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Oklahoma improved on an annual report card for state finances.

Truth In Accounting grades are based on taxpayers’ share of the state’s debt. Last year, Oklahomans’ was $5,100.

"We give people a 'D' if your per taxpayer burden is more than $5,000, and now you guys have jumped up to $2,900, which is in our 'C' category," said Truth In Accounting founder and CEO Sheila Weinberg.

It’s almost "Go Time!"

The Tulsa State Fair opens Thursday, and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office hopes to see fewer lost kids this year. Last year, TCSO reunited 133 kids with their families.  Sheriff Vic Regalado said sometimes kids and parents just get separated.

"Kids get excited at the fair. There’s no doubt. There’s rides, there’s food, there’s — you know, there’s everything that you could imagine that a child would get lost in, in excitement," Regalado said.

Conversion is Underway to Strong Beer and Wine

Sep 25, 2018
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Supermarkets are now stocking shelves with wine ahead of Monday’s change in Oklahoma liquor laws. Jeff Reasor is the CEO of the Reasor’s supermarket chain.

He is not worried about a customer trying to buy some wine before the change over date. He says if a customer takes strong beer or wine to the checkout stand, the product will not scan. He says the computers are set to not recognize the UPC bar code until Monday.

Strong beer will also be available at supermarkets. Reasor say coolers are ready for it to be stocked when it arrives. 

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Sonic and Inspire Brands, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Inspire will acquire Sonic for $43.50 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $2.3 billion including the assumption of Sonic’s net debt.

Inspire is a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 4,700 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Rusty Taco locations worldwide. Following the completion of the transaction, Sonic will be a privately-held subsidiary of Inspire and will continue to be operated as an independent brand.

Is the Tulsa Flag Design Back? Could Be!

Sep 25, 2018
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Remember the controversy over a new Tulsa flag? Well, that design is popping up all over town on T-shirts and printed material. 

The idea faded when the design got a lukewarm reception from the council.

Tulsa City Councilor Ben Kimbro wants to bring back the idea of making the design the official city flag. The city 

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The Democrat trying to capture the governor's seat in Oklahoma said Monday his government experience is a benefit, but he also quickly pointed out that it's been eight years since he's held office in the red state where a dozen incumbents have already lost primary elections this year.

In the local news:

  • The candidates for Governor discuss the issues.
  • Lawmakers consider reworking the teacher funding formula.
  • OSU opens a clinic to fight substance abuse.

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A new OSU Medicine clinic in Tulsa will focus on treating substance abuse disorders, especially addiction to prescription painkillers.

The OSU Addiction Medicine Clinic is located at treatment center 12 & 12 and is affiliated with the addiction treatment leader the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

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A Tulsa company is paying homage to two TPD officers involved in a pursuit that turned tragic.

A memorial plaque installed on the east wall of the Ross Group building at Second Street and Frankfort Avenue recognizes Tulsa Police Officers Steve Downie and Dick Hobson. Their pursuit of an armed robbery suspect the night of June 10, 1996, led them into what used to be an alley there.

Not Guilty Plea for Tulsa Mom

Sep 24, 2018
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A mother stands silent when a Tulsa Judge asks for her plea. Taheerah Admed is accused of stabbing one of her daughters multi-times, tying that daughter and another up and then setting the house on fire. 

She is accused of running away with a third daughter. That started a day long Amber Alert in Tulsa.

When she did not respond to the judge’s question, the judge entered a not guilty plea on her behalf. A trail date of next June has been place on the calendar.  

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Family members of a man who was fatally shot during an encounter with Tulsa police on Christmas Day have filed a lawsuit claiming an officer used excessive force.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Kimberly Flanagan, the mother of 31-year-old Jacob Craig, against the city and Officer Jairo Calle.

The Dec. 25, 2017, shooting was captured on another officer's body camera. In February, the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office cleared Calle of criminal liability.

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The University of Oklahoma's president says he's still finding inefficiencies and waste in the institution's finances.

University President James Gallogly tells the Tulsa World that he's concerned about the university's investments in student housing and residential colleges. He says low occupancy at new housing facilities is causing the university to lose money and consider rent subsidies.

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Oklahoma City school officials say a cyberattack has limited parental access to online student information.

District spokeswoman Beth Harrison told The Oklahoman that the attack on Infinite Campus has made it difficult to impossible for parents and guardians to access student information.

She said there has been no data breach and no student information has been taken since the attack began Sept. 17.

Harrison said Infinite Campus provides student information systems to schools nationwide and that its data centers are "frequently under attack."

Liquor Law Changes One Week Away

Sep 24, 2018
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We are exactly one week away from the voter approved changes in Oklahoma Liquor Laws taking affect. 

Already, you are able to buy some strong domestic brands that you could not get in Oklahoma before. But, you will have to go to a liquor store and that product will be warm until next week. 

In the past, many of the domestic brands only sold low-point beer in Oklahoma. But now they are already stocking the new stronger beer

 

 

It's apt that a maze cut into an Oklahoma cornfield featuring the likeness of a former NASA astronaut can be seen from space — and has been photographed by a satellite orbiting Earth.

The image of Oklahoma-born Thomas P. Stafford is cut into a 10-acre field at P Bar Farmsin Hydro, about 60 miles west of Oklahoma City.

The maze was created in partnership with the Stafford Air and Space Museum, named for the astronaut, in nearby Weatherford.

A satellite photographed the tribute from its orbit 400 miles away.

