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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law a bill allowing the sale of alcohol in movie theaters.

The new law signed Tuesday goes into effect Oct. 1 and allows the sale of beer and mixed drinks without separating customers into adult-only sections.

Customers will be required to have a handstamp or wristband that identifies them as being of legal age to consume alcohol.

The law is among several recent changes or proposed changes to alcohol laws in the state.

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Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation designed to relieve prison overcrowding and says state lawmakers should consider additional measures to reduce incarceration costs.

The bill Fallin signed Tuesday requires a risk and needs assessment for offenders and an individualized case plan for each offender in an effort to reduce repeat offenses.

Fallin previously signed bills requiring law enforcement training for pretrial domestic violence victim safety and substance abuse, and domestic violence training for public defenders, district attorneys and judges.

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The 12th annual Saint Francis Tulsa Tough is this weekend.

The cycling festival is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the bicycle this year. Tulsa Tough Director Malcolm McCollam said by the end of the 1800s, the bicycle looked a lot like today's models and could finally be ridden by women wearing skirts and dresses.

"And it gave women unprecedented mobility. So much so that Susan B. Anthony … she said, 'It has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.'" McCollam said.

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A newly famous Tulsan was given a key to the city Wednesday after her recent return from Washington, D.C.

Six-year-old Edith Fuller was the youngest National Spelling Bee competitor ever. She was 5 years old when she qualified by winning the Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee in March.

Fuller spelled both her words correctly on stage in Washington but didn’t score high enough on a written test to go to the finals. She said she wants to make it back to the national bee next year.


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops abruptly announced his retirement Wednesday, a stunning offseason move by the 56-year-old future Hall of Famer who led the Sooners to 10 conference championships and a national title in 18 seasons.

Stoops was the longest-tenured active coach in major college football, taking the job at Oklahoma a day before Kirk Ferentz started at Iowa. Stoops was 190-48 with the Sooners, his only college head-coaching job.

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Oklahoma is one of the least safe states according to a new study, ranking behind only Louisiana and Mississippi. Oklahoma is the third least safe state in America in 2017, according to the report from WalletHub. Analyst Jill Gonzalez says areas studied ranged from assaults per capita to total loss from climate disasters. When population is considered, Oklahoma ranked too high in murders, manslaughters, assaults, and loss from climate disasters. Gonzalez says the state could use more law enforcement officers to deal with the safety issues.  




SemGroup Corp. plans to buy Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Co. in a more than $2 billion deal.

SemGroup on Tuesday announced the planned acquisition from investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners. The agreement, including about 330 acres (130 hectares) along the Houston Ship Channel, is expected to close in the third quarter of this year.

SemGroup, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a petroleum pipeline and storage company.

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Federal disaster assistance is now available for some businesses and homeowners in Beckham County who had property losses as a result of severe weather last month.

Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday that the U.S. Small Business Administration is providing low-interest disaster loans to replace property damaged by the May 16-18 storm that isn't covered by insurance or other assistance programs.

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Washington lawmakers hope to learn more about allegations of Russian involvement in last year's Presidential election and if the Trump campaign worked with the Russians. Hearings are underway today and tomorrow at the U.S. Capitol.

The Senate intelligence committee will hear testimony from the former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday. Trump fired Comey in May.


 A Grady County inmate is accused of trying to attack a cellmate with a spork.

The Chickasha Express-Star reports that 37-year-old Orlando Miguel Martinez is accused of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

Online court records show Martinez was being on a public intoxication charge. An attorney is not listed for him.


The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says the state has received a grace period until July 10 as it works to implement new identification cards that comply with the REAL ID Act.

In the local news:

  • A Korean firm donates money to Tulsa STEM education projects.
  • State Senator Dan Newberry will leave the legislature.
  • Coweta's City Manager is fired and two city councilors there resign in protest.

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A Tulsa man has been arrested after streaming the verbal and physical abuse of a 6-year-old boy on Facebook Live.

32-year-old Ralph Hishaw was arrested on Monday. He's accused of child abuse by injury, child neglect and possession of a controlled substance.

Authorities say the Facebook Live videos show Hishaw repeatedly yelling profanities at the child, slapping him and ridiculing him. Authorities also allege that the house where the abuse took place had "deplorable living conditions" because of its lack of food and high concentration of debris.

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Health officials say mosquitoes found in Oklahoma County have tested positive for the potentially fatal West Nile Virus.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department reports that experts confirmed mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus, however there are no reported human cases of the virus.

Agency Public Health Protection Director Phil Maytubby says recent rain and warm weather created an environment favorable for virus-carrying mosquitoes.

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Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill that would allow police or prosecutors to request some details of an autopsy be kept from the public if it would compromise an ongoing investigation.

The bill was one of 16 measures signed by Fallin on Tuesday. She vetoed three others.

A judge would have to agree to the law enforcement request to keep autopsy details sealed.

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A Republican state senator from Tulsa announced Tuesday he will leave the legislature early next year.

Sen. Dan Newberry is resigning, effective Jan. 31, 2018. Newberry was re-elected to a third term representing District 37 in November and chaired the Senate Business and Commerce Committee this session.

