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7:26 am
Sun March 15, 2015

UConn Tops TU

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Ryan Boatright scored 21 points and UConn overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to beat Tulsa 47-42 and advance to the finals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Rodney Purvis added 11 points and Daniel Hamilton pulled down 12 rebounds for the defending national champions (20-13), who will have a chance Sunday to secure a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Shaquille Harrison had nine points and Rashad Ray finished with eight for Tulsa (22-10), which led 38-28 with 6:35 to play.

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10:01 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Some Blue Bell Products Recalled

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DALLAS (AP) — Officials at a Wichita, Kansas, hospital say five people who fell ill with listeriosis after consuming a Blue Bell ice cream product became sick while patients in their hospital. Three of the people died.

A spokeswoman for Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita says five patients became ill with listeriosis during their hospitalizations for unrelated causes between December 2013 and January 2015.

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9:50 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Pawnee County Attorney and Judge at Adds Over Drug Court

Pawnee County in red
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PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A state district attorney and judge are at legal odds over the establishment of a drug court in Pawnee County.

Rex Duncan, the district attorney for Osage and Pawnee counties, has made claims that Associate District Judge Patrick Pickerill used a "sham legal process" to backdate two administrative orders that appointed a secretary bailiff and created a drug court on October 30th.

The Tulsa World reports that another judge denied Duncan's initial claims and ratified the orders on January 14th.

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9:47 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Lawyer Says Goal is to Protect Rights of Fraternity Members

Stephen Jones
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A high-profile attorney hired by alumni of a fraternity chapter at the University of Oklahoma says the actions of some student members caught engaging in a racist chant are inexcusable, but members still have rights that must be protected.

Attorney Stephen Jones said Friday members of the fraternity and their parents also are concerned about the students' safety after some received physical and verbal abuse, even death threats.

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9:36 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Tulsa Holds Off Houston, 59-51, Advances to AAC Semifinal

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Shaquille Harrison scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds as second-seeded Tulsa held off No. 10 seed Houston 59-51 on Friday night to advance to the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.

The Golden Hurricane (22-9) will face the winner of the semifinal between No. 6 Connecticut and No. 3 Cincinnati Saturday.

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1:31 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

A Tulsa Forum Tackles Health Care Issues

Oklahoma Hospital Association President and CEO, Craig Jones.
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There are more than 630-thousand Oklahomans without medical insurance coverage. It impacts those that do have insurance, and the issue is a major topic discussed at a health care forum in Tulsa today. President of the Oklahoma Hospital Association, Craig Jones, says in 2013 hospitals in the state gave over $550-million in care to those without insurance. He says that cost has to be shifted, so it’s borne by those with insurance and companies that privately insure their employees.

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12:32 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

EagleMed's Oklahoma Crash History

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Last night's crash of an EagleMed helicopter, near Lake Eufaula  is the fourth such crash in the last five years in Oklahoma.

Choppers have crashed in Oklahoma City, near Kingfisher, Talahina and now near Lake Eufaula. In those four crashes, six people were killed.

This latest crash, like all the others, will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

EagleMed is based out of Wichita, Kansas.

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11:48 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Wanted Man Kills Himself in Busy Bartlesville Shopping Center Lot

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BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Police in Bartlesville say a man wanted by U.S. marshals shot and killed himself in the parking lot of a Bartlesville shopping center.

Capt. Jay Hastings says 36-year-old William David Parks Jr. shot himself once in the head Thursday night while officers were trying to talk him into getting out of the vehicle he was in outside Eastland Shopping Center. Parks died later at a local hospital.

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9:07 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Oklahoma Highway Trooper Flown to Hospital after Wreck

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DAVIDSON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a state highway patrol trooper was injured in a southern Oklahoma accident and was flown to a Texas hospital.

Lt. John Vincent of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says trooper Gary Sanders had pulled over a vehicle on Thursday night for a traffic stop on the side of U.S. 183 north of Davidson. During the stop, a vehicle struck the back of Sanders' patrol car, causing it to hit the vehicle Sanders pulled over.

It's unclear whether Sanders was inside of his patrol car at the time of the wreck.

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9:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Owasso Man Gets Nearly 3 Years in Prison for Bank Robbery

Tulsa's federal court house
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 31-year-old Owasso man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for robbing a bank by threatening the teller with a hoax bomb.

Federal prosecutors in Tulsa said Thursday that Steven Ray Auten received the 33-month sentence after pleading guilty to the crime in December. Auten was also ordered to pay restitution to the bank.

Court documents allege Auten admitted to robbing the International Bank of Commerce and presenting a note to the teller demanding money and threatening that he had a bomb.

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