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There’s a little less fall color on the trees and a lot more on the ground in Tulsa after winds hit 50 miles per hour on Wednesday.

A lot of people are faced with a big cleanup job, but there's a wrong way to do it.

"The one thing we don't want them to do is bag them up and send them to the landfill," said horticulturist David Hillock with OSU. "But they have other options, mostly mulching and composting them."

You can still start a compost pile now if you don’t have one already.


The Oklahoma Democratic Party brings three ethics complaints against Gov. Mary Fallin.

Democratic Party Chairman Mark Hammons said Fallin misused her authority when she allegedly intervened in a Medical Examiners Board adjudication of a Tulsa surgeon at the behest of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

"The governor said that she didn’t really intervene. She just wanted the board to do its job," Hammons said. "But you know what, if you want the board to do its job, you pick up the phone. You don’t send your legal staff down for a closed-door meeting with the board."

The Children's Society

Governor Mary Fallin and the Department of Human Services announce a new initiative to bolster Oklahoma’s ranks of foster families.

DHS Director Ed Lake said they have an ambitious goal with the Oklahoma Fosters initiative: recruit 1,000 new families by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

"And I want to assure you, this isn't just to meet our goals in the Pinnacle Plan," Lake said. "This is the right way to serve children who are abused and neglected and can't go home."


A conservative advocacy group is challenging OU President David Boren's plan to fund education through a one-cent sales tax.

OCPA Impact filed a formal protest with the Oklahoma Supreme Court today, saying Boren's petition is unconstitutional.

The group accused Boren's group of logrolling four different subjects in to one petition and said that violates the Oklahoma Constitution's single-subject rule.

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One more case of hospitalization in Oklahoma because of the flu is reported in the past week. It’s still early in the season, so LeAnne Stephens with the Tulsa Health Department recommends taking steps to minimize your risk of getting the flu, including getting the vaccine which is the most effective way to protect yourself.

The very young and those over 60 are most susceptible. So far this year, 17 cases of flu hospitalizations have been reported in Oklahoma, with one in Tulsa County. No deaths are yet recorded in the state this flu season. 

Tulsa Police


TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say a man wanted in the shooting death of his wife has been found in east Tulsa with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Sergeant Dave Walker says Derrick Todd was found Wednesday afternoon inside his car in a Wal-Mart parking lot and was taken to a hospital in life-threatening condition.

Walker says Todd had sent text messages to acquaintances about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday indicating he had shot his wife. Those receiving the text included an off-duty Tulsa police officer and a retired Tulsa officer.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa County prosecutors will no longer seek the death penalty for a man convicted in the shooting deaths of an Owasso trucking company owner and a retired Tulsa banker in 1999. First Assistant District Attorney John Luton announced the decision on Tuesday. Victor Miller has been fighting a legal battle against the state after he was convicted in 2002 in the deaths of 44-year-old Jerald Thurman and 77-year-old Mary Bowles.


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McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested an Oklahoma man accused of kidnapping a woman and forcing her to fly a contraband-filled drone over the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

Online court records show 29-year-old Marquis Gilkey is charged with attempting to bring contraband into the prison, conspiracy and kidnapping. No attorney is listed for him and he's jailed on $25,000 bond.

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Firefighters in Oklahoma have brought a large grassfire near Woodward under control while fires also burn in northeastern Oklahoma.

No injuries or significant damage have been reported.

Woodward Fire Chief Steve Day said a fire Wednesday about 5 miles south of Woodward and burned slightly more than 1 square mile. Fires also burned in Oklahoma, Lincoln, Pottawatomie, Washington and Nowata counties.

The American Red Cross has set up a post in Lenepah in Nowata County to provide water, snacks and meals to first responders.

In the Local News:

  • Crews assess the damage from Oklahoma wildfires.
  • The OSSAA modifies its playoff prayer rules.
  • A man is arrested for the prison-drone.