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8:41 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Highway Patrol: Trooper Kills Armed Motorist after Chase

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MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a trooper shot and killed a motorist who got out of his car holding a handgun after a brief chase.

Captain Paul Timmons said Saturday that the shooting happened late Friday near Miami, Oklahoma. He declined to identify the suspect or the trooper, who was placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, per policy.

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8:39 am
Sun April 26, 2015

2009 Memo Describes Concerns about Reserve Deputy

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A law enforcement report shows several members of an Oklahoma sheriff's department raised serious concerns years ago about the performance and training of a volunteer deputy now charged in the fatal shooting of a restrained suspect.

Lawyers for Eric Harris' family on Friday released a Tulsa County Sheriff's Office memo outlining an investigation into Robert Bates.

Bates says he confused his handgun for his stun gun during an April 2nd sting and has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in Harris' death.

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Local & Regional
8:37 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Oklahoma Authorities Recover Body of Second Missing Boater

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EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of a second boater who went missing on Lake Eufaula a week ago has been recovered.

Authorities found the body of 41-year-old Sean McDonald late Friday about 250 yards from shore in McIntosh County. A search crew had recovered 23-year-old James Giles' body on Tuesday in water about 14 feet deep.

The men were last seen this past Saturday leaving the Holiday Cove area on the lake in a canoe.

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Local & Regional
8:34 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Love, Cookies Helped Oklahoma Sister Lost in Michigan Woods Survive

CRISP POINT, Mich. (AP) — Two sisters say they survived in a remote part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula on love for their family, melted snow and the Girl Scout cookies and cheese puffs they had in their snow-crippled SUV.

Leslie Roy and Lee Marie Wright said in a statement Saturday that "through the days and nights while in the woods" those and other things helped them "to stay alive for 13 long days."

The 52-year-old Roy from Nebraska and 56-year-old Wright from Oklahoma were found Friday by a police helicopter pilot who noticed a reflection off their SUV.

Local & Regional
8:32 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Town Prays for Local Dairy Linked to Listeria Outbreak

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BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — More than 200 people gathered to offer prayers and support for Blue Bell Creameries as the more than a century-old company works to resume operations after a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream prompted the company to recall all of its products.

Residents, pastors and local leaders gathered Saturday in the town square in Blue Bell's hometown of Brenham, Texas, for the nearly hour-long prayer vigil. Many wore shirts and paper hats with the company's name on it. Some of the shirts said "I Get Cranky Without My Blue Bell."

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12:03 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

BusinessWorld Podcast (4/25/15)

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This week on BusinessWorld, just one day after being named an Outstanding Alum of the University of Tulsa, Microsoft's  Shaun Alexander joins the guys to look at the week's business news.  Topics range from what went wrong with the proposed merger of the nation's two largest cable television providers to whether the NASDAQ's current record valuations are a sign of another bubble in tech stocks.  And the four of us role play how we'd react if the computers went down in our Starbucks.  What's the right approach if you can't charge customers for their drinks (turns out there are lots of option

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Local & Regional
8:42 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Protesters Call for Tulsa Sheriff to Step Down

Protesters gather ahead of march calling for Sheriff Glanz to resign.
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Dozens of protesters are calling for Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz to step down after a report raised concerns about the performance and training of a volunteer deputy charged with fatally shooting a restrained suspect.

Citizens clutching signs that read "Glanz Gotta Go" gathered at the county courthouse late Friday and marched to the sheriff's office.

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Local & Regional
8:35 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Former Rogers County Commissioner Charged with Embezzlement

Rogers County Jail
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INOLAesOkla. (AP) — Former Rogers County Commissioner Kirt Lannon Thacker has been arrested after being charged with two counts of embezzlement.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says charges of embezzling county property and embezzling county equipment, materials and labor were filed Friday against Thacker. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation later arrested Thacker in Inola.

Thacker was jailed on $30,000 bond. Court documents do not list an attorney for him.

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Local & Regional
8:29 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Chesapeake Energy Will Pay to Settle Michigan Lease Probe

CHEBOYGAN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say an Oklahoma City energy company has pleaded no contest to attempted antitrust violations and agreed to pay $25 million to settle claims that it conspired to keep prices down for oil and gas leases.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says it's a victory for property owners who "took deep hits" in the 2010 auction. He says more than 700 victims will be repaid.

In addition, Chesapeake will pay $5 million to the state. Encana Oil and Gas USA agreed last year to pay $5 million.

Separately,

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Local & Regional
8:26 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Mary Fallin Signs Budget, Charter School Bills Into Law

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has signed into law bills regarding a budgeting system for state agencies and for charter schools.

Fallin on Friday signed a bill requiring state agencies use what is called performance-informed budgeting techniques. Fallin had made the system one of her legislative priorities.

The process calls for the agencies to set goals and outcomes that can be measured for their success.

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