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At least 1 person was shot near a parking garage at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport on Tuesday, prompting city officials to close the airport and order people inside a sprawling terminal to seek shelter. Video from television station helicopters showed what appeared to be a pool of blood near the bottom of a ramp leading from the airport's departure area. Capt . Paco Balderrama says police are searching for a possible second victim. He says he does not know the condition of the...

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Planned Parenthood is opening a new abortion clinic in the Oklahoma City area, the second new abortion provider to open in the state's largest city since September. Planned Parenthood Great Plains announced on Tuesday that it was opening the new clinic in Warr Acres, a suburb in northwest Oklahoma City. Although Planned Parenthood operates several health clinics in Oklahoma, this new facility is the first that will offer abortion services. The organization's President and CEO Laura McQuade...

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It’s the time of year when people order gifts online or through the mail and have them delivered. Unfortunately, it’s also a time of year when ‘porch pirates’ drive through neighborhoods and steal them. Tulsa Police Officer Leland Ashley says the package thefts do increase in the holiday season. He suggests having a trusted neighbor pick up your package or having it delivered at a time when you know someone is home. Or even have it held at the delivery company office until you can pick it up...

Data from the Oklahoma State Election Board shows the number of voters in the state who left their presidential ballot blank or wrote in a candidate nearly doubled in the 2016 election compared to the 2012 election. The Oklahoman reports that about 15,930 voters did not vote for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or Gary Johnson for president compared to over 8,000 Oklahoma ballots that didn't include a vote for president in 2012. State Election Board spokesman Bryan Dean says in Oklahoma, writing...

Enrollment Up... Budgets Down

Nov 15, 2016
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"Doing more… with less! " That could be the motto of Oklahoma Schools. Budgets are thin and classrooms are bulging. The State Board of Education today released enrollment figures for Oklahoma’s public schools. State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister says total enrollment, this fall, stands at 692,670 students. That is up near 4,400 from last year. Hofmeister says enrollment has increased more than 9% since 2005. During that time school budgets have been drastically trimmed by the state....

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a state trooper arrested a driver after clocking his speed at more than 200 mph. The patrol says Trooper Ryan Smith pulled over the man Saturday on the Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City. Authorities say the man was driving a Ford Mustang and the trooper's radar clocked the car at 176 mph and then 208 mph. Authorities say the driver attempted to elude the state trooper — turning off his headlights and brake lights at one point — but he was eventually pulled...

Prosecutors say they intend to introduce testimony about alleged synthetic drug use by a Texas truck driver charged with causing a 2014 crash in Oklahoma that killed four members of a women's college softball team. Russell Wayne Staley is charged with four counts of first-degree manslaughter. The Oklahoman reports that Staley previously told investigators he was distracted by something in his cab. The trial hasn't yet been scheduled.

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The average price of gasoline has fallen by nearly seven cents per gallon in Oklahoma during the past week to just less than $1.88 and is now the cheapest in the nation. AAA Oklahoma said Monday that the price is down by 20 cents per gallon during the past 32 days and is the lowest in the state since April 13. Prices in selected cities range from $1.75 per gallon in Bartlesville to $2.04 in Guymon. Drivers in Oklahoma City are paying $1.83 per gallon while those in Tulsa are paying $1.76. AAA...

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has tapped Justice Douglas Combs as its new chief justice. In keeping with its constitutional requirement to select a chief justice and vice chief justice every two years, the state's highest court on Monday elected Combs to the two-year term. He will replace outgoing Chief Justice John Reif. Combs will be replaced as Vice Chief Justice by Noma Gurich. Both new positions become effective on Dec. 1. Both Combs and Gurich are appointees of former Oklahoma Gov. Brad...

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Former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts is no longer president and CEO of the Oklahoma City-based charity Feed the Children. The charity said in a statement Monday that Watts plans to pursue other interests and that Chief Operations Officer Travis Arnold will serve as interim CEO. Watts was announced as the head of the charity in January and took over the role on Feb. 1. Watts in the 1990s became the first black Republican congressman from the South since Reconstruction after previously...

