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3:36 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

TYPros Visits Lawmakers on Annual Lobbying Trip

TYPros Chair Evan Tipton speaks during the group's lobbying trip Wednesday. Executive Director Shagah Zakerion stands next to him.
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Tulsa’s Young Professionals made its annual lobbying trip to the state capitol.

"Top issues for Tulsa's Young Professionals are funding for education, we're also very interested in modernizing Oklahoma's liquor laws, and then ridesharing opportunities like Uber and Lyft," said government affairs crew leader Stephanie Cameron. "Those are all very important to our demographic and are definitely areas of interest."

The discussion ran both ways, however. TYPros Executive Director Shagah Zakerion said the theme they heard from lawmakers in both parties was engagement.

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3:17 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Education Voucher Bill Pulled From State Senate

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that would allow parents to receive state subsidies to send their children to private schools has been withdrawn by its Senate author.

Republican Sen. Clark Jolley of Edmond said Wednesday he's pulling the school choice plan from consideration in the Senate to address questions about how it would work. Jolley says he plans to pursue the legislation next year.

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12:25 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Creek Chief Gets 'No Confidence' Vote

George Tiger in a file photo from a news conference.
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In an emergency meeting, the Creek Nation Tribal Council votes “no confidence“ in Principal Chief George Tiger and the council will ask him to resign. The vote was 12-to-nothing following an executive session of the council last night.

The vote follows a Tulsa World report that Tiger, before he was chief, had signed a contract with the developer of the Kialegee Tribal Town Casino that was proposed for Broken Arrow. Had that casino opened, it would have been in competition with the River Spirit Casino owned by the tribe.

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11:44 am
Wed March 11, 2015

OU Follow-Up: Tulsans Rally to End Hate

The rally was held in front on Tulsa's City Hall
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Tulsa leaders join the ‘Say No to Hate Coalition’ in a rally against racism on the steps of Tulsa’s City Hall. Leaders, one-by-one,  spoke out against the racist comments made on a Sigma Alpha Epsilon video at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

The local leaders talked about how the frat house comments were made in “ignorance” and the only answer to ignorance is “education”.

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9:41 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Lawmakers Look for Budget Fix

Bartlesville Representative Earl Sears
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Oklahoma House leaders are gathering agency input on the new state budget. Appropriations Chair Earl Sears of Bartlesville says they are looking for ways to fill the $611.3 million budget shortfall.

Budget cuts will NOT be across the board. Sears wants to spare, as much as possible, the big state agencies like education, transportation and public safety. He calls the agencies "core government services".

Sears wants to wrap up the budget quickly, so agencies will know what is ahead.

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7:48 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Osage County Oil Producers Blame Study for Crippled Industry

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PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — Osage County oil producers have expressed their frustration with an environmental survey that has brought well drilling to a standstill.

The Tulsa World reports that producers voiced their opinions at a meeting Monday that was held by the U.S Bureau of Indian Affairs. Oil drillers blame the bureau and its environmental policies for crippling the industry in the area.

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7:44 am
Wed March 11, 2015

OSU Health Center has New Provost, COO and Associate Deans

OSU Medical Center
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences has announced its new provost, chief operating officer and associate deans.

The health center's president, Kayse Shrum, announced the changes on Tuesday.

William Pettit is being promoted to provost of the Tulsa-based center and senior associate dean of academic affairs for the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Johnny Stephens will be promoted to COO.

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7:03 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Dallas Prep School: Grad Led Racist University of Oklahoma Chant

OU Students at rally
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DALLAS (AP) — The president of a Dallas prep school says it appears a graduate is one of the University of Oklahoma students leading a racist chant captured on video during a fraternity event.

A letter posted on the Jesuit Dallas website by school president Mike Earsing does not identify the student. But Earsing says he is appalled by the actions in the video and extremely hurt by the pain it has caused the community. He says everyone at Jesuit Dallas is committed to a culture of justice and equality.

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6:56 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Oklahoma House Approves Measure Changing Marriage Licenses

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has approved legislation that shifts the issuance of marriage licenses from the state to members of the clergy.

House members voted 67-24 for the measure Tuesday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

The measure by Republican Rep. Todd Russ of Cordell would replace a state-issued marriage license with a clergy-issued marriage certificate.

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6:50 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • 2 OU students are expelled for racial slurs on a frat video.
  • State lawmakers look for answers to the corrections crisis.
  • There is a new way to track city repair progress.
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