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3:22 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Latest Tulsa Outlet Mall Planned Near Intersection of I-44, I-244

Horizon Property Group plans to build The Outlet Shoppes at Tulsa near where I-44 and I-244 meet. This is a preliminary concept for the project.
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A third group unveils its plan for a Tulsa outlet mall.

Horizon Group Properties plans to build The Outlet Shoppes at Tulsa near where I-44 and I-244 meet. The company estimates the project will create nearly 4,000 jobs total. CEO Gary Skoien said don’t count on Tulsa having three outlets, though.

"Just to be very clear, there's not going to be two outlet centers or three outlet centers in Tulsa, just like there's not going to be another outlet center in Oklahoma City," Skoien said. "The cities are of a size that, you know, can only really support one outlet center."

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2:11 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Women's Commission Wants to Reduce Number of Incarcerated Females

Commission on Status of Women presented to Mayor.
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Oklahoma is still number one in the rate of incarcerating women, and a Tulsa panel wants to do something about it. In a report to Mayor Bartlett, members of the Commission on the Status of Women say the high rate of incarceration of females will be their focus in 2015. Oklahoma puts 127 women per 100-thousand population in prison, almost double the national rate. Women’s Commission Communications Chair Becky Dixon says sentencing guidelines in Oklahoma are too strict.

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1:45 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Judge to Let Most of New Abortion Law Take Effect

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge plans to let a new law take effect next month to restrict the use of certain abortion-inducing drugs, but is temporarily suspending any portion that subjects abortion providers to legal liability.

District Judge Robert Stuart issued his ruling Wednesday following a hearing on the law that was passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature earlier this year and takes effect Nov. 1.

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11:27 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Report Blasts Rabbit Massages Among Gov't Waste

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A maverick Republican senator has released his annual collection of billions of dollars of government waste, citing examples like faulty missile defenses, unneeded airports and golf course repairs completed on taxpayers' dollars.

Sen. Tom Coburn's yearly "Wastebook" cites 100 examples, big and small, of questionable spending like a $347,000 alternative medicine grant to measure the benefits of massage on rabbits or $200,000 to upgrade Ithaca, New York's SWAT team equipment.

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11:03 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Candidates for Superintendent Share Several Similarities in Their Platforms

State superintendent of public instruction candidates John Cox and Joy Hofmeister participate in a public forum Tuesday in Tulsa.
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It’s down to John Cox and Joy Hofmeister in the race for state superintendent of public instruction.

Cox, the Democrat, is currently the superintendent of Peggs Public Schools. He’s been in public education 29 years, 21 of those years as a school superintendent.

Joy Hofmesiter is the Republican. She's CEO of Kumon Math and Reading Centers of South Tulsa and served on the state board of education for just over a year.

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9:50 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Oklahoma's Mental Illness Rate is Second in the Nation

Commissioner Terri White
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Oklahoma has issues.

22-percent, nearly one-in-four, Oklahomans suffers from some form of mental illness. State Mental Health Commissioner Terri White presented the figures to a special house interim committee this morning.

TERRY WHITE:  "In the latest report that came out this summer, we are number two in the United States for the number of people struggling with mental health."

Why is that?

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8:54 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Oklahoma Couple Pleads Guilty to Child Neglect

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The parents of a malnourished girl who weighed just 13 pounds when she was nearly 3 years old have pleaded guilty to child neglect.

Forty-nine-year-old Joe Knapp and 34-year-old Anne Pester entered the pleas on Tuesday to avoid a jury trial. The Tulsa couple was arrested in October 2013 and their daughter was admitted to a hospital in critical condition.

Authorities say the girl had been left lying in a crib most of her life and couldn't walk, talk or chew.

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8:48 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Download Report: Impact Tulsa Releases its Recommendations

Kathy Taylor
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A new, data-driven, education initiative releases its baseline report. The project is called 'Impact Tulsa'. It is headed by former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor.

The collaborative effort takes in 10 Tulsa area school districts. It includes about 90% for the students in the Tulsa area. It calls for more involvement by the public in public education. It urges school districts to look for new ways to accomplish goals of getting students ready for kindergarten, reading on grade level and improving graduation rates.  Right now, only about 72% of high schoolers will graduate.

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7:03 am
Wed October 22, 2014

New Park in Tulsa to Include Thousands of Trees

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — More than 4,380 trees are scheduled to be planted in a major reforestation effort during construction of the city's newest park along the Arkansas River.

When the first phase of "A Gathering Place for Tulsa" is complete, construction officials say it will include more than 80 different species of trees surrounding the area.

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7:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Female Incarceration Report Presented to Mayor

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women is scheduled to present an interim report on female incarceration issues this week.

The report will be presented Wednesday to Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. at City Hall.

Oklahoma ranks No. 1 among all states in the number of women in prison with 127 per 100,000 population, compared to the national average of 63 per 100,000.

Tulsa County is the largest contributor to the state's female incarceration rates.

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