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Bixby Public Schools

Bixby Public Schools are reaching out to the community to help alleviate anticipated state budget cuts.

District spokeswoman Dee Harris said they’ve launched a "bridge the gap" campaign and are asking for tax-deductible donations.

"It's a way for community members and parents and friends and families to donate to help bridge the gap of what we believe will be $1.7 million that we will not have for next year," Harris said.

Tulsa Regional Chamber

Officials in each of Oklahoma’s three public education systems say the state of education is poorly funded.

At their state of education forum, leaders with the Tulsa Regional Chamber said students going on summer break will come back to drastically different schools as new cuts take effect. Tulsa Superintendent Deborah Gist said on top of that, decades of underfunding have left Oklahomans unaware of what they don’t have but should in K–12 schools.

Department of Corrections

STRINGTOWN, Okla. (AP) — Two people are in custody after being accused of trying to leave duffel bags of cellphones, synthetic marijuana, tobacco and other contraband outside an Oklahoma prison.

The Department of Corrections says 32-year-old Jessie Palone and 31-year-old Ramona Palone were arrested outside the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown. Atoka County jail records do not show whether the two have an attorney.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has adopted legislation designed to capture about $125 million from a cash-flow reserve fund each year and make it available for lawmakers to spend.

The House voted 85-8 Monday for the measure and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

The bill is part of a package of legislation adopted by House and Senate appropriations committees last week to raise new revenue and help fill a projected $1.3 billion hole in next year's state budget. The shortfall is blamed largely on declining energy prices.

 

ALBION, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says divers have resumed their search for two people who disappeared on a river in eastern Oklahoma.

A possible drowning was reported Saturday night on the Kiamichi River near the town of Albion, which is about 200 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. The highway patrol says two males went missing Saturday night while swimming in the river.

Divers searched all day Sunday but did not locate the missing people. The search resumed at daybreak Monday.

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May 9, 2016

 

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Violent Home Invasion in East Tulsa

May 9, 2016
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Tulsa Police are investigating a violent home invasion on the city's east side. The incident happened about 5 a.m. this morning.

Police say three people forced their way into a home near 31st and Garnett. A woman in the home was tied up with duct tape. A man in the house was shot twice. He has been rushed to the hospital. He is in serious condition, but the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Officers are searching for the suspects.

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The descendants of Cherokee Indians forced from their ancestral homes in North Carolina and Georgia will mark the historic tragedy of nearly 180 years ago with a cross-country bicycle ride.

WLOS reports that a handful of Cherokee men and women were training Saturday in Swain County for next month's remembrance ride. They will meet ten cyclists from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma to retrace the 1,000-mile journey west that their ancestors were forced to march.

 

 Kevin Durant matched his career playoff high with 41 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 111-97 on Sunday night to tie the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2.

Durant scored 29 points on 10-for-13 shooting in the second half.

Russell Westbrook finished with 14 points and 15 assists, Dion Waiters added 17 points, and Steven Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City. The Thunder shot 50.6 percent overall and 57 percent in the second half to avoid going back to San Antonio down 3-1 for Game 5 on Tuesday night.

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Oklahoma reform groups say Gov. Mary Fallin's recent decision to commute the sentence of an inmate serving life without parole for drug trafficking could lead to a re-evaluation of dozens of similar cases.

Fallin granted the commutation for 66-year-old Larry Yarbrough earlier this year, converting his sentence to life with the possibility of parole. Yarbrough's parole request will be considered later this month.

Oklahoma is among many states that have passed sentencing reform laws giving courts more discretion in how nonviolent offenders are punished.

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