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9:44 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Oklahoma Lawmakers Focus on Budget as Legislature Nears End

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the second straight year, Oklahoma's budget writers are scrambling to fill a significant shortfall in the state budget for the upcoming year as lawmakers enter the final month of the 2015 legislative session.

Budget negotiators face a $611 million budget hole and are expected to rely on a combination of one-time revenue sources, an appropriation from the state's constitutional Rainy Day Reserve Fund and targeted budget cuts to state agencies to balance the budget.

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Local & Regional
9:41 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Man Killed When Struck by Off-Duty Tribal Officer's Vehicle

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police say a man was killed in Tulsa when he was struck by a vehicle driven by an off-duty tribal police officer.

Tulsa police Corporal Mark Shelton says a Tulsa officer discovered the victim about 9:45 p.m. Friday and the man died later at a hospital. His name was not released.

Shelton says police were investigating the scene when another man approached and said he was driving the vehicle that struck the victim and that he returned because he wasn't sure whether he hit something in the road.

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Local & Regional
9:36 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Tulsa Police Arrests Suspects in Separate Slaying Cases

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police have arrested three people in connection with two separate slayings.

Sergeant Dave Walker says two women were arrested for Monday's death of 27-year-old Shamara Girod. The victim died after being struck by a car following a fight at a city park. Walker says one woman was arrested for manslaughter and kidnapping and the second for kidnapping.

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Local & Regional
9:28 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Body Found in Trunk of Submerged Car is Identified

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COLLINSVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Rogers County authorities have identified the body of a man found in the trunk of his car after it was pulled from the Caney River near Collinsville.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Shane Rhames says the victim is Rafael Hernandez Torres of Tulsa. Rhames says it appears Torres was shot several times and his body put into the trunk of his car and the car pushed into the river.

A truck driver called police Friday morning after spotting the submerged car.

Rhames said detectives have not identified a suspect in the case.

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What's New?
12:03 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

BusinessWorld Podcast (5/2/15)

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This week on BusinessWorld, Omaha is hopping as Warren Buffet's acolytes hit town for an audience with the Oracle of Omaha.  Twitter and Linked In suffer through a tough week on Wall Street.  and Apple's watch is off to a bit of a stumbling start. 

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Local & Regional
9:25 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Tulsa Police Make An Arrest in Fatal Downtown Drive-By

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Tulsa Police took 18-year-old Hao Le into custody in connection with the Thursday night shooting death of 19-year-old Cristal Gutierrez.

Police speculate Le, who knew Gutierrez, was driving the other direction and fired three shots into Gutierrez' car as the vehicles passed on South Houston,  downtown.

The girl was struck in the chest and died at the scene. Her boyfriend was in the front seat but was not hit. The boyfriend says he and Le have had a troubled past.

Le is being held on a First Degree Murder complaint.

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Local & Regional
9:13 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Bill Similar to Her Executive Order

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed two bills, including a Senate bill that requires the state to develop a plan to comply with Environmental Protection Agency rules regarding carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

In a veto message issued Friday, Fallin said the bill conflicts with an executive order she issued on Tuesday that prohibits the state from developing an implementation plan.

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Local & Regional
9:10 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Thunder Introduce New Coach Billy Donovan

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Billy Donovan says he considers it a privilege to coach Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Donovan was introduced as the Thunder's new coach Friday, a day after he was hired.

The pressure will be on immediately — the Thunder have been successful but haven't won a title since moving to Oklahoma City in 2008-09. Donovan says he hopes to build on what Scott Brooks accomplished the previous seven years.

Durant is the 2013-14 MVP and Westbrook the 2014 to 2015 scoring champion.

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Local & Regional
9:00 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Oklahoma Prison Officials Probe 2 Inmate Killings

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has completed its investigation into the killing of an inmate last month at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester and is looking into a second homicide at a private prison in Holdenville.

Department spokeswoman Terri Watkins says investigators have finished looking into the March 28th strangulation of 36-year-old Shawn Moore inside his cell at the penitentiary and plan to recommend criminal charges against Moore's cellmate.

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Local & Regional
8:58 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Questions Surface About Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

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Whether supervisors of a Tulsa County volunteer deputy charged in the death of an unarmed suspect will also face charges depend on whether their alleged offenses are criminal or just the result of poor management.

Questions about management of reserve deputies at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office have surfaced since 73-year-old reserve deputy Robert Bates fatally shot Eric Harris on April 2nd. Bates is charged with second-degree manslaughter. He says he confused his stun gun with his handgun.

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