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11:06 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Millard House II Backs Out of Superintendent Search

The Tulsa School Board released the following statement this morning:

Millard House II, a candidate for the district’s next superintendent, informed the board today of his decision to withdraw from the search process. 

In a note to the TPS Board this morning, Mr. House said: 

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8:01 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Plane Recovered from Lake Texoma in Oklahoma

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Credit OSU Digital Library

SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — Officials have recovered a single-engine plane that crashed into Lake Texoma in southern Oklahoma, but the search for the pilot continues.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Ashley Hampton tells the Sherman Herald-Democrat the plane was recovered Thursday afternoon. No bodies were found inside. On Friday, divers are set to search for the pilot.

Federal Aviation Administration Spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the plane was conducting low passes over the lake Wednesday morning when it crashed. He says the Grumman AA1 was registered out of Durant.

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7:53 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Oklahoma Legislator Withdraws Anti-Gay Measure

Sally Kern
Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma legislator who has introduced several anti-gay bills for the upcoming session is withdrawing one measure because she says it didn't accomplish what she intended.

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7:49 am
Fri January 30, 2015

AUDIO: Helmerich and Payne Feel the Oil Price Drop Pain

Tulsa-based Helmerich and Payne is making plans to lay-off up to 17% of its overall work force. The Company’s CEO made the announcement in a conference call with investors.

The declining price of oil is making it unprofitable for companies to explore for new oil. That means oil rigs and being idled.  H & P President John Lindsay says the job losses are the worst part of the downturn.

There is no word on how many of the jobs will be lost at H & P’s Tulsa headquarters.

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Local & Regional
7:39 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Friday

Tulsa's Top Local News:

  • Tulsa-Based Helmerich and Payne will lay-off 2,000 workers because of oil price downturn.
  • Sally Kern pulls her bill that would allow businesses to deny service to gays.
  • The flu takes another Tulsa County life.
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Local & Regional
5:55 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Anti-Gay Legislation Could Hurt State's Economy in the Long Run

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A flurry of anti-gay legislation could damage Oklahoma's chances of attracting top companies to the state.

Oklahoma College of Business Dean Mickey Hepner said large companies employ diverse work forces and have an eye on social policies when they consider opening up shop in a state.

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5:37 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Summit Paints Bleaker Picture of State Budget

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Despite some signs of recovery, Oklahoma's budget struggles look set to continue for the foreseeable future.

"The budget challenges that we are facing this year in 2015, and looking ahead to 2016, are not one-off problems," said Oklahoma Policy Institute Director David Blatt.

At the group's 2015 budget summit in Oklahoma City, Blatt said state tax collections aren't keeping pace with a growing state economy, and tax cuts exacerbate the problem. Oklahoma is about on course with an OSU economist's 2007 projection of a multibillion dollar state deficit by 2035.

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2:34 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Crews Battling Grass Fires in Logan, Tulsa Counties

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Crews are battling several grass fires across the state a day after unseasonably warm temperatures and strong wind gusts fueled the spread of the flames.

Authorities say a fire was burning Thursday morning about four miles south of the Tulsa suburb of Sand Springs. There was no estimate on the size of the fire, but it is located in a mountainous area. Efforts to fight the blaze have been hampered by the rural terrain.

Crews were also battling a fire in Logan County that was moving south through the area.

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2:31 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Oklahoma Official: Executions Could Resume with Other Drugs

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of a sedative Oklahoma uses in lethal injections, Attorney General Scott Pruitt says he'll push to resume executions.

Pruitt said Thursday that if the state can obtain doses of barbiturates Oklahoma has used to execute inmates in the past, he'll ask the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to set new execution dates.

That may be difficult, though. Oklahoma switched to the current method it uses when supplies of some drugs dried up.

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11:28 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Oklahoma Health Officials Say 11 More Deaths Due to Flu

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health says influenza has taken the lives of 11 people during the past week.

Health officials reported Thursday 58 Oklahomans have died due to flu-related illness since the flu season began Sept. 28. About 1,400 others have been hospitalized, including 116 during the past week.

Forty-three of the flu victims were 65 or older while eight were in the 50-64 age group, two were aged 18-49 and three were 5-17. Two victims have been younger than 4.

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