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Cherokee Nation leaders are marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day by acknowledging the tribe needs to come to terms with its treatment of former slaves, known as Freedmen.

The tribe — one of the country's largest — recognized the King holiday for the first time Monday with participation in a parade and a visit to the Martin Luther King Community Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Bitter Cold Settles Over Green Country

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Bitterly cold weather has settled over northeast Oklahoma. The snow north and east of Tulsa and the bitterly cold this morning has closed a lot of schools. The Tulsa Public School district called off classes,  not because of the roads, but the bitter cold. 

 

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan woman facing charges in the 2016 death of her infant daughter was convicted nearly seven years ago after her daughter died while taking a bath with her in Oklahoma.

The Petoskey News-Review reports the Lisa Rae Bryan's first child was less than 2 months old when she died in Tulsa, Okalahoma, in 2010. Bryan was convicted of second-degree manslaughter the following year.

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Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford wants to bring back a Senate rule last used in 2015 to get through a long list of President Trump’s nominees.

Lankford wants post-cloture debate limited to two hours for district court judges; 30 hours for circuit court, Supreme Court or cabinet nominations; and eight hours for everyone else.

Currently, all nominations get 30 hours of post-cloture debate.

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Even in the extreme cold, people line the parade route for Tulsa’s 39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. Carmen Pettie is the event organizer. She says there are 300 or more entries in the parade and hundreds of participants. Hundreds more, if not thousands, line the parade route to watch, even in the freezing cold weather.

Pettie says the Tulsa Parade is the third largest in the country and the largest in the region. The theme this year is ’50 years later and the dream still lives’. 

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Tulsa Police have booked 23-year-old Ty Rutledge in connection with this morning’s murder of a woman in east Tulsa. The woman was shot to death near the gas pumps of the 31st and Highway 169 Quik Trip.

Police got the call around 4 o’clock this morning. Police say the woman had pulled into the parking lot and then, moments later, a vehicle with Rutledge pulled up. He allegedly fired one time with a shotgun killing the woman. Police are looking for another person in connection with the case.

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Wind Chill Takes A Dangerous Turn

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Snow will continue to spread into northeastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. The snow is expected to taper off this afternoon. One to two inches are expected across much of the advisory area. The heaviest accumulations are expected to be near the Kansas border in Craig and Ottawa Counties where 3 to 4 inches are likely. ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST TUESDAY... * WHAT...Bitterly cold conditions are expected tonight into Tuesday morning with wind chills ranging from 0 to 15 below zero.

Average retail gasoline prices in Tulsa have risen 10.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.26/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 321 gas outlets in Tulsa. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.52/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com

3 Dead in OKC Fire

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Firefighters say three people were killed and one was injured after fire swept through an abandoned house west of downtown Oklahoma City.

Neighbors reported massive flames leaping from the vacant two-story structure early Saturday morning. Firefighters say the fire was so intense that it damaged a neighboring house that officials say was also abandoned.

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Police in Tulsa have launched an investigation following the discovery of human remains in a field near Tulsa International Airport.

Tulsa Police Department Sgt. Dave Walker says remains were found Saturday afternoon by people disposing of tree limbs in the field. Walker says a human rib cage and spine were found near a skull.

He says more skeletal remains were found near a tree after police arrived. Detectives believe the body has been in the field about four to five months. Walker says a pair of shoes that appeared to be worn by a man was also found.

Woman Killed at Tulsa QT

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Tulsa Police are investigating a murder. A woman was shot and killed in the parking lot of the 31st and Highway 169 Quik-Trip.

The shooting took place about four this morning. A woman pulled near the gas pumps. A man in a pick-up pulled be side her and fired one shot with a shotgun. She was dead at the scene.

Police are looking for a suspect in a pick-up. No names have been released. The woman is believed to be in her 30s.

Tulsa's Monday News

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In the local news:

  • Snow and bitter cold weather moves into Green Country.
  • Tulsa honors Martin Luther King with an annual parade.
  • A woman is shot and killed at a Tulsa Quik-Trip.

Snow and Cold for Green Country

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Remains Found in Field Near Tulsa International

Jan 14, 2018
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Human remains are found in a field just to the south of the main runway at the Tulsa International Airport. The discovered was made Saturday afternoon. The remains were south of Pine Street and just east of Highway 11. There is no housing in the area, because of its close proximity to the airport’s final approach from the south.

Police say the person had been there for a while and decomposition had taken place. Police say the remains may have been there for up to six months. They do not know the name or even the sex of the person just yet and they are not calling it a homicide.

Incarceration Numbers Stay Relatively Flat Despite Justice Reforms

Jan 14, 2018
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The number of people sentenced to Oklahoma prisons in 2017 fell slightly, but the state remains second in the nation in overall incarceration and could be ranked first by the end of this year.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections data shows that on the last working day of 2017, a total of 28,153 inmates were in state prisons, halfway houses or in jails awaiting transfer to prisons. That was a less than 1 percent decline from the end of 2016.

