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12:46 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Justices Weigh Case of Tulsa Muslim Denied Job Over Headscarf

Samantha Elauf
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is indicating it will side with a Muslim woman from Oklahoma who didn't get hired by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a black headscarf that conflicted with the company's dress code to her job interview.

Liberal and conservative justices aggressively questioned the company's lawyer during arguments at the high court Wednesday in a case that deals with when an employer must take steps to accommodate the religious beliefs of a job applicant or worker.

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12:24 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

House Committee Passes "Right to Try" Bill

Oklahoma is among 29 states considering “Right to Try” legislation, and the state’s version is headed to the full House.

The Public Health Committee passed the bill 10–0. Goldwater Institute attorney Christina Sandefur was on hand to testify about Rep. Richard Morrissette’s bill. She said it will grant terminally ill patients access to drugs that have passed the first phase of FDA testing.

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12:12 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

OSU Health Sciences Center to Host Active Shooter Training

The OSU Health Science Center near 17th and Southwest Blvd.
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa's Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and the ALICE Training Institute are offering training in Tulsa to provide people with resources to respond to violent intruder or active shooter incidents.

ALICE — for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate — is a strategy for law enforcement, schools, hospitals, businesses and places of worship.

The training is May 20-21.

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10:18 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Gathering Place Construction to Hamper Riverside Traffic

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The City of Tulsa and A Gathering Place for Tulsa announced the schedule for future road and trail closures and the emergency demolition of the pedestrian bridge over Riverside Drive near the construction of Tulsa’s new park, which will transform nearly 100 acres along the Arkansas Riverfront into a world-class park for the citizens of Tulsa. Closures will be clearly marked and alternate routes will be provided for commuters.

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7:55 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Gasoline Prices on the Rise Across Oklahoma

Tulsa gas pumps
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The average price for gasoline across Oklahoma is rising and now stands at $2.16 per gallon.

Triple A Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai said Tuesday that the price of gas is going up despite falling prices for crude oil.

AAA says the price for a gallon of self-serve regular in Oklahoma is up 3½ cents from last week and is almost 35 cents per gallon more than in late January.

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7:53 am
Wed February 25, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Tulsa Case

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the employment discrimination claim of a Muslim woman from Oklahoma who was turned down for a job by Abercrombie & Fitch after she showed up at her job interview wearing a headscarf.

The case being argued today explores when an employer must take steps to accommodate the religious beliefs of a worker or job applicant.

Samantha Elauf was 17 when she interviewed for a position at an Abercrombie Kids store in 2008.

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7:03 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Overnight Fire at Downtown Tulsa Hotel

A multi-alarm fire keeps Tulsa fire fighters busy overnight in downtown Tulsa.  The blaze was at the Hyatt Hotel near 2nd and Boulder.

About 300 guests were forced out into the night cold after a fire was reported in the ventilation system around midnight. Several people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, but no one was transported to the hospital.

The has been no damage estimate to the hotel released at this time

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6:55 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • Gay Conversion Therapy is debated in a State House Committee.
  • An overnight fire causes damage to a downtown Tulsa hotel.
  • Despite reports of progress, no jail agreement yet.
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Local & Regional
3:17 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Education Voucher Bill Clears Senate Committee

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill allowing parents to receive cash subsidies from the state to send their children to private schools has cleared a Senate committee despite bipartisan opposition.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 8-6 on Tuesday for the bill that is fiercely opposed by education groups, including those representing school boards, administrators and teachers.

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2:56 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Last Sign Comes Down in Latest Central Library Renovation Update

Workers take down the last sign at downtown Tulsa's Central Library. The branch is undergoing a $50 million renovation.
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The last Central Library sign comes down as renovations continue on the downtown branch.

Tulsa City-County Library CEO Gary Shaffer said interior demolition is complete.

"Plumbing piping has been installed. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment is being installed. Interior wall framing is underway. Cutouts between floors for new stairs and elevators are complete," Shaffer said. "Electrical systems are being installed, and, fortunately, there have been no accidents to delay work and, overall, we are on schedule for the project."

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