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7:48 am
Sat April 11, 2015

No New Flu-Related Deaths in Oklahoma, Season May be Ending

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A record-breaking flu season in Oklahoma may be winding down.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports no additional deaths in the past week after 107 people died and about 2,200 were hospitalized due to the virus since the season began September 28th.

The previous record of 72 deaths set last year was broken in February.

Health Department epidemiologist Laurence Burnsed said Friday that flu cases typically decrease in April and have been doing so the past few weeks.

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7:45 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Fallin Vetoes Second Bill by Broken Arrow Republican

The Governor's office at the State Capitol
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have required state agencies to disclose to legislators the authority they have for various agency operations.

Fallin vetoed the bill by Republican Senator Nathan Dahm of Broken Arrow, saying it creates "an unnecessarily complicated administrative process."

The bill would have established a process for legislators to seek from state agencies their legal authority for various functions. Agency directors would have 10 days to respond or be subject to removal from office.

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7:42 am
Sat April 11, 2015

State Rep. David Dank Dies at Oklahoma City Home

David Dank
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican state Representative David Dank has died at his home in Oklahoma City.

The 76-year-old Dank had represented a western Oklahoma City district since 2007, when he was elected to succeed his wife, Odilia Dank, who was term-limited. He was currently chairman of the House Revenue and Tax Subcommittee.

Dank's legislative assistant, Charlotte Maughan, told the Associated Press that Dank was found dead in his home Friday. Other details were not released.

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5:00 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Sheriff's Department Discusses Taser Mix-Up Case

An emotional Captain Bill McKelvey discusses the case with Tulsa reporters.
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The Tulsa Sheriff's Office held a news conference to discuss last week's fatal shooting of a suspect in a sting operation.  Sheriff's Captain Bill McKelvey told reporters that when they were trying to take Eric Harris into custody last Friday, Harris was considered armed and dangerous. As officers tried to arrest him, Harris became combative and started running.  Deputies gave chase. That is when Reserve Deputy Robert Bates, who had been on perimeter  duty,  got involved.

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2:53 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Tulsa Leaders to Discuss Economic Development Ideas Ahead of Vision 2025 Expiration

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The Vision 2025 sales tax is set to expire soon, and Tulsa city councilors want to look at more options for a possible renewal.

The city’s river and public safety task forces have mentioned the possibility of partially renewing the Vision sales tax for funding. Councilor G.T. Bynum has asked fellow Councilor Blake Ewing to work with the mayor’s office on identifying a possible economic development idea to be funded by a Vision renewal.

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2:46 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Tulsa Ordinance Protecting LGBT Community From Housing Discrimination Advances

The City of Tulsa moves forward with an ordinance amendment to add gender identity and sexual orientation as protected classes when it comes to housing discrimination.

The ordinance was discussed in a committee meeting and given a first reading during the council meeting yesterday evening.

"It's sad to me that we have to declare these different classes of protected citizens against discrimination instead of just allowing basic human decency and common sense to prevail," said Councilor Blake Ewing, who proposed the change. "But we do. Because some people are jerks."

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2:39 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

U.S. Oil and Gas Rig Count Drops by 40

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HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 40 this week to 988 amid depressed oil prices. It was the first time the weekly count was below 1,000 since September 2009.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 760 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,831 rigs were active.

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11:57 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Grave, Human Remains Found in Rural Area Near Wellston

WELLSTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have found a shallow grave of human remains in Oklahoma during an investigation prompted by the discovery of a human skull on Easter day.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation discovered the remains in a rural area southwest of Wellston on Thursday. The State Medical Examiner's Office said the skull showed signs of trauma, and the skull appears to be that of a male.

The owner of the land said he found the skull while looking for turkey tracks.

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11:49 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Oklahoma Diversity Chief Says He Faced Discrimination There

Jabar Shumate
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's new chief of diversity programs says he's right for the job after a racist video roiled the school last month.

Jabar Shumate  says he was discriminated against while attending there in the 1990s.

The black former state senator remembers the fliers with his picture on them tacked up during his campaign for student body vice president: "Do you want this person living in your house? Vote the other ticket."

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11:16 am
Fri April 10, 2015

A Tulsa-Okmulgee Airport Deal is Proposed

The main hangar at the Okmulgee Regional Airport
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A deal is in the works between the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust and Okmulgee Regional. The Trust would manage the Okmulgee Airport and in return, Tulsa would get a site to expand regional airport service. Jeff Hough is Deputy Airports Director with the Trust. He says Jones-Riverside is at capacity with no space to expand, and Okmulgee can provide that space. He says the city of Okmulgee would benefit by the economic development airport expansion would bring.

If all the details can be worked out, a deal would likely take effect July 1st.

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