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   Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem-designate Mike Schulz has announced the chairs and vice chairs of the Senate's standing committees.

The committee chairs named Thursday are Sens. Kim David for the Appropriations Committee; Larry Boggs for agriculture and wildlife; Dan Newberry for business, commerce and tourism; Gary Stanislawski for education.

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 A judge has refused to move the trial of a woman charged with crashing into spectators at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade and killing four.

 

The Payne County district judge on Tuesday turned down the request by attorneys for 26-year-old Adacia Chambers.

 

Defense attorneys argued that Chambers couldn't get a fair trial in Payne County because of pretrial publicity.

 

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's street people scurry to get out of the cold.
  • An economic conference warns Oklahoma not to mirror Kansas.
  • Mayor Bynum meets with educators.

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A former Oklahoma state trooper accused of sexually assaulting women during traffic stops has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty to lesser charges.

Eric Roberts pleaded guilty Tuesday to several charges, including procuring indecent exposure with an adult and bribery. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop more serious charges against Roberts, who was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison.

Tulsa and Oklahoma City are expected to be the state's engines in a slowly growing economy. 

While the national rate is just over 1 percent, OSU economist Dan Rickman predicts 0.4 percent growth for Oklahoma. Rickman said Tulsa will reverse its recent negative rate and outpace the state, and Oklahoma City should lead the way with about 1 percent growth. 

"What that implies is that, for the rest of the state, there's contraction. And, of course, a lot of this is occurring in energy-producing parts of the state," Rickman said. 

Bynum Meets With Educators

Dec 6, 2016
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On his first full day in office, Mayor Bynum meets with education leaders from across the city. 

He says a quality education system should be Tulsa’s best economic development tool. The new mayor says they go together hand-in-hand.  Bynum says with quality schools come quality jobs.                  

Bynum meet with school superintendents as well as higher education leaders. He wants to strengthen the relationship between the city and the schools.

Brace Yourself, Here Comes the Cold

Dec 6, 2016
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A stronger cold front will pass through the region on Wednesday bringing much colder temperatures for the remainder of the work week.

An upper storm system will provide some lift on the cold side of the front to bring the potential for light snow across portions of northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas near the Kansas and Missouri borders Wednesday and Wednesday night.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a video that shows Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon punching a woman two years ago must be released to the public.

The high court on Tuesday sided with the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, which sued to force the release of the 2014 surveillance video that captured the incident. Mixon, who has apologized, was suspended for the 2014 season and later sentenced in court to a year of probation in a plea deal.

 

Authorities say one person was found dead and another was injured after a large house fire in Luther.

Firefighters say the blaze broke out at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. Oklahoma City television station KFOR reports that investigators are still determining where the fire began, including the possibility of it originating in a vehicle then spreading to the home.

Authorities say one person was found dead inside the home, and a second person was taken to a hospital.

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New Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum drew inspiration for his administration's goals from the city's youngest mayor in history: 31-year-old James Maxwell.

In Bynum's inaugural address, he spoke about what Maxwell achieved through hard work and what Tulsans today can do through the same means.

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 A Tulsa woman who gained national attention when she challenged a clothing retailer after she was denied a job there for wearing a headscarf has been honored for her social justice advocacy.

The Tulsa World reports Samantha Elauf received the Woody Guthrie Center's second Oklahoma Changing World Prize at a ceremony Sunday night.

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is traveling to the Middle East to visit members of the National Guard serving overseas.

Fallin spokesman Michael McNutt says the governor left Monday afternoon from the Washington, D.C. area on a trip being coordinated by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Fallin flew to the Washington area late Sunday before departing for the Middle East.

In a statement from the Pentagon, Fallin says men and women in uniform impress and inspire her.

VIDEO: Weather Update for Green Country

Dec 6, 2016

Bitterly cold air and a slight chance of freezing drizzle and snow are possible over Northeast Oklahoma starting tomorrow. Here is a video briefing from the National Weather Service in Tulsa.

 

 Five companies are being sued over a magnitude 5.0 earthquake at Cushing.

The lawsuit filed Monday by David and Myra Reid, Valerie Branyan and Timothy Harris names White Star Petroleum, Crown Energy Company, PetroWarrior LLC, Cher Oil Company and FHA Investments LLC. It asks for more than $10,000 for property damage, market value loss to property, emotional distress and punitive damages.

It alleges the companies caused the quake by injecting wastewater in the area.

In the local news:

  • A blast of cold air is headed to Oklahoma.
  • G.T. Bynum becomes Tulsa's 40th Mayor.
  • A lawsuit is filed over last month's Cushing 5.0 earthquake.

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G.T. Bynum was sworn in Monday as Tulsa's 40th mayor.

He's the third-youngest person to take the office. Bynum said that's not a hurdle to doing great things, as Tulsa's youngest mayor, James Maxwell, had a hand in creating the library system, tripling the city's geographic area and desegregating city government.

Bynum said a community effort now can accomplish just as much.

"Working together, first and foremost as Tulsans, we will accomplish great things," Bynum said. "So, let's come together. Let's work hard. It's time to build the city of our dreams."

