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8:10 am
Sun October 19, 2014

In Education, Do Parents Matter?

Henderson Harris (right) talks with Jannett Taylor at a Gear Up event for parents in Oklahoma City. Harris, whose daughter attends Douglas High School, and Taylor, who’s granddaughter attends Douglas, are working to increase participants in the school’s Parent-Teacher-Student Association
Credit Nate Robson/Oklahoma Watch

At John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, only 22 percent of parents attended a parent-teacher conference in 2012-2013, state records show.

In Tulsa, just 4 percent of parents at Central Junior High School made at least one parent-teacher meeting – the lowest rate in the district.

At Chandler High School in east central Oklahoma, no parents attended any parent-teacher conferences, giving the school the lowest rate in the state.

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7:53 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Oklahoma's Largest Load Continues Its Trip

A Bixby Police Officer blocks traffic at 101st and Memorial as the giant transport turns south onto Memorial.
Credit Jackie Myers

The giant  gas plant demethanizer is on the roll again after spending the night ay Glenpool. The tower is over 180-feet long. Manufactured in Broken Arrow, it is destined for a gas processing plant in Colorado.

It weighs over a half-a-million pounds and is being pulled on a specialized trailer by two large trucks in front and pushed by one at the rear.

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7:35 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Cherokee Nation Opens New Office in Sallisaw

Cherokee Chief Bill John Baker
Credit KWGS News File Photo

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation has opened a new office in downtown Sallisaw that offers a central location for various tribal services.

Tribal members will be able to seek jobs, apply for loans, get a tribal license plate or gather information about becoming a foster parent at the office at 100. East Choctaw Avenue.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker says having agencies in a central location improves the ability to provide services to tribal members.

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7:33 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Son Charged in Family Deaths Requests Attorney

Duncan is in Stephens County

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — A 19-year-old charged with the shooting deaths of his newspaper publisher father, his mother and his sister in Duncan has asked for a court-appointed attorney.

Online court records show Alan Hruby requested a court-appointed attorney Friday and that attorney James Berry of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense system now represents him. Phone calls to Berry's office and OIDS were not answered Saturday.

Hruby faces three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 50-year-old John Hruby, 48-year-old Tinker Hruby and 17-year-old Katherine Hruby.

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7:32 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Sunday Morning Quarterback: Rough Weekend in Oklahoma

File photo
Credit TU Sports Information

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Mike White threw three unanswered touchdown passes to Andre Davis in the second half and South Florida overcame a 20-point deficit to defeat Tulsa 38-30 yesterday. Dane Evans threw for 314 yards and a touchdown to lead the Golden Hurricane on Saturday.

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9:07 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Funds Missing from Muskogee Pediatric Clinic

The Children's Clinic in Muskogee-File Photo
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Muskogee Police are investigating a possible embezzlement of money from the Muskogee Children's Clinic. Investigators say more than $700,000 has been reported missing from the clinic located at 3101 Chandler Road.

The funds were discovered missing by the IRS and an independent auditor hired by the clinic.

Police say they are at the beginning of the investigation and have not made any arrests

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8:45 am
Sat October 18, 2014

State Health Secretary: Oklahoma Could Treat Ebola Patients

Credit Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma hospitals are prepared to treat a state resident who tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, the state’s Secretary of Health and Human Services said Monday.

Though officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have discussed the possibility of transporting a person infected with the Ebola virus to one of five hospitals across the United States,  Terry Cline said Oklahoma is prepared to care for a resident should one be diagnosed with the disease.

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8:39 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Board of Education Approves New Testing Vendor

Credit File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved a contract with a new testing vendor to conduct about 50,000 end-of-instruction tests for high school students this winter.

The board held a special meeting Friday and approved the contract with Measured Progress to conduct the exams. The contract is for about $3.4 million.

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8:36 am
Sat October 18, 2014

As Oil Prices Drop, Exploration Declines in Oklahoma

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 12 this week to 1,918.

The Houston-based firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,590 rigs were exploring for oil and 328 for gas. A year ago there were 1,739 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained two rigs, while Oklahoma's tally decreased by seven rigs, and New Mexico was down four. North Dakota each dropped one. The rig counts in Colorado, Kansas and Arkansas were unchanged.

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8:34 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Ex-Oklahoma Trooper Charged with Sex Crimes

Eric Roberts
Credit Creek County Sheriff

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who allegedly forced women to have sex with him following traffic stops has been formally charged with 14 counts that include rape, sodomy, sexual battery, embezzlement and asking for or receiving a bribe.

Court records show 42-year-old Eric Roberts was charged Friday in Creek County District Court.

His attorney has proclaimed Roberts' innocence and says he committed no crimes.

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