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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says after review, a new law allows breweries to sell you beer to take home and to drink there.

ABLE Commission Director A. Keith Burt said while he knew Senate Bill 424 would allow breweries to sell six-packs and growlers, he wasn’t sure it allowed them to serve on site.

"Because it didn't say on-premise consumption," Burt said. "And so we're open to the attorney general's office giving us guidance on if that suffices to allow them to do that."

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The Grand River Dam Authority says it’s high time to take a look at the Illinois River.

For the first time in about 20 years, a carrying capacity study will be done on the Illinois River. GRDA spokesman Justin Alberty said they’ve hired OSU to perform the study.

"They're the ones that we've used before on Grand Lake, so they certainly have the background, and they have the expertise to do this," Alberty said.

OSU's geography department will look at how many boaters the river can support, how many actually use the river and how that affects the area.


Prosecutors have charged a Tulsa man with first-degree murder and committing a hate crime in the killing of his Lebanese neighbor.

Stanley Majors was also charged Tuesday with being a felon in possession of a firearm and threatening a violent act in the Aug. 12 fatal shooting of 37-year-old Khalid Jabara.

The 61-year-old Majors allegedly spent years in conflict with the Jabara family, referring to his neighbors as "filthy Lebanese," ''dirty Arabs" and "Moo-slems." The Jabaras are actually Christian.

At one point, Majors allegedly ran over the mother with a car.

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   The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has delayed voting on a proposal to increase tolls in the state because of a pending lawsuit.

The authority's board decided Tuesday not to vote on a proposal that would increase tolls by a total of 17 percent over three years. The increase would help pay off bond debt to fund new construction around the state.

Jenks Public Schools

One Tulsa-area teacher is among more than 200 honored by President Obama.

Jenks West Intermediate fifth-grade math and language arts teacher Moriah Widener got a call Monday morning telling her to check her email. That’s how she learned she was one of 213 teachers nationwide honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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A recent investment by an Oklahoma foundation is helping animals displaced by devastating flooding in Louisiana.

The Kirkpatrick Foundation helped fund a 50-foot, 15-ton rescue truck for American Humane’s rescue team. Randall Collins with American Humane said they’re mainly working in Livingston Parish, where three in four homes have been destroyed.

"What we've been doing is search and rescue to find those animals, bring them back, get them veterinary care that they need and try to reunify them with their owners, their loved ones, their families," Collins said.


On October 1st, the renovated Tulsa Central Library will reopen. The $55 million, three-year,  project is nearly complete. Library Director Gary Shaffer says that means the'Librarium' in the old Safeway/Homeland store downtown will be closing.

Governor Fallin


Gov. Mary Fallin has signed election proclamations that place five state questions on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Fallin signed the proclamations on Tuesday ahead of Friday's deadline for the governor to complete paperwork for the general election ballot.

Juvenile Injured in Tulsa Hit-and-Run

Aug 23, 2016
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A juvenile is in critical condition after being struck by a pick-up last night in south Tulsa.

The Tulsa Police Department says it happened as the youngster was walking near 81st and South Sheridan.

The crash happened about dusk. The driver of the pick-up truck fled the scene after knocking the boy some 50-feet. 

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The final roster of candidates for this fall's general election will be decided when Oklahomans choose party nominees for seats in the state House and Senate and a congressional seat in central Oklahoma.

Registered Democrats will choose between former state Sen. Al McAffrey and retired university professor Tom Guild in Tuesday's runoff for their party's nomination in the 5th Congressional District. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

AUDIO: More Students... Fewer Teachers

Aug 23, 2016

The Oklahoma State School Board Association says Oklahoma is facing a crisis. Schools are facing more students and fewer teachers.

Association Executive Director Shawn Hime says the state is facing a teacher shortage. He says over 2,000 teachers have either had their jobs eliminated, left the profession or fled the state for more money.

Just across the Red River, a teacher can make $20,000 a year more than in Oklahoma. He says young teachers can not pass up that money.   


Every Oklahoma motorist will pay an additional $5 beginning later this month for a new license plate that features the outline of the state bird — a scissortail flycatcher — on a blue background.

Gov. Mary Fallin unveiled the new license plate during a press conference with state officials on Monday. The new plates cost the state about $2.05 to produce. Most of the additional revenue will go into a newly created State Public Safety Fund that will be available for the Legislature to spend to "support public safety" in the state.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma faces a teacher shortage.
  • A Vinita teen is accused of killing his step-mother.
  • This is election day in Oklahoma.

A company donates backpacks filled with school supplies to homeless kids staying in the Tulsa County shelter. County Social Services Director Linda Johnston says the donation was a surprise to the children and to the employees at the shelter. Employees from Bob Moore Auto just showed up with the backpacks before the first day of school and dropped them off for the children.

Johnston says it’s a struggle every year to find supplies for the shelter kids, so the unexpected donation is ‘greatly appreciated’.



Oklahoma State University is set to conduct a study on the impact of the number of people and boats on the popular Illinois River.

The Tulsa World reports that the Grand River Dam Authority approved the study to be carried out by the university's geography department last week.

The authority's vice president for scenic rivers and water quality, Ed Fite, says the last time the river's carrying capacity was analyzed was in the 1990s.

