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Authorities in eastern Oklahoma are searching for a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a woman.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says troopers launched an investigation about 8:30 a.m. Monday after the victim's body was discovered near a park in Pocola, near the border with Arkansas. The victim was not immediately identified.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma voters head to the polls tomorrow.
  • A Tulsa man drowns at Fort Gibson Lake.
  • The Tulsa School Board has an opening.

One Last Day of Campaigning

Aug 27, 2018
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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.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a trooper has been injured following an early-morning shootout with a suspect who has been taken into custody.

Highway Patrol Capt. Stan Walker says Trooper Austin Ellis was "doing fine" at an Oklahoma City hospital following Sunday's shooting. Officials say the trooper's vest stopped the bullet but he may have suffered a possible broken rib.

Murder Trial on This Week's Docket

Aug 27, 2018
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The First-Degree murder trail of Jerry Newman is set to begin today in Tulsa County District Court.

He is accused of stealing an Oklahoma Natural Gas truck and crashing it head on into an oncoming car on Highway 75 in North Tulsa. That other driver was killed. 

The wreck happened back in May of 2017.

School Board Hopes to Fill Vacancy Soon

Aug 27, 2018
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The Tulsa School board is looking for someone to fill the board seat of Amy Shelton. 

She resigned earlier this month from the District 2 seat. The board will take applications through Thursday.

District 2 includes Rogers and Washington High Schools.

Tulsa Man Drowns Near Wagoner

Aug 27, 2018
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The body of a Tulsa man is pulled from the waters of Fort Gibson Lake.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 29-year-old Robert Golden was trying to swim across a cove at the Sequoyah State Park, east of Wagner, when he went under yesterday afternoon.

The Patrol says the drowning was at the Cherokee Landing area of the park. 

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad is called to the Grand Lake resort area of Monkey Island. A device, resembling a pipe bomb, was found at a town home at ‘The Reserve’.

The homeowner was inspecting the property when he found the device about 6 p.m. on Saturday. Delaware County authorities say the owner had recently evicted a tenant from the property.

Nearby homes were evacuated as the Highway Patrol removed the device. It is not clear if it was an actual working explosive or a device designed to look like one.

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A man is dead after being struck by a car in north Tulsa. It happened overnight near Sheridan Road and I-244.

The Tulsa Police Department says the man was riding a bicycle and pulled a lawn mower when he was struck. Police say the 54-year-old was dead at the scene.

No names have been released and charges are not expected.

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Texas lawmakers say their efforts to reduce prison sizes and costs offer lessons for Oklahoma, where corrections officials are seeking hundreds of millions of dollars to build new ones.

Texas built $2 billion in prisons between 1989 and 1996, but a budget crunch helped launch bipartisan criminal justice reform measures in 2007. Those have allowed the state to close eight prisons in the past seven years and dramatically reduce incarceration costs.

Rather than spend more than $500 million on new prisons, Texas spent half that on treatment and diversion programs.

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More than 1,600 people and businesses applied for Oklahoma medical marijuana licenses on the first day that applications were made available.

The online application system went live at 10 a.m. Saturday for all potential medical marijuana patients, businesses and caregivers.

Oklahoma State Department of Health spokesman Tony Sellars said that by Saturday evening, the agency had received 1,054 patient, 634 business and three caregiver applications.

Sellars also said the state collected $1.5 million in application fees on Saturday.

Steamy Weekend Ahead

Aug 25, 2018
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Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue this morning across portions of northeast Oklahoma, mainly north of I-44. Gusty winds, brief heavy rain and dangerous lightning will be likely in the stronger thunderstorms. A few additional storms could redevelop across these same areas this afternoon, although coverage should remain fairly isolated. Hot and humid conditions will develop this afternoon with highs in the lower to mid 90s. Heat indices in the 103 to 108 degree range is expected across portions of eastern Oklahoma and west-central Arkansas.

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller is crediting sound investments and a bull market for nearly $65 million in certified earnings this year from the state's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.

Miller announced the earnings on Friday from the endowment, which contained more than $1.2 billion at the end of June. The endowment was constitutionally protected by voters in 2000 under a state question that allowed earnings to be used to prevent and reduce tobacco use and promote health issues.

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The Tulsa police officer acquitted in the killing of an unarmed black man in 2016 is coming back to the city.

Betty Shelby is teaching a law enforcement class on surviving a critical incident on Tuesday, hosted by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. The training will count toward Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training requirements.

We The People Oklahoma’s Marq Lewis said given Shelby’s history, someone else should teach the course.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma education officials have approved plans for a charter school with a core mission of serving indigenous students.

The approval Thursday by the state Board of Education came just months after the Oklahoma City Public Schools board denied the application over questions regarding budget and leadership.

The approval gives the Sovereign Community School permission to open in 2019, creating a public charter school that plans to eventually serve 500 mostly Native American students through culturally sensitive curriculum and other support services.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Education has approved a record number of emergency certificates for non-traditionally trained teachers.

The board approved 916 certificates at Thursday's board meeting, increasing the total number of certificates approved for the 2018-19 school year to 2,153.

