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A video showing Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon punching a female student was released to The Associated Press on Friday.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the release last week of a video that the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters sued to obtain.

The Associated Press acquired videos showing two angles of the incident. One, which shows the altercation, is the video the OAB sued for. The other shows another angle of the incident.

 The sponsor of an Oklahoma law requiring signs in public restrooms directing pregnant women where to receive services to avoid abortions now wants to limit the signs only to abortion providers.

Republican Sen. A.J. Griffin filed a bill Friday that dramatically narrows the requirement. Her amendment to the law would require the information be available through social media, but only abortion providers would have to post restroom signs.

 Firefighters say a woman and a child have died in a house fire in northwest Oklahoma City.

Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson says the woman was dead at the scene of the fire that was reported about 5 a.m. Saturday and the child died later at a hospital.

No names have been released. Fulkerson says the two were the only people inside the home.

Fulkerson says both victims were found in a downstairs bedroom of the 1½ story home and were removed through a rear window.

The cause of the blaze has not been determined.

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 The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says it's now supervising a record number of convicts.

The department said Friday it is overseeing 61,012 people, which includes 26,619 in state and private prisons or halfway houses and 32,564 who are supervised by GPS monitors, community supervision or by probation and parole officers. Another 1,829 are in county jails awaiting space in prison.

The department says the total number is the highest in its 49-year history.

Department director Joe Allbaugh said state prisons need more than $2 billion in infrastructure repairs.

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Oklahoma ranks ahead of just four states in overall health in a report by the United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings.

Oklahoma ranks No. 46 in the report released Thursday, one spot worse than in 2015. The state ranks better than only Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The report says Oklahoma has the fifth-worst rate in the U.S. of infant mortality; seventh-worst rate of cancer deaths; eighth-worst rate of obesity; ninth-worst rate of diabetes; and is third worst in heart disease related deaths.

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 A woman recalled maneuvering the vehicle her husband was driving after he was shot during testimony at a preliminary hearing for a Texas man accused of killing him and another person while randomly firing his gun along an Oklahoma interstate.

Jeremy Doss Hardy is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of 45-year-old Jeffery Kent Powell of Arapaho and 63-year-old Billie Jean West of Lone Wolf.

The preliminary hearing was Thursday. A judge will determine if there's sufficient evidence for a trial to be held.

State of Oklahoma

 Gov. Mary Fallin has scheduled a special election to fill a vacant seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Fallin on Friday scheduled a special primary election for March 7 and a special general election for May 9 to fill the District 28 seat left open by the resignation of Republican Rep. Tom Newell of Seminole.

The filing period will be Jan. 9, 10 and 11.

If a primary isn't necessary, the general election will be March 7.

A 12-year-old boy has been killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Kay County.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the boy died Wednesday the ATV he was riding crashed in a pasture near Newkirk.

The boy's name was not released.

A police report says the boy was northbound in the pasture when ATV struck a wooden post lying on the ground/

The ATV then rolled and the boy was thrown from the vehicle.

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It’s a holiday tradition in Tulsa.

The Salvation Army has received eight special gold coins in its red kettles over the past week and a half.

Three are the South African gold coins called Krugerrands, four are U.S. gold $20 pieces. Altogether, those coins are valued at $6,885.

All four $20 coins were found Dec. 14 from kettles at Reasor's at 71st and Sheridan, Reasor's at 41st and Yale, Mardel's at 51st and Harvard, and JC Penney at Promenade Mall.

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to the Tulsa region’s economy.

First, the bad news: Job growth is down slightly. Total job growth this year is projected to be about 3,500.

The good news: Tulsa is in the running for five major projects. Together, that’s potentially 2,500 new, high-wage jobs, and one project comes with nearly $60 million in capital investment. Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Brien Thorstenberg said the region is heading in the right direction.

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Several City of Tulsa officials are calling for a change in management of royalties, license fees and bonuses for a warranty program.

The city partnered with Service Line Warranties of America in 2014 to give residents voluntary water and sewer line insurance. Although Tulsa is the only participant, INCOG manages the revenue from that as if it were a regional program, with its board of directors approving expenditures from the fund the revenue goes into.

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 The AAA is predicting that more than 900,000 Oklahomans will travel over the year-end holiday period, a slight increase from the year before.

Nationwide, a record 103 million Americans are expected to travel during the period that runs from Dec. 23 until Jan. 2. AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai says low gas prices and an increase in consumer spending this year are likely linked to the increase in holiday travelers.

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 The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 26-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a man who disappeared in 2011.

The court handed down the ruling Thursday in the case of Miguel Angel Chavira, who was found guilty by a Tulsa County jury in the shooting death of 24-year-old Joshua Counts.

Authorities say the victim's sister reported that her brother was missing in October 2011. Volunteers discovered his remains in December 2011 along a highway near Inola, east of Tulsa.

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Authorities say three people died in separate wrecks and more than 100 traffic crashes were reported after freezing drizzle slickened roads in the Oklahoma City area Thursday night.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported the fatal crashes on three interstates in the metro area. The Oklahoma City Fire Department says its crews responded to multiple wrecks, including an eight-vehicle pileup that shut down traffic.

