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Tulsa’s landmark, Route 66, Meadow Gold sign is now complete. When the sign was refurbished in 2009, it lacked the face-clocks that told the time. The clocks were missing. New clocks, made to look like the originals, were installed today.

The City’s Dennis Whittaker says the clocks cost about $49,000. The funding came from Vision 20-25.

The sign is at 11th and Quaker, about a mile from its original location. It was originally on the southwest corner of 11th and Lewis.

The clocks will be kept accurate by satellite time signals.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 15-year-old girl is dead after crashing a suspected stolen car during a pursuit with Creek County authorities.

The highway patrol says the pursuit happened Wednesday night in Tulsa after a Creek County deputy spotted a 2007 Cadillac STS that had been reported stolen. A preliminary report says the deputy was attempting to pull over the Cadillac when the driver fled and lost control of the car.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 15-year-old girl is dead after crashing a suspected stolen car during a pursuit with Creek County authorities.

The highway patrol says the pursuit happened Wednesday night in Tulsa after a Creek County deputy spotted a 2007 Cadillac STS that had been reported stolen. A preliminary report says the deputy was attempting to pull over the Cadillac when the driver fled and lost control of the car.

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The parking lot is jammed and the lines are long as early voting gets underway in Tulsa. As early in-person absentee balloting begins in Oklahoma, people wait outside the Tulsa County Election Board. The people in line have a variety of reasons for casting a ballot early, everything from I don’t have the time next Tuesday to I want to get it out of the way to make sure may vote counts and nothing last minute keeps me from voting. The issues with the most interest seem to be the Presidential race and the seven state questions.

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A Republican state lawmaker from Oklahoma is walking back his remarks after he posted a news story on Facebook critical of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and added the comment, "2 words ... firing squad."

State Rep. John Bennett, of Sallisaw, told The Associated Press that he posted the comment late Tuesday along with a link to a December 2015 article about Clinton's response to the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi.

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 Police in Tulsa say a man has died after falling from the top of a cellphone tower where he was working.

Investigators say the accident was reported to authorities at about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses, including the man's co-worker, told police the victim was near the top of the tower when he plunged to his death.

Detectives say they do not know what caused the man to fall and what safety precautions were in use when he fell. The incident remains under investigation.

In the local news:

  • Tiny homes: Where to they fit into Tulsa's Zoning Codes.
  • A man is dead after falling from a Tulsa cell phone tower.
  • A crash in a stolen car leaves a 15-year-old girl dead.
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Tiny houses are increasing in popularity, and that has Tulsa officials wondering how to deal with them.

There’s no exact definition of a tiny house in Tulsa’s zoning code, and that presents a problem for people interested in the trend. Depending upon how they’re built, tiny homes can be classified as single-family, manufactured, mobile or park homes.

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Tulsa City-County Library unveils another shiny, new thing.

Just a month ago, library CEO Gary Shaffer was on hand to open the newly renovated Central Library in downtown Tulsa.

"But, as you know, there are many people that can't make it to a library, either because of disability, mobility issues, transportation issues — so, we felt it important to also introduce a new bookmobile at the same time," Shaffer said.

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A Broken Arrow teenager is in critical condition after being hit by a car on her way to school. Broken Arrow Police Corporal Leon Calhoun says it happened about 7:15 a.m. in the 1200 block of Main Street in Broken Arrow.

He says the girl was apparently riding a skateboard down the middle of the street when she was struck. Corporal Calhoun says it was still fairly dark at the time and the girl would have been hard to see.  It does not appear the driver was at fault.   

He says there is a growing problem in Broken Arrow with kids skate boarding in the middle of streets.

 

A $1.9 billion effort to restore tribal control over land on American Indian reservations is expected to run out of money with millions of eligible acres still unaddressed. Officials have used the money to purchase parcels with multiple owners and transfer them to tribal governments to benefit all. More than 4 million acres potentially eligible for purchase will remain when the settlement money runs out in 2022, according to a government report obtained by The AP.