Joy Hofmeister is the state's superintendent of public instruction. She says the state is "now experiencing the full weight" of the teacher shortage.

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One of the Cherokee Nation’s first immersion school graduates told U.S. Senators this week funding to help preserve Native languages must be a priority.

Lauren Hummingbird testified before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Hummingbird said the Cherokee immersion program is helping bridge the gap between elders and younger generations, preserving the tribe’s culture.

"I would do anything for my culture and my people, and I know that learning my language is one of the most important things to them," Hummingbird said.

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An Edmond man has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of a 6-year-old boy in a wrong way collision in 2015.

Court records show 48-year-old Kelly Waldon Corn was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in March to second-degree murder, driving under the influence, possession of methamphetamines and other charges.

Prosecutors say Corn had meth and pain killers in his system at the time of the Easter Sunday crash on the Kilpatrick Turnpike that killed Saxton Watley.

In the local news:

  • New police and fire fighters are being hired under the Vision Public Safety Tax.
  • A lawsuit is filed over the termination of the director at the Oklahoma Aquarium.
  • A Tulsa teen is shot while she is riding in a car.

Lawsuit Filed Over Aquarium Termination

Aug 24, 2018
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The former head of the Oklahoma Aquarium at Jenks is going to court. Teri Bowers is suing Jenks for wrongful termination.

In the federal suit, she claims the City manager over stepped his authority when she was dismissed.

Bowers was fired in November of last year.  Bowers joined the aquarium in 2007. Prior to that she was a TV host. 

Tulsa Teen Shot While Riding in a Car Near TU

Aug 24, 2018
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Tulsa Police are looking into an overnight shooting that has left a teenaged girl hospitalized.

A 17 year-old girl was shot in the hip while riding in a car around midnight at 3rdand South Lewis.  Police say someone in another vehicle pulled along side and started firing.

The girl was rushed to the hospital. She is expected to recover.

Police say they have a good discription of the other car.

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A southern Oklahoma mayoral candidate has been charged with embezzling more than $2,000.

The Lawton Constitution reports that Palmer Lee Moore Jr. was charged Wednesday with felony embezzlement. He's been released on $2,500 bond and will appear in court Oct. 22.

Moore is accused of stealing a bank deposit bag with $2,246 in cash while working at Family Dollar in Lawton June 22. Moore reported the theft to police that day, but Family Dollar manager Michael Schmidt alleges it was staged.

Since 2017, the Tulsa Police Department has hired 70 officers with public safety tax funding, while the Tulsa Fire Department has hired 65 firefighters.

Overall, TPD’s number of sworn officers has increased from 741 to 795 during that period. Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish said that will help the department get away from running officers from call to call with little time to visibly patrol in the community.

In a televised debate Wednesday night, Republican gubernatorial candidates Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt agreed on a few points but continued trying to paint the other as unsuited for the office.

Stitt repeatedly said Oklahomans need "an outsider" to fix state government, while Cornett said his experience in local government makes him the better choice.

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The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the continued construction of wind-power generating stations is bringing down both the cost of building the installations and the price for wind-generated electricity.

The report released Thursday shows Texas leads the nation with 22 gigawatts of wind capacity, followed by Oklahoma, Iowa, California and Kansas with each at more than 5,000 megawatts.

A gigawatt is 1 billion watts of power, a megawatt is 1 million watts.

The report says wind energy provided 6.3 percent of the nation's electricity supply in 2017

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Authorities say four missing Arkansas children have been found in Oklahoma and the mother of the four was arrested.

Inspector Cory Thomas with the Western Arkansas Fugitive Task Force says the 1- to 7-year-old children were Thursday at an apartment complex in Owasso, Oklahoma.

The children's mother — 29-year-old Lacee Pattengill — was arrested on a felony warrant of interference with custody.

Thomas said Pattengill fled the Bentonville area with the children the paternal grandparents were awarded temporary emergency custody earlier this month.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma's teacher shortage continues despite pay raise.
  • The Double Tree Warren Place is evacuated.
  • Gasoline prices increase in Tulsa

 

Federal authorities say a leader and a member of a prison-based "whites only" gang have pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Louisiana, to being accessories after the fact in a 2016 slaying.

A U.S. Justice Department news release says 38-year-old Aryan Circle leader, David Wayne Williams of Sulphur, Louisiana, pleaded guilty Tuesday; Forty-three-year-old Leland Hamm of Tulsa, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Gas Prices Jump in Tulsa

Aug 23, 2018
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Gasoline is costing you more this morning at some Tulsa area service stations. Pump prices jumped the price of regular unleaded to $2.59 per gallon. 

This is after the price of oil shot-up over a dollar a barrel yesterday. It is trading for near $68 a barrel today. 

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The former top lawyer at the Oklahoma State Department of Health has made her first court appearance, at which a judge entered "not guilty" pleas on her behalf to sending threatening emails to herself.

The Oklahoman reports Julie Ezell was arraigned Wednesday before Special Judge Kevin McCray in Oklahoma City on felony charges of preparing false evidence and a computer crime. She also is charged with making a false report of a crime, a misdemeanor.

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