma's term-limited Gov. Mary Fallin tops this week's unusually high number of primary runoff elections.

Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa mortgage company owner Kevin Stitt are pitching their case to Republican voters heading into Tuesday's vote, as are candidates for several other statewide and congressional offices.

Oklahoma's Medical Marijuana Working Group is now accepting public comments through email.

The legislative group heard public comments for the first time at its regular meeting last Wednesday. Nearly two dozen Oklahomans signed up to speak after two doctors presented to the board.

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The Federal Transit Administration has awarded the Cherokee Nation $1.3 million through its Low- or No-Emission Grant Program.

The funding will cover 90 percent of the cost for two new buses — and not just any buses.

"Electric buses that will run from Tahlequah to Catoosa and from Stilwell to West Siloam Springs," said Cherokee Nation Secretary of Natural Resources Sara Hill. "And it will include not only the two electric buses but also infrastructure at all four locations. So, we’ll be able to build some infrastructure to charge the buses."

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Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas hopes President Trump’s reported trade agreement with Mexico will be the first domino in a chain of renegotiations.

Trump announced the U.S. Mexico Free Trade Agreement Monday,  indicating separate deals with Mexico and Canada would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Lucas thinks the deal will push along negotiations with Canada, Europe and Pacific Rim nations.

Crowd Protests Betty Shelby Lecture

Aug 27, 2018
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Protesters gather at the Tulsa Courthouse Plaza. They are there to protest a scheduled lecture by former Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby. The white Shelby is the officer accused of killing an unarmed black man, Terence Crutcher  in September of 2016 in north Tulsa. 

She was acquitted of the crime in a racially charged trial. She left the Tulsa Police Department and is now a Reserve Deputy with Rogers County.

She is scheduled to teach a seminar to Tulsa County Deputies on how to ‘Survive the aftermath of a critical incident’.

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