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  Authorities in Tulsa are investigating after a man fatally shot a 20-year-old woman at his home, telling police he thought she was a burglar.

Police say the shooting happened at about 3 a.m. Wednesday at a home in west Tulsa. Authorities say the man and woman knew each other, but the nature of their relationship wasn't immediately clear.

According to police, the man called 911 after the fatal shooting. The woman's body was discovered on the front porch of the home.

 

Authorities in Tulsa are investigating after a man fatally shot a 20-year-old woman at his home, telling police he thought she was a burglar.

Police say the shooting happened at about 3 a.m. Wednesday at a home in west Tulsa. Authorities say the man and woman knew each other, but the nature of their relationship wasn't immediately clear.

According to police, the man called 911 after the fatal shooting. The woman's body was discovered on the front porch of the home.

In the Local News:

  • A Tulsa commission wants to explore the economic opportunities of  Route 66
  • A State Senator resigns amid a scandal.
  • Electric cars show off in Tulsa.

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Charges have been filed against a former member of the Oklahoma governor's staff who was investigated on allegations that he took photos or video up a woman's skirt at the State Capitol.

Oklahoma County District Court records show that charges of offering false or fraudulent evidence, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of destruction of evidence were filed Tuesday against 29-year-old Travis Goss Brauer.

Brauer resigned July 11 as Gov. Mary Fallin's executive assistant. Court records do not indicate whether he is represented by an attorney.

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The president pro tem of the Oklahoma Senate says a state senator made the right decision in resigning from office as he faces a sexual battery charge for allegedly groping an Uber driver.

Sen. Mike Schulz said in a statement Tuesday that he hopes Sen. Bryce Marlatt now "is able to focus completely on his family and the legal matter before him."

Marlatt was booked Tuesday morning on one felony count of sexual battery, arraigned before a judge and later released on a $5,000 bond.

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In Tulsa's Senate District 37, Republican voters selected Brian O'Hara in a winner-take-all primary to replace outgoing Republican state Sen. Dan Newberry. O'Hara, who attracted nearly 42 percent of the vote in a seven-person GOP field, will face Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman on Nov. 14.

A Democratic school teacher has defeated a Republican businessman in a special election for a House seat in west Norman, making it the third Republican-held seat Democrats have captured in special elections this year.

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The chairman of Oklahoma's House Appropriations and Budget Committee has a plan to fill a $215 million budget shortfall that includes raising the tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack and allowing Indian casinos to offer roulette and dice games.

Republican Rep. Kevin Wallace said Tuesday his plan covers the shortfall and creates nearly $300 million in additional revenue annually.

The shortfall was created when the state Supreme Court ruled a $1.50 per pack "fee" on cigarettes was an unconstitutional tax.

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The chairman of Oklahoma's House Appropriations and Budget Committee has a plan to fill a $215 million budget shortfall that includes raising the tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack and allowing Indian casinos to offer roulette and dice games.

Republican Rep. Kevin Wallace said Tuesday his plan covers the shortfall and creates nearly $300 million in additional revenue annually.

The shortfall was created when the state Supreme Court ruled a $1.50 per pack "fee" on cigarettes was an unconstitutional tax.

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The chairman of Oklahoma's House Appropriations and Budget Committee has a plan to fill a $215 million budget shortfall that includes raising the tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack and allowing Indian casinos to offer roulette and dice games.

Republican Rep. Kevin Wallace said Tuesday his plan covers the shortfall and creates nearly $300 million in additional revenue annually.

The shortfall was created when the state Supreme Court ruled a $1.50 per pack "fee" on cigarettes was an unconstitutional tax.

If you’re curious about what driving an electric vehicle is like, Wednesday is your chance.

Plug-ins like the BMW i3, Chevy Bolt and Volt, Nissan LEAF and Toyota Prius Prime will be available to look at and test drive at Guthrie Green from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of National Drive Electric Week. Event organizer Tulsa Area Clean Cities is working on securing a Tesla model, too.

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The Tulsa Route 66 Commission proposed a study Tuesday to support economic development along the city’s stretch of the Mother Road.

The commission will recommend the City of Tulsa pay for an economic development study of all 24 miles of Route 66 through the city.

Commission member and City Councilor Blake Ewing said it’s important the study provide verifiable data, much like a downtown housing study did several years ago to spark residential development.

Somber Homecoming for Fallen Air Force Colonel

Sep 12, 2017
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It was over a half century ago that Colonel Martin Scott was shot down over Vietnam. Now, 51-years later his family is finally getting closure.

The Colonel's remains have been positively identified and are being brought back to Oklahoma for internment. A memorial service is planned in Claremore for a week from this Friday.

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Legislative seats in Norman and Tulsa, sales tax initiatives for improvements in Oklahoma City and a sheriff's race in the state's largest county are among the items on special elections ballots on Tuesday.

In the local news:

  • The latest on Helmerich Park.
  • Tulsa County will try its first death penalty case in five years.
  • GOP voters in West Tulsa County select a candidate for the state senate today.

TU Top Ranked University in State

Sep 12, 2017
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Excuse us while we brag just a little. The University of Tulsa--- the owner of Public Radio Tulsa-- is still Oklahoma’s Top Ranked University.

The poll released by US News and World report ranks T-U number 87 in the nation. The University of Oklahoma was the only other Oklahoma school in the Top 100. It was ranked 97.

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Homeless Hit-&-Run Suspect Charged With Murder

Sep 12, 2017
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1st degree murder charges are filed against Jeremy Thacker of Owasso. The 40-year-old is accused of deliberately running over street people last week. One man was killed.

