News

Pages

Local & Regional
8:41 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Prisoners of Debt: Justice System Imposes Steep Fines, Fees

Darlene Lorenz
Credit Oklahoma Watch

Darlene Lorenz was released from prison seven years ago.

The Tulsa woman had spent a decade in the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud on various drug and firearms charges. Her conviction capped several years of run-ins with the law. Lorenz said she was arrested more than 80 times.

“It was crazy,” Lorenz said. “I was the world’s worst drug dealer.”

Read more
Local & Regional
8:29 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Legislature Begins with $300 Million Budget Hole Likely to Grow

Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With sliding oil prices expected to deepen a $300 million hole in next year's budget, Oklahoma lawmakers will have to be creative as they attempt to balance a growing list of demands for state resources with a dwindling amount of available revenue.

Oklahoma's legislative session begins Monday and Republican Gov. Mary Fallin will unveil her executive budget proposal as she delivers her State of the State Address to members of the GOP-controlled House and Senate.

Read more
Local & Regional
8:26 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Kingfisher County Deputy Shoots Suspected Drunken Driver

Credit KWGS Map

DOVER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says its agents are investigating the shooting and wounding of a suspected drunken driver in Dover.

The OSBI says 37-year-old Steven Andrew Smith of El Reno is recovering in an Oklahoma City hospital after being shot twice shortly before 6 p.m. Friday by the deputy.

The OSBI says Smith was stopped by Dover police about 5:45 p.m. Friday on Highway 81 and got out of his vehicle and pulled out a knife. The agency says Smith was shot after making "a threatening gesture" at the officers.

Read more
Local & Regional
6:31 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Another TU Basketball Win

Credit File Photo-TU Sports Information

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Rashad Smith scored 21 points, James Woodard added 16, including four 3-pointers, and Tulsa beat Southern Florida 78-71 in overtime Saturday.

The Golden Hurricane remain in first place in the American Athletic Conference.

Rashad Ray scored 13 points for Tulsa, and Shaquille Harrison and Brandon Swannegan scored 12 each.

Read more
What's New?
12:03 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

BusinessWorld Podcast (1/31/15)

pixabay.com

This week, BusinessWorld takes an alphabetical approach to the week's business news.  A is for Apple and Alibaba...two companies with stock prices that went in opposite directions.  B is for Big Data and the unexpected connections it's beginning to make that may reveal more about individuals than they are comfortable with.  And the latest problems between Greece and the European Union are brought to you by the letter E and G.

Read more
Local & Regional
9:51 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Attorney General Warning Oklahoma Residents of Phone Scam

Scott Pruitt
Credit AG Office

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has issued a scam warning after concerns were raised that someone may be calling residents claiming to be with Pruitt's office.

Complaints involve a caller falsely telling residents that they'll be arrested if money is not wired to the AG's office for various reasons, such as debt.

Read more
Local & Regional
9:46 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Gilcrease Museum Transfers Declaration of Independence Copy

Credit City of Tulsa/University of Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Gilcrease Museum has transferred its copy of the Declaration of Independence to a new home in the most secure section of the recently opened Helmerich Center for American Research.

The Tulsa World reports the nearly 240-year-old artifact —believed to be the only certified copy of the Declaration of Independence in existence —was moved Thursday.

The museum has been transferring more than 100,000 items that make up its archival collection to the center since it opened last September.

Read more
Local & Regional
9:42 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Indian Museum has Support; Disagreements Linger on Funding

The Indian Cultural Museum
Credit Indian Cultural Museum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Key legislators cannot agree on how Oklahoma should wrap up funding for a Native American museum being built near downtown Oklahoma City.

One Democratic leader wants the state to borrow the last $40 million needed to finish the $170 million American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, but another Democrat says that with Oklahoma facing a $300 million shortfall, the state cannot afford to borrow money.

The head of the Senate, a Republican, says that Senate support for borrowing money "is not great."

Read more
Local & Regional
9:36 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake Shakes Oklahoma Town of Cherokee

CHEROKEE, Okla. (AP) — A 4.0 magnitude earthquake has rattled the small town of Cherokee in northwest Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake was recorded about 8:24 a.m. Friday near the town.

No injuries or damage was reported.

The survey also recorded two earlier temblors in Oklahoma Friday — a 2.9 magnitude quake near the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond and a 2.6 magnitude quake near the town of Stillwater.

Read more
StudioTulsa
3:55 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

CA Mental Health Workers: On Strike...and at the Forefront of Certain Problems in U.S. Health Care

Aired on Friday, January 30th.

On this episode of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host Dr. John Schumann speaks with reporter April Dembosky, who covers health care issues and medical news for public-radio station KQED in San Francisco (and also for NPR, on occasion). Dembosky recently participated in a segment on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered that carried the headline "Calif.

Read more

Pages