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11:37 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Driver Breaks All 10 Commandments at Once

Credit State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating after a driver crashed into a monument of the 10 Commandments at the state capitol.

"This person or persons drove onto the capitol grounds, struck the monument — destroying it — and then fled the scene," said Capt. George Brown.

It happened around 7 p.m. Thursday, and the suspect left the car on the north lawn. OHP has the car in impound.

Brown said anyone with information that could lead to an arrest should contact local authorities or call OHP's public affairs office at 405-425-7709.

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Local & Regional
8:50 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In Tulsa local news:

  • TPD tells the city's public safety task force they need more officers — but aren't sure how many more.
  • Oklahoma's first flu cases of the season are confirmed.
  • Candidate Joe Dorman calls out Gov. Mary Fallin on raises for state executives.
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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Broken Arrow PD Captures Prison Escapee

Broken Arrow Police find and arrest a state prison escapee.

An officer questioned a man and a woman in a vehicle stopped in a hotel parking lot at 2600 N Aspen Ave. around 6:45 a.m. Thursday.

The man initially gave a false name, but a second officer identified him as Robert Schesny. Schesny was reported as a Department of Corrections escapee from the Union City correctional facility.

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6:55 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Public Employee Retirement System Names New Director

OKLAHOMA CITY — The governing board of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System has selected a longtime attorney as its new executive director.

The board of trustees for OPERS on Thursday named Joseph Fox as its new executive director effective Nov. 1. Fox is the longtime general counsel for OPERS and has been serving as interim executive director.

Fox is filling a vacancy left after Tom Spencer resigned to become the director of the Oklahoma Teachers' Retirement System.

Fox previously served as legal counsel for the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Local & Regional
6:53 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Chickasaw Tribe, State Sign License Plate Compact

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin sign the license plate compact.
Credit Chickasaw Nation

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin and Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby have announced a compact between the state and the tribe for Chickasaw Nation license plates to members of the tribe.

The compact says Chickasaw tags will be sold exclusively at state-licensed tag agencies in Oklahoma. Chickasaws who want to purchase the tags will present their Chickasaw Nation citizenship card and pay the same fees and taxes as any other Oklahoman for a tag.

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6:48 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Prisons Board Approves Budget With $84M Increase

Credit ok.gov

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is requesting about $85 million in additional funding for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2015.

The agency's governing board voted unanimously Thursday to approve a budget request that includes additional money to pay for raises for prison workers, additional inmates, infrastructure improvements and other items.

The agency received $470 million for the current fiscal year and wants more than $555 million for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Candidates Spar Over Directors' Pay Raises

Credit Wikipedia

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma's Republican governor and the Democratic candidate running against her are sparring over pay raises given to state agency directors.

Gov. Mary Fallin bumped annual salaries by at least $50,000 for two state agency directors. They were for Oklahoma's secretary of state and the director of the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

Both raises were bigger than raises approved by state boards and commissions for 48 others, 30 of whom received an annual pay raise of at least $10,000.

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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Education Board OKs Budget Request for Teacher Pay

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Board of Education is asking the Legislature to approve a $2,500, across-the-board pay raise for Oklahoma teachers in next year's budget.

The board on Thursday unanimously approved the budget request, which includes a proposed $213 million for the pay raise.

The agency's overall request is for nearly $300 million new dollars, but as agencies prepare for the upcoming budget year that begins July 1, it's common for officials to request more funding than the Legislature is expected to be able to appropriate.

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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Fri October 24, 2014

State Confirms First Flu Cases of the Season

Oklahoma health officials say two children have the state's first confirmed cases of the flu this season.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Thursday that two children younger than 5 have tested positive for the flu. The department said in a news release that one of the children is hospitalized, but did not release the child's condition.

The department says the child who is hospitalized is in Tulsa County and that the other child is in Oklahoma County.

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Local & Regional
3:48 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

HallowZOOeen Returns to Tulsa Zoo

The Tulsa Zoo plans to host its annual HallowZOOeen from October 27th through the 31st! With family fun games, costumes, trick-or-treating, and more there is a lot for kids and parents of all ages to discover. Some of the features events will include the Burger King Royal Castle,  American Airlines Pirate Island, and sponsored Goblin Stops. At the Goblin Stops, kids can load their Halloween bags with some of the three tons of candy that the zoo has collected.

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