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8:06 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Rifle Found During Search of Bartlesville Teen's Home

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Bartlesville police say a search of the home of a teenager charged with plotting to shoot classmates and detonate bombs at a local high school uncovered a small-caliber rifle and notes about a possible attack, but no bomb making materials.

Bartlesville Police Captain Jay Hastings said Monday that investigators are still sifting through possible evidence that was uncovered during a search of the home where 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez lived with his mother. Hastings didn't elaborate to reporters on what the notes said or who owned the rifle.

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8:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants Teachers to Carry Weapons

Mark McCullough
Credit State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Teachers and school administrators who receive proper training would be authorized to carry firearms on school campuses and at school events under a bill being drafted by an Oklahoma lawmaker.

Republican Rep. Mark McCullough of Sapulpa says his bill would allow school officials to carry weapons if they've received training through the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, or CLEET.

McCullough says schools have become "soft targets" and that it's critical that lawmakers start taking steps to ensure the safety of children at schools.

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7:04 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Hearing Set for Man Charged in Maimi Bomb Plot

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — An Ottawa County judge is expected to set a date for a mental health examination for an Illinois man charged with planning to bomb churches in northeastern Oklahoma.

The hearing for Gregory Weiler is to begin at 9:30 a.m. in Miami (my-AM'-uh). Weiler was arrested in October after police say they discovered his plan to bomb dozens of churches in northeastern Oklahoma.

An affidavit claims that investigators found instructions for making Molotov cocktails, a list of 48 churches and a written outline of Weiler's plan to plant bombs.

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8:00 am
Sun December 16, 2012

St. Gregory's To Begin Restoration After '11 Quake

Crews inspect the damage right after the earthquake in 2011
Credit File Photo/USGS

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — The president of St. Gregory's University says restoration work is about to begin to repair damage to the campus' main building caused by a historic Oklahoma earthquake just more than a year ago.

The 5.6 magnitude earthquake on November 5th, 2011, was centered near Prague, Oklahoma and resulted in the destruction of all four turrets that rose from corners of Benedictine Hall. The building houses administrative offices, the school library and most of the campus' classrooms.

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7:57 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Tulsa Man Charged with Human Trafficking

23-year old Tarran Brinson
Credit Tulsa County Booking Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say a man is charged with human trafficking for attempting to place a 15-year-old girl as a prostitute.

Authorities said Saturday that 23-year-old Tarran Brinson is charged with one count of human trafficking and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled drug,

The Tulsa World reports Brinson was booked December 7th after the girl met with an undercover officer during a prostitution sting at a motel.

Brinson remained in the Tulsa County Jail on Saturday. The jail's website didn't indicate whether a bond had been set.

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7:54 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Bartlesville Teen Arrested in School Shooting Plot

18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez
Credit Washington County Booking Photo

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma high school student is in custody on charges he plotted to bomb and shoot students at the Bartlesville High School auditorium on the same day 26 people were shot and killed at an elementary school in Connecticut.

Police arrested 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez at about 4:30 a.m. Friday after learning of the alleged plot Thursday.

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7:51 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Apache Expanding, Adding Jobs in Tulsa

Credit File photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Texas-based oil and gas producer is expanding its presence in the Tulsa area.

Apache Corporation has added 49 positions and may hire another 49 people in the year ahead.

The company moves about 80,000 barrels of oil equivalent daily from its Tulsa-based region, which includes Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle.

The Tulsa World reports that the Apache jobs update comes the same week that Samson Resources Company announced it would cut 70 jobs at its base in Tulsa.

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7:47 am
Sat December 15, 2012

American Airlines Lays Off 43 Workers in Tulsa

An American Airlines Jet at the gate in Tulsa
Credit Tulsa International Airport

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — American Airlines says it has laid off 43 people who worked at its Tulsa maintenance hub or at the airport.

Airline spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said Friday that the company regrets the layoffs, calling them an "unfortunate part of the restructuring process."

North Texas-based American is reorganizing itself under bankruptcy laws.

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5:25 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Freedmen Can Sue Chief

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court says descendants of slaves owned by members of the Cherokee Nation can sue the current chief in an attempt to restore their tribal memberships.

A lower court said previously that the Cherokee Nation itself had sovereign immunity and could not be sued. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said Friday that the descendants could sue the chief to press their claim.

The court noted an 1866 treaty granted the former slaves known as Cherokee Freedmen all tribal rights, including the right to vote.

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6:57 am
Fri December 14, 2012

AG Holder to Speak at Tulsa Ceremony for New US Attorney

Federal Court House in downtown Tulsa
Credit KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected in Tulsa to deliver remarks at a formal ceremony honoring New Northern District of Oklahoma U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams.

Holder is to attend the investiture ceremony that is to start at 2 p.m. Friday at the Tulsa Convention Center.

Williams was nominated by President Obama in March to serve as the top federal law enforcement official in the state's northern district.  He's a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans and earned his law degree from the University of Tulsa School of Law.

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