Local & Regional
6:52 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday

In the local news:

  • A proposal is floated to rotate city council leadership positions based on political parties, even though the elections are non-partisan.
  • Mayor Bartlett is cleared in a ethics review regarding the Riverside sidewalk.
  • A mini-hiring boom is underway in Tulsa, but officials say it is just season.
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Local & Regional
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Councilor Suggests Alternating Leadership Spots Between Political Parties

Credit KWGS News

One Tulsa city councilor wants to know if the chair and vice-chair positions can alternate between political parties.

Councilor Jack Henderson first proposed alternating leadership between Democrats and Republicans at the council inauguration, saying it’s a good idea now that numbers are equal. In a committee meeting, Henderson said while the council is nonpartisan, his proposal reflects some political realities.

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Local & Regional
8:12 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Oklahoma House Democrats Say Minority is Relevant

Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With Republican supermajorities in the Oklahoma House and Senate and a GOP governor, it's easy to think Democrats in the Legislature have been marginalized.

There are just 29 Democrats in the 101-member House and now just eight senators in the 48-member Senate.

But House Minority Leader Scott Inman says his 29 members can be relevant, especially when it comes to politically difficult issues like criminal justice reform and funding to complete the unfinished Native American museum in Oklahoma City. Both are issues that may divide the GOP caucus.

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Local & Regional
8:10 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Mullin Named to House Subcommittees

Markwayne Mullin
Credit Mullin-Facebook

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma has been named to three House Energy and Commerce subcommittees.

Mullin will serve on subcommittees for Energy and Power; Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade; and on Oversight and Investigations.

The Energy and Power Subcommittee deals with laws, programs, and government activities affecting energy.

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Local & Regional
8:08 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Regents Take Steps Toward Projects

Credit Animal House

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State University/A and M Board of Regents has moved forward on projects on OSU campuses in Stillwater and Oklahoma City.

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Local & Regional
8:05 am
Sun December 7, 2014

OSU Beats OU

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Tyreek Hill returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown with 45 seconds remaining to force overtime and Ben Grogan kicked a 21-yard field goal in the extra period to give Oklahoma State a 38-35 victory over No. 18 Oklahoma on Saturday.

On the first overtime possession, Oklahoma's Michael Hunnicutt missed a 44-yard field goal attempt. Oklahoma State took over and pounded the ball with Desmond Roland to set up the winner.

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What's New?
12:03 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

BusinessWorld Podcast (12/06/14)

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This week on BusinessWorld, the falling price of oil is a simple case of supply and demand right?  Well...sort of.  That story and McDonald's struggles with competing organizational priorities: expand the menu to draw in more customers versus maintaining a speedy operation that delivers the goods within 90 seconds. And Uber experiments with moving stuff as well as people.

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Local & Regional
9:24 am
Sat December 6, 2014

In Oklahoma, Few Efforts to Measure Gambling Addiction

Calls to a national gambling helpline from Oklahoma show that most people struggling with gambling addiction cite slot machines as the main problem.
Credit Oklahoma Watch

In fiscal 2013, a total of 1,838 Oklahomans called a national hotline seeking help related to compulsive gambling – a nearly 60 percent spike over the previous year.

Then, in 2014, the number of calls fell sharply to 1,310, according to HeartLine, an Oklahoma City call center that fields calls from Oklahomans to the National Problem Gambling Helpline (800-522-4700).

The sudden drop perplexes Danielle Harris, coordinator for HeartLine.

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Local & Regional
9:15 am
Sat December 6, 2014

El Reno Family Charged in New Car Conspiracy

File photo of a man reviewing the sticker-price of a new car.
Credit file photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four members of an El Reno family are facing federal conspiracy charges in an alleged scheme to defraud new car purchasers out of cash rebates.

U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats on Friday announced that a grand jury had indicted 60-year-old Richard Arnold, Senior his sons 28-year-old Richard Arnold the Second and 25-year-old Robert Arnold, and his wife, 55-year-old Robyn Arnold. All four were arrested Friday and released on bond after appearing before a federal judge.

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Local & Regional
9:05 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Gas Prices Below $2 a Gallon in Texas, Oklahoma

Credit KWGS News Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gas has dropped below $2 a gallon at a handful of stations in Oklahoma and Texas this week, a level that a price-watching group says is the lowest in the nation and a bargain that's proven irresistible to some long lines of drivers coming from miles away to fill up.

Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy DOT com said early Friday that three Oklahoma City stations were the only ones in the United States with sub-$2 gas. A Texas station also later dropped its price below that level.

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