A Very Cold Start to the New Work Week

Jan 14, 2018
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Areas of light snow will continue over far northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas this morning. Total accumulations around an inch or less is expected. Temperatures remain below freezing and any snow will likely stick to roads creating slick conditions. Snow chances will decrease by early to mid afternoon as the upper level system shifts east. A strong cold front will bring another round of light snow to portions of northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas Monday morning. Further south, a wintry mix will be possible Monday afternoon and evening.

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A 55-year-old man who was shot with his own gun after wounding an employee at a central Oklahoma workplace is in jail after being released from a hospital.

Norman police say William Ray Adams was jailed without bail Friday on several complaints, including attempted kidnapping and assault and battery with a deadly weapon. It was unclear whether he had an attorney.

Authorities said Adams walked into Bergey Windpower in suburban Oklahoma City Wednesday afternoon, armed with a shotgun and wearing a gas mask, and planned to kidnap his wife.

Landry Shamet and backcourt mate Conner Frankamp each scored 16 points and No. 5 Wichita State held off Tulsa 72-69. Shamet made the first of two free throws with 8 seconds left for a three-point edge.

Space Heater Fire in SUV Kills Tulsa Man

Jan 13, 2018
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A Tulsa homeless man is dead after a SUV fire in east Tulsa. The man was sleeping in vehicle at a repair shop near Admiral and Mingo. He was apparently using a space heater, plugged into an extension cord to stay warm. Fire officials say that is what sparked the fire.

The fire was reported about two o'clock on Saturday morning. The fire department as stressed in the past the dangers of sleeping with a space heater.

Chili Bowl Update

Jan 13, 2018
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Justin Grant ended four nights of heat races with a victory in his qualifier at the Chili Bowl. The win earned Grant a slot in Saturday night's main event for the 2nd straight year. He will start fourth next to two-time winner Rico Abreu. The Chili Bowl is considered the Super Bowl of Midget Racing.

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An Oklahoma sports marketing agent has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay nearly $698,000 in restitution for misusing charity funds.

The Oklahoman reports that 59-year-old Bill Horn was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to two felony tax charges in September. The Edmond resident was given a 15-month sentence.

Horn founded a charity in 2006 for his client, Tommie Harris, a defensive tackle at the University of Oklahoma who went on to play for the Chicago Bears.

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Oklahoma health officials say 22 people have died from the flu in the state this season, and more than 1,000 people have been hospitalized.

An update released Thursday says that more than half of the people hospitalized for flu are age 50 and up. The state Department of Health says it isn't too late to have a flu shot.

A shot is recommended for people 6 months of age and older. Those at highest risk for flu complications are pregnant women; the elderly; children younger than 5; and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease and other chronic conditions.

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Tulsa police say one of two people arrested this week in a money fraud case was in possession of a special key that can open outgoing mail boxes in the city.

A probable cause affidavit said the pair cashed stolen money orders worth nearly $2,800. One of the suspects had a master key that opens blue U.S. Postal Service boxes.

According to police, the found several stolen postal service crates when they raided a hotel room this week. Police say one of the suspects admitted stealing money orders from the mail.

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The chief financial officer of the Oklahoma State Department of Health quickly found out the agency was spending money it didn’t have.

Mike Romero took the job in mid-April. Within two weeks, problems with the agency's payroll came to his attention.

Romero told the House committee looking into alleged financial mismanagement on Friday initial briefings were heavy on narrative and program information and light on financial data, and that he was not in control of financial briefings made to the Oklahoma State Board of Health.

A program to streamline response to mental health emergencies in Tulsa gets funding so it can operate throughout 2018.

The Community Response Team puts a police officer, paramedic and psychiatric professional together to respond to mental health emergencies.

"Instead of a separate several police officers, a fire apparatus, and possibly an EMSA unit coming, all different units there, we're able to come in one vehicle as a collaborative team with a mental health focus," said Tulsa Fire Emergency Medical Services Chief Michael Baker.

Bixby Investigation Moves Forward

Jan 12, 2018
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The embattled Bixby School Board begins the search for a new superintendent. The board is looking for a replacement for Doctor Kyle Wood who resigned under pressure. This is all tied to the sexual assault of a football player by other team members and what many feel was the untimely reporting of the crime.

The board released the following statement:

Funny Money Seized in Cherokee County

Jan 12, 2018

State and federal agents raid a Tahlequah home and bust a counterfeit money operation. Tahlequah Police and agents from the ATF conducted the raid yesterday. They seized a large quanity of fake money along with the printing equipment.

The resident of the home is one step ahead of the law. Officers are looking for 25-year-old Nick Renfro.

In the local news:

  • Business leaders adopt a plan to solve Oklahoma's fiscal issues.
  • The flu hits the state hard.
  • A counterfeit operation is busted at Tahlequah.

Chili Bowl Nationals

 

 

Christopher Bell used the Chili Bowl a year ago to open the biggest season of his career.

He's got a chance now to defend his victory, and perhaps launch yet another breakthrough for one of NASCAR's upcoming stars.

Bell scored a dominating win in Thursday night's qualifying event at the Chili Bowl to earn one of the automatic berths into the main event at the Tulsa Expo Center. The 55-lap Saturday night feature is the Super Bowl of midget racing.

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