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4:18 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

Tulsa Suspect Killed in Law Enforcement Shooting

El 7 Marez is located south of the 21st and Garnett intersection.
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One person is killed when a Tulsa police officer and a sheriff's deputy shot two people. It took place early this morning.  The officers  opened fire on a vehicle as it sped toward them. The occupants of the car were  apparently fleeing a robbery.

Tulsa Police Officer Leland Ashley says a Tulsa County sheriff's deputy responded to a reported robbery at the El 7 Marez Mexican Cafe  just after 1 a.m. The business is located near 21st and South Garnett.

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9:27 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Oklahoma Remembers: OKC Bombing

People gather by the reflecting pool for 168 seconds of silence, one second for each victim of the Oklahoma City bombing.
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Oklahoma pauses to remember. It was 19-years-ago today that a truck bomb blew apart the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. 168 were killed. Hundreds more were injured.

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9:09 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Court Denies Inmates' Request to Stop Executions

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has denied the request by two death row inmates to stop their executions, saying it disagrees with a state Supreme Court ruling that the appellate court is the only one that may issue a stay.

In a 3-2 decision Friday, the Criminal Appeals court denied a request from lawyers for Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner. Lawyers had asked for an emergency stay while other courts sort out the inmates' lawsuit against the state over what they called a "veil of secrecy" surrounding execution protocol.

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9:07 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Hearing Set for Oklahoma Woman in 1992 Case

Beverly Noe
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BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — A preliminary hearing has been set for a woman charged in the 1992 deaths of her grandson's mother, another woman and a 6-year-old girl whose bodies were found last year in a hole dug for a septic tank.

The May 12th hearing was scheduled Friday for Beverly Noe — who has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 23-year-old Wendy Camp, Camp's 6-year-old daughter Cynthia Britto and Camp's 22-year-old sister-in-law, Lisa Kregear.

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Local & Regional
9:04 am
Sat April 19, 2014

U.S. Judge Frees Oklahoma Man after 17 Years in Prison

Tulsa Federal Court House
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the release of a man who spent 17 years in federal prison for a drug manufacturing conviction.

The Tulsa World reports that U.S. District Judge James Payne ruled Friday that the conviction of 53-year-old Jeffrey Williams should be dropped.

Williams was convicted in 1997 of methamphetamine possession and firearm charges and sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison.

Williams initially pleaded innocent, later changed his plea to guilty and has since tried to change it back, saying he was coerced.

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9:00 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Whole Foods Recalls Croissants over Undeclared Egg

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Whole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because they contain eggs, an undeclared allergen.

The recalled item is sold with a Whole Foods market scale label reading "mini butter croissants" in six-pack plastic containers with a "Best by" date of April 21st through April 23rd. It also has a uniform product code of 2 28719-00499-1 on the scale label.

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3:26 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

State Unemployment Rate Hits Five-Year Low in March

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate has fallen to a five-year low, dropping below 5 percent for the first time since 2008.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that the state's unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in March, down from 5 percent in February. With the help of a booming oil and natural gas industry, Oklahoma's unemployment rate remains well below the national average of 6.7 percent.

The OESC reports about 89,400 Oklahomans were unemployed in March.

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3:19 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Frank Haith Introduced as New TU Men's Basketball Coach

New TU men's basketball coach Frank Haith addresses fans and reporters at a news conference Friday. University athletics director and Vice President Derrick Gragg and President Steadman Upham (right) also spoke.
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The Golden Hurricane has its new men’s basketball coach.

The 2012 coach of the year, Frank Haith, comes to Tulsa after three seasons with Missouri. He says TU’s move to the American Athletic Conference was a big factor in his decision.

"UConn, in terms of winning a national championship, Memphis and Cincinnati, all great programs — I think they have a TV contract with ESPN," Haith said. "I think Tulsa has now made a commitment, obviously, in terms of the level, in terms of the league they're joining."

Missouri moved from the Big 12 to the SEC under Haith. 

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2:07 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Library Renovation Progress Updated

Tulsa Library CEO Gary Shaffer gives of tour of renovation progress on the downtown Central Library.
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Demolition of the interior of the Central Library in downtown Tulsa is about 25 percent complete. The work is part of a 50-million dollar, two year renovation of the building to modernize it and make it more environmentally friendly. On a tour today, Library CEO Gary Shaffer said it will be a hi-tech facility for the 21st century when finished.

The restoration is scheduled for completion in spring of 2016.

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1:10 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Tulsa Businessman Kaiser Joins Thunder Ownership

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tulsa businessman George B. Kaiser has joined the Oklahoma City Thunder's ownership team.

Thunder chairman and CEO Clayton I. Bennett made the announcement Friday.

Kaiser is president, CEO and primary owner of GBK Corp., parent of Kaiser-Francis Oil Company, which he has managed for 40 years. He also is chairman of the board and majority shareholder of BOK Financial Corp. and a major shareholder in several energy, oil and gas, mining and technology companies. He is purchasing the ownership interest of Tom L. Ward.

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