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9:23 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Supreme Court Won't Hear Tulsa Officer's Complaint

File photo of one of the signs at the Mosque,
Credit File Photo-Tulsa Islamic Center

A Tulsa police officer who sued after being ordered to work an event at a mosque won't have his case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

A lawyer for Tulsa Police Captain Paul Fields says justices refused to take up the case yesterday.

Fields sued the city in 2011 after he was punished for not attending, and not sending any subordinates, to a law-enforcement appreciation event at a mosque.

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7:43 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Democrats Won't Sue over 2nd District Election

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Democratic Party leaders say they will not file a lawsuit over Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin's victory over the Democratic nominee who died two days before the general election.

Party Chairman Wallace Collins said party officers met Monday and a majority voted not to challenge Mullin's victory.

Collins maintains state law calls for a special election to be held in the event of a candidate's death before the election, but he acknowledged the cost of a lawsuit was a factor in the officers' decision.

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6:58 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Oklahoma Muslim Group Condemns Henderson Death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma group dedicated to improving the relationship between Muslims and the United States has issued a statement condemning the killing of an American oil worker with Oklahoma ties.

A militant organization allied with the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for killing William Henderson. A lawyer for Henderson's estate said the Apache Corp. worker grew up in Enid and Garber.

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6:52 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Police: 2 Oklahoma City officers injured in shooting

Credit File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police say two officers have been wounded after a gunman opened fire at police during a traffic stop.

Capt. Paco Balderrama says the officers fired back and fatally shot the man on Monday night. He says an officer pulled over the vehicle and called for backup when he learned a passenger had outstanding warrants. Officers say the passenger got out and started shooting as they were walking to the vehicle.

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6:47 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's City Council members take the oath of office.
  • The Tulsa School Board reviews bond proposal projects.
  • Bill Blankenship is out as TU's Head Football Coach.
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5:16 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

City Councilors Sworn In, Elect 2015 Leaders

Municipal Judge Mitchell McCune (foreground) swears in Tulsa City Councilors Jack Henderson (front), Jeannie Cue, David Patrick, Blake Ewing, Karen Gilbert, Connie Dodson, Anna America, Phil Lakin and G.T. Bynum at the Performing Arts Center Monday.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa city councilors took the oath of office today in a ceremony at the Performing Arts Center.

There are two new faces on the nine-person council. One of those is District Six Councilor Connie Dodson. She said one of her top priorities will be helping along a planned east Tulsa outlet mall.

"They're wanting to break ground early in the year, and I want to do everything I can to facilitate that," Dodson said. "That will help other economic development in the area continue to grow and prosper."

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1:32 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Citywide Holiday Food Drive Kicks Off

Tulsa city leaders, fire, and police officers kick off the 'Stock the Station' food drive.
Credit KWGS News

For the rest of the month, Tulsa police and fire stations, and other city facilities will accept donations for the ‘Stock the Station’ holiday food drive. The non-perishable items go to the needy served by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Director Eileen Bradshaw says it’s a time of year when people are thinking about those less fortunate. She says the need this year is greater than ever.

The food drive runs through the end of this month. 

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12:03 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Trooper: Woman Dies in Tulsa County Highway Crash

Tulsa OHP Headquarters
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Stillwater woman has died in a single-vehicle crash.

Troopers say 22-year-old Caitlynn Briscoe was driving east on U.S. 412 in Tulsa County on Sunday night when her car left the road. The car struck a concrete barrier wall and rolled over.

Briscoe was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say she was wearing a seat belt.

The cause of the crash is unclear. No other injuries were reported.

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11:56 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Report: Midwest Economic Index Dips Again

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has dipped again.

A survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell in November to 51.3 from 51.8 in October. September's figure was 54.3.

After rising in June to its highest level in more than three years, the overall reading has hovered in a range pointing to much slower growth for the overall regional economy over the next three to six months.

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10:41 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Award Presented for Drug Incineration

Darrell Weaver and Matt Newman accept the award.
Credit OBN

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful presents its “Towering Spirit Award” to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Tulsa’s Covanta Trash to Energy plant. The giant incinerator has been burning unwanted prescriptions. Covanta’s Matt Newman is pleased with the public/private partnership.

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