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 Documents from the Tulsa Development Authority show that the Hanson brothers are involved in the redevelopment of a building in the Brady Arts District.

Hanson is a musical group from Tulsa made up of brothers Taylor, Zac and Isaac. The Tulsa World reports that the proposed redevelopment of the building includes a brewery, studio, retail and office space.

The documents show the development authority agreed to give a low-interest $2 million loan to the listed developer for the project.

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Getting vaccinated is the single best way to prevent flu according to medical professionals…and the Tulsa Health Department will offer shots starting next week. Times and locations are listed on the Health Department website or by calling 918-582-WELL. The shots are available on a walk-in basis.

Kaitlin Snider with the Health Department says the cost of the shot is $25, but children and adults over age 65 without insurance who qualify may get the vaccinations free.

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A white police officer charged with manslaughter after fatally shooting an unarmed black man in Tulsa has pleaded not guilty.

Betty Shelby’s arraignment, which came two weeks to the day after Terence Crutcher died, was brief, though courthouse security was increased for it.

Shelby’s attorney actually tried having her first court appearance moved up a day, citing safety concerns and worry about professional protesters coming to town. That request was denied, but the Tulsa County Sheriff took the unusual step of limiting the number of reporters allowed into the courtroom.

 

A 3.4 magnitude earthquake has rattled parts of northwestern Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake was recorded at 1:08 p.m. Thursday about four miles east of Fairview in Major County, about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

The earthquake was recorded at a depth of about three miles and no damage or injuries were immediately reported. Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest felt by humans and damage is not likely in quakes below magnitude 4.0.

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 An appeals court has affirmed a judge's order that the attorney for a former Tulsa police officer charged in the fatal shooting of his daughter's boyfriend provide evidence to prosecutors.

The Tulsa World reports that the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals made the decision on Wednesday in the case of Shannon Kepler.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor says drought-stricken areas are spreading across Oklahoma due to lack of rainfall.

The monitor says more than 19 percent of the state is in moderate drought, including the Tulsa metropolitan area and parts of northeastern and southern Oklahoma.

In addition, more than 3 percent of the state is in severe drought, particularly some eastern and south central Oklahoma counties.

Another 42 percent of the state is categorized as particularly dry, including much of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

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After a three-year closure for a top-to-bottom, inside and out renovation, Tulsa’s Central Library reopens Saturday at 11 a.m.

The makeover hasn’t been just about looks. Tulsa City-County Library CEO Gary Shaffer promised patrons are getting a 21st Century library out of the $50 million overhaul.

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A Tulsa police officer is expected to plead not guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man when she makes her first appearance before a Tulsa County judge.

Tulsa officer Betty Shelby is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday for the fatal shooting two weeks ago of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher. A judge is expected to inform Shelby of the charge against her and set a date for a preliminary hearing, where the court will decide if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

In the local news:

  • Officer Betty Shelby makes her first appearance in District Court this morning.
  • An attorney faces federal charges of stealing from estates.
  • New rides arrive at the Tulsa State Fair.
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A Tulsa city councilor took other city officials to task this week over city employees' health plans.

In a committee meeting, Councilor Anna America told city administrators non-public safety employees were told to explore all insurance options this year, even SoonerCare. She said employees making less than $30,000 have deductibles nearing $7,000, and one employee complained costs for their family plan doubled since last year to $10,000.

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A Tulsa probate attorney faces federal charges after allegedly taking more than half a million dollars from 11 estates he represented.

IRS special agent Damon Rowe said Christopher Mansfield was expected to uphold the law and serve his clients with integrity.

"Mr. Mansfield was entrusted by grieving families to handle the estates of their family members. He was entrusted with the money of those estates, and he was supposed to dispense that money in the clients' best interest. This didn't happen," Rowe said.

 

A medical helicopter with four people on board has crash landed outside a hospital in Comanche County.

Lawton police say the helicopter lost power around 6 a.m. Thursday while landing at Comanche County Memorial Hospital. Hospital officials say the helicopter's pilot managed to safely land it along a nearby roadway.

Authorities say all four people on board were crew members and that none was seriously hurt.

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For the first time in four and a half decades, there’s a new ride vendor on the midway at the Tulsa State Fair. Marketing Supervisor for the fair, Sarah Thompson, says an Indiana company replaces locally based Murphy Brothers, the company that had the ride vendor contract the past 45 years.

Of the 60 rides provided by North American, at least a dozen are new to  the Tulsa Fair. Others are the same or similar to last year’s rides. The midway is open until 11pm most nights during the fair run and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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 Police in Lawton are investigating an early-morning shooting in which an officer at a private correctional facility was wounded.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh says a female employee at the Lawton Correctional Facility was shot several times outside of her home about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday as she was preparing to leave for work.

Pablo Paez, a spokesman for the prison facility's owner, The GEO Group of Boca Raton, Florida, says the employee is listed stable condition. She has not been identified.

In the local news:

  • Drone regulation is debated at the Oklahoma Capitol.
  • The Tulsa City Council urges caution on the Right To Farm measure.
  • A Silver Alert is issued for a missing man from Rogers County
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The University of Tulsa is home to one of Oklahoma’s largest — if not the largest — rooftop solar power installations.

