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State and federal regulators say 32 disposal wells in northeastern Oklahoma must shut down because they are too near a newly discovered fault line that produced the state's strongest earthquake on record.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission said Monday that 27 wells under its jurisdiction would cease operations, along with five wells in Osage County, which is covered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules.

Tulsa County Sheriff

Three bids are received for the buildout of what could become an area wide dispatch center for the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office. The center is a subject of some controversy because it was a pet project of former Sheriff Glanz. Director of Governmental Affairs for the Sheriff’s Office, Terry Simonson, says current Sheriff Vic Regalado hasn’t made a final decision on what to do with the empty building, although planning for the dispatch center is farther along than the training center aspect.

Help for Teachers with Classroom Supplies

Sep 12, 2016
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Weeks into the school year, Oklahoma teachers may already be wondering if their August buying spree on behalf of their students was prodigious enough. Every year, many teachers spend several hundred dollars buying classroom supplies, from pencils to wall decorations to learning apps.

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 Authorities say a 24-year-old Oklahoma man died after his pickup truck struck a bridge pier and burst into flames.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Jonathan DeVilbiss of Perry was killed early Sunday after the crash on U.S. 177 near Stillwater. A preliminary report says DeVilbiss' truck left the highway, struck the bridge and caught fire afterward.

The report says DeVilbiss was pinned in the truck for 3.5 hours and was pronounced dead at the scene. The report says he was not wearing a seat belt.

 

Homeless Man Severely Injured in Car Crash

Sep 12, 2016
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A 37-year-old Tulsa homeless man has lost both of his legs following a late night auto crash.

Tulsa Police say 37-year-old James Gambler was pushing a shopping cart filled with scrap metal when he was struck by a car on the I-244 Service Road, or 1st Street near Rockford. 

Gambler was rushed to the hospital, but was so badly injured that both of his legs had to be amputated.

Homeless Man Severely Injured in Car Crash

Sep 12, 2016
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A 37-year-old Tulsa homeless man has lost both of his legs following a late night auto crash.

Tulsa Police say 37-year-old James Gambler was pushing a shopping cart filled with scrap metal when he was struck by a car on the I-244 Service Road, or 1st Street near Rockford. 

Gambler was rushed to the hospital, but was so badly injured that both of his legs had to be amputated.

 

Following the wettest year on record, parts of Oklahoma are dry again, with moderate drought or abnormally dry conditions affecting more than 640,000 Oklahomans.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says about 48 percent of the state is abnormally dry and 14 percent in moderate drought, a higher percentage of drought and dry conditions than any other state in Oklahoma's seven-state region except New Mexico. A portion of Wagoner County in northeastern Oklahoma is experiencing severe drought conditions.

Victim Identified by Sheriff's Office

Sep 12, 2016
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Law enforcement finds a man's body inside a vehicle in north Tulsa. The car was discovered in thick brush near 61st Street North and Martin Luther King.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says it is the body of 41-year-old Terrel Smith. The office says he was reported missing on last Friday.  The sheriff's office called in a homicide in a Tweet. 

Smith had been shot. His body was found in the front passenger's  seat.

In the local news:

  • Revisions will be proposed to Oklahoma's Asset Forfeiture law.
  • There is help for teachers needing classroom supplies.
  • More cases of Zika turn up on Oklahoma.
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The referee for the Central Michigan-Oklahoma State game admitted that officials mistakenly awarded an untimed final play to the Chippewas, which they used to score a miraculous winning touchdown to beat the Cowboys 30-27 Saturday. Oklahoma State was penalized for intentional grounding on its final offensive play, which is a loss of down penalty. Rules state that the game cannot end on an accepted live-ball penalty, referee Tim O'Dey of the Mid-American Conference said.

 An arrest warrant has been issued for a man wanted in the shooting death of a man in Altus.

Authorities say 19-year-old Kevin James Nall Jr. of Altus is wanted for first-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Freddie Lopez.

Police Chief Tim Murphy told reporters that Nall is believed to be in the Oklahoma City area and is considered armed and dangerous.

Lopez's body was found about 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 1 on a city street in downtown Altus. Police say he had been shot several times.

 Murder and other charges have been filed against a Tulsa woman in a fatal hit-and-run crash.

Prosecutors have charged 26-year-old Brittany Payne, who is also known as Brittany Payne Wright, with first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, leaving the scene of a fatality crash, driving with a suspended license and child neglect.

Payne remains jailed without bond. Court records do not list an attorney for her.

Fort Sill

A Fort Sill soldier has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of another soldier at an apartment in Lawton.

The Lawton-Constitution reports that 22-year-old Pfc. Stephon Threat pleaded guilty Friday at a general court martial at Fort Sill.

Threat also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and was sentenced to six years in prison, reduction in rank and a dishonorable discharge.

Threat was charged in the December 2015 shooting death of Spc. Trevor Hargrave.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 47-year-old Glenpool man is charged with threatening an Internal Revenue Service agent who was auditing his tax filings after his attorney reported the alleged threat.

David Anderson is charged in federal court with attempting to interfere with administration of the internal revenue laws.

The Tulsa World reports that Anderson's attorney on the federal charge sought to have the charge dismissed on the grounds that it's vague and doesn't establish that the alleged crime occurred in the court's jurisdiction. The motion was denied.

OSU

Oklahoma State University is reporting a decline in total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester, despite a record number of undergraduate students.

OSU said Friday that total enrollment on the Stillwater campus is 24,387 and enrollment for the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses combined is 25,594.

