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The remains of a woman found south of Muskogee in 1983 have been identified as a woman who went missing in Tulsa in 1981.

The remains were identified through DNA testing as 44-year-old Francine Frost.

Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge says Frost went missing in February 1981. Loge says authorities discovered Frost's remains near Martin in January 1983, and then buried them.

The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office requested that the county exhume the remains for testing last August.

Dramatic Increase Expected in ACA Rates

Aug 16, 2016

Health insurance coverage in Oklahoma under the Affordable Care Act could sky-rocket next year. Customers are being warned that rates could increase dramatically in 2017. The federal government is expected to rule on the increase before the end of this month.

Blue Cross is now the sole provide over ACA coverage in the state and it wants a premium increase of between 49 and 51 percent, depending on the individual plan.



AAA Oklahoma says Arkansas and Oklahoma are among 12 states where average gas prices are under $2 a gallon.

The average gas price in Arkansas was $1.94 Monday while Oklahoma's average price was $1.99. The national average price for regular unleaded gas was $2.12 per gallon, which AAA says is the lowest price for the date since 2004.

AAA says Oklahoma's average on Monday was less than a cent below the price five weeks ago, although some markets, such as Oklahoma City and Tulsa, have price averages a dime to 12 cents above where they stood two weeks ago.

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The Oklahoma City metropolitan area was rattled by an earthquake early Tuesday morning, but there are no reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 3.5. It was centered 2.3 miles east of Luther, or about 25 miles east-northeast of Oklahoma City. The USGS says it received reports of people feeling the earthquake throughout the Oklahoma City area and as far south as Norman.

A 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck the same area near Luther last week.

A Quarter Million Dollar Gift for the TPS

Aug 16, 2016
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School bells ring on Monday for students in the Tulsa Public Schools. The new year is expected to be another tight fiscal year for the district.

Yesterday, the school district got a $263,000 check from the Tulsa Teachers Credit Union. The money is part of the Credit Union’s Save Our Schools Campaign.

In the local news:

  • The Gathering Place gets a park manager.
  • Two more Tulsa Quik Trip stores are robbed at knife point.
  • The Tulsa Fire Department looks over a operational review.


Oklahoma law enforcement agencies say funds seized from suspected criminals from asset forfeitures are an important part of their financial support.

The Oklahoman reports that police departments in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area have seized nearly $40 million from suspected criminals since the early 1990s. They've also spent millions in seized cash on anything from Medicare payroll costs to high-dollar patrol bikes to police dogs.

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Mayor Bartlett announced the final Operational and Administrative Analysis of the Tulsa Fire Department has been received. Bartlett said each of the 40 recommendations will be individually examined, but Bartlett praised the department on the report’s focus on 10 best practices that have already been implemented by the Fire Department.

Gathering Place Gets Park Director

Aug 15, 2016
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A Gathering Place for Tulsa announces Tony Moore as park director. He will lead the overall guest experience, which includes all programmatic and operational aspects of the park.

Tony has 30 years of experience leading park operations, environmental, health and safety, culinary operations, and marketing for some of the most respected hospitality and entertainment institutions including SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and most recently as the Chief Operating Officer at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

Back to School Rally Planned at McLain

Aug 15, 2016
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The 12th annual North Tulsa Extravaganza is set for tomorrow afternoon. It is for McLain High School students and parents and any one in the McLain feeder program.

Tulsa School Board President Dr. Lana Turner-Addison says they always have a big crowd.

She says engagement with the North Tulsa Schools seems to be increasing. The event starts at 3:30 tomorrow afternoon at McLain, 4900 North Peoria.