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Green is one of the colors of Christmas, and you’re being encouraged to ’go green’ as in environmentally friendly when buying gifts this year. The Metropolitan Environmental Trust’s Lauran Drummond says the 2016 top ten green gift list is out.

The list includes a $25 donation to Up With Trees where the group will plant a tree in your gift recipient’s honor, a reusable water bottle, and a recycled Stupid Sock Creatures kit. The gift list can be viewed at METrecycle.com.

Hilberling Death Ruled a Suicide

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The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death of Amber Hilberling was a suicide. The 25-year-old was found dead in her prison cell in October at the Mable Bassett Correctional Center.

She was serving a 25-year sentence for the death of her husband. Hilberling was convicted of pushing him the window of their high rise Tulsa apartment.  She had claimed it was an accident.

The M.E. report also states Hilberling had methamphetamine in her system at the time of her death. 

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A Tulsa District Court Judge rules the late Terence Crutcher’s children are his rightful heirs. The ruling excludes the children’s mother from the process.

Franchel Johnson claimed she was Crutcher’s Common-Law wife and should control the estate. However, Judge Kurt Glassco rejected that claim.

Crutcher was shot and killed by a Tulsa Police officer in September. The officer has been charges with 1st Degree Manslaughter. That could open the door to a wrongful death suit by Crutcher’s heirs against the city of Tulsa.

Cold Weather Oklahoma Bound

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The initial cold front will move into northeast Oklahoma late tonight pushing through the remainder of the area

during the day Tuesday. The much advertised secondary push of much colder arctic air will move through on Wednesday. Areas of light snow and/or light freezing drizzle will be possible behind the front, transitioning to all snow by early Wednesday evening.

As Oil Prices Bounce; Gasoline Prices Increase

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Average retail gasoline prices in Tulsa have risen 13.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.96/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 321 gas outlets in Tulsa. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.18/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com

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G.T. Bynum will be sworn in as Tulsa's next mayor this afternoon.Swearing-in ceremonies for newly elected Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and City Councilors Vanessa Hall-Harper and Ben Kimbro will be held at 2 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Tulsa. 

City Auditor Cathy Criswell and City Council members Anna America, Jeannie Cue, Connie Dodson, Blake Ewing, Karen Gilbert, Phil Lakin and David Patrick will also take part in the ceremony. 

Mayor G.T. Bynum will serve a four-year term as Mayor of Tulsa and the auditor and councilors will serve two-year terms.

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Employees of a veteran's center in Talihina say they're "panicked, scared, shocked and uneasy" because of a proposal to close the center.

An email obtained by The Oklahoman from employees to area lawmakers and the Oklahoma Veterans Commission also says moving could endanger the health of residents.

Talihina Mayor Don Faulkner said losing the center's 268 jobs in the town of about 1,100 would be devastating. He compared it to the effect on Oklahoma City if Tinker Air Force Base, Devon Energy and Chesapeake Energy all closed.

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 Okmulgee County authorities say a man has been found apparently shot to death inside a vehicle just north of Okmulgee.

Investigators told reporters that 27-year-old Mikail Parker was found dead Saturday by deputies investigating reports of an unresponsive man in a vehicle.

Authorities say it appears Parker had a gunshot wound to the head.

Officials have not announced any arrests or identified any suspects in the shooting.

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 The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 3.9 magnitude earthquake has struck northern Oklahoma. There were no immediate reports of injuries or property damage.

The USGS says the epicenter of the earthquake Sunday night was about 9 miles east of Pawnee. The quake was as far north as the southern Kansas border and as far south as Oklahoma City.

Another quake, measured at 3.6, was recorded about 3 a.m. this morning near Cushing.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa gets a new Mayor later today
  • More earthquakes rattle north central Oklahoma.
  • Oklahoma tribal leaders praise a decision to not grant permits for a North Dakota pipeline project.
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The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane will face the Central Michigan Chippewas in the 2016 Miami Beach Bowl in Miami, Florida, it was announced today. The game will be played at Marlins Park on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. (CT).

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The political waters for the 2018 cycle have become murkier with several of Oklahoma's rising Republican stars jockeying for spots in Donald Trump's administration.

The biggest prize will be Oklahoma's governorship, since current Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is term-limited. But with speculation swirling that Fallin might take a post in the Trump administration, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb would assume the post and the power of incumbency in 2018.

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A Tulsa man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being found guilty of fatally shooting a recent high school graduate at a traffic light.

The Tulsa World reports that District Judge William LaFortune sentenced 19-year-old Hao Trung Le Friday in the 2015 death of

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Prosecutors say Gutierrez-Garza, a 2014 Jenks High School graduate, was fatally shot by Le as she waited in her car for a traffic light to change.

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Baker Mayfield passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and Number 7 Oklahoma defeated 11th ranked Oklahoma State 38-20 Saturday in a matchup that decided the Big 12 champion.

The Heisman Trophy candidate performed well throughout, despite finishing the game without injured top receiver Dede Westbrook, a Biletnikoff Award finalist.

Westbrook caught four passes for 111 yards before being knocked out of the game on a crushing hit by Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns.

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Cooler temperatures and a chance for snow showers are forecast for eastern Oklahoma next week.

The National Weather Service says rain chances will end early Sunday and return to western Arkansas and parts of eastern Oklahoma by Monday.

A strong cold front will pass through the region by Wednesday, bringing much colder temperatures.

After the front moves through, highs in eastern Oklahoma will be in the 30s and in the 40s in northwest Arkansas for the rest of the week.

