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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.

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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.

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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.

Man Found Dead in Wreck at North Lewis Dead End

Sep 21, 2018
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A man is found dead in the back seat of a crashed car. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol believes the death happened before the crash.

69-year-old Raymond Gibson may have died of medial issues. The car crashed at 66thand North Lewis last night. The car kept going forward when the road dead-ends.

No information of the driver of the car has been released. It is unclear if Gibson was the driver or how he go to the back seat. 

Corrections Board Wants Overcrowding Solved

Sep 21, 2018
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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections wants more room at the inn. The state prison system was at 113% capacity yesterday. The Corrections Board approved two resolutions calling for the state to issue bond to update facilities and build a new prison.

The approvals, which came during the board’s September meeting at Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester, specifically authorize and direct Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh to:

 

Ryquell Armstead ran for 108 yards and a touchdown, the Temple defense scored on two of its five turnovers and the Owls beat Tulsa 31-17 on Thursday night in an American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Armstead scored his 22nd career touchdown, tying Anthony Anderson and Matt Brown for fourth on Temple's list, to make it 21-7 in the second quarter. Armstead, who needed just 30 yards to become the ninth Owl with 2,000 career rushing yards, reached the 100-yard mark for the third straight game.

Rainy Weekend Ahead; Flood Watch Issued

Sep 21, 2018

Showers and widely scattered thunderstorms are expected to become widespread across eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas this morning and early this afternoon as a cold front moves into the area from the north. This front and an approaching upper level disturbance will move into a very moist and slightly unstable air mass across the region, resulting in numerous showers and thunderstorms through tonight. Severe weather is unlikely with this activity, but locally heavy rainfall is expected.

In the local news:

  • A major cool down and heavy rain for Green Country.
  • Tulsa moves to make immigrants feel welcome.
  • Tulsa remembers Council Chair David Patrick

A report released Thursday recommends the state of Oklahoma — not the federal government — manage health care services for veterans the Department of Veterans Affairs can’t provide.

The report is the result of the two-year Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Project and recommended a three-year test period starting next October in which health care currently outsourced through the federal Veterans Choice Program is moved under state control.

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The City of Tulsa rolled out on Thursday the New Tulsans Welcoming Plan, a roadmap to make the community a better place for immigrants.

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Hundreds fill the Floral Haven Memorial Chapel to say goodbye to Tulsa City Councilor David Patrick. Patrick died suddenly last Friday. He had recently announced he would not run for re-election….and was planning retirement. Relatives, friends, government leaders, fire fighters, police officers, business associates, and others filled the Chapel to overflowing.

Big Cool Down with Lots of Rain Ahead

Sep 20, 2018
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Unseasonably hot temperatures combined with high humidity will result in heat index values approaching 100 degrees across much of eastern Oklahoma and west central Arkansas this afternoon. Widely scattered thunderstorms may develop in the terrain of far eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas late this afternoon into this evening. Severe weather is not expected with any activity that does develop but wind gusts to 50 mph and occasional lightning can be expected. Gusty southerly wind combined with the hot temperatures will raise the potential for rapid fire spread this afternoon.

New Tulsa Program to be Announced

Sep 20, 2018
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Christina da Silva, Community Development and Policy Director for the City of Tulsa and the New Tulsans Steering Committee, will present the New Tulsans Welcoming Plan to the community later today at the Martin Regional Library, 2601 S. Garnett Rd. in Tulsa.

 

The New Tulsans Welcoming Plan is a comprehensive roadmap to build a more equitable Tulsa while fostering connections between all immigrants, new Tulsans and long-term residents. 

 

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 The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is being sued for not doing enough to prevent a murder convict from hanging herself in her cell in 2016.

Amber Hilberling's estate filed the lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court in July. It says the department didn't take "any reasonable steps to prevent or address the conditions" that led to Hilberling's suicide at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud.

Flames Race Through Tulsa Apartment Complex

Sep 20, 2018
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A two-alarm fire engulfs the River Chase Apartments near 81stand Riverside. The blaze was reported about five yesterday afternoon.

Tulsa Fire fighter Andy Little says the blaze was easy to spot as the flames were through the roof when the first fire trucks rolled to the scene.

No residents were injured, however two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion. 16-apartment units were destroyed.

The cause of the fire s under investigation.

In the local news:

  • A 2-alarm fire guts a large section of Tulsa's River Chase Apartments.
  • The State Chamber wants medical marijuana laws clarified.
  • The estate of Amber Hilberling sues the Department of Corrections.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A swarm of thousands of bees sent a pair of Oklahoma City workers running for cover, and both were stung in the process.

The Oklahoman reports the city workers were cleaning up brush and trees Wednesday when the insects were disturbed.

Fire Department spokesman Capt. David Macy says one of the workers was stung about 15 times and the other just a few as they jumped into a truck. Macy says both workers were evaluated on scene and that their injuries didn't require a trip to the hospital.

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