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1:32 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Group Blasts Tulsa Church Involved in Abuse Case

Victory Christian Center

 

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A clergy abuse watchdog group is accusing a Tulsa megachurch of doing damage control to protect the ministry's image instead of showing concern for a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly raped on its property.

Barbara Dorris, the outreach director for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said Thursday that ministers at Victory Christian Center "put their reputation ahead of the safety of the children."

Five Victory employees are facing misdemeanor charges of waiting two weeks to report the alleged rape. They've pleaded not guilty.

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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Audit Critical of Oklahoma American Indian Museum

The museum is under construction in Oklahoma City
American Indian Museum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An audit of the board overseeing a planned American Indian museum in Oklahoma City says both the board and the Legislature had "unrealistic expectations."

The audit released Wednesday says the board chose the most expensive proposal to build the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum — about $169 million — while having only $5 million in funding at the time. It also says lawmakers need to play a greater role in overseeing the project.

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Local & Regional
12:18 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Accused Tulsa Shooter Bound Over for Trial

Tulsa Court House shooting scene as witnessed, across the plaza, from the Library
John Fancher/Tulsa Library

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge says a 24-year-old man accused of shooting and wounding two people outside the county courthouse last March should stand trial.

Andrew Dennehy was accused of shooting with intent to kill and firearms counts after a sheriff's deputy and a bystander were hurt. Witnesses told Judge Cliff Smith on Wednesday that they feared for their lives during the attack on the courthouse plaza. The judge ordered Dennehy held for trial.

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Local & Regional
9:17 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Study: Tribes have $10.8 Billion Impact on Oklahoma

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Pax Plena

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new report says that Oklahoma's 38 American Indian tribes have an annual economic impact of nearly $11 billion in the state.

The study from Oklahoma City University's Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute found that more than 70 percent of the $10.8 billion impact comes from the tribes' gambling operations.

The analysis found that tribal government and business operations directly employ more than 50,000 people and support more than 87,000 full-time jobs in Oklahoma.

Election
7:07 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Tulsa GOP Candidate Accused of Dodging Debates

Jim Bridenstine
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Republican candidate running for Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District is being knocked by his Democratic opponent for backing out of several chances to debate heading into the election.

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Local & Regional
7:01 am
Wed October 17, 2012

170 West Nile Cases in Oklahoma, 11 Deaths Reported

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there have now been 170 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma this year and 11 deaths due to the disease.

The numbers were reported Tuesday by the department in its bi-weekly report. Oklahoma's previous yearly record of 107 West Nile cases and seven deaths set in 2007 was broken in early September.

Officials say the virus will remain a threat until the mosquitoes that carry the disease are neutralized by sub-freezing temperatures.

Local & Regional
8:10 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Judge Rejects GOP Request in Hobby Lobby Lawsuit

A Hobby Lobby craft store
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge won't allow several Republican members of Congress to file a brief in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.'s lawsuit challenging a provision in the federal health care law requiring insurance coverage of the morning-after pill.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton denied a request Monday from more than a dozen Republicans who hoped to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Hobby Lobby's lawsuit against the federal government.

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Local & Regional
8:06 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Oklahoma Lottery Raises $500 Million for Education

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Lottery officials say the program has reached a milestone by raising more than $500 million for education in the state.

The lottery's executive director, Rollo Redburn, said Monday the lottery has contributed more than $500 million to state education since it was launched in 2005. A transfer of revenue on Oct. 9 pushed contributions over the $500 million mark.

Redburn says lottery workers and vendors are proud to support Oklahoma education.

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Local & Regional
8:02 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Tulsa Courthouse Shooting Suspect Due in Court

Andrew Dennehy on the court house plaza
John Fancher/Tulsa Library

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 24-year-old man accused of opening fire outside a Tulsa courthouse is due in court this week.

Andrew Dennehy faces charges of shooting with intent to kill and firearms counts. He's due in court Wednesday.

Dennehy is accused in the March shooting that injured a sheriff's deputy and a bystander.

Dennehy's parents say their son is a paranoid schizophrenic who needs hospital treatment, not a maximum-security prison. Jurors in August found that Dennehy was mentally fit to face the charges.

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Local & Regional
12:41 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Oklahoma AG Delivers First Mortgage Settlement Check

Attorney General Scott Pruitt
State of Oklahoma-File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has presented the first homeowner check in connection with the state's $18.6 million settlement with the nation's largest lenders.

Pruitt presented a $20,000 check Monday to Zachary and Melissa Zuniga, who say they lost their home in Tulsa after they tried to participate in a mortgage modification program.

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