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In a closed meeting, trustees voted to remove John Rogers' name from the building housing the University of Tulsa's law school.

Rogers had ties to the KKK. TU President Steadman Upham issued a statement after the decision was reached.

American Lung Association

Tulsa gets an F from the American Lung Association for ozone pollution and is ranked the 18th-most polluted metro area in the U.S.

The rankings, however, include 2012, the area’s second-worst ozone season ever. That year saw 21 alert days, more than 2013, 2014 and 2015 combined. The rankings also have a stricter standard than the Environmental Protection Agency.

Tulsa consistently has ozone levels just below the federal limit, though that presents its own problem when it comes to paying for projects to improve local air quality.

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An Oklahoma House member makes good on his promise to attempt fixing the state’s forcible sodomy law.

In late March, the Court of Criminal Appeals ruled a 2014 Tulsa case of a 17-year-old boy forcing a severely drunk 16-year-old girl to perform oral sex was correctly dismissed. The court said the law was written in such a way it doesn’t apply to intoxicated victims.

Rep. Scott Biggs said last week he would change his victim notification bill. He presented the amended bill in conference committee Wednesday.

University of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa Board of Trustees appoints Dr. Gerard Clancy as president designate.

Clancy is currently TU’s vice president of health affairs and dean of the new Oxley College of Health Sciences. He will assume his duties as the university’s 20th president on Jan. 1, 2017, succeeding President Steadman Upham, who will retire at the end of this calendar year.

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 A woman accused of driving her car into Oklahoma State's homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

Adacia Chambers entered her plea Wednesday in Payne County District Court after previously waiving her right to a preliminary hearing.

KWGS News

You may have seen a lot of emergency vehicles with flashing lights near the International Airport... IT IS ONLY A DRILL.

Emergency crews are training at the airport in a disaster drill this morning. The scenario calls for a jet and a small plane to collide at airport. The drill is required every three years by the FAA.

KWGS' Marshall Stewart will report on the drill during 'All Things Considered' this afternoon on KWGS.

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Hundreds of health care workers, nursing home residents and other Medicaid recipients are rallying at the state Capitol in support of a plan to draw down hundreds of millions of federal dollars offered to states for Medicaid expansion.

About 300 people rallied Tuesday on the south steps of the Capitol and then flooded into the building to ask their legislators to back a proposal for a $1.50-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes to pay for the "Medicaid Rebalancing Act of 2020."

University of Tulsa

University of Tulsa trustees are deciding whether to rename the law school because of one founder's ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

 

Sharon Bell tells The Associated Press that she and other trustees at the private university will discuss whether to remove John Rogers' name from the law school building during a meeting Wednesday.

In the local news:

  • The State Supreme Court tosses the Liquor Association's modernization petition.
  • City and Civic leaders warn education cuts will hurt overall economy.
  • No bail for Robert Bates.
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ImpactTulsa and the Tulsa Regional Chamber say the coming loss of 667 local school jobs will mean more than $33 million in lost wages.

Those jobs represent the total number 15 area districts plan on losing next school year. Chamber President Mike Neal said that will cause the loss of 340 non-school jobs and a $4.2 million drop in state and local sales taxes.

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