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Local & Regional
12:54 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

A-F Delayed

Janet Barresi
State Department of Education

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state Board of Education is delaying the release of a new system that grades Oklahoma's schools.

Officials had planned to release the new grades Monday, but the Board of Education voted to delay the release until its next meeting on Oct. 25.

The new system evaluates schools on an A-to-F grading scale.

Several school officials and superintendents oppose the new system and question the formula that's used to determine a school's letter grade.

Local & Regional
11:40 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Governor Makes Appointment to Grand River Dam Authority

The GRDA is based in Vinita

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has named Allen Wright to the Grand River Dam Authority board of directors.

Wright is from Edmond and he replaces David Chernicky, who resigned.

Wright is vice president of public and government affairs for Devon Energy. Prior to working for Devon, he was the director, chief operating officer and vice president at Koch Industries.

Wright is also a member of the Choctaw Nation.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Local & Regional
7:39 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Former Guthrie Mayor Dies from West Nile

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — A former mayor of Guthrie has died after battling West Nile virus.

Officials with the First Christian Church say Jon Gumerson died Saturday after contracting West Nile. He was 76.

He died the same weekend the church was holding a blood drive in his honor. Organizer Jessica Eaves says 40 people donated blood Sunday at the event.

Eaves tells The Oklahoman that Gumerson taught Sunday school at the church for 50 years. He was also an avid Sooner fan and local businessman.

Local & Regional
6:58 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Oklahoma to Unveil A-F Grading Scale for Schools

State School Superintendent Janet Barresi
Dept. of Education

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education is releasing its new system to grade the state's schools.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi and other education leaders will release the new grading scale Monday afternoon at Crutcho Public Schools in Oklahoma City.

The system evaluates schools on an A-to-F grading scale.

The new system was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2011 as a way to provide easy-to-understand information to parents.

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Local & Regional
8:20 am
Sun October 7, 2012

TU Tops Marshall

TU QB Cody Green
TU Sports Information

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Cody Green threw his only touchdown pass, a 4-yarder to Jordan James for the go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter, and Tulsa stopped Marshall on downs twice in the fourth quarter to seal a 45-38 win Saturday.

The Golden Hurricane's quarterback connected with Thomas Roberson on the two-point conversion to follow up his touchdown, putting Tulsa (5-1, 3-0 Conference USA) up by seven with 8:25 remaining.

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5:35 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

SQ 765 Would Revamp DHS

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A November ballot issue proposes to restructure power and accountability at Oklahoma's troubled Department of Human Services.

Supporters of State Question 765 say the measure would shift oversight and power to the governor's office, which would be responsible for appointing the agency's director with the consent of the Oklahoma Senate.

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Local & Regional
8:31 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Jazz Hall Organizers say They will Pay $60k Debt

The Jazz Hall of Fame is in the old Union Depot in downtown Tulsa
Jazz Hall of Fame

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Facing eviction, directors at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame have announced they will finally be able to pay off some $60,000 in bills the organization has owed for months.

Friday's statement by the Tulsa nonprofit comes two days ahead of a special meeting set by the county to discuss what to do with the museum.

Jason McIntosh, the hall's CEO, says nearly 100 donors from across the country have offered help after learning of the hall's financial struggles last month.

Local & Regional
8:25 am
Sat October 6, 2012

American Airlines Tulsa Layoffs at 370

An American jet on the tarmac at Tulsa International Airport

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials from American Airlines and the Transport Workers Union say the company is to lay off nearly 370 workers from its facilities in Tulsa.

The layoffs announced Friday are to be complete by February.

Officials say the fleet services workers will be laid off in November and December. The mechanics are to be laid off between December and February.

The airline announced the layoffs a day after saying that 709 mechanics, plant maintenance and logistics specialists in Tulsa elected to take an early-retirement option.

Local & Regional
11:36 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Oklahoma City, Tulsa Among Worst Cities for Allergies

File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City and Tulsa apparently aren't the best place for allergy sufferers.

A study released Thursday by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation shows Oklahoma's two largest cities both rank among the top 20 worst cities to live in with nasal allergies.

The study ranks Oklahoma City as the seventh worst city in which to live, while Tulsa checked in at No. 19.

Local & Regional
11:11 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Hearing Set on Hobby Lobby's Injunction Request

File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge has scheduled a hearing on Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.'s request for a preliminary injunction that would stop the federal government from requiring the company to provide insurance covering the morning-after pill.

Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby sued the federal government over a provision in the federal health care overhaul law that requires companies to provide insurance that covers birth control, including the morning-after pill.

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