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12:42 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Community Corrections Supervisors Honored

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Professionals
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Those who help keep criminal offenders out of jail or prison through a variety of pretrial, probation, and parole programs are recognized. An official proclamation honors those who are in charge of people on community supervision. Sherri Carrier is County Court Services Director. She says they’re responsible for helping people get on the right path and stay there by helping them find jobs, housing, treatment, and support.

In times of tight budgets and jail overcrowding, Tulsa County leaders say the pretrial, probation, and parole programs are more important than ever.

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12:13 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Kenyan Delegation to Visit Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A delegation of about 20 Kenyan government officials are to visit Oklahoma City for a training and exchange program on political transition.

The group is due in Oklahoma City Monday for the three day visit with state leaders that include Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb; state Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger; state Rep. Jason Nelson; Oklahoma County Commissioner Willa Johnson; state Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese and others.

The group is also scheduled to visit the Oklahoma National Stock Yards and various Oklahoma farms and ranches.

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10:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Duncan Eyes Stricter Water-Rationing Rules

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DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — Officials in Duncan say they've collected more than $14,000 in fines since the city began rationing water last year.

City Manager Jim Frieda says the fines were collected for 112 violations of the city's rationing measures, which were enacted to address a decreasing water supply in Waurika Lake. Frieda says the city's daily water consumption has been reduced from 9 million gallons to 4.2 million gallons since the restrictions were put in place.

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10:02 am
Mon July 14, 2014

2 Altus Police Officers on Leave After Shooting

ALTUS, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a man was injured after he was shot by two Altus police officers.

Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy says the shooting occurred early Monday. Murphy tells Lawton television station KSWO that the officers were responding to a report of shots fired in the 500 block of North Hightower Street.

Once there, police encountered a man with a gun. Murphy says the man fired one round at the officers, who returned fire. The man was struck once in the stomach and is now at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Local & Regional
6:57 am
Mon July 14, 2014

More Shaking

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GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded eight earthquakes shaking central Oklahoma in a span of just about 24 hours. One near Medford in Grant County was 3.9. It happened about 2:15 this morning.

They ranged from magnitude 2.6 to 2.9 and were centered in the Guthrie, Jones and Langston areas, 15 miles to 30 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The USGS said the quakes were recorded between 7:57 p.m. Saturday and 9:51 a.m. Sunday. No injuries or damage were reported.

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6:53 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Common Core Repeal Faces Test at Oklahoma Supreme Court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit challenging the Legislature's repeal of Common Core education standards for English and math is being scrutinized by Oklahoma's highest court just one month before public school students are scheduled to return to the classroom.

Parents, teachers and four members of the Oklahoma Board of Education allege lawmakers violated the board's constitutional authority over the "supervision of instruction in the public schools" when they repealed Common Core standards scheduled to go into effect in the upcoming school year.

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6:51 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Mid-Way Still Closed on Rogers Pike

Work continues on the iconic mid-way service stop on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Vinita.
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Before you get on the Will Rogers Turnpike, be sure your gas tank and tummy are full.

With the Mid-way McDonald’s and service facility still closed at Vinita, there are no food or service station facilities along the pike.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s Jack Damrill says that means you must exit for gas or food. Renovation and expansion is underway on the iconic structure that spans the turnpike. It could reopen later this year.

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6:41 am
Mon July 14, 2014

OHP Trooper Investigated Over 'Adult' Photographs

File photo of Trooper Daniel Martin holds a paramedic by the neck
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BURNS FLAT, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who was disciplined following a highly publicized altercation with a paramedic in 2009 is now under investigation for allegedly showing an inappropriate photo to another trooper during a recent Cadet Lawman academy in Burns Flat.

The OHP said Sunday that Trooper Daniel Martin allegedly showed "an inappropriate adult photo" to another trooper during the academy that is for high school students to learn more about the OHP.

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6:35 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Get Up to Date with Monday Morning's Top Local Stories

In our local news:

  • The latest on Oklahoma's immigration issues.
  • Work continues to renovate the half-way McDonald's on the Will Rogers Turnpike.
  • Tulsa's new Costco will be the first of several planned for the state.
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9:54 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Inmate's Death Ruled a Suicide

Inmate David Ernst
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of a Creek County inmate was a suicide.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says 53-year-old David Ernst, who was convicted of first-degree manslaughter on June 12th, hanged himself five days later.

Ernst was found guilty in an August 2013 vehicular collision that killed four people.

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