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7:02 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Superintendent Candidates Endorse Teacher Pay Hike

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EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The Republican and Democratic contenders to become Oklahoma's top education official both are endorsing pay raises for teachers and a reduction in the number of tests public school students must take every year.

Longtime educator and Democratic nominee John Cox and former Board of Education member and Tulsa Republican Joy Hofmeister squared off at a public forum Monday before more than 150 people, mostly students, at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

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6:46 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • Two Oklahoma National Guard Fighter Jets collide over Kansas. One jet crashes after the pilot safely ejects from the cockpit.
  • A third outlet shopping center is coming to Tulsa.
  • The County Commission set a $118 booking fee for inmates.
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4:32 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Air Guard Jets Collide Mid Air

Entrance to Air Guard Base on 46th Street North
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  TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 fighter jets flying a training exercise out of Tulsa collided in midair over southern Kansas, causing one of the pilots to eject from the aircraft. Oklahoma National Guard spokesman Col. Max Moss says neither pilot was seriously injured in the collision Monday afternoon southwest of Howard, Kansas. Moss says the pilot of one jet was able to return to Tulsa International Airport and landed safely.

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3:07 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Pre-K Student Contracts Viral Meningitis

Bartlesville Public Schools officials are dealing with a case of meningitis in a young pre-kindergarten student. The student began feeling ill on October seventeenth and was taken to a physician which then led to the child's hospitalization. Doctors diagnosed the student with meningitis but only recently confirmed that it was a viral form of the infection.

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12:50 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

County Commissioners Give Two Weeks for Jail Fee Negotiations

The City of Tulsa will pay $118 per booking and $52.02 a day per inmate at the Tulsa County Jail starting Nov. 1, unless a new agreement is reached before then.
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Tulsa County Commissioners formalized increased jail fees today for the City of Tulsa.

Last week the county criminal justice authority agreed to negotiate with the city ahead of their jail contract extension expiring. Now the Board of County Commissioners definitively says Oct. 31 is the last day for the city and the county to reach a new agreement before fees go up.

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12:41 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Tulsa Police Set Gun Recovery Record

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Tulsa Police set a record for recovering guns from lawbreakers with a crackdown on gangs. Officer Leland Ashley says the Organized Gang Unit has confiscated 177 firearms this year, beating the previous record of 163 in 2009.

A Safe Tulsa grant helped pay for officers’ time in the gun recovery effort. The grant money is earmarked strictly for fighting criminal street gangs.

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11:37 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Oklahoma Officers Want more DNA after Misdemeanors

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Law officers are asking the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation how to best collect genetic material from people convicted of certain misdemeanors and enter the information into a national database.

Oklahoma law, since 2009, has allowed police to take DNA samples from people convicted of serious misdemeanors, but the Oklahoman newspaper reported Monday that material has only been taken from a relative few.

A meeting has been set for Tuesday so police, sheriffs, district attorneys and judges can discuss how to address the shortcoming.

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11:14 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Third Outlet Mall Coming to Tulsa

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For the third time in recent weeks, plans will be announced for an outlet shopping center in Tulsa.

First,  Simon Properties announced plans for an outlet mall near Turkey Mountain. A few weeks later, the Cherokee Nation announced a project near its Hard Rock Casino. Now, a third organization will announce plans for a Tulsa outlet shopping mall later this week.

It will be built in east Tulsa and feature 90-stores. The exact location has not been released. It should open in 2017. It is being build by Horizon Group Properties. Horizon was responsible for the 'Shops at OKC'.

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7:02 am
Mon October 20, 2014

GOP Expected to Hold Oklahoma Legislative Majority

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With Republicans holding majorities in the Oklahoma House and Senate, Democrats are content to target what they say are vulnerable GOP-controlled seats in the November 4th general election.

Democratic Party leaders make no prediction about gaining political control of the state House this year. They cannot win a majority in the Oklahoma Senate.

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6:58 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Crash Kills Three

Three people are dead following a late evening auto crash in Okmulgee County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the wreck happened south of Morris on State Highway 52. The accident took place just before 9:30 last night.

The OHP says a car, driven by 45-year-old Harold Dorsey of Tulsa, crossed the center line and plowed, head-on, into pick-up driven by 63-year-old Jacqueline Browning of Boynton. Dorsey and Browning were killed, as was Browning's husband Jimmy Dale Browning. All were pinned the wreckage.

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