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is urging Oklahoma teachers to vote for candidates who support public education and are willing to increase the state's education budget.

Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who is considering running for president in 2020, spoke to rallying teachers Saturday at her alma mater, Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City. More than 50 Oklahoma teachers are candidates for legislative seats on Nov. 6.

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Hundreds of Oklahoma National Guard soldiers are returning home after deploying to Afghanistan for almost one year.

The Guard says 350 members of the 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment will return to Oklahoma on Tuesday. The unit deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, in late 2017.

Officials say the unit was part of the Kabul Security Force, a NATO-led mission created to train, advise and assist local defense forces. They were also part of a U.S.-led operation to train Afghan Army and police units to defend their nation.

New Fire Station Dedicated At Sand Springs

Sep 24, 2018
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Progress as promised over in Sand Springs.

The new fire station number two is dedicated at Prattville over the weekend. The new station cost about $ 1-point-7 million.  It was paid for with Sand Springs Vision Tax dollars.

It replaces an aging station in the same area on 41st Street near 113th West.

In the local news:

  • The change over under Oklahoma's evolving liquor laws is one week away.
  • A new fire station is dedicated at Sand Springs.
  • A motorcycle wreck takes a life on a Tulsa expressway.

Clouds Remain with More Rain in the Week Ahead

Sep 23, 2018
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A cold front will move across the area late Tuesday into early Wednesday bringing a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Another frontal system will approach the area Friday before stalling, and this front will bring another chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Band Robbed on Tour Bus in Tulsa

Sep 23, 2018
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A musical band is robbed in east Tulsa while sitting in the tour bus. It happened early this morning at the Plaza Santa Cecilia near 21st and South Garnett.

Tulsa Police report three men entered the bus with guns drawn. They took wallets and cash from the band members and then fled.

It is unknown how much money was taken.

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Strong storms that dumped record-breaking rain in southern Oklahoma has moved into Arkansas where flash flood watches are in effect for much of the state until Sunday.

No injuries or significant damage have been reported.

Meteorologist Forrest Mitchell with the National Weather Service in Norman said more than 16 inches of rain had fallen by noon Saturday at a station in Fittstown in south-central Oklahoma, the most recorded since the Oklahoma Climatological Survey's Mesonet was established in the 1990s.

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A former Tulsa County sheriff's major who says he was made a scapegoat in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white volunteer deputy has dropped his lawsuit against the former sheriff.

Court documents first reported by the Tulsa World show the lawsuit by Tom Huckaby was dismissed Sept. 5 without prejudice, meaning it could be refiled.

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It might be strange for longtime college football fans to imagine that Oklahoma's roster is almost completely unfamiliar with the triple option offense. The Sooners ran it out of the wishbone formation to win national championships in 1974, 1975 and 1985 under coach Barry Switzer. It's rarely seen today. That made Army's offense difficult to simulate in practice as the fifth-ranked Sooners prepared to host the Black Knights.

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Lots of Water Across the State

Sep 22, 2018
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Heavy, in some cases record-breaking rains have unleashed flash floods across parts of central and southern Oklahoma and northern Texas. The 12.44 inches of rain registered between 6 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Friday in Fittstown, Oklahoma, about 75 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, was the most recorded in the 25 years since Oklahoma Climatological Survey's Mesonet was established. The total also ranked second in Oklahoma weather records dating to 1890.

Over 4 inches of rain fell in Bixby and in Wagoner.

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Grammy winner Jack White is helping preserve a piece of 1980s movie history.

Management for the former White Stripes singer confirmed Friday he donated $30,000 to help restore a house in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that was featured in "The Outsiders."

Danny O'Connor is leading an effort to turn the house into a museum about the Francis Ford Coppola film that's based on S.E. Hinton's 1967 novel of the same name. O'Connor tells reporters White's donation helped meet a $75,000 fundraising goal.

University of Tulsa

Green Country higher education leaders are coming together to help students transition from community college to four-year schools.

Officials from Tulsa Community College, Oklahoma State University, the University of Tulsa, Northeastern State, Rogers State and Langston University met for the first time Friday for the Tulsa Transfer Project, a two-year process to improve the transfer process.

NSU Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Pamela Fly said their goal is to keep attracting transfer students and to make them successful.

Oklahoma Tourism

Tulsa’s visitors bureau has some more information to go on as it tries to draw more tourists to the city.

Oxford Economics branch Tourism Economics found 9.1 million people visited Tulsa in 2017.

"That’s a big number. I think a lot of people would think it was smaller than that. I think everybody appreciates tourism, but I think when you put it into numbers that show you the benefit that we get from visitors, that all of a sudden kind of makes it real," said VisitTulsa President Ray Hoyt.

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Broken Arrow homeowners putting in a new storm shelter could get a rebate of up to $2,000.

There are a few criteria to apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency rebate offered through the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.

"They have to be the homeowner. They must not currently have a storm shelter in place, and they can’t live within the floodplain," said City of Broken Arrow Emergency Management Director Jamie Ott.

The storm shelter also has to be at an applicant's primary residence.

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A former U.S. attorney from Oklahoma has kept his lobbying contract with a health care nonprofit that's under federal investigation for alleged corruption linked to several Arkansas lawmakers.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that federal prosecutors have alleged in court filings that nonprofit Preferred Family Healthcare concealed its lobbying expenses and spent more money than permitted. The Missouri-based nonprofit was formerly known as Alternative Opportunities.

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