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3:27 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Booker T. Washington Students Observe Day of Silence

Students hung several signs promoting Day of Silence in the hallways of Booker T. Washington High School. The event brings attention to the bullying many LGBT students face.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Dozens of Booker T. Washington High School students took a vow of silence for the day.

They participated in the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence.

"It's kind of like a silent protest ... for, like, reverence to the people who are actually silenced by people constantly harassing them, people having to hide who they are, people who — people who aren't safe to be themselves," said senior Logann Little.

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3:16 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Oklahoma Teen Convicted in Slaying of Australian Baseball Player

Australian Christopher Lane was shot and killed in 2013 while jogging in Duncan, Okla. He was here on a baseball scholarship.
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DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — A 17-year-old has been convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Australian college baseball player in Oklahoma.

A Stephens County jury found Chancey Allen Luna guilty on Friday of killing 22-year-old Christopher Lane by shooting him in the back in August 2013 while Lane was jogging in Duncan. The jury recommended that Luna be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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12:12 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Tulsa County Volunteer Deputy Disputes Claim He Lacked Training

Bob Bates, his family and attorney on NBC's Today Show
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa has countered criticism of his qualifications.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the April 2 shooting, Robert Bates told NBC's "Today" show that characterizations of himself as a wealthy donor paying to join the force are "unbelievably unfair."

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8:41 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Kansas Seeks Court Order to Block Quapaw Tribe Casino

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has asked a federal court to temporarily block the Quapaw Tribe from expanding its Downstream Casino in Oklahoma into southeast Kansas.

The request for a preliminary injunction filed Thursday contends the state will suffer irreparable harm if the tribe's casino goes forward. It notes the tribe has already moved in construction equipment.

The state says it is considering proposals for a southeast gaming casino and the tribe's competition lowers the value of the state's facility.

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8:38 am
Fri April 17, 2015

National Weather Service Confirms Tornado near Sayre

SAYRE, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado has touched down in western Oklahoma.

Meteorologist Ryan Barnes says the Weather Service doesn't yet know the strength of the tornado that struck Thursday evening near Sayre. He says it doesn't appear the twister hit any major structures.

The Beckham County Sheriff's Office had no reports of injuries or damage late Thursday.

Tornadoes were also reported in Texas and Kansas as severe storms pushed across the region.

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8:35 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Tulsa County to Audit Reserve Deputy Program after Shooting

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says it will conduct an internal review of its reserve deputy program after a 73-year-old volunteer officer fatally shot an unarmed suspect who was on the ground.

Spokesman Shannon Clark told the Tulsa World Thursday that there will be an audit, but he did not discuss details.

Clark did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press.

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8:32 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Former Picher Museum Destroyed by Fire

The Tar Creek Super Fund Site.
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PICHER, Okla. (AP) — A former museum that was one of the last remnants of an abandoned mining community in Ottawa County has been destroyed by a fire.

The Oklahoman reports Picher Mining Field Museum, which was on the National Register of Historic Places, caught fire late Monday or early Tuesday. Quapaw Tribe Fire Department Chief Jeff Reeves declined to comment on the possible origin of the fire.

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8:24 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the local news:

  • New developments in the Sheriff's Shooting Case.
  • A City Councilors details her own public safety proposal.
  • Tulsa Fire crews head to the zoo overnight.
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2:46 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

City of Tulsa Instituting Electronics Ban for Employees Behind the Wheel

City of Tulsa employees will be prohibited from using cell phones and other devices while driving starting May 1.

Safety Coordinator Eddy Tijerina said that means no texts, emails or calls, even using hands-free technology like Bluetooth.

"So what we're asking them to do is find a safe place to park, and then either make that call or text they need to do — check their emails, whatever it is — or if they receive a call or text while they're driving, to find a safe place to park," Tijerina said.

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2:39 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Councilor Presents New Tulsa Public Safety Funding Proposal

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Councilor Karen Gilbert doubles Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s proposed sales tax for public safety funding in a new proposal.

She presented the public safety task force with a plan for a permanent four-tenths of a cent sales tax with revenue dedicated to police, fire and streets.

"Through our discussions, through the task force meetings, just taking the information of the needs of those departments and looking at is two-tenths enough — it wasn't. It isn't," Gilbert said.

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