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The Oklahoma House approved a plan Tuesday to eliminate price monitoring through the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

Rep. Jeff Coody successfully amended Senate Bill 493 to repeal Oklahoma’s weights and measures misrepresentation law. He said it’s obsolete for big retailers with automated systems

"With the advent of the big-box retailers — Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart and you name it — everything is so electronic and so automated that those companies really don't even — they're not subject to this program," Coody said.

State Budget Cuts Could Close Some Tulsa Schools

Mar 28, 2017
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A plan to fill a $12 million Tulsa School budget shortfall could include closing some public schools, cutting the school year and scaling back athletics. The crisis was brought on by the latest revenue failure from state government. That means state appropriations to school districts will be cut. 

Tulsa School Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist says there just isn’t any budget wiggle-room with funding being slashed from the state year-after-year.          

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Oklahoma could soon join Louisiana and Texas in allowing hunters to shoot feral hogs from helicopters.

Aerial gunners are already used to help control feral swine in Oklahoma, but the work can only be done by trained, licensed contractors with support from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry.

Lawmakers are considering a bill to expand that to private operations. Under the proposal, landowners, companies and pilots would have to apply for a state license and be responsible for the activity.

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Parents, children, and non-profit groups will be at the state capitol in May to advocate for child well-being issues. Joe Dorman heads up the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. He says the priority is to straighten out the state budget mess. A contemplated further 14.5% cut threatens the most vulnerable, according to Dorman. He says attendees at the day in May will lobby for bills deemed ‘kid friendly’ and against those deemed harmful.

Dorman says Oklahomans of all ages are invited to attend the Advocacy Day at the state capitol on May 10th.

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Oklahoma authorities say three would-be burglars have been fatally shot by a homeowner's adult son who was armed with a rifle.

 

The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office received a call around 12:30 p.m. Monday from someone inside a home who told dispatchers that people had broken into the house and that shots had been fired.

Deputy Nick Mahoney says officers arrived to find three men fatally shot. The neighborhood is in an unincorporated part of the county about 20 miles southeast of Tulsa.

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Oklahoma court records show that a 35-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting a 22-year-old police officer in a shootout during a traffic stop faced a charge of knowingly concealing stolen property.

Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon identified the suspect Tuesday as Byron James Shepard. Shepard is suspected of fatally shooting Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney on Sunday night. Terney died Monday morning after undergoing surgery overnight.

Authorities say Shepard was also struck by gunfire and remains hospitalized.

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Multiple rounds of severe weather are in the forecast this week for Southern Plains states, with Texas and Oklahoma at risk Tuesday for big hail, tornadoes and damaging winds.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says a mostly rural area of north Texas and southern Oklahoma could see the worst of it Tuesday. Forecasters say the biggest risk Tuesday is for "very large" hail though tornadoes and powerful winds are still possible.

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In the local news:

  • Three teenagers are killing in what authorities say was a home invasion attempt at Broken Arrow.
  • Governor Fallin orders flags to half-staff following the shooting death of a Tecumseh Police Officer.
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejects former Attorney General Scott Pruitt's medical marijuana ballot title as misleading. 

   

Gov. Mary Fallin is offering her condolences to the family of a 22-year-old police officer who died after a shootout during a traffic stop in her hometown of Tecumseh.

Fallin says Tecumseh officer Justin Terney's body is being returned to his family in eastern Oklahoma and that she intends to order flags on state property to be flown at half-staff on the day of Terney's funeral, which hasn't been scheduled.

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has set the dates for a special election to fill the seat of a former state senator who stepped down while facing felony prostitution charges involving a 17-year-old boy.

A special general election will be held Sept. 12 to fill the seat in south Oklahoma City left vacant after state Sen. Ralph Shortey resigned last week.

Shortey has been charged with three felony counts after police say he solicited sex from the teen.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a proposed rewrite of a ballot question on medical marijuana that was submitted by the state Attorney General's office.

In a 7-1 ruling on Monday, the state's highest court rejected the proposed rewrite that supporters of the medical marijuana initiative had argued was intentionally misleading and could confuse people into thinking they were voting to fully legalize marijuana.

Under the ruling, the original ballot language drafted by the marijuana supporters will appear on the ballot.

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Oklahoma authorities say three would-be burglars have been fatally shot by a homeowner's armed son.

A Wagoner County Sheriff's Office spokesman says the agency received a call around 12:30 p.m. Monday from someone inside a home who told dispatchers that people had broken into the house and that shots had been fired.

Deputy Nick Mahoney says authorities arrived in the 9100 block of Clearview Drive to find the alleged burglars all fatally shot by the adult son, who met the intruders with a rifle.

City of Broken Arrow

The City of Broken Arrow is finalizing plans to build an "Innovation District."

The city hopes to build a campus advanced manufacturing and technology companies share with schools. Some funding will come from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"They actually came to Broken Arrow and worked with us and OCAST, which is the Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology, to create this concept, and so we've really got something that's very unique and there's nothing like it in the area," said Mayor Craig Thurmond.

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Oklahoma has earned recognition for efforts to reduce its prison population.

Gov. Mary Fallin is featured in a new campaign that highlights states leading the way. U.S. Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris said Fallin is the first governor to mention high female incarceration rates during a state of the state address.

