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Storms Possible in Tuesday Heat

May 28, 2018
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A large thunderstorm complex is expected to develop across southern Kansas Tuesday evening. This thunderstorm complex will likely spread across northeast Oklahoma and western Arkansas Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. A risk of severe weather will accompany the strongest storms with locally damaging winds the primary concern. Dry and hot weather will prevail for late week into the weekend with afternoon heat index values of 100 to 105 degrees common.

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Oklahoma City police have arrested a man for throwing a brick or piece of concrete through the window of a minivan and injuring a baby that was in a car seat inside the vehicle.

Authorities say a woman in the van told them she got out of her vehicle at a convenience store and looked at a man walking by. Police tell Oklahoma City television station KOCO she believes the man became upset, found the rock and hurled it, smashing through a window and hurting the child.

The woman says the baby was bleeding and she thought the child had been shot. She called police.

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Former Oklahoma Gov. George Nigh has delivered a commencement address in Oklahoma for the 69th consecutive year, choosing his alma mater McAlester High School for this year's speech.

A member of McAlester's 1945 class, the 90-year-old spoke to graduates during a ceremony this month at the Southeast Expo Center.

Nigh told The Oklahoman newspaper he delivered his first graduation speech in 1950 at a rural schoolhouse north of Arpelar in Pittsburg County when he was a college student running for the Legislature. He didn't have a car, so he hitchhiked to the ceremony.

More Women File for Office, but Oklahoma’s Gender Gap Persists

May 28, 2018
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Just 35 women filed for one of the 125 Oklahoma legislative seats that were up for election in 2012.

This year, there will be nearly four times as many women running for the same number of seats. And following a trend across the nation, women will be better represented on the ballot than in at least a decade – and likely ever.

Temps Into Record Territory

May 27, 2018
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Thunderstorms are expected to develop across the Central Plains Tuesday evening and spread southeastward overnight. Thunderstorm chances will increase Tuesday night through Wednesday morning across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. A few strong to severe storms are possible. Temperatures much above normal will continue with heat index values around 100 degrees likely both Friday and Saturday.

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a 25-year-old man has been arrested following a shooting in which two people were killed and a third was wounded in southeastern Oklahoma.

Investigators say Hershal DeWayne Hatley was taken into custody Friday on two counts of first-degree murder and one of shooting with intent to kill. McCurtain County court records don't indicate whether Hatley is represented by an attorney who could speak for him.

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A man who pleaded guilty to aiming a laser pointer at an Oklahoma City Police Department helicopter has been sentenced to probation.

Federal court records show that U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton sentenced 30-year-old Travis Allen Jones to three years' probation on Tuesday. Jones must also perform 104 hours of community service work and pay about $500 in restitution to police.

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The resistance to Donald Trump can be found even in one of the reddest cities in one of the reddest states in the union.

It isn't as easy to enlist as it might be in places like New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., where multitudes of college-educated, predominantly white women have joined a rolling boil of activism since Trump's election.

The Democratic party and liberals are plentiful on the coasts, but light on the ground in swathes of the country that hold the majority of electoral votes and congressional seats.

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Relatives of a woman and a 12-year-old girl who were wounded during a shooting at an Oklahoma City restaurant say they don't understand why the victims were attacked by a man they didn't know.

Dennis Will says his daughter, 39-year-old Natalie Giles, was grazed by bullets and that her 12-year-old daughter was shot in the stomach during the Thursday night shooting.

Will said Saturday that his daughter has been released from the hospital but his granddaughter remains hospitalized. He says the girl underwent surgery.

High Heat for the Holiday

May 26, 2018
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Near record high temperatures are forecast through the holiday weekend. The early season heat may raise heat stress potential for any prolonged outdoor exposure. A slight chance of thunderstorms returns by mid next week as a weak cold front approaches the region. Excessive heat is likely to remain in place and possibly worsen by late next week.

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A Colorado man convicted of killing and dismembering his ex-girlfriend will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Adam Densmore was sentenced in Boulder on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus an additional 12 years.

Densmore and Ashley Mead had a daughter together. She was reported missing in February 2017.

Investigators believe Densmore killed Mead in Boulder, then drove her body to Louisiana where he dismembered it. Some of Mead's remains were found in a suitcase in a dumpster in Okmulgee, Oklahoma but the rest were never found.

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A city in central Oklahoma has made an environmental resolution to transition to 100 percent renewable energy in city buildings by 2035.

The Norman Transcript reports that the Tuesday resolution makes Norman the first city in Oklahoma to make such a commitment to renewables.

The city will tap into sources like wind and solar for electricity. The resolution calls for 100 percent clean energy commitment across the board by 2050, including heating and transportation.

Oklahomans who plan to vote in the June 26 primary election have one more week to register.

The Oklahoma Election Board says June 1 is the deadline for registering to vote in the statewide primary. Officials say June 20 is the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary election and that early voting begins June 21.

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Oklahoma lawmakers say their voting records are being distorted by Facebook ads sponsored by a recently formed group that fights tax proposals in the state Legislature.