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Green is one of the colors of Christmas, and you’re being encouraged to ’go green’ as in environmentally friendly when buying gifts this year. The Metropolitan Environmental Trust’s Lauran Drummond says the 2016 top ten green gift list is out.

The list includes a $25 donation to Up With Trees where the group will plant a tree in your gift recipient’s honor, a reusable water bottle, and a recycled Stupid Sock Creatures kit. The gift list can be viewed at METrecycle.com.

Hilberling Death Ruled a Suicide

Dec 5, 2016
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The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death of Amber Hilberling was a suicide. The 25-year-old was found dead in her prison cell in October at the Mable Bassett Correctional Center.

She was serving a 25-year sentence for the death of her husband. Hilberling was convicted of pushing him the window of their high rise Tulsa apartment.  She had claimed it was an accident.

The M.E. report also states Hilberling had methamphetamine in her system at the time of her death. 

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A Tulsa District Court Judge rules the late Terence Crutcher’s children are his rightful heirs. The ruling excludes the children’s mother from the process.

Franchel Johnson claimed she was Crutcher’s Common-Law wife and should control the estate. However, Judge Kurt Glassco rejected that claim.

Crutcher was shot and killed by a Tulsa Police officer in September. The officer has been charges with 1st Degree Manslaughter. That could open the door to a wrongful death suit by Crutcher’s heirs against the city of Tulsa.

Cold Weather Oklahoma Bound

Dec 5, 2016
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The initial cold front will move into northeast Oklahoma late tonight pushing through the remainder of the area

during the day Tuesday. The much advertised secondary push of much colder arctic air will move through on Wednesday. Areas of light snow and/or light freezing drizzle will be possible behind the front, transitioning to all snow by early Wednesday evening.

As Oil Prices Bounce; Gasoline Prices Increase

Dec 5, 2016
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Average retail gasoline prices in Tulsa have risen 13.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.96/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 321 gas outlets in Tulsa. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.18/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com

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G.T. Bynum will be sworn in as Tulsa's next mayor this afternoon.Swearing-in ceremonies for newly elected Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and City Councilors Vanessa Hall-Harper and Ben Kimbro will be held at 2 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Tulsa. 

City Auditor Cathy Criswell and City Council members Anna America, Jeannie Cue, Connie Dodson, Blake Ewing, Karen Gilbert, Phil Lakin and David Patrick will also take part in the ceremony. 

Mayor G.T. Bynum will serve a four-year term as Mayor of Tulsa and the auditor and councilors will serve two-year terms.

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Employees of a veteran's center in Talihina say they're "panicked, scared, shocked and uneasy" because of a proposal to close the center.

An email obtained by The Oklahoman from employees to area lawmakers and the Oklahoma Veterans Commission also says moving could endanger the health of residents.

Talihina Mayor Don Faulkner said losing the center's 268 jobs in the town of about 1,100 would be devastating. He compared it to the effect on Oklahoma City if Tinker Air Force Base, Devon Energy and Chesapeake Energy all closed.

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 Okmulgee County authorities say a man has been found apparently shot to death inside a vehicle just north of Okmulgee.

Investigators told reporters that 27-year-old Mikail Parker was found dead Saturday by deputies investigating reports of an unresponsive man in a vehicle.

Authorities say it appears Parker had a gunshot wound to the head.

Officials have not announced any arrests or identified any suspects in the shooting.

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 The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 3.9 magnitude earthquake has struck northern Oklahoma. There were no immediate reports of injuries or property damage.

The USGS says the epicenter of the earthquake Sunday night was about 9 miles east of Pawnee. The quake was as far north as the southern Kansas border and as far south as Oklahoma City.

Another quake, measured at 3.6, was recorded about 3 a.m. this morning near Cushing.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa gets a new Mayor later today
  • More earthquakes rattle north central Oklahoma.
  • Oklahoma tribal leaders praise a decision to not grant permits for a North Dakota pipeline project.

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The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane will face the Central Michigan Chippewas in the 2016 Miami Beach Bowl in Miami, Florida, it was announced today. The game will be played at Marlins Park on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. (CT).

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The political waters for the 2018 cycle have become murkier with several of Oklahoma's rising Republican stars jockeying for spots in Donald Trump's administration.

The biggest prize will be Oklahoma's governorship, since current Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is term-limited. But with speculation swirling that Fallin might take a post in the Trump administration, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb would assume the post and the power of incumbency in 2018.

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A Tulsa man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being found guilty of fatally shooting a recent high school graduate at a traffic light.

The Tulsa World reports that District Judge William LaFortune sentenced 19-year-old Hao Trung Le Friday in the 2015 death of

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Prosecutors say Gutierrez-Garza, a 2014 Jenks High School graduate, was fatally shot by Le as she waited in her car for a traffic light to change.

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Baker Mayfield passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and Number 7 Oklahoma defeated 11th ranked Oklahoma State 38-20 Saturday in a matchup that decided the Big 12 champion.

The Heisman Trophy candidate performed well throughout, despite finishing the game without injured top receiver Dede Westbrook, a Biletnikoff Award finalist.

Westbrook caught four passes for 111 yards before being knocked out of the game on a crushing hit by Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns.

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