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The rain on Sunday has us out of the fire for now…the burn ban in Tulsa County has been lifted. It means it’s legally okay to grill or conduct controlled burns outside for the first time in several weeks. However, Tulsa Area Emergency Manager Roger Joliffe still urges caution. He says vegetation is still dry enough to allow wildfires to spread rapidly.

 

The Oklahoma Legislature is considering a bill to immediately provide $34 million in funding to the Department of Human Services to prevent worker furloughs and provider rate cuts.

A bill is scheduled for a hearing Monday that would tap about $30 million from the state's Unclaimed Property Fund and another $4 million from the Rainy Day Fund. The money would be used to fund programs for the elderly and developmentally disabled.

Syphilis Outbreak in Oklahoma

Mar 27, 2017
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The Oklahoma County Health Department confirms  an outbreak of more than 75 diagnosed syphilis cases in Oklahoma County. By comparison, there were only 92 cases in Tulsa County in all of last year.

The outbreak is believed connected to a specific social network between the ages of 14 and 47 years old. The most common risk factors associated with this increase include drug use, exchanging sex for money or drugs, or having multiple sex partners.

Two Supermarkets to Close

Mar 27, 2017
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The Warehouse Market Supermarket chain is closing two of its Tulsa area stores. The company says the Cox Cash Saver in Broken Arrow and the Warehouse Market at 51st and Union will be closing. 

The stores have been suffering from declining sales and stiff competition from other retailers.  The firm says when the stores deplete inventory, they  will shut down.

Warehouse Market is the Tulsa area's oldest supermarket chain. It opened its first store in downtown Tulsa in 1938.

Officer Shot and Killed in Central Oklahoma

Mar 27, 2017
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A 22-year-old police officer, in the Pottawatomie County town of Tecumseh, has died from gunshot wounds inflected overnight during a traffic stop. Officials say Officer Justin Terney had just joined the force last summer. 

He had stopped a car overnight night when the driver, jumped out of the car, and  started firing. The young officer was struck three times, but did manage to return the fire with both a taser and service weapon. The suspect was hit and taken to the hospital where he is in critical condition.

Body Recovered at Muskogee

Mar 27, 2017
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The body of a missing man is found at Muskogee in the Arkansas River. 21-year-old Brandon Welch had been missing since earlier this morning.

The discovery was made over the weekend by a fisherman at the Three Forks Harbor and Marina. It is unclear how Welch died. The Muskogee Police Department is handling the case.  Welch had a girl friend and a three year old child.

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A so-called 'Good Samaritan' bill that wouldn't criminally charge a person who is either having or observing a drug overdose and calls police for help has failed to advance in the Oklahoma Legislature.

Guthrie Republican Sen. AJ Griffin has proposed the legislation for the past two years as the country deals with an opioid epidemic.

The Oklahoman reports Griffin's bill gives law enforcement officers discretion when they arrive at the scene of an overdose.

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An Oklahoma councilwoman is asking homeowners to rename a street honoring a former university professor and Ku Klux Klan member.

Norman Councilwoman Breea Clark has posted an online petition asking residents to help change the name of DeBarr Avenue.

The block is named after Edwin DeBarr, one of the first professors at the University of Oklahoma. DeBarr became a grand dragon in the KKK while at the school and was forced out in 1923 because of his Klan involvement.

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Large hail and strong winds hit parts of Texas and Oklahoma as a storm system rolled through the Southern Plains.

Heavy rains also occurred during Sunday's storms along with a funnel cloud near Ada, Oklahoma, about 70 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

Denton, Texas, police told the Dallas Morning News that hail up to the size of softballs fell on the area.

The National Weather Service issued multiple storm advisories throughout the day Sunday.

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A hundred people or more turnout on a chilly Saturday afternoon to protest a proposed pipeline. The gathering was held at the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park in downtown Tulsa.

Those gathered are opposed to the Diamond Pipeline that would connect the Cushing oil pipeline hub with a refinery in Memphis.

The proposed route would cross several rivers including the Arkansas River. It would also cross Indian Tribal Nations.

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Oklahoma lawmakers can claim at least one accomplishment nearly halfway through this year's legislative session.

They passed legislation that finally brings the state into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. That imposes tougher requirements for proof of legal residency to get state driver's licenses.

But much more is on the agenda before the Legislature is required to adjourn May 26. That includes raising teacher pay, modifying guidelines for the judiciary and criminal justice, abortion and ways to bring in more money.

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The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.0 earthquake and three smaller temblors have struck Oklahoma.

The survey reported that the magnitude 4.0 quake hit Saturday south of Medford in north-central Oklahoma. Three smaller temblors — with magnitudes of 3.5, 3.0 and 2.8, all struck near Perry.

No injuries or damage were immediately reported. Geologists say damage is not likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4.0.

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Perry Public Schools

 

A principal and a teacher north of Oklahoma City who are accused of failing to report alleged child abuse may resign.

An agenda shows that the Perry Public School board will meet Monday to consider the resignations and resignation agreements of Upper Elementary School Principal Kenda Miller and math teacher Jeffrey Sullins.

The Oklahoman reports that the educators are charged with failure to promptly report child abuse or neglect.

Perry Public Schools

 

A principal and a teacher north of Oklahoma City who are accused of failing to report alleged child abuse may resign.

An agenda shows that the Perry Public School board will meet Monday to consider the resignations and resignation agreements of Upper Elementary School Principal Kenda Miller and math teacher Jeffrey Sullins.

The Oklahoman reports that the educators are charged with failure to promptly report child abuse or neglect.

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