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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the FBI still possesses more than a dozen guns belonging to Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols.

Nichols petitioned a federal judge in July, asking that the guns be turned over to his ex-wife because he owes child support. Nichols argues that guns "had no part" in the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people.

In a report filed Tuesday in federal court in Denver, prosecutors say the FBI has 13 of Nichols' guns and that they're willing to have discussions with Nichols to resolve the issue.

A Health Advisory for a Green Country School

Sep 3, 2015
Verdigris Schools

A possible, and we stress the word, 'possible', case of viral meningitis has been reported in the Verdigris School District.

The Rogers County health Department has been notified. A statement on the district’s website says they are take preventive steps in cleaning the schools.

Viral meningitis is not as serious as the bacterial form.  Here is a link to the statement from the school district

In the local news:

  • The TPS begins mapping out the next five years.
  • A health advisory for the Verdigris Schools.
  • The closed Wal-Mart at Admiral and Memorial is set to reopen.

The Admiral and Memorial Walmart will reopen sometime this fall.

"Plumbing repairs and store upgrades are still ongoing, [but] our goal is to begin serving customers by late October or early November," said Walmart spokeswoman Erica Jones.

The east Tulsa store and four other Walmart Supercenters across the country closed suddenly on the same day in April. At the time, the company said the stores had plumbing problems that would take at least six months to fix.

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Science, technology, engineering and math education in Tulsa is set for a boost.

The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance is among 27 picked for a new national program. Tulsa Program Director Xan Black says the STEM Ecosystems Initiative includes newer and older groups, and the goal is to share information.

Thursday night is the first of nine community forums to help shape Tulsa Public Schools’ new five-year plan.

Those who attend will be asked to consider the district’s previous five-year plans as well as its future needs. Everything is on the table, from facilities to teacher recruitment.

Superintendent Deborah Gist recently asked for Vision funding for teacher housing. She said the idea has come up at every district event so far.

Oklahoma County


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge has entered a not guilty plea for the son of Oklahoma's labor commissioner on a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of his father.

Christian Costello appeared in a video arraignment before Oklahoma County Special Judge Russell Hall Wednesday in connection with the stabbing death of his father, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

Blue Bell



BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries has resumed operations at a northeastern Oklahoma facility a day after the company's products returned to the shelves at select locations in Texas and Alabama.

The Texas-based company says limited production resumed Tuesday at the facility in Broken Arrow, a Tulsa suburb. The company said in a news release that operations will be limited at first to ensure that new procedures, facility enhancements and employee training have been effective. Products will only be released for sale after tests show they are safe.




STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A northern Oklahoma man accused of nearly beheading a 19-year-old friend with a machete has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Payne County Judge Phillip Corley on Wednesday sentenced 22-year-old Isaiah Marin after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing and entered a plea of guilty to first-degree murder.

A police affidavit says Jacob Andrew Crockett's head was "mostly severed" from his body after the Oct. 29 attack in Stillwater.

Technology Helps Rescue Traffic Crash Victim

Sep 2, 2015

A woman is alive and has her pick-up to thank for helping save her. 

Verdigris Fire Chief Mike Schaffer says a woman swerved to miss a deer this morning and went way off the roadway near Port of Catoosa. Her pick-up went down a steep ravine, through thick underbrush and came to rest in a creek bed.

Officials were notified of the crash by the 'On-Star' notification system in her vehicle.  However,  at first, they were unable to find the wreckage in the underbrush.