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8:39 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Board of Education Approves New Testing Vendor

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved a contract with a new testing vendor to conduct about 50,000 end-of-instruction tests for high school students this winter.

The board held a special meeting Friday and approved the contract with Measured Progress to conduct the exams. The contract is for about $3.4 million.

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8:36 am
Sat October 18, 2014

As Oil Prices Drop, Exploration Declines in Oklahoma

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 12 this week to 1,918.

The Houston-based firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,590 rigs were exploring for oil and 328 for gas. A year ago there were 1,739 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained two rigs, while Oklahoma's tally decreased by seven rigs, and New Mexico was down four. North Dakota each dropped one. The rig counts in Colorado, Kansas and Arkansas were unchanged.

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8:34 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Ex-Oklahoma Trooper Charged with Sex Crimes

Eric Roberts
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SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who allegedly forced women to have sex with him following traffic stops has been formally charged with 14 counts that include rape, sodomy, sexual battery, embezzlement and asking for or receiving a bribe.

Court records show 42-year-old Eric Roberts was charged Friday in Creek County District Court.

His attorney has proclaimed Roberts' innocence and says he committed no crimes.

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4:26 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

"Safer, Stronger Tulsa" Begins With Look at Prescription Drug Abuse

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Mayor Dewey Bartlett's series of public safety summits starts by focusing on prescription drug abuse. 

Tulsa County has the 18th most prescription overdose deaths in the U.S. Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Terri White said bringing the problem to light is the first step.

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12:14 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Attorney Says Oklahoma Anti-Abortion Law Onerous

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for an Oklahoma abortion provider says a new state law requiring abortion clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when an abortion is performed is unconstitutional.

Attorney Ilene Jaroslaw of the Center for Reproductive Rights on Friday asked Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves to prevent the law from going into effect on Nov. 1.

Graves did not immediately had down a ruling and said he will decide whether to issue an injunction by next week.

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11:33 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Memorial Service Sunday for Slain Family of 3

Duncan is in Stephens County

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — A memorial service is scheduled Sunday for a slain Oklahoma newspaper publisher and two of his family members whose bodies were discovered at their home earlier this week.

Services for John, Tinker and Katherine Hruby will be at the First United Methodist Church in Duncan. A reception will follow the service.

The Hrubys' son, Alan, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his parents and sister.

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10:47 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Tulsa Man Arrested for Meth, Guns

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police have arrested a man who they say had methamphetamine, eight guns and $6,000 in cash in his home.

The Tulsa Police Department's Special Investigations Division searched the 25-year-old man's home last week after receiving a tip that he was trafficking drugs from the residence. They seized the cash and guns, more than 20 grams of methamphetamine and body armor.

He has been booked into the Osage County Jail on complaints including trafficking controlled dangerous substances, possession of a firearm while committing a felony and conspiracy.

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6:51 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Tulsa Hosting its First-Ever Jewish Film Festival

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Local film buffs are invited to the historic Circle Cinema next week view a mix of foreign films, documentaries, comedies and dramas combined in a special collection for Tulsa's first-ever Jewish film festival. 

The festival runs Sunday until Thursday and is offered through a partnership between Circle Cinema, Jewish Federation of Tulsa and Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.

The event will present two films each night.

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6:48 am
Fri October 17, 2014

University of Tulsa gets EPA Grant

The TU campus
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $15,000 to University of Tulsa to develop a low-cost wireless device for monitoring water usage of hotel guest room showers.

The device will be designed to fit most new and existing hotel shower fixtures and will wirelessly transmit hotel guest water usage data to a central hotel accounting system.

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6:44 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Inhofe Calls for Travel Ban Amid Ebola Outbreak

Senator Inhofe talks with reporters
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe is calling for a temporary travel ban to the United States from West African countries that are battling an outbreak of Ebola.

Inhofe released a statement Thursday calling for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Federal health officials have said such travel bans would not be effective in controlling the outbreak.

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