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Oklahoma Forestry Service


 Oklahoma Forestry Services says it's closing four offices and reducing services as part of a restructuring program forced by budget reductions.

Forestry Services Director George Geissler says the agency plans to reallocate resources to maximize its remaining services. While some services will no longer be available to landowners in western Oklahoma, all 77 Oklahoma counties will continue to receive wildfire suppression support.

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Family members say Oklahoma's first black state senator, who held a sit-in at the state Capitol with civil rights icon Clara Luper and fought to keep the state's only historically black university open, has died.

Sonya Porter says her father, E. Melvin Porter, died Tuesday at his Oklahoma City home after contracting a fever while in hospice care. He was 86.

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The head of Oklahoma's prison system has appointed a new warden at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary following a series of mishaps during the last few scheduled executions.

Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh announced Wednesday the appointment of Terry Royal of Clermont, Florida, to oversee the prison in McAlester that houses the state's death row and execution chamber.

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Supporters of a state question to overhaul Oklahoma's liquor laws and allow the sale of strong, cold beer and wine in grocery and convenience stores are launching an effort to build support for the proposal.

Grocers, winery operators and convenience store operators are among those who kicked off the "Yes on 792" campaign Wednesday during a trade show in Oklahoma City.

The proposal on the ballot in November would make numerous changes to Oklahoma's alcohol laws, including extending the hours that retail liquor stores can be open.

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Oklahoma finance officials say more than $140 million can be reallocated to state agencies because mid-year budget cuts that were ordered amid a revenue downturn were deeper than necessary.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services announced Wednesday that it determined $140.8 million is available for reallocation following the fiscal year that ended June 30.

in the local news:

  • Local DNC delegates prepare to hear from Hillary Clinton.
  • Governor Fallin considers a Special Session of the legislature to address teacher pay.
  • A campaign to modernize Oklahoma liquor laws moves forward.
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Railroad track maintenance will disrupt traffic at some downtown Tulsa crossings this week and next. The City's Lara Weber says the Madison Avenue crossing between 2nd and 3rd will be closed for a time today and tomorrow. Then the crossing at North Trenton will be affected tomorrow and Friday. Next Tuesday the work will move to the Elgin Avenue tracks between 1st and Archer. Weber says while the maintenance is underway, the various crossings will be closed to all vehicular traffic.

Cold Treats on a Hot Day

Jul 27, 2016

Tulsa city leaders became true public servants this afternoon. Members of the City Council and Mayor-Elect G.T. Bynum handed out ice cream and Bomb Pops to Tulsans at the Guthrie Green.

The lunch time event was a fund raiser for the Tulsa Salvation Army's Home Energy Aid Program. In exchange for the treats, residents were asked to donate to the program. It helps low the income with summer cooling and winter heating bills.

Funds collected by the Salvation Army are matched  to the Public Service Company and Oklahoma Natural Gas.

Tribal Gaming Conference Underway in Tulsa

Jul 27, 2016

The Tulsa Convention Center looks like a casino this week as the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association holds its annual conference and trade show in Tulsa.

Association Director Shelia Morago says gaming has a big impact on Oklahoma’s economy. She says tribal gaming was up 6.5% in Oklahoma last year. It has a $4.2 billion impact on the state's economy.

Over 2,000 people are in Tulsa for the event. In addition, to showing off the latest machines, the conference included workshops to address problem gambling.

Many Beds for Homeless Youth Remain Empty

Jul 27, 2016
Oklahoma Watch


The five bunk beds, each with a white pillow and tightly fitted sheets, sit empty in the basement of the Church of the Open Arms in northwest Oklahoma City.

Nearby shelves hold donated clothing, cleaning products and young-adult novels.

All are waiting to be used by homeless teenagers. But for months, the beds and items have been sitting untouched by the young.