Multi Alarm Blaze May Have Been Started By Homeless

Dec 4, 2016
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Two people suffered minor injuries after a large fire broke out at a commercial building near  downtown Tulsa.

Firefighters say the blaze erupted at the 20,000-square-foot structure at about 7 a.m. Saturday on the corner of Third and South Peoria. Images from television showed thick smoke billowing high into the sky.

Two people were rescued from the collapsing building and suffered minor injuries. One was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

It is believed the fire was started by homeless individuals trying to keep warm.

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A car driven by a man who had an apparent medical condition crashed through a floor-to-ceiling window pane at Tulsa International Airport.

The car slowly veered into the building near the baggage claim area at about 4 a.m. Saturday.

There were no passengers in the area at the time of the crash. Tulsa police say the driver was alert when he was taken from the scene and transported to a hospital to be treated.

Police say the man was an employee at the airport.

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 The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says no one was injured after a car with a 14-year-old driver collided with a school bus carrying 45 students.

A preliminary report from the patrol says the accident happened at 7:30 a.m. Friday on a gravel road north of Muldrow in Sequoyah County.

The report said the car driven by the teenager was traveling westbound on the county road when the car went left of center on a curve and struck the driver's side of the bus.

The 54-year-old bus driver was also uninjured.

Car Crashes Into Tulsa Airport Terminal

Dec 3, 2016
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A medical issue may have caused a driver to lose control of a car at the Tulsa International Airport. The car crashed into the window of a baggage claim area. The crash happened about 4 a.m.

No one was in the area at the time of the crash. The driver was taken to the hospital by EMSA. The airport sent the following Twitter message about the incident:

“Flights and passengers are not impacted from vehicle collision with bag claim windows. Clean up underway now.”

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A spectacular fire fills the Saturday morning Tulsa skyline with thick, black smoke. The blaze was reported just after 6 O’clock this morning at southwest corner of 3rd and South Peoria.

Tulsa Fire officials say two people had to be rescued from the building. They were treated for minor injuries.

Part of the building collapsed onto the railroad tracks at the 4th Street viaduct. The fire department developed a defensive posture, as they tried to keep the blaze from spreading.

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Less than one month after his re-election to a state House seat in Seminole, a Republican state legislator is stepping down.

Rep. Tom Newell released a statement Friday saying he is resigning his House District 28 seat effective Dec. 31 to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.

Within the next 30 days, Gov. Mary Fallin is expected to announce the dates for a special election. State election officials say the special election will cost between $30,000 and $40,000 if it includes a primary.

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YUKON, Okla. (AP) — Tucker Pawley ran for four touchdowns to help Bixby defeat Lawton 39-31 in the Class 6A-II final Friday night at Yukon High School.

It was Bixby's third consecutive state title, and Tanner Griffin has been the starting quarterback in all three wins.

Lawton led 19-7 in the first quarter of 2014 championship game rematch, with help from an 11-yard touchdown pass from Zack Hanna to Jayquan Lincoln and a 34-yard interception return for a score by Lincoln.

The federal government will continue for another year to fund an Oklahoma program that uses a combination of state tobacco tax revenue and federal Medicaid money to help provide health insurance coverage for nearly 20,000 low-income Oklahoma workers.

Gov. Mary Fallin announced on Friday that a one-year extension has been approved by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the Insure Oklahoma program. The extension through Dec. 31, 2017, is the fourth extension granted by the federal government.

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TALIHINA, Okla. (AP) — Four staff members have resigned from a southeastern Oklahoma veterans facility rather than face the possibility of getting fired after a resident who was found to have maggots in a wound later died of sepsis.

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs executive director Myles Deering said the maggots were discovered while the patient was alive at the facility in Talihina, about 130 miles southeast of Tulsa.

Deering says the veteran came to the center with an infection and died of sepsis.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court on Friday ordered a new sentencing for a teenager who has been serving a life in prison without parole term for the fatal shooting of an Australian baseball player three years ago.

Chancey Luna was tried as an adult in the 2013 death of Christopher Lane, 22, who was shot while jogging along a road in southwestern Oklahoma. Luna, who was 16 at the time of the shooting, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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Oklahoma lawmakers at a lunchtime forum in Jenks said teacher pay raises will be the top priority in the 2017 session when it comes to education.

State Rep. Michael Rogers said legislators need to not get ahead of themselves in proposing solutions, though.

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 The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says skeletal remains have been found in Kingfisher County.

The OSBI said Thursday that the remains were found Wednesday by deer hunters just north of Piedmont. The agency says the hunters contacted the county sheriff's office, which called the OSBI for assistance.

The OSBI says the remains were sent to the state medical examiner's office to try to determine both the identity and the cause and manner of death.

The agency says it appears the remains had been in the area for several months.

 

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 The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education is asking the Legislature for a more than 18 percent increase in its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The panel that oversees the state's 25 public colleges and universities voted Thursday to request $957.9 million for the fiscal year that begins in July. That's an 18.3 percent increase over the current year's appropriation of $810 million.

The request comes despite the likelihood that Oklahoma lawmakers will be facing another massive budget shortfall next year.

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An early morning stabbing has broken the yearly homicide record in Oklahoma's second-largest city with four weeks still remaining in 2016.

Tulsa police took a female suspect into custody Friday morning after an apparent dispute at an apartment complex on the city's west side.

The homicide marks the 72nd of the year, surpassing the previous record set in 2009.

Typically, the city of about 400,000 averages 54 to 58 homicides a year.

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