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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office has released autopsy results for one of the two Arkansas duck hunters who disappeared during wintry weather last month.  
 In a report released Tuesday, the medical examiner's office said 22-year-old Chase Morland accidentally drowned when his boat capsized in Kaw Lake in northern Oklahoma. Morland's body was found Dec. 28 after he and his friend, Craig Strickland, went missing while hunting during a winter storm.  

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RUSH SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) _ Former Oklahoma state representative and gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman has announced that he will take up a one-year term on Rush Springs' City Council following the resignations of two members.  
 The Express-Star reports that Dorman made his announcement Tuesday, and that he will not run for the seat. Marvin Loeffler resigned from the council about little over a month ago, while Brian Hale recently announced he was stepping down. Both resigned for personal reasons.  

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A newly formed coalition dedicated to reforming Oklahoma's criminal justice system is launching a ballot initiative for a public vote on policies to reduce the state's high prison population.  
 A group of legislators, criminal justice experts and business and community leaders launched the group Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform on Wednesday and filed paperwork for two proposed state questions.  


The Wagoner County Sheriff's Department are investigating a suspected case of animal neglect after confiscating twenty-two malnourished horses and eight dogs.

Sheriff's deputies conducted a search warrant on the property on January 26

after a Wagoner resident witnessed several horses running wild on the property. The property has been abandoned for three months, but officials are still unsure how long the animals have been neglected.

No charges have yet been filed, pending a full investigation and a decision by the District Attorney.

American Indian Museum


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City wants the Legislature to change a law to shift responsibility for the stalled American Indian Cultural Center and Museum from the state to the city.

Under the law passed last year, the state would borrow $25 million to help complete the museum. The city would be required to pay 50 percent of all revenues in excess of $7 million per year to the state.

City leaders want the Legislature to roll back a revenue-sharing provision and drop plans for a new authority that would oversee state-issued bonds.

Work on Vision Proposal Goes into the Night

Jan 27, 2016
City of Tulsa

Tulsa City Councilors meet till way after dark  last night. The members were debating a new Vision Tax extension proposal. More meetings are scheduled.

City officials have stated that they would like the proposal voted upon by residents in April. That is problematic for councilors. The final plan must be to the election board by a week from Thursday in order to have it one the April ballot.

Bank President Fondly Remembered

Jan 27, 2016
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The North Folk Baptist Church in Eufaula is packed as the town remembers slain bank President Randy Peterson. He was killed in a bank robbery last week.

A bank teller was shot and so was a hostage.  Both women remain hospitalized and are expected to recover.

The suspect, Cedric Norris, was killed in a shoot-out with authorities.

In the local news:

  • A state officials proposes a cigarette tax hike.
  • A funeral service is held for a slain Oklahoma bank president.
  • The LGBT community balks at two dozen bills pre-filed in the legislature.

The number of Oklahomans who are financially secure drops in the latest national rankings. A report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development says while the national unemployment rate is dropping, in Oklahoma, there’s been little improvement in the number of people stuck in low wage jobs. Kasey Wiedrich is co-author of the report. A key factor is home ownership, and in Oklahoma, Wiedrich says the number of whites owning homes far outstrips the number owned by people of color.

Matt Trotter / KWGS

A Tulsa mainstay in advanced manufacturing opens an expansion at the Port of Catoosa.

Linde Engineering North America, or LENA, makes pipes and fittings for oil, gas and other firms. The company spent $2.7 million to add 13,000 square feet of office space.

President Steve Bertone said they also expanded the area to assemble and test products before sending them out, making off-site workers' jobs safer.