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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation is marking a day to honor the achievements and service of the tribe's past and present leaders.

The Tahlequah-based tribe declared Monday as Cherokee Nation Leadership Day after tribal leaders passed a resolution last year declaring the second Monday of October as a day set aside to remember the tribe's scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, military veterans and leaders.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker signed the symbolic proclamation at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.



DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines says it's fixed the technology problems that delayed hundreds of flights Sunday and that it expects a normal day of operations.

The Dallas-based company had been warning passengers flying Monday to arrive at the airport two hours early and print boarding passes beforehand. When asked early whether fliers should continue with those precautions, an airline spokesman said customers should expect a normal day Monday.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Autopsy reports show that five members of an Oklahoma family were stabbed dozens of times during a July attack in their home and died of multiple, sharp-force injuries.

The state Medical Examiner's Office released the findings Monday on David, April, Daniel, Christopher and Victoria Bever. Two brothers in the same family, 16-year-old Michael Bever and 18-year-old Robert Bever, are accused of stabbing their parents and siblings to death.

In the local news:

  • The latest in the Bever case.
  • Four people are hurt--- three are fire fighters--- in an industrial blaze near Owasso.
  • Sales tax revenue for Tulsa is mixed.

Four Hurt in Industrial Fire near Owasso

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Four people are hurt when an explosion and fire rips through the Tulsa Asphalt Plant at the Anchor Quarry near 66th Street North and 145th East Avenue.

The fire broke out about 11 a.m. at the facility near Owasso. One worker suffered burns when the fire started. Seven fire departments were called in to get a handle on the blaze that eventually spread to all seven fuel tanks at the plant.

As the diversity in Tulsa increases, Tulsa Public Schools wants everyone's input on how our schools should be operated.

The former 5-year plan is coming to an end later this year, and TPS is in the process of forming a new plan. The district will be hosting a variety of strategic planning forums to get feedback from the Tulsa area.

On October 19th a forum intended to get input from the Spanish-speaking community will be held at Catholic Charities on Harvard at Apache.

It will be held entirely in Spanish, and take place from 10:00 to 11:00 am.

Younger Bever Will Be Tried as an Adult

Oct 12, 2015
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Tulsa Special District Court Judge Martha Rupp Carter rules 16-year-old Michael Bever will be tried as an adult.

Bever's public defender, Rob Nigh, had filed a motion seeking to have the teen declared a youthful or juvenile offender. The judge took the weekend and issued her ruling this morning.

Nigh said all he’s looking for is a hearing to assess whether Bever could be rehabilitated through Oklahoma’s juvenile system.

"The statute as it presently reads prevents us from seeking even a hearing, and that’s the part we believe to be unconstitutional," Nigh said.

Tulsa Sales Tax Collections Mixed

Oct 12, 2015
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The City of Tulsa’s October sales tax check, which covers the period from mid-August 2015 to mid-September 2015, as reported by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, totaled $19,835,574, showing a 0.07 percent increase from the same period one year ago. This total is 2.9 percent below budget estimates.

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CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man is among 11 people who will be honored this week at the White House for achievements in the transportation industry.

Robert Portiss will be recognized Tuesday as a White House Transportation Champion of Change. The White House and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx selected this year's winners for their achievements, leadership and innovation in transportation.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The FBI in Oklahoma City is warning residents of a telephone scam involving demands for repayment of student loans.

The agency says in a news release that someone claiming to be an FBI agent is making calls and has threatened some people with arrest if fees are not paid immediately. The FBI also says the telephone number used by the scammer is that of the FBI field office — a practice known as "spoofing."

The caller often knows the name of the intended victim and has called both personal cellphones and work phone numbers.