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The City of Tulsa gets funding to help neighborhoods around 61st and Peoria. A $503,000 grant will pay for implementation of a strategic plan developed for the area in 2014. Gerri Inman is in charge of social services group South Tulsa Community House. She said she’s spoken to many business owners, apartment managers and residents about challenges they face. "This is their home. They're not looking to move, they're looking to help find a solution and to make the area safer and to have even...

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a suspect is in custody in connection with the death of a man whose badly burned body was discovered inside his burning house in Sayre. The OSBI said Tuesday that the charred body of Jerry Essary was discovered when authorities responded to reports of a fire at his home early Tuesday. The victim's wife told investigators that she witnessed Essary's murder and then fled before the suspect allegedly set the house on fire. Investigators say she hid...

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Education is releasing its first draft of a new public schools accountability plan that features less of an emphasis on standardized tests, and aims to tackle chronic absenteeism. The Oklahoman reports the department is developing the plan to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The federal guidelines require states to use a variety of academic measures, English language proficiency and graduation rates to determine school success. States...

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Firefighters are working to contain a fire at a southeast Kansas chemical plant after an explosion there injured one employee. The explosion occurred about 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Airosol, Inc., plant in Neodesha. Cassandra Edson, spokeswoman for Wilson County Emergency Management, says one employee was taken to a Wichita hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Several blocks around the plant have been evacuated and the town's schools are closed for the day. Residents...

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Oklahoma lawmakers are set to consider cutting wind tax credits as they look for a way to bring more money into the state. The Tulsa World reports that a consulting group has made recommendations to the state's Incentive Evaluation Commission on several business incentives, including the zero-emissions tax credit, which applies to power generation facilities that don't generate emissions. The Tax Commission says the tax credit cost the state $59 million in 2014, the last year of available data.

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Tulsa's Port of Catoosa says the tonnage of waterborne freight passing through the port continues to increase. Through October, the port says more than 1.79 million tons of freight in more than 1,000 barges has passed through the port. That compares to more than 1.2 million tons of freight in more than 760 barges that passed through the port during the same period in 2015. The port says that in October, tonnage totaled 213,717 tons in 111 barges.

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Federal records show a man who police say shot and killed a former co-worker outside an Oklahoma City airport last week was a decorated marksman during a four-year career in the U.S. Army. Military records obtained by The Associated Press on Monday show 45-year-old Lloyd Dean Buie received an expert marksmanship badge during his stint as an infantryman from 1991 to 1995. Oklahoma City police say Buie fired the deadly shot from the fourth floor of a parking garage at 52-year-old Michael...

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Two earthquakes recorded within one minute of each other have shaken an area in north-central Oklahoma near the site near of a key oil hub. The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquakes occurred Tuesday in Cushing in Payne County, about 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The U.S.G.S. says the first 3.3 magnitude quake was recorded at 3:54 a.m. less than one mile north of Cushing. The second 4.0 magnitude temblor struck at 3:55 a.m. about two miles northeast of Cushing. No damage or...

In the local news: Governor Fallin meets with the President-Elect. Dual earthquakes shake Cushing this morning. Broken Arrow leaders push for education funding.

With a penny sales tax proposal to fund education failing two weeks ago, there’s a renewed call for Oklahoma lawmakers to fix the problem. Broken Arrow city and economic officials and several school district leaders held a news conference Monday urging legislators to boost education funding. Mayor Craig Thurmond said the state needs a comprehensive solution, not a bandaid. "We're not trying to strive to be 40th in the country. We want to be first in the country," Thurmond said. "We want to...

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John 3:16 Thanksgiving food basket giveaway is underway. This year, the non-profit received enough donated turkeys for the baskets, but Pastor Steve Whitaker says they still need canned goods for all the trimmings. Things like green beans, dressing mix, cranberries, and other holiday goodies are still requested to fill all the baskets. The basket giveaways continue through Wednesday afternoon. Free meals at John 3:16’s shelter will be Tuesday evening through Sunday evening.

