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Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An abortion-rights group says billboard along busy interstates in the Oklahoma City area that say God and people of faith support women who have had abortions are supported by two Jewish rabbis and ministers of several non-denominational churches.

The Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice says the messages went up Monday. Spokeswoman Emma Newberry-Davis says the billboards will be up for a month and weren't timed to correspond with any political activity, but noted they coincide with confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Oklahoma is trying to get more people into work-based learning like apprenticeships, and an interim study reviewed aspects of that work.

The "Earn and Learn Oklahoma" program targets low-income residents and out-of-school youth for training and connection to apprenticeships and internships.

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The State Chamber of Oklahoma gave lawmakers a list of concerns Wednesday about medical marijuana in the workplace.

Members of the Medical Marijuana Working Group asked Chamber President and CEO Fred Morgan about a potential special session.

"If we could delay implementation, it will give this committee and the legislature time to be able to put this regulatory scheme in place. If not, we would like to see the legislature move as quickly as possible to address the concerns we’ve raised," Morgan said.

Child Hit By Car on Way to South Tulsa School

Sep 19, 2018
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An elementary student is doing fine following an encounter with a car this morning in south Tulsa.

Police say the young boy darted across the street in front of an on coming car when he was struck. The car was traveling less than 10-miles an hour.

This happened as the school day was beginning today at the Jarman Elementary School. The schools is in a neighborhood  west of 75th and South Mingo.

Jarman is in the Union School District.

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A Tulsa toddler is safe after the car he was in was stolen this morning. The mother had stopped at a  daycare near 71st and South Yale to drop off her nine-month old, leaving a two year-old in the car. When she came out of the daycare; the car and kid were gone.

The car was found a few blocks away at an apartment complex on 71st Street. The young boy was still strapped in his car seat.

Tulsa Police say the child was fine. 

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An Oklahoma City man has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for a child pornography charge and for falsely reporting to authorities that his ex-wife wanted to blow up a county courthouse.

Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Robert Shane Apgar was sentenced Tuesday to 235 months in prison after pleading guilty to the charges last year. Prosecutors say he'll also be required to register as a sex offender.

City of Broken Arrow

The Broken Arrow City Council moves forward with a plan to levy a $2,500 fee on medical marijuana dispensaries. That would be the same dollar amount charged to liquor stores.

Acting Broken Arrow City Attorney Trevor Dennis told the B.A. Council last night that this a common sense ordinance. However, he does expect legal challenges to the ordinance. 

The ordinance also sets up zoning requires for growers. The medical marijuana must be grown in an industrial area.

In the local news:

  •  Broken Arrow will charge medical marijuana dispensaries an annual $2,500 fee.
  • Tulsa celebrates the 918.
  • Fake drugs kill one person and leave another hospitalized in Oklahoma.

Tulsa Police say after a more than yearlong investigation, they’ve found the man responsible for the April 2017 murder of 43-year-old Amy Robertson.

Deputy Chief Dennis Larsen said detectives presented their findings to the district attorney today.

"They found sufficient probable cause to believe the suspect, Dennis John Kurtz — a.k.a Dennis Vargas – committed the crimes of first-degree rape and first-degree murder, and a felony warrant was issued for his arrest in the homicide of Amy Robertson," Larsen said.

Mumps Confirmed At OU

Sep 18, 2018
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Just when you think all the childhood diseases are gone, they make a comeback.

Three cases of Mumps have been confirmed at the University of Oklahoma. Mumps are a painful swelling of the neck glands. It is also accompanied by a severe headache. Mumps was a major childhood disease in the 1960s.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristi Bradley says there is not much you can do if you get the mumps. She suggests rest a home. The Mumps are highly contagious 

There is a preventative vaccine, but some parents have opted out and it is not always available in foriegn countries. 

Today is Tulsa’s inaugural 918 Day.

Events started early with a scavenger hunt on Saturday, and the citywide celebration of all things Tulsa includes special deals at businesses today and a Tulsa Public Schools arts competition.

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Oklahoma is seeing a shortage of beer as convenience and grocery stores move toward switching to stronger beer in October.

Stores are balancing the arrival of new beer products with the need to clear their shelves of 3.2 percent beer while meeting demand. Retailers are trying to sell as much of the 3.2 product they have on hand because distributors won't buy them back.

QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh says the company anticipated a shortage after distributors informed them they wouldn't bring additional 3.2 percent beer starting Sept. 1.

Dangerous Tiny Pill Hits Oklahoma Streets

Sep 18, 2018
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The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration  are working to identify the source of a deadly counterfeit prescription drug. OBN Spokesman Mark Woodward says in recent weeks, one person has died and another victim was hospitalized after purchasing the drug on the streets. 

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Blue Cross Oklahoma Gets New President

Sep 18, 2018

 

 

Dr. Joseph R. Cunningham, M.D., has been selected as the incoming president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, effective Oct. 1.  Dr. Cunningham will replace current BCBSOK President Ted Haynes who will retire on Jan. 1, 2019, after a 20-year tenure with Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Oklahoma and Texas.  