The Oklahoman reports that the ads come from No New Oklahoma Taxes, a network of more than 10,000 residents on social media. The group formed earlier this year to combat Oklahoma tax bills.

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A federal judge gives the Oklahoma Department of Human Service until the middle of next week to respond to a proposal closing the Laura Dester Shelter in Tulsa.

A monitoring group claims a substantial increase in child abuse and neglect cases at the center.

Tulsa District Chief Federal Judge Gregory Fizzell wants a response from the DHS by May 30th.  

Passenger Jet Makes Emergency Landing in Tulsa

May 25, 2018
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A United Airlines Express Jet is diverted to Tulsa.

No injuries were reported last evening.

The pilot reported a pressurization issue while in flight.  The flight originated in Omaha and was headed to Houston.

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A group supported by Walmart seeking a public vote on whether to allow optometrists to operate inside stores says they've gathered enough signatures to place the measure on Oklahoma's November ballot.

Oklahomans for Consumer Freedom announced Thursday they've gathered about 255,000 signatures from the state's registered voters. That's more than twice the number needed.

In the local news;

  • State education leaders debate school security.
  • A gunman shoots two people in OKC before being killed by a person with a concealed weapon permit.
  • Lake level are up, but no campground flooding this Memorial Day.

Fewer Tulsans

May 25, 2018
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The U.S. Census Bureau says Oklahoma City's population has increased as many areas throughout the state see slowed growth or even a decline in residents.

The Tulsa World reports that recent census estimates show Oklahoma City grew by 0.7 percent to more than 643,600 residents during the year-period ending July 1.

Oklahoma's fastest-growing city was Piedmont, which grew by 4.9 percent to nearly 7,750. The city sits west of Edmond in Canadian County.

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A man armed with a pistol walked into an Oklahoma City restaurant at the dinner hour and opened fire, wounding two customers, before being shot dead by a handgun-carrying civilian in the parking lot, police said.

The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Louie's On The Lake, a restaurant on Lake Hefner.

A woman and a female juvenile were undergoing surgery for gunshot wounds but apparently "are going to survive," said Capt. Bo Matthews, a police spokesman. A man suffered a broken arm while trying to escape the shooting.

The last five years have seen soccer take off in Tulsa, with Athletic, the Roughnecks and now Fortuna Tulsa.

Fortuna, named for the Roman goddess of fortune, begins its inaugural season in the Women’s Premier Soccer League on Friday night.

The team is stocked with current, former and potential NCAA Division I players.

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The Oklahoma State Board of Education is dissatisfied with school security.

With the high school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, top of mind, the board heard a presentation at its meeting Thursday about school security plans. Board member Leo Baxter pointed out there are no requirements for security equipment at Oklahoma schools and no guidance for the security drills they must run.

Kalu is New to the Zoo

May 24, 2018
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A new resident is joining the Tulsa Zoo. Male African lion, Kalu, has started the introductory process and will eventually be joining lioness Shatari on exhibit.

Kalu (pronounced Kuh-LOO) arrived at the Tulsa Zoo in April and underwent a standard quarantine period. During this time veterinary staff monitored his health and well-being. He was recently moved into the lion grottos and will slowly become familiar with the exhibit and Shatari.

Busy Holiday Weekend Expected At Oklahoma Lakes

May 24, 2018
U.S. Army Coprs of Engineers-Tulsa District

Most Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks re-opened for the 2018 recreation season, April 1 and as the largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation in the nation, the Corps is working to reduce water-related fatalities by educating the public on water safety.

The Tulsa District, which manages 256 recreation areas at 37 lakes in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, encourages visitors to wear a properly-fitting, U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices or life jackets when in or around the water. 

It’s now up to the Tulsa City Council to approve a special zoning code overlay for Route 66.

If approved, the zoning code amendment would allow new signs that are at least 25 percent neon to be up to 50 percent larger than currently allowed by sign regulations. The relaxed regulations won’t apply to dynamic displays, typically LED or video boards capable of showing constant animation.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 66-year-old man drowned while swimming after his boat as it was floating away on an eastern Oklahoma lake.

An OHP report says James Cosper of McAlester drowned shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The report says Cosper was loading his boat at a boat ramp when the vessel began to drift away.

A witness said the man ran to a dock and jumped into the lake, then disappeared under water as he swam toward the boat.

The report says Cosper was not wearing a life preserver.

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President Donald Trump is canceling the planned June 12 summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent statement from North Korea.

Trump says in a letter to Kim released Thursday by the White House that based on the statement, he felt it was "inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting."

The president says the North Koreans talk about their nuclear capabilities, "but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used."

Here Come the Ticks

May 24, 2018
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Get the tick repellant and stand by for what could be a rough season for the little blood-suckers in Oklahoma. While it did get cold, we had little ice or snow this past winter. That will help the tick population in Oklahoma flourish.

University of Tulsa Professor of Biological Science Dr. Richard Reeder says the ticks are now becoming active as the weather warms.

Ticks carry various diseases, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease. Both can be fatal.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa slips in the national park rankings.
  • Storms cause some Tulsa metro damage.
  • Gas prices take a hike

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