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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is asking a judge to toss a petition calling for a grand jury investigation into the agency, saying the petition is misleading and make no specific allegations against the office.

The motion filed Wednesday asks a district judge to dismiss the 6,647 signatures gathered by the civil rights group, We The People Oklahoma.

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Northeastern State University's department of Special Education will begin offering a minor in American Sign Language beginning this fall.

The school announced Tuesday that the minor will be available to all students and will be available in the traditional classroom setting on the Tahlequah-based campus.

The ASL minor will consist of 18 credit hours, broken into six courses.

Assistant professor of Special Education Wendy Pharr says the minor allows for lifelong learning to any student majoring in any particular field of study.

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ENID, Okla. (AP) — A federal report shows a dip in Oklahoma's personal income in the first quarter of 2015.

The report released by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that the growth rate fell by a half percent in the state's personal income, while the rate increased nationwide by almost 1 percent.

The Enid News & Eagle reports that an earnings decline of 3.5 percent in the oil and gas industry impacted Oklahoma's personal income growth.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says no Americans should be targeted because of their race or religion.

Hosting an iftar dinner, where Muslims break their daytime fast during Ramadan, the president said Americans came together when three young Muslims were killed in North Carolina, and are united again following the murders of nine people at a black church in South Carolina last week.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for individual disaster assistance in 26 more counties because of tornadoes and flooding that began May 5.

In the local news:

  • Grand Jury petitions are verified by the Tulsa Election Board.
  • A missing Turley boy is found safe.
  • A Tulsa Muslim dines at the White House.

Missing Turley Boy Is Found Safe

Jun 23, 2015
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A missing pre-schooler from Turley is found safe.

Law enforcement started searching the Turley area for four-year-old Marshall Bratton. The boy was last seen around 2 p.m. near his home at 6500 North Norfolk.  The boy was found around  6:15 p.m.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's office has requested assistance in the search from the Tulsa Police Department, The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Sperry Police and Turley Fire. Turley does not have its own police department.

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Tulsa Fire Department officials continue to press city councilors for more firefighters, saying longer allowable EMSA response times are one reason to bolster staffing.

The fire department has three firefighters per truck, while the national standard is four. EMS Chief Michael Baker said the fire department’s typical response now isn’t always enough.

"How many people does it take to work a trauma patient?" Baker said. "How many people does it take to work a cardiac arrest? To have the elements in place on a fire crew, it is a significant amount of personnel."

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Tulsa Police appear set to begin the process of hiring civilians for certain positions.

"As soon as the next fiscal year starts and with the approved budget of this year, we're going to move forward on a few of the positions and be able to move in a pretty quick, timely manner on at least the analysts since those positions are already in existence," said Deputy Chief Jonathan Brooks.

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Of nearly 8,900 signatures on petitions to investigate the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office, the Election Board has verified more than 6,600. It’s more than enough to call a Grand Jury once they’re certified by a judge.

Patty Bryant is the Tulsa County Election Board Secretary. She says her office just verifies that names on the petitions are of registered county voters, then it’s up to a judge, who has 30 days to certify.

The Sheriff will likely challenge the way signatures were gathered, so it could be weeks or even several months before a grand jury is convened.

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