In the local news: The latest in the Shannon Kepler case. Tulsa County employees are getting raises. A Tulsa rally opposed to hate is held a Veterans' Park

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Oklahoma's state-supplied information technology services were the subject of a Monday interim study by state senators. The head of Oklahoma’s prison system is unhappy with ongoing consolidation of the state’s IT services. Department of Corrections Director Joe Albaugh told lawmakers the state’s Office of Management and Enterprise Services can’t do everything they need. "It affects our efficiency. It affects our ability to protect and maintain public safety," Albaugh said. "Since we have so...

A newspaper and an advocacy group that have waited more than two years for public records from the Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's office are asking a court to order the governor to release the documents immediately. Attorneys for The Oklahoma Observer newspaper and nursing home watchdog A Perfect Cause filed a motion for summary judgment on Monday in Oklahoma County District Court. A Perfect Cause requested documents in May 2014 dealing with the interaction of Fallin's office with the nursing...

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A Tulsa judge hands former Tulsa Police officer Shannon Kepler a six-month sentence on each of his two convictions for being reckless with a firearm. Judge Sharon Holmes sentenced Kepler this morning in Tulsa District Court. The jury deadlocked, 11-to-1, last week on a 1st Degree Murder Charge. Kepler was accused of killing his estranged daughter's boyfriend, Jeremy Lake, in August of 2014. The District Attorney will charge Kepler again on the murder complaint. That trial is set for February....

TSet Questioned at State Capitol

Nov 14, 2016

State lawmakers quiz the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust about its expenditures. The agency came under fire last spring for offering former Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas $250,000-a-year to run the agency. TSet Board Chair Don Millican says they should have been more sensitive to the state’s financial plight when setting the salary. He says they have now refocused. Another candidate, John Woods, was selected earlier this month as the TSet Director, at a much lower salary.

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Oklahoma City police have shot and killed a man on the city's southwest side. Sgt. Gary Knight says two officers investigating reports of gunshots at an apartment complex about 12:30 a.m. Sunday were confronted by an armed man who was shot by the officers. No names have been released. Knight said he didn't know if the man fired at the officers and said he can't comment on whether a weapon was recovered. Knight said neither officer was injured and that both are on paid leave pending an...

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The estate of Oklahoma City energy industry magnate Aubrey McClendon is rejecting a Tulsa man's $500,000 claim as a forgery. Retired Tulsa businessman Thomas Quinn says he loaned McClendon the money in 1991 and filed a promissory note saying full payment was due Dec. 1, 2015. Quinn says in a January 2016 letter to McClendon that he had no objection to extending the deadline by a year. Quinn sued after estate attorneys rejected the claim. A response to the lawsuit filed earlier this month says...

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Oklahoma agencies are expressing concern about an uptick in the strength of marijuana showing up in Oklahoma. The state narcotic bureau’s Mark Woodward says often the stronger pot is being created legally in other states like Colorado. While the pot is legally produced in another state, it is illegal to bring any marijuana into Oklahoma. Woodward says interstate commerce does not apply to pot.

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Musician Leon Russell , a top session player in the 1960s and '70s who later had a successful solo career with such hits as "Tight Rope" and "Lady Blue," has died. He was 74. An email from Leon Russell Records to The Associated Press says Russell died in Nashville "last night." The email cites Russell's wife as the source of the information. Russell had heart bypass surgery in July and was recovering from that at the time of his death. The musician's website says that he died Sunday. Russell...

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Oklahoma requires school children to b e vaccinated for 11 different communicable diseases… but parents can opt-out of the law for religious or other reasons. State Senator Ervin Yen, who is a practicing physician,says our immunization rate is one of the lowest in the country. Oklahoma is tied with several other states at 90%. Only Arkansas is lower at 89%. Yen plans to introduce legislation in the new session of the legislature to tighten the opt-out loop holes. He fears we are are putting...