A partnership between TU and PSO helped put a 936 panel, 300 kilowatt system on the roof of the Case Tennis Center to power the building. It can generate the same amount of energy as 75 residential rooftop installations.

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Tulsa's city council takes up a resolution in apparent opposition to State Question 777, the "right to farm" measure.

Constituent Services Director and Sand Springs Vice Mayor John Fothergill said city councils don’t often take positions on issues.

"And this one is more to ask that the citizens take a look at all the potential consequences rather than to advocate a position, per se, but if you ask us individually, I think you'd get a different answer," Fothergill said.

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The Sheriff says his office is prepared to keep everyone attending the Tulsa State Fair safe. With as many as 100-thousand people on the fairgrounds at the busiest times, safety is a big job for deputies. With the depletion of the reserve deputy program, and concerns about terrorism and possible civil unrest, Sheriff Vic Regalado says some changes are in place to ensure safety. With fewer reserve deputies, the gap will be filled by full-time deputies. He says safety will not suffer on the fairgrounds.

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A Dallas County grand jury has opted not to indict a former sheriff's deputy from Oklahoma who shot an inmate during a 2015 escape attempt at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office issued a statement about the decision this week. Former deputy John Werts and another deputy were escorting Brent Taff from Utah to Oklahoma in February 2015 to face charges of threatening a judge overseeing a separate kidnapping case against him.

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The Oklahoma State Senate gets input on the regulation of unmanned aircraft, better known as drones. The Director of the Oklahoma ACLU, Ryan Kiesel, told lawmakers they must be careful. He says there is a huge concern over privacy rights.

He told a senate interim committee the government cannot be allowed to use drones to spy on people. Kiesel compared drones more to wire-taps than aircraft.

Kiesel told the committee he has no problem with drones being used to check on livestock or crops, but does not want them used for government  snooping.

Man Injured in Tulsa Auto-Ped Crash

Sep 28, 2016
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A man is critically injured in an auto-pedestrian crash this morning on a Tulsa city street. The crash took place just before daybreak on South Mingo Road, near 48th Street.

Police say a pick-up truck hit a man, walking along the roadway. The impact caused damage to the front-end of the pick-up.

No name has been released.

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 A federal appeals court has revived an Oklahoma prison inmate's lawsuit that alleges overcrowding and understaffing at state prison facilities has created dangerous conditions for inmates and inadequate sanitation, laundry and other services.

 

 

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has voted to increase the costs on Oklahoma tollways by 17 percent to help expand and renovate the state's turnpike system, including the construction of new toll roads in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

OTA spokesman Jack Damrill says the rate hikes approved on Tuesday are contingent upon the resolution of a lawsuit challenging the use of toll revenue to finance the new construction. That lawsuit is pending before the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

In the local news:

  • Rallies and Counter-Rallies are held in Tulsa.
  • A woman is stabbed to death. Police suspect her son.
  • Turnpike tolls are headed up in Oklahoma

Tens of thousands of breath tests used in hearings to revoke Oklahoma driver's licenses after DUIs are invalid.

The problem lies with testing machines used throughout the state.

"The issues in this case, specifically, was the canister and the mouthpiece. They were not properly approved, so they were using unapproved equipment," said attorney Bruce Edge.

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Protesters demanding justice for Terence Crutcher march to Tulsa's city hall.

The demonstration is part of a day of justice called for last week by Crutcher's family, their attorneys and Rev. Al Sharpton. Sharpton was on hand to lead the march. He praised Tulsa police for releasing video of the shooting but said there are two more steps to take.

"We need to know why all of the police there — what is going to be the disciplinary action there? I want to know what is going to be done for his four children," Sharpton said.

Rally Held in Support of Police

Sep 27, 2016
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Signs were posted around the Tulsa County Court House showing support for law enforcement. The rally was called "Police Lives Matter, Too".

Organizer Amanda Miller says now, that Officer Betty Shelby has been charged in the death of Terence Crutcher, the calls for justice need to stop and allow the judicial system to do its work.

Tulsa's District Attorney filed charges against Officer Shelby last week. She is accused of First Degree Manslaughter in Crutcher's death. He was shot and killed on September 16th outside of his car. He was not armed.

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The University of Tulsa is getting a share of $3.3 million in grants by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to identify and control residential health hazards.

HUD said Tuesday that TU will receive almost $700,000 to address hazards like pest infestation and mold, which can trigger asthma and other illnesses. Other housing hazards include poor indoor air quality due to exposure to tobacco smoke and other contaminants and injury hazards.

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AAA Oklahoma says statewide gasoline price averages have fallen 11 cents since the end of August and are continuing to decline.

AAA says the state's average price for regular self-serve gasoline Monday stood at $2.02. Spokesman Chuck Mai says inventories have been good and demand is down following the end of the summer driving season. Mai says it's likely the statewide average gas price will fall below $2 per gallon in the state sometime this week.

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 A "march for justice" is planned in Tulsa as civil rights leaders call for further investigation into all police officers who were present when Terence Crutcher was shot to death earlier this month.

The Rev. Al Sharpton is set to lead the march and rally Tuesday afternoon. He'll be joined by attorneys representing Crutcher's family and others who are calling for disciplinary action against all officers who responded Sept. 16 when Crutcher was fatally shot.

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