The university said the number is down because of a drop in the number of graduate students.

OSU said the Stillwater campus has a record 20,277 undergraduate students, up by 70 from last fall. The OSU and Tulsa combined undergraduate enrollment is a record high 21,093.

ODOT

 

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says additional inspections of bridges following a 5.8 magnitude earthquake near Pawnee found no significant damage.

The agency said Friday that state highway system bridges within a 60-mile radius of the epicenter of last week's quake were inspected and all are open to traffic and safe for travel.

The department initially inspected 180 bridges within a 30-mile radius of the epicenter and said minor cosmetic damage was found on two. The expanded inspection included 175 additional bridges.

USFWS

The lesser prairie chicken could go from threatened to not threatened to endangered all in a matter of months.

Conservation groups are petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give the birds endangered status, saying there’s scientific proof the likelihood its extinction is becoming more likely.

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Volunteers across the Tulsa area mark a quarter century of service.

Today was the 25th annual Day of Caring through Tulsa Area United Way. Several companies were represented at Domestic Violence Intervention Services' emergency shelter, where employees were landscaping, cleaning and holding a cookout for residents.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator is trying to relax the medical requirements for private pilots who fly small planes.

And that effort by Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma is drawing complaints from Democrats who say he's going back on a compromise that became law only two months ago.

Inhofe is an avid, 81-year-old pilot who's had a quadruple heart bypass. He's trying to eliminate a requirement that pilots have a statement from their doctor saying they don't have a medical condition that would interfere with their ability to safely operate a plane.

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 A man working on a 15-story building under construction in downtown Oklahoma City fell to his death when he apparently drove a piece of equipment off the 14th floor of the building.

Oklahoma City District Fire Chief Benny Fulkerson says the man fell shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday and was dead at the scene. The man's name was not immediately released and Fulkerson said there were no other injuries.

Fulkerson says the man was driving a scissor lift, which is used to raise or lower objects.

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An official with the Oklahoma City Branch of the Federal Reserve of Kansas City says he sees modest improvement in the expectations for future manufacturing activity in Oklahoma.

Branch vice president and economist Chad Wilkerson says the state's manufacturing sector has lost more than 16,000 jobs in the past 18 months, and many of those jobs were at metals and machinery plants that produce goods for the oil and gas industry, which has also struggled.

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Recent events show the need for those living in eastern Oklahoma to have an earthquake plan. Most of the big quakes have been in central and western parts of the state, but the newly discovered fault line in the Pawnee area indicates larger magnitude shakers could occur in eastern Oklahoma. Tulsa Emergency Manager Roger Joliffe says look to California for tips. Strap tall bookcases to the wall, don’t leave things lying loose on top of high shelves, and take other precautions Californians have been taking for years.

Busy Restaurant Robbed Overnight

Sep 9, 2016
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They are hopping mad at the I-Hop. Two men, in their early 20s, walked into the 31st and I-44 restaurant early this morning. Tulsa Police say the men were not there for the 'Pick-a-Pancake' Platter. 

The men pulled guns and robbed the business while it was filled with customers. No one was hurt. The men made good their escape from the restaurant with an sack of money from the safe. 

Heavy Rain Creates Sloppy Commute

Sep 9, 2016
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This morning's heavy rain in Tulsa caused widespread problems for rush hour commuters. The Tulsa Police Department went to 'Operation Slick Streets' following numerous accidents.  There were so many crashes, police only responded to injury wrecks.

Forecasters predict rain for most of the day and into the evening. Skies are expected to clear on Saturday with highs in the 80.  

 

A 3.8 magnitude earthquake has rattled part of central Oklahoma.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was recorded at 9:06 p.m. Thursday near the city of Spencer, which is northwest of Oklahoma City.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported.

The quake comes less than a week after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in northeast Oklahoma caused at least one injury and damaged more than a dozen buildings.

KOCO-TV reports three smaller quakes struck northern Oklahoma earlier Thursday afternoon in less than a 10-minute time frame.

Native American News

 

Hundreds of people have gathered in three states in a show of solidarity with protesters trying to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota to Illinois.

The Omaha World-Herald reports members of four Nebraska Native American tribes participated in a demonstration in downtown Omaha against the pipeline Thursday evening outside the offices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which granted permits for the project.

In the local school district:

  • Tulsa educators will make home visits looking for potential dropouts.
  • Experts review mounds of data from Saturday's earthquake.
  • Two men rob a Tulsa IHop full of customers.
Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission

Planning commissioners approved measures this week to address concerns from neighbors of a proposed north Tulsa industrial park.

Vision Tulsa will provide $10 million toward the development of the Peoria-Mohawk employment center. Julian Wilson is among residents worried about noise, traffic and what exactly will be built on the 112-acre site.

"I didn't buy that property to come out and see buildings and such," Wilson said. "I bought the property because of the wooded area, the homes and the community."

Solidarity Demonstration Planned For Tulsa

Sep 8, 2016

A peaceful vigil is planned for tonight in Tulsa at the Guthrie Green. The demonstration is a show of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota.

The tribe has been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline for weeks. The tribe fears the pipeline will harm its native lands.

Tonight’s Tulsa protest begins at 7 p.m.

Insurance Commissioner Gets Update on Damage

Sep 8, 2016
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Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak is spending his day in Pawnee. He met with city officials this morning and then toured the earthquake damage in town. He also visited the damaged homes northwest of Pawnee on Highway 15.

Doak tonight will meet with community residents in a town hall meeting. It will be held at the Pawnee Library. It begins tonight at six.

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