On this edition of ST, we speak with author and journalist Kirstin Downey, whose new book, just out from Doubleday, is "Isabella: The Warrior Queen." It's an engrossing biography of Isabella of Castile, the powerful Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A New York-based reproductive rights group is asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to block a law that would require abortion providers to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when abortions are performed.
Oral presentations are scheduled before Supreme Court referee Daniel Karim on Friday. Karim will recommend a course of action to members of the state's highest court.
The Tulsa Chamber sponsored a forum Thursday focusing on downtown’s homeless population, and the experts said early intervention is key.
"We are reacting to the situation, which is compounded by homelessness, rather than recognizing that if we put our efforts into the front end of this, we can save so many lives, so many tragedies that are happening downtown and so many tragedies that are happening in our community," said Jan Figart with the Community Service Council.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health and Tulsa Health Department report that a laboratory test indicates positive results for malaria in an individual in Tulsa County, who recently traveled from West Africa. An additional laboratory test is pending at the Oklahoma State Public Health Laboratory and will be completed later today.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry is endorsing fellow Democrat Joe Dorman in his gubernatorial bid and criticizing Governor Mary Fallin and other Republican leaders for being weak on education.
Known for his support of education during his two terms as governor, Henry formally announced his endorsement of Dorman on Thursday. The former governor criticized Fallin and Republican legislative leaders for failing to give Oklahoma teachers a pay raise despite Oklahoma's recovery from the recession and record revenue collections.
"Carmina Burana," the work that launched Tulsa Ballet's Resident Choreographer Ma Cong's career, premiered in 2006 to rave reviews and overwhelming popular acclaim. It was glowingly re-staged in 2010 -- and now comes an another encore of Ma Cong's masterpiece. Tulsa Ballet will collaborate with members of Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra in a monumental production of "Carmina Burana" on October 31st, November 1st, and November 2nd at the Tulsa PAC.
Stillwater police stated in an affidavit that 21-year-old Isaiah Marin was seen by a witness walking down the street holding a large knife. Marin was later charged with killing of 19-year-old Jacob Andrew Crockett. The body of Crockett was found with multiple stab wounds and his head "mostly severed" from his body.
The two young men were said to have had many disagreements due to Marin's "strong Christian beliefs" and Crockett allegedly practiced witchcraft. Crockett was the son of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper.