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Several highways are closed in northern Oklahoma as thunderstorms cause flash flooding in some areas.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says parts of State Highway 74 and U.S. 60 are closed in Grant County, while State Highway 15 is closed 1 mile west of Interstate 35 near Billings in Noble County.

A flash flood warning is in effect for several counties in northern and central Oklahoma. Heavy rain has fallen in those areas — especially Kay County — and forecasters say more is expected Thursday.

Baby Dead After Being Left in Car

Oct 6, 2016
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An infant is dead at Muskogee after being left all day in a car. The child was six-months old.

The discovery was not made until the caregiver arrived to pick-up the child from daycare. When daycare workers said the child hadn’t been dropped off,  the person then ran to the car.

That is when the child’s lifeless body was found. Muskogee Police are handling the investigation.

Tulsa Clown Attack Reported

Oct 6, 2016
Tulsa Police Department

A Tulsa man says he was mugged by a clown while out walking his dog overnight. The incident was reported near 81st and South Yale. 

The Tulsa Police helicopter and officers on the ground searched for the wayward clown with no luck.

EMSA was called to the scene. The man, however, declined treatment.

National Hurricane Center


Officials say some 3,000 people have already checked into shelters in Florida ahead of Hurricane Matthew's approach.

According to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, 48 shelters are already providing refuge for 3,015 people in Florida. Another 13 special needs shelters are already housing 31 people.

The shelters are all in schools in areas where evacuations — either mandatory or voluntary — are underway. The Florida counties include Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Glades, Martin, Duval and Brevard.

In the local news:

  • A new report shows no increase in health insurance coverage in Oklahoma.
  • A man says he was mugged by a Tulsa clown.
  • A movie is being shot in downtown Tulsa.

Work on a Peoria Avenue rapid bus route is set to pick back up soon.

Tulsa Transit’s Debbie Ruggles said they and the City of Tulsa have set a date with architecture firm HNTB to start planning work on dozens of new and improved stations that will be needed.

"That date is set for Oct. 17, so we'll work really quickly begin on that. We've all been waiting anxiously for that to begin," Ruggles said.



 Attorneys for a white Oklahoma police officer who killed an unarmed black man are asking in court records for investigators to keep as evidence a handgun that an anonymous tipster claims the man fired a day before the fatal shooting.

Tulsa police officer Betty Jo Shelby is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16 shooting of Terence Crutcher. Shelby shot Crutcher after arriving on a street to find Crutcher's SUV stopped in the middle of the road.


 Devon Energy Corp. has resigned from the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.

The Oklahoman reports that a resignation letter from Chief Operating Officer Tony Vaughn, chief operating officer of the Oklahoma City-based energy company, says OIPA's board structure does not lend itself to the needs of active drillers.

OIPA President Mike Terry says the association regrets Devon's decision to leave.

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 A 3.5 magnitude earthquake has rattled parts of northwestern Oklahoma.

No damage or injuries have been reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake was recorded at 10:02 a.m. Wednesday near Fairview, about 110 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The earthquake was recorded at a depth of about three miles.

Geologists say a magnitude 3 temblor was recorded earlier Wednesday near Mooreland, about 50 miles northwest of Fairview. That quake occurred at 8:46 a.m. and was recorded at a depth of about three miles.

Elderly Vets Head to D.C.

Oct 5, 2016
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In Washington D.C. today are 75 area veterans from World War II and the Korean War. The group left the Tulsa International Airport this morning. They will tour various D.C. war museums today and return home tonight.

The service men are from Oklahoma and Arkansas. This is the first time the two states have merged their Honor Flight programs

Twisters Sweep Across Two Oklahoma Counties

Oct 5, 2016
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Tornadoes are spotted last night near the town of Jet in northwest Oklahoma. A strong fall storm system pushed through Oklahoma last night, spawning the twisters.

The tornadoes were all in Grant and Alfalfa Counties. There was some tree damage but no structures were damaged by the storms.

The National Weather Service says the weather pattern will remain unsettled for the next several days, with more storms likely 

How Big is TOO Big? Broken Arrow Seeks Answers

Oct 5, 2016
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Is the Broken Arrow High School too big? That is a question that the community hopes to answer soon.

The Broken Arrow High School is the largest in the state. Looking to the future, administrators and patrons met last night to discuss what the community should do.

Among the options discussed:

  • Split the High School in two.
  • Create a 10th Grade Center.
  • Develop specialized magnate schools.

In the local news:

  • An Oklahoma abortion law is tossed out by the state supreme court.
  • State lawmakers hear how Oklahoma jails are becoming "debtor prisons".
  • October tornadoes are spotted in northwest Oklahoma.
Guthrie Green

Tulsa is home to one of the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America for 2016.

Guthrie Green made the list of APA's Great Public Spaces. APA President Carol Rhea said they were impressed by how Guthrie Green reclaimed a large industrial site in need of environmental remediation.

"It took not only an unused space, but one that was dragging the neighborhood down, and turned it into one that has attracted thousands of people to the neighborhood and is, in that way, helping to economically empower and raise the entire area," Rhea said.

Stillwater Police


The woman charged in the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crash that killed four people wants her upcoming trial moved.

Attorneys for 26-year-old Adacia Chambers filed a motion for a change of venue Monday, saying an impartial jury cannot be found in Payne County because of pretrial publicity.

Chambers has pleaded not guilty to four counts of second-degree murder and 42 counts of assault and battery for the Oct. 24, 2015, crash in Stillwater.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has thrown out another state law that would put new restrictions on abortion providers.

In a unanimous opinion handed down Tuesday, all nine justices agreed that the statute adopted by the Legislature last year "contains different and unrelated purposes" in violation of the Oklahoma constitution's requirement that legislation cover a single subject.

The law encompasses four abortion-related topics: minors and parental consent; tissue preservation; inspection of clinics; and legal liability for abortion providers.

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The deadline to register to vote in the November general election is approaching. It’s Friday, October 14th. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says the ballot includes the Presidential race, federal, state, county, and local races…and seven state questions.

You may register at the Election Board, or you can get the forms online or at any tag agency in the county.

Fatal Crash Makes 75 a Traffic Nightmare

Oct 4, 2016
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One person is dead following an overnight roll over crash on Highway 75. The crash took place around 2 a.m. 

Tulsa Police say a small pick-up rolled near the 41st Street exit. That caused the north bound lanes to be closed for several house overnight. The driver of the pick-up was killed.

One lane was opened by the morning rush hour, but that still caused a massive slow down inbound this morning. 

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A Tulsa man is in jail this morning. He apparently did not want firefighters coming into his home to put out an overnight blaze.

Authorities say he got physical with one fire fighter. Dale Parsons was arrested following the late night fire near Apache and Kingston. 

In addition to assault, he is being held on drug related complaint.

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The St. Francis Health Care System takes over the day-to-day operation of the OSU Medical Center in Tulsa. 

The new agreement became effective on Saturday. The system will take over the operation of the hospital and its affiliated clinics.

The downtown teaching hospital provides medical services to many of Tulsa's indigent.

Another Quake Shakes Pawnee

Oct 4, 2016
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Did you feel it? 

A 3-point-5 earthquake shakes Pawnee just after four this morning.  It was felt by some in Tulsa, Stillwater, Ponca City  and Enid. 

No new reports of damage. The largest quake in Oklahoma recorded history hit the same area a month ago.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa pauses to remember the massive October, 1986 flood.
  • St Francis takes over control of the OSU Medical Center.
  • The economic outlook is moldy for the nation's bread basket.
City of Tulsa

Thirty years ago this week, the Arkansas River crested at its highest level ever, 25.2 feet, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened Keystone Dam’s floodgates so it wouldn’t overflow.

A total of 20 inches of early fall rain forced the release. Mayor Dewey Bartlett said subsequent improvements to Tulsa’s stormwater system meant to prevent that sort of flooding were tested during similar storms last year.

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A 2016 voter guide will let people know who is running for state and federal office in Oklahoma and help explain the seven state questions. One of eight organizations contributing to the guide is the League of Women Voters, and Spokeswoman Mandy Winton says the exact language of the state questions is included and then explained to help people better understand exactly what the state question would mean.

The guides have been published in various newspapers across the state, are available in many libraries, and can be downloaded from okvoterguide.com.



Stormy weather is in the forecast for parts of Oklahoma this week.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman says much of the state could see strong winds and hail on Tuesday afternoon and evening. The area at greatest risk for bad weather is in northern Oklahoma and includes the cities of Alva, Clinton, Enid and Ponca City.

Forecasters say the areas could see straight-line winds of up to 70 mph and hail as large as golf balls or tennis balls. The National Weather Service says isolated tornadoes are also a possibility, most likely in western Oklahoma.

Oklahoma DOC


The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the appeals of three Oklahoma death row inmates.

The Oklahoman reports  the nation's highest court declined to review the inmates' appeals on Monday.

The appeals were filed by Phillip Hancock, who was convicted in the 2001 shooting deaths of two Oklahoma City men; Julius Darius Jones, who was a University of Oklahoma freshman convicted in the death of an Edmond insurance company executive; and Anthony Castillo Sanchez, convicted of raping and killing OU dance student Juli Busken in 1996. Busken was from Benton, Arkansas.

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 Black residents in Tulsa are about 2½ to 4 times more likely to have use of force used against them by police officers than white residents.

An analysis by the Tulsa World found that the estimate becomes 3 to 5 times more likely when blacks are compared against all other races combined.

The newspaper compiled police use-of-force data by race from 2010 through 2015 and paired it with American Community Survey demographic figures to determine per-capita use of force rates.


A monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy will continue slowing in nine Midwest and Plains states because of weakness in agriculture and energy businesses.

The overall economic index for the region declined to 45.5 in September from August's 47.8. Any score below 50 suggests the economy is weakening.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says energy and agriculture manufacturing is especially weak in the region.

A Doctor Shortage Ahead

Oct 3, 2016

Oklahoma’s health care and outcome rankings are already low and nd the future is not bright.

Eric Pollak is the Vice President at the OSU Center for Health. He says the state is facing a doctor shortage.

He says many doctors are nearing retirement age, especially in rural Oklahoma where there is already a health care shortage.

Pollak says to address the problem, Oklahoma would need an influx of 1,300 immediately.

Search Over; Missing Girl Found Safe

Oct 3, 2016
Paul Valley Police

The search is over for an 8-year-old Pauls Valley girl. Authorities say Cienna Colungo was taken about 3:30 Sunday afternoon in the south central Oklahoma town. Police were searching for a white Ford Pickup with a camper.

Authorities announced this morning that the girl has been found and is safe. Officials have not release the particulars of her recovery.