In the local news: Efforts could be coming to boosts Oklahoma's vaccination laws. Memorial Services are pending for Leon Russell. Shannon Kepler is to be sentenced today.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy quarterback Will Worth rushed for 122 yards and scored three times as the Midshipmen beat Tulsa 42-40. Navy could earn a spot in the AAC championship game and have now won 15 straight at home. NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield threw for 300 yards and two scores, running for a third as the 9th-ranked Sooners beat No. 25 Baylor yesterday, 45-24. Joe Mixon rushed for 187 yards and Samaje Perine added 100 along with two touchdowns. STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) —...

Tulsa's Leon Russell Is Dead at 74

Nov 13, 2016
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and Tulsa native Leon Russell is dead. He was 74 years-old. According to Facebook, he died in his sleep while in Nashville. Russell had a heart bypass earlier this year. He was born Russell Bridges and started playing Tulsa night clubs in his early teens. He changed his name to Leon Russell after he left Tulsa for L.A. in the early 1960s. He had several hit records on his own in the late 60s and early 70s, such as 'Tight Rope', 'Roll Away the Stone' and 'Home...

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The Democratic challenger in the Delaware County sheriff's race says he's asking for a recount after unofficial results show him losing by seven votes. Mike Shambaugh told the Tulsa World Friday that he's asking for the recount in his race against incumbent Republican Sheriff Harlan Moore. The Delaware County Election Board said the manual recount will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Complete but unofficial returns from Tuesday's election show Moore defeated Shambaugh by a count of 7,797 to 7,790.

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A college student in Oklahoma has been temporarily suspended amid racially charged outbursts at schools and universities across the country following Donald Trump's presidential election. The Associated Press and other media outlets identified more than 20 reports of racist incidents at schools since Tuesday, including a group chat aimed at black freshmen at Trump's alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. UPenn President Amy Gutmann said the chat contained "violent, racist and thoroughly...

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Oklahoma voters last week approved two state questions aimed at curbing the state's rapidly growing prison population, a decision likely to provide momentum for further changes to the state's criminal justice system. State Question 780, which reclassifies drug possession and property crimes under $1,000 to misdemeanors, passed with more than 58 percent of the vote. A companion measure that would reinvest any savings into substance abuse and mental health treatment, State Question 781, was...

Key Witness in Hofmeister Case Resigns from School Administrators Group

Nov 12, 2016
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A key witness in the criminal case against State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has resigned from his job as head of a school administrators’ group, Oklahoma Watch has learned. Ryan Owens was general counsel for the Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administration before being named executive director in July. The CCOSA executive committee held a special meeting Tuesday, where it accepted Owens’ resignation, according to a message sent out by the group. Owens could not be reached for...

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University of Oklahoma police say a body has been found inside a vehicle on the OU campus. Police told reporters the body was found Friday morning inside a vehicle in the parking lot of Dale Hall on the southwestern corner of campus. OUPD Maj. Bruce Chan told The Oklahoma Daily that a dog was also found in the vehicle and is alive. The person's identity and a suspected cause of death have not been released. An OU spokesman says the person who died does not appear to have any connection to the...

A southwest Oklahoma man has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of a 3-month-old girl. KSWO-TV reports that Billy DeWayne Allen is charged in the Sept. 20 death of Mame Neta Attocknie. Allen is described as the girl's foster father. He has pleaded not guilty. Investigators have said Allen worked a night shift and failed to take the girl to daycare after taking his son to school. The foster mother later discovered the infant was not at the daycare and called Allen, who...

Kepler to Be Retrired for Jeremy Lake Murder

Nov 12, 2016
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The Tulsa County District Attorney will refile 1st Degree Murder Charges against Shannon Kepler. A judge has declared a mistrial after jurors couldn't agree whether to convict a former Tulsa police officer of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his daughter's boyfriend. Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes declared the mistrial early Friday in the trial for Shannon Kepler, who was charged in the 2014 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. Kepler, who later retired from the...

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