This is your one-stop location for valuable information regarding our winter storm from Public Radio Tulsa:

• National Weather Service Radar can be found here from the Oklahoma Mesonet.

• What can you expect from the weather? 

Oklahoma City


 The president and top officers of the U.S. Conference of Mayors have discussed their priorities and municipal issues with President-elect Donald Trump.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, president of the organization, and other mayors met with Trump in New York City Thursday. Topics included infrastructure investment, public safety, unfunded federal mandates and immigration.

Cornett says members of the delegation had "a very positive, wide-ranging discussion" with Trump and appreciate his desire to work with the nation's mayors to strengthen metro economies.

In the local news:

  • Enjoy today,  for tomorrow we freeze.
  • The state revamps the A-F grade system for Oklahoma schools.
  • OK-POP officially gets a home.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The case of a Tulsa dentist charged in the death of the 19-month-old son of a woman he was in a relationship with has been ordered to go to trial.

Oklahoma County Special Judge Larry Shaw found enough evidence for 35-year-old Bert Franklin's case to proceed. Franklin is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lincoln Von Henry Lewis and has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Franklin caused fatal head injuries to Lincoln on July 16 at the Oklahoma City home of the child's mother. Lincoln died two days later.


Though it won’t open for almost three more years, OKPOP’s collection continues to grow.

Museum staff have been in touch with Steven and Charlene Ripley, who Leon Russell asked to take care of his personal archive. Before he died in November, Russell said he wanted it all to go to OKPOP.

The collection includes 2,500 master recordings, equipment, instruments and personal effects.

"In fact, we just got contact this morning from Jan Bridges, Leon's widow, that she wants his show piano that he toured with to come to OKPOP," said OKPOP Director Jeff Moore.

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The long-awaited Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture has a home.

OKPOP will be at 422 N Main St. in downtown Tulsa, right across the street from the historic Cain’s Ballroom.

"We had other locations, but this was the right location that would not only bring that excitement to us, but add that special quality of history and to help make this sustainable," said Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Director Bob Blackburn.

Tulsa County Sheriff

30-year-old Kristan Ridick  is now in custody and her infant daughter is safe. This after a disturbance late this morning at a home near 4700 West 23rd, near Berryhill.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's office says Ridick kicked in the door of  the child's paternal grandmother's home. She reportedly assaulted the caregiver and took the baby. The grandmother had emergency guardianship of the child.


A Tulsa police officer charged with manslaughter will be back in court on Feb. 1 for formal arraignment.

A judge set the new arraignment date after Betty Shelby’s attorney asked for more time to file motions. Assistant D.A. Kevin Gray says such a request isn’t unusual. After Shelby’s attorneys file motions in January, Gray has two weeks to respond, then the arraignment will be held.

Mayor Appoints Community Policing Commission

Dec 15, 2016
Tulsa Police

Mayor G.T. Bynum announced the creation of the Tulsa Commission on Community Policing today. The Commission will be charged with providing recommendations to City leaders in 90 days regarding community policing strategies that could be implemented in Tulsa. The recommendations will be due by March 15, 2017 - Mayor Bynum’s 100th day in office.

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Gov. Mary Fallin says early projections are that Oklahoma will have a hole in next year's state budget of as much as $600 million, or nearly 10 percent of state spending on the current year's budget.

Fallin said Wednesday she expects a projected shortfall of between $500 million to $600 million when the State Board of Equalization meets next week to certify available revenues. The governor says that figure includes about $245 million in one-time sources of money that were spent on this year's budget.

In the local news:

  • Ice and snow could be headed to Tulsa this weekend.
  • Officer Betty Shelby due in court this morning.
  • State lawmakers will face another multi-million dollar budget hole.

City of Tulsa authorities, boards and commissions under former Mayor Dewey Bartlett were criticized for being too male, too white, and too focused on midtown and downtown.

"You know, I have, I think, over 400 of these to make over the next four years, but our initial group does a much better job from a diversification standpoint," said Mayor G.T. Bynum about his first 52 nominations submitted this week.

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The Tulsa region should benefit from recently passed federal legislation known as the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation — or WINN — Act.

The bill directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize certain studies. Tulsa County's levees are covered by WINN Act funding for an Arkansas River flood risk management study in Tulsa and west Tulsa.

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Tulsa’s city council isn’t quite ready to commit money to a parks consolidation study.

The group leading the charge, Tulsa’s Leadership Vision, wants $40,000 from the city for the final phase. Several councilors say they haven’t heard about the first two phases and need to before moving ahead.

Councilor Anna America said consolidating the city and county systems seems like a no-brainer.


The Oklahoma Supreme Court wants more information on the battle over State Question 788, which would legalize and regulate medical marijuana. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma’s Legal Director Brady Henderson says the order is a standard part of the legal process.

With medical marijuana now legally regulated in 28 states, Henderson says backers of 788 remain confident legal precedents will allow a vote in Oklahoma. If all issues over the ballot title are resolved, he expects a statewide vote on the marijuana issue no later than 2018.

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Recent data from a task force shows Oklahoma's prison population will increase by 25 percent during the next decade if no state legislative action is taken.

According to the Oklahoma Justice Reform Task Force, Oklahoma's current prison population greatly exceeds capacity and three more prisons will need to be built or contracted to handle the projected growth.