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Chief Says Comment was "Taken Out of Context"

Jun 6, 2017
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A comment made by Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan in a Tulsa World article is drawing the ire of some North Tulsa leaders. The article dealt with Blacks being arrested more than people of other races. In the story, Chief Jordan was quoted

“I suspect we have a socioeconomic factor as far as arrests. I think you have a portion of the community that is somewhat disenfranchised, and a portion of the community that is not at the same economic level.

 

Tulsa's Williams released the results of a comprehensive study authored by researchers at Rutgers University analyzing the economic impact of the proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement project – a nearly $1 billion energy infrastructure investment designed to increase natural gas deliveries to New York City in time for the 2019/2020 winter heating season.

 

Paris prosecutors have opened a counterterrorism investigation after an unidentified assailant attacked police with a hammer outside Notre Dame Cathedral.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb says the attacker cried "it's for Syria" as he went after officers patrolling an esplanade in front of the famous landmark.

The Paris prosecutor's office said the investigation was opened Tuesday soon after the attack. The attacker was shot and wounded in the incident in one of France's most popular tourist areas.

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Four pianos, stage curtains, theater lighting and sound equipment from the Performing Arts Center and Gilcrease Museum will be among the more than 2,500 items up for bids at the next City of Tulsa Surplus Property Auction. The auction will be held Saturday, June 10, at 108 N. Trenton Ave.

The auction will start at 9:32 a.m. Potential bidders may view the merchandise on Friday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The City surplus property facility will open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday for viewing merchandise before the sale begins. P

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The state medical examiner has concluded the death of an Oklahoma County inmate was a homicide.

The Oklahoman reports 53-year-old Ricky Windle died because of complications of blunt force trauma. He died Feb. 5 in a hospital after being found unconscious and alone in a cell the day before.

An autopsy shows Windle was beaten at the jail Jan. 10 and had three broken ribs.

Windle had been jailed for failing to register as a sex offender.

In the local news:

  • Transportation officials express frustration with on going state budget issues.
  • A woman is struck and  killed while walking along South Harvard.
  • Our gas prices are among the nation's lowest.

Car Believed Used in Fatal Hit and Run Found

Jun 6, 2017

Authorities in Tulsa are investigating after a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle in an apparent hit-and-run.

Police say the collision happened Monday night about midnight near 47th and South Harvard. 

According to police, the victim is believed to be in her 20s or 30s. Officers did find a Buick emblem next to the woman's body. Later in the day, Police found the Buick Enclave, believed used in the crash, parked about a mile away.

Leaving the scene of a fatal accident is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison in Oklahoma.

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Education officials and advocates of after-school programs say there's a rising demand for such programs in Oklahoma, but that many families can't afford them.

The Oklahoman reports that most children who aren't able to access an after-school program live in low-income communities. Some believe the growing demand for after-school programs is linked to the growing rate of children living in poverty.

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Oklahoma transportation officials say the Legislature's decision to divert about $150 million in agency road and bridge funding to help close a hole in next year's budget is expected to lead to delays in starting some projects in its eight-year construction plan .

But Department of Transportation Director Mike Patterson said Monday that ongoing construction projects will not have to be suspended, as was initially feared.

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Oklahoma’s streak of having one of the nation’s lowest prices at the pump continues, this week higher than only South Carolina.

Oklahoma’s average price for a gallon of regular gas is $2.09, tied with Alabama and Mississippi for second-lowest in the U.S. Oklahoma’s average price is down a few cents from last week, but it’s not volatile.

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Mayor G.T. Bynum and the Bridge Selection Committee unveiled The Gateway as the conceptual design winner for the new Arkansas River Pedestrian Bridge today.

Submitted by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates  The Gateway is an arched bridge with an elegant and timeless design that will serve as an iconic centerpiece along the Arkansas River and complement the neighboring Gathering Place. The Gateway will be built with a steel plate fabrication system, which will make it the first bridge of its kind in the United States.

Two Shot in South Tulsa

Jun 5, 2017
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Tulsa Police are investigating a double shooting. It took place about 6:30 this morning near 64th and South Newport. That is near 61st and South Peoria.

A woman in a car was shot and rushed to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition. A man was found around the corner. He too had been shot. It is believed the shootings are related.

Police are sorting out the details. They had been called to the area overnight for a domestic disturbance. It is unknown if that call is related to the double shooting.

Two Hurt in Industrial Incident at Pryor

Jun 5, 2017

Two workers are hurt in an industrial accident at the Mid-America Industrial Park at Pryor. A section of the facility at the Cabot Industries collapsed yesterday. 

Two workers at the facility were trapped in the collapsed rubble. Once freed, one was air lifted to a hospital. The other was transported by an ambulance. No word this morning on their conditions.

In the local news:

  • A quick check of the Oklahoma economy.
  • The new pedestrian bridge design will be announced today.
  • Will Oklahoma lawmakers be called to a Special Session.

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Authorities say a man who was trying to drown his infant 3-month-old twin son and daughter in southeastern Oklahoma was fatally shot by a neighbor.

City of Ada spokeswoman Lisa Bratcher told reporters that 27-year-old Leland Foster of Poteau died after being shot Friday after a 12-year-old ran from the home to the neighbor for help.

Bratcher did not immediately return a phone call for comment on Sunday.

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a dozen small earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma during the past few days.

No injuries or damage are reported.

The largest quake recorded by the agency was magnitude 3.1 near the town of Lamont, about 85 miles north of Oklahoma City.

