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7:04 am
Mon January 19, 2015

OSBI Investigates Fatal Muskogee Officer-Involved Shooting

Credit Muskogee Police

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Muskogee in which a 21-year-old man was killed.

Muskogee Police Department Sergeant Michael Mahan says officers responded to a call around 4 p.m. Saturday about an apparent domestic disturbance involving a man and woman near a church. The woman had entered the church to attend a wedding but the man, identified as Terence Walker, was outside with a gun and asked her to come out.

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7:01 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Candidate Filing Begins for Special State Senate Election

Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The secretary of the state Election Board says candidate filing for a special election in state Senate District 11 is set to begin.

Filing begins Monday for the election to fill the unexpired term of Democratic former state Sen. Jabar Shumate of Tulsa. He resigned earlier this month to become state director of The American Federation for Children.

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9:45 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Declining Oil Prices Forcing Industry to Cut Jobs in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Declining crude oil prices have forced three major industry firms with strong northeastern Oklahoma ties to lay off workers.

The Apache Corporation, Baker Hughes and Schlumberger have begun laying off employees in response to the oil price crash in the past six months.

Two weeks ago, Denver, Colorado-based producer SM Energy announced it would close its Tulsa office, which employs 100 people.

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9:40 am
Sun January 18, 2015

New Oklahoma Schools Superintendent Fires 3 Administrators

Joy Hofmeister at her office
Credit Department of Education

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has fired three key members of her predecessor's staff during her first week in the office.

The Oklahoman reports Hofmeister declined comment on the terminations of Education Department employees Joel Robison, Richard Caram and Marsha Thompson.

Caram and Thompson, three-year employees of the department, confirmed they were fired Friday. Robison, the former chief of staff, told The Associated Press Saturday he was also fired.

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9:30 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Police Identify Victim in Officer-Involved Shooting

The entrance to police headquarters
Credit KWGS News Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police have identified the 23-year-old man who died after he was shot by an off-duty federal officer who intervened in a dispute.

 Rodney Walker died following the shooting about 5:15 p.m. Friday. Police identified the shooter as Andrew Bryiant, a Department of Veterans Affairs officer.

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9:28 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Man Uninjured when Bullet Strikes Chest at Tulsa Strip Club

Cloud 9 is at 31st and Yale next to the Broken Arrow Expressway
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa says one man was shot through the arm but another escaped serious injury when the same bullet bounced off of his chest and landed in his lap.

Tulsa police Capt. Cathy Reynolds says officers responded to the shooting at a strip club about 2:34 a.m. Saturday. Reynolds says the victim was seated inside when a bullet fired from outside came through the wall and went through his arm.

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9:20 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Tulsa-Area Home Foreclosures Fall 35 Percent from 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A new report indicates fewer Tulsans were evicted from their homes in 2014 than in previous years.

Information released by real estate data service RealtyTrac indicates about 3,135 homes entered foreclosure in the Tulsa area last year. The resulting foreclosure rate of one for every 131 households was 35.3 percent lower than in 2013, and lower than every year since at least 2006.

The national foreclosure rate of one for every 118 people was 17.9 percent lower than in 2013. It was also lower than every year other than 2007.

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8:52 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Still No Cause of Death of Oologah Student

The Oologah-Talala School campus is located north of Oologah on Highway 169
Credit KWGS News

OOLOGAH, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma health official says it could be months before the cause of death of an Oologah kindergartner is known.

Six-year-old Jenny Yang died Jan. 5, hours after leaving school because of a fever. Her death led many parents to hold their children out of school and prompted the closing of school for two days — even though state and local health officials said the death was not the result of infectious disease.

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8:16 am
Sat January 17, 2015

OSBI Agents help Investigate Homicide in Drumright

Credit Creek County Sheriff

DRUMRIGHT, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating a possible homicide the occurred overnight in Drumright.

The OSBI says that just after 2 a.m. Friday, a family member found 64-year-old David Eugene Hunziker dead inside his home. The Drumright Police Department secured the scene and asked OSBI agents to help with the investigation.

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8:01 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Cherokee Nation Awarded Indian Health Service Project

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker announces the joint venture with Indian Health Service, which will allow the tribe to begin construction on a second facility at the W.W. Hastings Hospital medical campus.
Credit Cherokee Nation

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation has been awarded an Indian Health Service Joint Venture Construction Program project that will add a new facility to the tribe's W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah.

The agreement calls for the tribe to build the 250,000-square-foot facility and the IHS to provide up to $30 million a year for 20 years for staffing and operations.

The Cherokees were among the top three tribes selected from a pool of 37 applicants.

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