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Rather than go to school this morning, a 14-year-old boy walks into the Vinita Police station. There he tells officers he shot and killed his step-mother.

Authorities went to a home on Vinita's north side. They found the body of 38-year-old Laura Hendricks. She had been shot.

The Vinita P.D. has asked for assistance from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The Bureau's Jessica Brown says agents are looking into what led up to the fatal shooting.

Fire Destroys B.A. Home as Oxygen Tanks Explode

Aug 22, 2016

Oxygen tanks explode as firefighters battle a morning home blaze near 101st South and 145th East in Broken Arrow.

The fire may have started in the kitchen area of the home. The elderly resident got out of the home okay.  The house was destroyed.



More than two dozen candidates seeking seats in the Oklahoma Legislature face opponents in Tuesday's primary runoff election. Those include several who are supported or opposed by a grassroots group aiming to elect more supporters of public education.

There are six runoffs for state House seats — four among Republicans and two for Democrats. In the Senate there are seven runoffs, all featuring Republicans seeking open seats.


Oklahoma's suicide rate is 37 percent higher than the national rate, yet the state ranks near the bottom in spending for mental health services.

The Tulsa World reports that nationally, there are 12.6 suicides per 100,000 people each year. Oklahoma ranks 13th in the country with a rate of 17.2 per 100,000. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Tulsa's suicide rate of 16.8 per 100,000 ranks it 15th among U.S. cities.


It all changes today.

This is the first day of school in the Tulsa Public School District. 40,000 students have returned to some 86 different school sites in Tulsa.

4 Dead in 3 Different Tulsa Murder Cases

Aug 22, 2016
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It was a violent Sunday in Tulsa and it continues into Monday. Four people are dead in three separate homicides

The Latest: A person is found dead in a yard near 54th and North Hartford. That happened about 2:30 this morning..----

Last night: Police say a man and a woman were found dead in a home near 31st and South Garnett. They had both been shot

Sunday Morning:----- A man was shot to death when he opened his apartment door at a complex near 65th and South Mingo. Two people have been arrested in that case.

In the local news:

  • The 2016-17 school year is underway in Tulsa.
  • Four people are dead in three separate murder cases in Tulsa.
  • New fears of another Oklahoma revenue failure.

In Catoosa Schools, Cash for New Buildings but Cuts for Classrooms

Aug 21, 2016
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Perhaps nowhere in Oklahoma is the irony of school funding more stark than in Catoosa Public Schools, a district of 2,100 students 15 miles east of Tulsa.

School bonds have resulted in an infusion of cash, spent on MacBook computers for all middle and high school students, a monolithic dome cafeteria that doubles as a tornado shelter, new air conditioner units, buses and a plethora of other upgrades. The school board in July approved a contract to build a $1.5 million press box with an elevator at the high school football field.

Helmet Hut

Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 as the Crimson Tide attempts to win a fifth title in eight seasons.

Coach Nick Saban's Tide received 33 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel and 1,469 points. No. 2 Clemson received 16 first-place votes and 1,443 points. It's the first time since 1992 that Nos. 1 and 2 in the preseason rankings are the same as they were in the final poll of the previous season.


 Authorities say an inmate who escaped the Jim E., Hamilton Correctional Center in Hodgen is back in custody.

Prison officials say 31-year-old Daryl Cooper was found and arrested Saturday morning in Heavener, about three miles north of Hodgen.

Authorities say Cooper was reported missing after failing to show up for a roll call Friday night. Details of the escape were not immediately released.

 For the second time in as many election cycles, former state Sen. Al McAffrey and retired university professor Tom Guild will square off in a runoff election for the Democratic nomination in central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.

Democratic voters in most of Oklahoma County and all of Pottawatomie and Seminole counties will choose their nominee in Tuesday's runoff that's a rematch of the 2014 5th District race in which McAffrey defeated Guild for the party's nomination.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident near Wagoner.

The woman was struck about 3:15 a.m. Saturday on Highway 51.

The OHP said the woman appeared to have been walking on the eastbound shoulder of the highway when she was struck by a red vehicle.

The woman's name was not immediately released.

The highway was closed for about two hours while the scene was cleared.

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 The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Quinton man has drowned in Skiatook Lake.

The OHP says 30-year-old Nicolas William Birckel drowned in the lake Friday afternoon. The patrol initially reported that the drowning occurred Saturday.

An OHP report says Birckel jumped from a boat to swim, then went under water and did not resurface.

His body was recovered Saturday morning in about 25 feet of water.

Tahlequah Police

 A police chief in Oklahoma says the fatal shooting of a hammer-wielding man was "necessary."

Tahlequah police on Friday released a video of the Aug. 12 shooting death of 49-year-old Dominic Rollice of Park Hill by Lt. Brandon Vick and Officer Josh Girdner.

On the video, officers repeatedly tell Rollice to drop the hammer he's holding and each time he says no. Rollice then moved his arm backward with the hammer in his hand and police open fire.

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 The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports strong winds have blown over several tractor-trailer rigs on Interstate 40 in western Oklahoma and westbound lanes of the interstate is down to one lane of traffic.

No injuries were reported after the rigs were blown over near Sayre, about 25 miles east of the Oklahoma-Texas state line.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning in the area until 6 p.m. Friday and said winds of up to 60 miles per hour and penny-sized hail is possible.