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It is one of the busiest weeks of the year at the Tulsa International Airport as many people jet-away for the Thanksgiving holiday. Airport spokeswoman Alexis Higgins leave your Samsung Galaxy Note-7 at home. You can’t even pack it in your checked luggage because of the fire hazard. Higgins says your Oklahoma Driver’s License will still work as a photo ID, as the Real ID Act is will not be enforced until 2018. She says to allow about 90-minutes to check in and get through security.

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she "discussed a wide range of issues" with President-elect Donald Trump but that she has not yet been offered a post in his administration. Fallin, a Republican, is being considered to head the Interior Department, according to Trump aide Kellyanne Conway. Fallin met with Trump at Trump Tower today and said they had a "wonderful discussion." Her meeting with Trump came after he sat down with former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts. Brown indicated he is...

Oklahoma motorists will enjoy the lowest gasoline prices in the nation over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. AAA Oklahoma said Monday that Oklahoma's pump price average of $1.85 per gallon is not only the lowest of the 50 states but is also a full nickel below the three states that are tied for second place: Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri, where Monday's average is $1.90 a gallon. AAA says about 43.5 million Americans will travel on the nation's highways over Thanksgiving — including...

Tulsa Ties a Homicide Record

Nov 21, 2016
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Tulsa police say a second person has died after a motel shooting, tying the city's record for homicides in a year at 71. Officers are looking for James Mahdavi as a suspect in the murders. According to police, two people were shot at the Holiday Express Motel on Friday evening. The second victim was pronounced dead Sunday. The two people who were fatally shot have not been identified. The record was set in 2009. Police say the majority of 2009's slayings were gang-related, but Sgt. Dave...

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A 21-year-old Delaware, Oklahoma, woman is dead after crashing her pickup in Nowata County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says in a preliminary report that Victoria Egermeier died in the accident early Sunday a few miles away from where she lived. The patrol report says Egermeier was traveling eastbound on State Highway 28 when her pickup left the road, struck a guard rail and caught fire. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nearly 300 damage claims have been submitted since Oklahoma's largest earthquake in September, but only four of those claims have been paid. An analysis of Oklahoma Insurance Department data by the Tulsa World shows that the approved claims totaled $24,000 — with the largest single payout at around $21,000. The magnitude 5.8 earthquake rattled near Pawnee on Sept. 3. The department doesn't have data available on the magnitude 5.0 temblor that struck on Nov. 6 near Cushing, damaging dozens of...

Remembering Leon

Nov 21, 2016
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More than 1,000 people filled a Tulsa arena to remember influential musician Leon Russell, who sang, wrote and produced some of rock 'n' roll's top records. Mourners gathered Sunday for a public memorial at the Mabee Center to honor Russell, who died on Nov. 13 at 74. A casket covered with white flowers and Russell's trademark white cowboy hat sat in front of a podium. A grand piano was nearby. The Lawton-born Russell, recognized by his white, flowing hair, wrote Joe Cocker's "Delta Lady" and...

In the local news: "Porch Pirates" invade Tulsa. A Memorial Service is held for Tulsa's Leon Russell. Tulsa ties a homicide record of 71 murders.

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A surface ridge will slide east today allowing for a return of southerly winds this afternoon along with warmer temps. The warming trend will extend into Monday and Tuesday...with afternoon highs bouncing back well into the 60s to near 70 by Tuesday. A dry low-level airmass will remain across the region through Monday, but the persistent southerly flow will eventually bring higher dewpoints/low-level clouds back by Monday night, ahead of the next upper system. Various model guidance suggests...

Big Turnout for City Auction

Nov 20, 2016
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A large crowd turned out on Saturday for Tulsa's surplus auction. Everything from confiscated designer handbags to the Civic Center's old Zamboni machine went up on the auction block. Cars, pick-ups. industrial equipment, office equipment, bicycles and computers were auctioned off. The fall auction brings in about $375,000. That money goes back into the city's general revenue fund.