The Tulsa County District Attorney's office filed the charges yesterday. The attacks took place over the Labor Day weekend in Tulsa. One attack was near 500 North Cheyenne. The other was near 15th and South Carthage. 

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The Tulsa County District Attorney will seek the death penalty in last March’s murder of 19-year-old Kelsey Tennant. She was killed at her 65th and South Mingo Apartment. in Tulsa. Her boyfriend was severely assaulted.

41-year-old Greg Epperson is charged. The D.A's office announced yesterday, in court filings that it would see to have Epperson executed if he is found guilty. It is the first death penalty case in Tulsa County since 2012.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court will not take up a lawsuit against the City of Tulsa that seeks to block the sale of Helmerich Park land.

The city asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court last month to assume jurisdiction over the case, which was originally filed in August 2015. That request came after Tulsa District Court Judge Jefferson Sellers denied the city's motion to dismiss the lawsuit in June.

City Attorney David O'Meilia argued the district court doesn't have subject-matter jurisdiction, but the case now goes back to Sellers' courtroom.

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Local high schools have been in session less than a month, but juniors and seniors should already be thinking a year or two ahead.

To start, that means filing a federal student aid application as soon as possible after it becomes available Oct. 1. Tulsa Regional Chamber Interim Executive Director of Workforce and Mosaic Kuma Roberts said it also means thinking about what they might want to do for a living.

PSO Crews Head to Florida

Sep 11, 2017
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More than 300 Public Service Company of Oklahoma employees and contract personnel today left for Florida to help restore electric service to some of the millions who lost power during Hurricane Irma.  The contingent includes line crews, servicers, tree crews and support personnel.

Caravans of trucks left early this morning from PSO service centers in Tulsa, Lawton and McAlester.  They expect to make it as far as Birmingham, AL, tonight and arrive in the Tampa, FL area on Tuesday.

9-11 Remembered in Bixby Park

Sep 11, 2017
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Bixby Elementary Students get a hands-on less about 9-11.

On permanent display at the Washington Irving Park is a twisted steel beam. It was plucked from the rubble of one of the collapsed World Trade Center Towers.

Each year, elementary students come to the park to see the beam and get a history lesson about the terror attack.

Today, the students heard from the Bixby Fire Chief Brian Wood. He talked about the loss of life the New York Fire Department suffered in the towers’ collapse and those who have died since because of related illnesses.

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Jury selection is scheduled to begin for an Oklahoma man accused of beheading a co-worker at a Moore food plant.

Jury selection begins Monday for 33-year-old Alton Nolen, who is charged with first-degree murder in the September 2014 beheading of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford at Vaughan Foods in Moore. Nolen is also charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon for allegedly attempting to behead a second co-worker. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

 

DACA Rally Held in Tulsa

Sep 11, 2017
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“You can killed the Dream Act, but you can’t kill the dream.” Just one of the signs at a Tulsa rally in support of DACA.

It was held yesterday afternoon. Several hundred people took part in the immigration rally. Speeches were delivered in both Spanish and English. 

DACA is short for Deferred Action on Children Arrivals. The Obama-era executive order allowed children, illegal brought here, to register and stay here.  President Trump last week announced the order would be repealed unless Congress takes action with in the next six months.

In the Local News:

  • The Native American Cultural Center is still 4-years away from opening.
  • DACA Rally held in Tulsa.
  • Ultra-light crashes near the Tulsa/Wagoner County line.

In the Local News:

  • The Native American Cultural Center is still 4-years away from opening.
  • DACA Rally held in Tulsa.
  • Ultra-light crashes near the Tulsa/Wagoner County line.

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Police in Oklahoma City are investigating skeletal remains discovered on the city's southwest side.

Authorities say the remains were reported Sunday afternoon in a field near some elevated roadways. Investigators believe the remains are likely those of a human.

Homicide detectives and the Office of the State Medical Examiner were at the scene Sunday afternoon collecting evidence. Details of the investigation, including how long the remains have been in the field and who they may belong to, were not immediately available.

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says the state is sending an emergency response team to Florida to help local communities recover from the impact of Hurricane Irma.

Fallin says a 12-person operations support team is deploying to the Florida State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, Florida's capital. The team includes representatives of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, the state Department of Health and the cities of Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

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Firefighters from the Oklahoma-based Osage Nation are headed to Montana to help fight wildfires.

Television station KOTV reports thousands of acres of land have been scorched by wildfires in Montana, which has experienced widespread drought.

The Osage Nation was recruited to help fight the wildfires by the Flathead Reservation in Montana. Firefighter Britton Redeagle says the Flathead Reservation sends firefighting teams to Oklahoma during the winter months when wildfires are common in the state.

Ultra-Light Crash Hospitalizes Pilot

Sep 11, 2017
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A pilot is hospitalized after crashing his ultra-light air craft between Bixby and Coweta on Sunday evening. The crash took place about dusk.

The pilot was trapped in the wreckage. However, emergency respoders say he was alert enough to call 911 for help.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene, just over the county line into Wagoner County. The NTSB and the FAA will conduct an investigation. Initially, it appears the aircraft ran out of gas.

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D'Angelo Brewer rushed for a career-high 262 yards and three of Tulsa's eight rushing touchdowns to help the Golden Hurricane defeat Louisiana 66-42. Corey Taylor the Second punched in from the 4 midway through the second quarter to break a 17-17 tie and Tulsa led 38-23 by halftime. The Golden Hurricane did not punt in the first half. Louisiana scored twice in first eight minutes of the third quarter to come within 38-35.

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