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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A burglary suspect has been arrested after Tulsa authorities say he punched a police dog several times and pulled an officer into a creek.

The Tulsa World reports a 37-year-old man was arrested Thursday on complaints of first-degree burglary, assaulting a police dog, assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.

Police say officers responded to a report about a man trying to force open the window and kick in a door of a home before the residents chased him away.

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Tulsa science, technology, engineering and math education experts were part of a national discussion held Thursday at the White House.

Tulsa Public Schools STEM Coordinator Julie Hasfjord said Tulsa was held up as an example of collaboration in education.

"The businesses have really stood up and supported everything that's going on in STEM," Hasfjord said. "So, for funding, for partners, for providing mentors."


A wild off-road bicycle race coming to Tulsa next weekend now has its course plan.

Tulsa Tough is behind the cyclocross event Cyntergy Hurtland. They let U.S. champ Jeremy Powers design the course after a walkthrough of Owen Park.

Powers drew a lot of inspiration from courses in Europe, which throw a lot of obstacles at riders.

"He wanted to design a course that would not only be physically challenging but would test the limits of the cyclists' skill sets," McCollam said.

City of Tulsa

City councilors and the mayor spent hours this week trying to narrow the list of Vision projects for Tulsa's renewal.

Vision and Economic Development Task Force Chair Blake Ewing said nothing is a sure thing yet with river and public safety proposals still on the board, too.

"It's pretty easy to identify those that are popular and that we will likely see, but I don't feel comfortable yet committing that anything is going to be on the list," Ewing said.

The Tulsa Regional Chamber has staked out a position on the city's upcoming Vision renewal.

Board members say the six-tenths Vision sales tax should be renewed in full and dedicated to "game-changing capital investments." 

"We saw how transformative those types of investments have been for our community in the original Vision 2025," said PSO President Stuart Solomon, who is on the chamber board. "We think we have the opportunity to do that again this time around."

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A mayor’s advisory committee and Tulsa Public Schools team up to build relationships between students and police.

State Sen. Kevin Matthews said it’s a good chance for the students and officers to start seeing each other as real people.

"The deputy chief, just in the back, we go to church together, so I see him as a church member," Matthews said. "And so, I believe the goal today — and what we support — is these type of positive relations."

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BENNINGTON, Okla. (AP) — A pregnant woman and her unborn daughter have been killed in a Bryan County crash.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 21-year-old Shawnlynn Pool of Hugo died in the crash on U.S. 70 at near Bennington about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The Oklahoman reports the victim was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by a 24-year-old Hugo man.

A 37-year-old man was driving a pickup truck westbound on U.S. 70 when he went left of center and struck the vehicle driven by the 24-year-old man in the eastbound lane on the passenger side.



SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — A woman who rammed a police officer's car as he fired his gun at her speeding SUV has been charged with five criminal counts, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The Tulsa World reports 41-year-old Stacey Ann Bunsey was charged Thursday in the dramatic chase captured on video from dashboard and body cameras.

Sand Springs Police Master Patrol Officer James Matthew Stacy survived with minor injuries after being thrown by the impact of the crash.

Investigation Underway Into Audit

Nov 13, 2015
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An accounting firm, based in Broken Arrow, that audits nearly one-fourth of Oklahoma's public school districts is under investigation. The FBI and the U.S. Department of Education's inspector general are handling the probe.

Sanders, Bledsoe and Hewett is being investigated for misappropriation of at least $235,000 over a five-year period at Swink in southern Oklahoma.

Education department officials questioned how the company gave Swink "clean" audits with no reported findings, recommendations or exceptions over the five-year period.


TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is expected in Tulsa next week to attend a Democratic National Committee event.

Biden's office announced the stop Friday as part of a three-state trip to California, Texas and Oklahoma. The office was expected to provide more details about the events later.

Biden, who recently decided against a run for president, will stop first in Los Angeles to participate in an event on the economy and then attend a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event.