 

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The Broken Arrow City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting will consider adopting two ordinances that designate permissible zoning areas and licensing requirements for medical marijuana dispensaries, commercial growers and marijuana processors operating in the City of Broken Arrow. The City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Sept 18, begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 220 S. First Street.

 

Tulsa School Board Tabs Wester to Fill Void

Sep 18, 2018
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Jania Wester is the newest member of the Tulsa School Board.

She was appointed last night to the unexpired term of Amy Shelton.  Shleton resigned to spend more time with her family.

Wester is the former principal at the Zarrow International School.

Councilor Patrick Service Set

Sep 18, 2018
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Long time District Three  Tulsa City Councilor David Patrick’s Memorial Service is set.

Patrick, who was the current Council Chair died unexpectedly on Friday.

The service will be Thursday at the Floral Haven Cemetary. It starts at 10 a.m.

In the local news:

  • The ABLE Commission discusses liquor law changes.
  • An Owasso student is arrested after brining  a loaded gun to school.
  • Jania Wester is appointed to the Tulsa School Board.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials are distributing about $1.4 million appropriated to improve the Illinois River more than a decade ago to applicants who want to implement practices to keep the river clean.

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission will give the funding to the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, a nonprofit in Cave Springs dedicated to improving the river's water quality.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma candidates have spent $33 million running for state offices so far in this election cycle, with nearly half of the money going toward the governor's race.

About $2 million of the total has flowed through outside groups, and most of that money has been designated for the Republican races for governor and attorney general, the Oklahoman reported. Candidates are seeking money from individual donors and special interest groups, but in many cases are also tapping their own bank accounts.

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Sweeping changes to Oklahoma’s liquor laws are just two weeks away, and the Alcoholic Beverage Law Enforcement Commission is trying to tell sellers what to expect.

Dozens of current and potential future alcohol vendors, from bar owners to grocers, got the scoop Monday on liquor law changes at a forum in Tulsa. There is still some confusion about what will be allowed under the new laws.

A state task force is creating a resource handbook to help Oklahoma’s parents and teachers help kids with dyslexia.

Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma founder Michelle Keiper said it’s not too difficult to identify kids with some reading difficulties.

"But we don’t really know much about dyslexia. Our teachers will say, 'I didn’t learn anything about that. I haven’t had any professional development in that. I really don’t know what that is,'" Keiper said.

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A former Republican state senator in Oklahoma has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on a child sex trafficking charge.

Ralph Shortey was sentenced Monday in federal court in Oklahoma City. He had faced a sentence of up to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Loaded Gun Found on Owasso School Campus

Sep 17, 2018
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A loaded handgun is found in a student’s backpack at the Owasso High School early Monday morning. Another student told a guidance counselor they had seen, what appeared to be a gun, in the other student’s bag.

School Resource officers contacted the student who admitted to having the gun on school property. The weapon was then confiscated by law enforcement. 

In the local news:

  • Despite increasing student loan debt, a state officials says Oklahoma is still a higher education bargain.
  • The PAC would like your input.
  • Game Wardens make a huge illegal marijuana harvest.

Student/College Debt Increases

Sep 17, 2018
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The high cost of higher education keeps on getting higher!

Nationally, student loan debt is at $1.52 Trillion.  Tuition has increased in Oklahoma less than 5% per year.

Oklahoma Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson says despite that fact, Oklahoma is still relatively cheap. He says other states have been forced to increase college tuition over 25-percent.

The average student debt upon graduation in Oklahoma is just over $26,000.

Pot Found Growing In State Wildlife Area

Sep 17, 2018
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Oklahoma Game Wardens uproot illegal marijuana grow site in northeast Oklahoma. 

Game Wardens were contacted by a hunter about a marijuana grow site on the 14,000-acre Spavinaw Wildlife Management Area while scouting for the upcoming deer season. The Spavinaw WMA is located in western Deleware Co. and eastern Mayes Co. which is southwest of the Jay, Ok. Game Wardens Monte Reid, Kody Moore and Cody Morris  spent the morning pulling the illegal plants. 

If you have any information regarding this we urge you to contact our operation game thief hotline (800)522-8039 

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An Oklahoma oil company owner is facing up to 250 years in prison after being convicted of defrauding investors in his company.

Federal court records show 52-year-old Wieck Oil Company owner Kevin Wieck of Cromwell was convicted Friday on 10 counts of wire fraud and five counts of money laundering in the case.

Wieck had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

PAC Wants to Hear From You

Sep 17, 2018
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The Tulsa Performing Arts Center will like to hear from you.

With Vision-Tax dollars in hand, the PAC would like a make-over. The 41-year-old center is asking for your input on ways to enhance the center.

The public meeting starts tonight at 6 at the PAC's Williams Theatre.

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