Other earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 2.3 to 2.8 were recorded, including two in both Douglas and Waynoka and single quakes in Edmond, Arcadia, Shamrock, Deer Creek, Byron, Stroud and Luther.

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A monthly survey of business supply managers suggests a slight decline in the economic conditions for nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a report.

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index report said the overall regional economic index dropped to 55.5 in May from 61.4 in April. The March figure was 60.1.

The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth in that factor, while a score below that suggests decline.

Fatal Crash on the B.A.

Jun 4, 2017

A motorcycle rider is dead in a crash on the Broken Arrow Expressway. It happened after dark on Saturday evening. It  was near the Utica exit. The roadway was shot down until early Sunday morning.

Police say the motorcycle rider was not wearing a helmet. The crash involved a passenger car. It is unclear, at this point, what caused the crash. No names have been released.

Tulsa's Annual Pride Parade Largest to Date

Jun 4, 2017
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Tulsa LGBTQ community celebrated three milestones on Saturday. It was not only the 35th Anniversary of the Pride Festival, it was also the largest group of participants to date. The actual Pride Parade turned 20-years old this year.

A far cry from 20 years ago, when the streets of downtown were lined with protesters, organizers say there was only one protester this year.

Several hundred people took part in the parade and after party downtown.

Two Dead; One Killed by Tulsa Police

Jun 3, 2017
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Police in Tulsa say a homicide suspect has been mortally wounded after brandishing a weapon while being pursued by officers. The Tulsa World reports that the original shooting occurred about 10:45 p.m. Friday at a Tulsa hotel. Tulsa Police Department spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie says witnesses gave officers a description of the shooting suspect. MacKenzie says the suspect produced a gun during a chase and that pursuing officers shot at him.

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The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by eight this week to 916.

A year ago, just 408 rigs were active.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 733 rigs sought oil and 182 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed as miscellaneous.

Texas added five rigs, Oklahoma added three, while Colorado, North Dakota, and Ohio each gained one.

New Mexico and Pennsylvania each lost two rigs, while Louisiana lost one.

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A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the 2015 shooting death of a Tulsa taxi driver.

The Tulsa World reports that the sentence for 36-year-old Adan Mora-Ramos was handed down Thursday in Rogers County District Court as part of a plea deal.

Mora-Ramos was charged as an accessory to first-degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Rafael Hernandez-Torres. Hernandez-Torres' body was found in the trunk of his partially submerged taxi in the Caney River in April 2015. He'd been shot nine times in the chest and back.

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An Oklahoma judge won't recuse himself from a Perry school child abuse case for a second time, even though his daughter-in-law worked with the defendants.

The Oklahoman reports that Noble County Judge Nikki G. Leach denied District Attorney Brian Hermanson's request to remove himself at a hearing Wednesday for former Upper Elementary School principal Kenda Miller.

Leach previously denied a similar motion for former math teacher Jeffrey Sullins.

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Some imported frozen tuna cubes and steaks are being recalled after testing showed they could be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says Hawaii-based Hilo Fish Company told the agency in May it had recalled yellowfin tuna that tested positive for the virus. Hilo says the fish was sourced from Sustainable Seafood Company in Vietnam and Santa Cruz Seafood Inc. in the Philippines.

Some products were distributed to retail locations and restaurants in California, Texas and Oklahoma.

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Thunder center Enes Kanter's father has been detained in Turkey, the country's official news agency reported Friday.

Mehmet Kanter was detained in his Istanbul home for an investigation undertaken by a prosecutor's office in northwestern Turkey, according to the Anadolu news agency. He is being sent to Tekirdag province for questioning. In Turkey, people are detained, then prosecutors may seek an arrest pending trial or release the detainee.

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Tulsa’s Young Professionals look to bridge the gap with this year’s community redevelopment event known as Street Cred.

TYPros will focus on Main Street North of the Inner Dispersal Loop. Executive Director Maggie Hoey said the highway presents a barrier between north Tulsa and a more prosperous downtown.

"It certainly is a physical barrier, but it also creates cultural differences in our community, racial disparities, socioeconomic differences, health disparities," Hoey said.

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Finance and economics site WalletHub has ranked the states from best to worst for jobs, and the news for Oklahoma isn’t good.

"Oklahoma ranked 45th, so it stands as the sixth-worst state for jobs right now," said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez.

While Oklahoma was middle-of-the-road for economic environment indicators like median annual salary, the state’s scores on job market measures were near the bottom.

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The latest evaluation of pre-K programs across the U.S. is in.

"The state of pre-K in Oklahoma has been good — historically, a national leader — but since the recession, it slid. And that's clear when you look at the funding numbers," said Steve Barnett, director of Rutgers’ National Institute for Early Education Research.

Oklahoma ranked 31st in state pre-K funding and had the second-highest drop in spending from 2015 to 2016: $5.6 million.

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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is the latest candidate to announce plans to seek the Republican nomination for Oklahoma governor in 2018.

The 58-year-old, four-term mayor of the state's largest city announced late Wednesday on Twitter and Facebook that he will formally file his candidacy papers next week.

Cornett joins a crowded GOP field that includes State Auditor Gary Jones, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and Tulsa attorney Gary Richardson. Gov. Mary Fallin is term-limited and can't run again.

In the local news:

  • Mileage restrictions are lifted for State Troopers.
  • Three people are being questioned about a rash of Tulsa arson fires.
  • A Tulsa County Commissioner likes the idea of Sunday liquor sales.

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