Local & Regional
7:55 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Thunderstorm Snarls Morning Traffic

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A slow moving thunderstorms dumped some much needed rain on the Tulsa area,  but at the same time, it caused numerous problems for Tulsa commuters.

The heavy rain snarled the morning rush period with wrecks reported on the expressway system. There were reports of cars hydroplaning on I-44, I-2-44, 169 and the Broken Arrow Expressway.

There was a five vehicle crash on Highway 412 on the bridge crossing Lake Keystone.

The Tulsa Police Department went to Operation Slick Streets, where officers only responded to injury crashes.

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Local & Regional
7:47 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Oklahoma Releases A-F Report Cards for Schools

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than one quarter of Oklahoma's public schools received a grade of F or D on annual report cards released by the state Department of Education.

The State Board of Education gave final approval Wednesday to the letter grades, which are being posted on the department's website.

The report shows 16 percent of Oklahoma schools received A grades, 26 percent received a B, 28 percent got a C, 17 percent a D, and 11 percent received an F. Nearly 30 schools, or 2 percent, did not receive a letter grade.

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Local & Regional
7:45 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Hearing Set in Oklahoma Death Row Inmate Lawsuit

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit filed by 21 Oklahoma death row inmates who want to block their executions is scheduled to be heard by a federal judge.

A hearing is scheduled before U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot Thursday in the lawsuit that alleges the state's lethal injection guidelines present a risk of severe pain and suffering.

It was filed following the April 29 execution of Clayton Lockett, who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth for several minutes before he was pronounced dead 43 minutes after the execution began.

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Local & Regional
7:42 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Bridenstine Opposes Plan for Syrian Rebel Aid

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine was the only member of Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation to vote against President Barack Obama's request to train and arm rebels fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.

U.S. Reps. Tom Cole, James Lankford, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin all voted in favor of the plan, which passed the House on a 273-156 vote Wednesday. The U.S. Senate is expected to take up the proposal Thursday.

Bridenstine says that if the Islamic State is deemed a threat, the United States should "eliminate it," not train and arm rebels.

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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Thursday

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa Public Schools gets 49 Fs in the latest school report cards.
  • Ground is broken for a new OU-Tulsa medical facility.
  • Sheriff's officials fear more victims of a deputy's confessed sexual abuse.
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StudioTulsa
7:07 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

A Pair of Events to Be Presented by TU's Univerity School: "Love and Logic" at Home and at School

Aired on Wednesday, September 17th.

On Thursday and Friday of this week, the 18th and 19th, TU's University School will present a pair of free-to-the-public presentations by Dr. Charles Fay. Dr. Fay is a parent, consultant, bestselling author, and president of the Love and Logic Institute, Inc., which he co-founded in 1977 with his father, the noted child-rearing expert Jim Fay.

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Local & Regional
4:44 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

New Hiking Trail Coming to Sand Springs

Lions, tigers, and bears are definitely not things you will see coming to Sand Springs Park but an addition of a one mile hiking trail just might be.  The Wilson Trail will be the first trail with a difficulty rating that allows for a more physically challenging route for experienced hikers. Including this new addition the park now has 4.4 miles of trails with a variety of difficulty levels so outdoor enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy nature.

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Local & Regional
4:01 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

OU, TU Officials, Faculty and Students Break Ground on Medical Training Center

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Construction officially starts on a training center at the Tulsa School of Community Medicine.

The Tandy Education Center will feature the latest in medical simulation, allowing medical students to gain realistic experience. School of Community Medicine Dean Ondria Gleason said this is the direction med school is going.

"As those in the field of medical education and the public have turned more attention to patient safety, medical simulation helps learners deal with anticipated medical events and work as a team in a safe, risk-free environment," Gleason said.

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Local & Regional
3:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Grades for Tulsa Public Schools are Out, and There are Too Many F's

State grades are in for TPS.
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The new district report cards are out, and Tulsa Public Schools didn’t do well. TPS has a total of 49 schools with failing grades, up from 36 last year. But District Spokesman Chris Payne says it’s not an apples to apples comparison because special ed and English language students weren’t given modified versions of achievement tests as in the past. He says it makes comparisons meaningless.

Payne calls the school grading system ‘deeply flawed’. Five schools received A’s, four got B’s, and seven C’s.

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