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South Korea’s first oil refining company is the latest booster for science, technology, engineering and math education in Tulsa.

SK Innovations will give the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance $50,000 over two years.

TRSA's Xan Black with said the money will go to programs and training to benefit students.

"That could be anything from camps to mentorship to after-school programming, and then professional development to get out teachers confident and competent to engage and inspire the next generation of STEM workforce," Black said.


A special Sheriff’s unit is working on unsolved cold case murders in the Tulsa area. It’s been 19 years since teenager Dena Dean was found murdered. Every year since, her family has held a vigil hoping the case would be solved. One focus of the cold case task force is the Dean homicide. Retired Tulsa Police Officer Tim Bracken is a member of the cold case unit. He says the volunteer experts can devote time and effort regular force officers don’t have.

PSO Warns of On Going Scams

Jun 6, 2017
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Public Service Company of Oklahoma reminds its customers of the need to continually be on the alert for scammers and bill payment rip-offs.

In recent days attempts have been made to scam PSO customers, including specific reports of scammers targeting businesses in McAlester, Broken Arrow and Weatherford. 

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A state audit says about $150,000 was embezzled from the Talihina Public Works Authority by a former utility clerk who has resigned.

Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says the former clerk has admitted taking the money starting in 2012, but has underestimated the missing amount. Jones said it's been impossible to determine exactly how much money was embezzled.

Le Flore County District Attorney Jeff Smith told The Oklahoman  that he hasn't thoroughly reviewed the audit to determine whether criminal charges will be filed.

Chief Says Comment was "Taken Out of Context"

Jun 6, 2017
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A comment made by Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan in a Tulsa World article is drawing the ire of some North Tulsa leaders. The article dealt with Blacks being arrested more than people of other races. In the story, Chief Jordan was quoted

“I suspect we have a socioeconomic factor as far as arrests. I think you have a portion of the community that is somewhat disenfranchised, and a portion of the community that is not at the same economic level.


Tulsa's Williams released the results of a comprehensive study authored by researchers at Rutgers University analyzing the economic impact of the proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement project – a nearly $1 billion energy infrastructure investment designed to increase natural gas deliveries to New York City in time for the 2019/2020 winter heating season.


Paris prosecutors have opened a counterterrorism investigation after an unidentified assailant attacked police with a hammer outside Notre Dame Cathedral.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb says the attacker cried "it's for Syria" as he went after officers patrolling an esplanade in front of the famous landmark.

The Paris prosecutor's office said the investigation was opened Tuesday soon after the attack. The attacker was shot and wounded in the incident in one of France's most popular tourist areas.

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Four pianos, stage curtains, theater lighting and sound equipment from the Performing Arts Center and Gilcrease Museum will be among the more than 2,500 items up for bids at the next City of Tulsa Surplus Property Auction. The auction will be held Saturday, June 10, at 108 N. Trenton Ave.

The auction will start at 9:32 a.m. Potential bidders may view the merchandise on Friday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The City surplus property facility will open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday for viewing merchandise before the sale begins. P

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The state medical examiner has concluded the death of an Oklahoma County inmate was a homicide.

The Oklahoman reports 53-year-old Ricky Windle died because of complications of blunt force trauma. He died Feb. 5 in a hospital after being found unconscious and alone in a cell the day before.

An autopsy shows Windle was beaten at the jail Jan. 10 and had three broken ribs.

Windle had been jailed for failing to register as a sex offender.

In the local news:

  • Transportation officials express frustration with on going state budget issues.
  • A woman is struck and  killed while walking along South Harvard.
  • Our gas prices are among the nation's lowest.

Car Believed Used in Fatal Hit and Run Found

Jun 6, 2017

Authorities in Tulsa are investigating after a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle in an apparent hit-and-run.

Police say the collision happened Monday night about midnight near 47th and South Harvard. 

According to police, the victim is believed to be in her 20s or 30s. Officers did find a Buick emblem next to the woman's body. Later in the day, Police found the Buick Enclave, believed used in the crash, parked about a mile away.

Leaving the scene of a fatal accident is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison in Oklahoma.

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Education officials and advocates of after-school programs say there's a rising demand for such programs in Oklahoma, but that many families can't afford them.

The Oklahoman reports that most children who aren't able to access an after-school program live in low-income communities. Some believe the growing demand for after-school programs is linked to the growing rate of children living in poverty.

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Oklahoma transportation officials say the Legislature's decision to divert about $150 million in agency road and bridge funding to help close a hole in next year's budget is expected to lead to delays in starting some projects in its eight-year construction plan .

But Department of Transportation Director Mike Patterson said Monday that ongoing construction projects will not have to be suspended, as was initially feared.

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Oklahoma’s streak of having one of the nation’s lowest prices at the pump continues, this week higher than only South Carolina.

Oklahoma’s average price for a gallon of regular gas is $2.09, tied with Alabama and Mississippi for second-lowest in the U.S. Oklahoma’s average price is down a few cents from last week, but it’s not volatile.