Jabar Shumate: The Diversity Challenge

Nov 20, 2016
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Jabar Shumate owes his job to a national scandal. In March 2015, only weeks after a video surfaced with University of Oklahoma fraternity members singing a racist chant, OU hired Shumate to help repair its reputation and bring more racial diversity and tolerance to its campuses. That has not been easy. With Shumate as vice president for university community, OU has intensified efforts to recruit and hire more African-American faculty members and administrators. And it has pushed up enrollment...

TU: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — D'Angelo Brewer ran for 167 yards and two scores while James Flanders had 163 yards rushing and a score as Tulsa beat Central Florida last night, 35-20. Dane Evans threw a scoring strike to Keevan Lucas in the third quarter. OU: MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (AP) — Baker Mayfield passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more as 8th-ranked Oklahoma powered past No. 10 West Virginia last night, 56-28. Oklahoma had a 28-0 lead by early in the second quarter before the Mountaineers...

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A 19-year-old woman has been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of a Piedmont teen. A jury in Oklahoma County found Chloe Marie Thomas of Oklahoma City guilty late Friday and recommended a sentence of life in prison. Thomas was accused of helping kill 16-year-old Anne Josette Hill, following a botched robbery. Prosecutors alleged Thomas and 18-year-old Chadd Phillip Raymond lured Hill to an Edmond apartment on April 11, 2014, to rob her and steal her car. Raymond has pleaded...

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in Chickasha. The OSBI says the shooting occurred about 2 a.m. Saturday after several Chickasha police officers responded to reports of a domestic disturbance. Officers were told that a man, later identified as 56-year-old Steve Dwayne Vananda, had a gun. Officers entered the house and announced their presence as they approached a room where the man and a family member were. The OSBI says...

Another Freeze Warning for Tulsa Metro

Nov 19, 2016
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Tulsa had its first freeze of the season on Saturday morning when the temperature dropped to 30 degrees. Forecasters say there will be another freeze tonight and Sunday Morning. The National Weather Service has issued yet another Freeze Warning for the area from midnight to 8 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Incumbent Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore has retained his position after an election vote recount. Democratic challenger Mike Shambaugh requested a recount in his race against the incumbent after unofficial results showed him losing to the Republican candidate 7,797 to 7,790. The Grand Lake News reports that the results of the recount show Moore won the election by a count of 7,797 to 7,792. The final tally is expected to be certified by the Delaware County Election Board on Friday.

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A Skiatook man has been sentenced to life without parole in the fatal stabbing of his 16-year-old sister. The Tulsa World reports that 22-year-old Michael Devin Stanley pleaded guilty Thursday in the death of Larisa Fraley. A plea agreement allowed him to avoid the possibility of receiving the death penalty. Fraley's body was found in an abandoned van in Osage County on Jan. 27, 2014. A plea agreement was reached so Stanley could avoid the possibility of receiving the death penalty.

Motel Murder in Tulsa

Nov 19, 2016
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One man is dead and another is hospitalized after a late night shooting in Tulsa. It all took place just before 9:30 last night at the Holiday Motel on Charles Page Boulevard near 33rd West Avenue. Tulsa Police are still sorting through the details and they believe a suspect is on the run. This is Tulsa's 70th Homicide of the year. Tulsa's record is 71, set in 2009.

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It may have hit 80 degrees Thursday, but Tulsa area officials were preparing for winter storms. Tulsa Area Emergency Manager Roger Joliff said city officials participated in a tabletop exercise along with their supporting partners. "PSO, the National Weather Service, Oklahoma Natural Gas. We had representatives from the City of Sand Springs and others to just work through a scenario, discussing the steps we would take through the warning process through a winter storm into the response phase...

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