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8:55 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Town Hall on Sidewalk Fuss

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Tulsans will gather tonight to discussed a proposed sidewalk. The walkway would connect 21st Street with the Gathering Place on the east side of Riverside Drive.

Mayor Bartlett and some of the neighborhood residents are opposed to the sidewalk. The Mayor is concerned about a vehicle going out of control during a River Parks event and slamming into a sidewalk full of people.

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8:44 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Trooper: Oklahoma Boy Dies from Injuries in Crash

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GROVE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma officials say a 3-year-old Jay boy has died from injuries sustained in a weekend crash.

The Oklahoman reports  the child died Sunday after being injured Saturday while in a vehicle with a 23-year-old driver in Delaware County near Grove. Troopers say the Jay woman failed to yield to another driver, who wasn't injured.

The woman was treated at an area hospital and released. Another passenger in the vehicle was also injured.

Troopers say the boy was in a child booster seat but that neither adult was wearing a seat belt.

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6:55 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Few Oklahoma Wrongful Convictions Receive Payment

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Few Oklahomans wrongfully convicted of a crime receive compensation after their convictions are overturned due to evidence indicating innocence.

The Tulsa World reports that just six out of 28 Oklahomans listed on the National Exoneration Registry collected any money for their years spent in prison. They served an average of nine years in prison, with half serving a decade or more.

Of those 28 cases, 11 people were freed after DNA tests showed they were innocent.

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6:51 am
Mon November 24, 2014

New 10 Commandments Monument Being Built

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican legislator whose family paid $10,000 for a Ten Commandments monument at the center of lawsuit says he has ordered a new one after someone drove a car across the statehouse lawn and smashed it into pieces.

State Rep. Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow says he has ordered an identical Ten Commandments monument that is under construction. Like the first one, he says it will be built entirely with private money and that a fundraiser is ongoing.

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6:43 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday

In the local news:

  • A town-hall meeting on a controversial sidewalk is set for tonight.
  • Five people are killed in a Highway 169 weekend crash.
  • 11,000 runners take part in the Route 66 marathon in Tulsa
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9:09 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Green Country Crash Leave Five Dead

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Five people are dead and a teenager is in critical condition following a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 169 in Nowata County. The accident, Saturday afternoon, blocked the highway for a couple of hours as crews cleared the carnage.

According to OHP, Micah Walker, 35, of Nowata, was northbound on U.S. 169 and crossed the center line.  He slammed head-on into an oncoming SUV. Walker was pinned for an hour and 30 minutes. He and a passenger were both dead on the scene.

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8:57 am
Sun November 23, 2014

State’s Take From Tribal Casinos Drops for First Time

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The state of Oklahoma’s take from Class III gaming machines, mainly slot machines, dropped for the first time ever last fiscal year, a new report shows.

Which Tribes Pay the Most to the State?

The report cited two possible reasons. An increase in Class III gaming machines across the state may have saturated the market for such machines. Also, tribes are increasing their use of bingo-style Class II gaming, which, unlike Class III, doesn’t kick off "exclusivity fees" to the state.

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8:49 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Democrats Call for Budget Rewrite after Opinions

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Democratic leader in the Oklahoma House says this year's state-appropriated budget needs to be rewritten in light of recent opinions from the attorney general that the Legislature's decision to tap certain state accounts violated of the Oklahoma Constitution.

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8:48 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Report: Wind Power Saves $1.2 Billion Each Year

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A trade association says wind power saved electricity customers in Oklahoma and surrounding states more than $1.2 billion last year.

The Oklahoman reports that the American Wind Energy Association analyzed hourly data from the Southwest Power Pool in 2013 and calculated when wind turbines were used to generate electricity.

The pool operates the electric grid and plans transmission for 6.2 million households in parts of nine states.

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8:44 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Oklahoma Jury Recommends Life in woman's Death

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A jury in Tulsa County has recommended that a Tulsa man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his 78-year-old grandmother serve a life prison sentence with the possibility of parole.

The Tulsa World reports that Antione Jermaine Jackson was found guilty on Friday of killing Arlevia Jackson in her house on January 29th, 2013. District Judge William Musseman scheduled formal sentencing for December 22nd.

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