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Tulsa Teachers Get Small Raise

3 hours ago

The Tulsa Public School board voted to approve a new agreement for the      2015-16 school year with Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association at tonight’s board meeting. This resulted in TPS teachers receiving a one-step increase on the salary schedule. 

The average step increase is just under $600 annually, and represents an average 1.5 percent of the employee’s current salary. The new agreement requires the district to pay career increments as stipulated in the 2014-15 agreement, and to add an additional step of $500 to the career end of each lane on the salary schedule. 

Monument Moved After Dark

4 hours ago

With a cloak of darkness, Oklahoma’s Ten Commandments monument is moved.

Worker started after dark moving the marker from the State Capitol grounds. The marker was ordered down by Oklahoma Supreme Court.

While the state retains ownership, the marker is on loan for display to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.

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A round of layoffs is underway at ConocoPhillips’ Bartlesville office.

A spokesman based there confirmed Monday afternoon 10 percent of the company’s 1,700 Bartlesville employees will be affected.

The spokesman said the layoffs will happen over the next few weeks and the company is "committed to treating all our employees with respect and fairness during this process."

In September, the company estimated it would be laying off 10 percent of its approximately 18,100 employees worldwide.

The Metropolitan Environmental Trust has a new man in charge.

Graham Brannin took over Monday as the recycling organization’s executive director after nearly 20 years in environmental compliance and sustainability with the City of Tulsa.

He said growing up on a Tulsa creek and learning how to recycle at 10 years old helped push him in this direction.

"I've been involved in environmental issues my whole life, and what a great place to have an opportunity to work, where they've been at the forefront of environmental stewardship for well over 20 years," Brannin said.

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Tulsa’s Redfork area welcomes a new pharmacy, and city leaders hope it kicks off a more widespread trend.

Freeland Brown Pharmacy’s third location is in the Crystal City Shopping Center, which has benefited from grants and low-interest loans for improvements. Councilor Jeannie Cue said this is what Tulsans want to see.

"When we did the meetings for the Vision [renewal], what we heard from residents is, 'We want areas [that are] community town centers,'" Cue said. "And this is an example of a great town center."

Courtesy Tulsa County

After a ‘firestorm’ of controversy, Tulsa County will withdraw an offer for land at 36th Street North and MLK Boulevard where a new juvenile justice center was to be built. Following neighborhood opposition and complaints from area elected officials, County Commissioners will be withdrawing an offer for the land. Commissioner Karen Keith still thinks it’s a good site, but says the controversy which she claims was fueled by ‘misinformation’, doomed the deal.


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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff who announced his resignation after his indictment last week still faces a review by the state's top investigative agency.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Monday the agency is still probing the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a volunteer reserve deputy. Concerns were raised Robert Bates' training after he said he mistook his hand gun and stun gun when he shot Eric Harris last April.

The Smithsonian


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Indian tribes and Jim Thorpe's sons to move the remains of the athletic great from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma.

The justices on Monday left in place a court ruling that ordered Thorpe's body to remain in the Pennsylvania town that bears his name.

Thorpe's two surviving sons, and the Sac and Fox Nation have been seeking to bury Thorpe on American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Tulsa Police Department Implements Smart911 Network

Oct 5, 2015

The Tulsa Police Department will now be more informed when responding to emergencies. Smart911 is a service where citizens can help enhance police response in their community.


By providing information such as the number of members in the household, all phone numbers (mobile, landline, or VIOP), and all addresses (home, work, vacation homes), medications, medical conditions, vehicles, and pets, citizens can send first responders to emergency locations with more knowledge.