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  Felony charges have been filed against a Tulsa attorney accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from five different clients.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office filed the charges on Tuesday against 67-year-old Robert John Nichols of Tulsa. Online Tulsa County District Court records indicate Nichols is charged with five counts of embezzlement and one count of delivery of a forged instrument. The records do not indicate if Nichols is represented by an attorney.

Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek speaks to reporters Wednesday. Authorities say two police officers in the Des Moines, Iowa, area were shot to death in ambush-style attacks about two miles apart. Scott McFetridge/AP Edit | Remove

Two police officers in the Des Moines, Iowa, area were shot and killed early Wednesday as they sat in their squad cars.

"The shootings appear to have been ambush-style attacks," police spokesman Paul Parizek said in a statement.

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Videos released by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol show state troopers exchanging gunfire with the subject of a statewide manhunt while both vehicles were speeding down a rural western Oklahoma roadway.

Videos from two dashboard-mounted cameras in patrol cars and from a helicopter released Tuesday show a gun battle between troopers and 38-year-old Michael Vance, who was wanted in a series of violent crimes across the state. Vance was killed in the shootout Sunday night near the town of Leedey.

In the local news:

  • A strong earthquake shakes Pawnee, again.
  • Oklahoma roads are in bad shape and a new report indicates the roads are getting worse.
  • The OHP releases video of a shoot-out with a murder suspect.
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A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has shaken north-central Oklahoma.

The earthquake occurred at 11:27 p.m. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the epicenter was near Pawnee, about 70 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

Pawnee Police say that preliminary reports show no significant damage.

The USGS originally estimated the earthquake at magnitude 4.1. A magnitude 3.3 quake was recorded Saturday near Pawnee.

According to social media reports, the quake Tuesday night could be felt as far away as Kansas City and St. Joseph, Missouri.

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From bad to worse — that’s how an analysis of pavement conditions across the U.S. describes Oklahoma roads.

A new report based on 2014 data from transportation researchers TRIP says 49 percent of Tulsa roads and 53 percent of Oklahoma City roads are in poor condition. The group's report earlier this year using 2013 data on pavement conditions had 45 percent of roads in both cities in poor condition.

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With only a few days before the Presidential election, a study is out showing Oklahoma as the least politically engaged state in the union. The Wallethub report used seven key indicators of political engagement. Of the seven, Oklahoma ranked last or next to last in three. Wallethub Analyst Jill Gonzalez says indicators ranged from the percentage of registered voters compared to how many actually voted to total political contributions per adult population.

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 Charges against a man accused of illegally storing a mounted polar bear at a Tulsa airport have been dismissed.

Prosecutors filed a motion to drop the charges against Bryan Adair on Friday. Adair had pleaded not guilty to larceny of lost property, possession of an endangered species and possession of prohibited wildlife.

Game wardens confiscated the bear in August. The animal was legally hunted in 1969 in Alaska, and then brought to Oklahoma. The hunter died decades ago and the bear was stored in his brother's Jones Airport hangar.

 

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded an Oklahoma agency nearly $217,000 to implement pesticide programs.

The grant to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is part of an agreement between the state and federal agencies to support Oklahoma in continuing to administer an effective pesticide regulatory and enforcement program.

The funds will pay for enforcement, applicator certification, worker protection standards and endangered species programs, among other things.

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A monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy will continue slowing in nine Midwest and Plains states, in part because of manufacturing weakness.

 

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index report released Tuesday says the overall economic index for the region dropped to 43.8 in October from September's 45.5.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says "weakness among manufacturers linked to agriculture and energy continue to weigh on regional economic conditions."

 

A 50-year-old Oklahoma man is hospitalized after a rifle accidentally discharged during a Montana hunting trip and a ricocheted cartridge hit him in the head.

Musselshell County Sheriff Michael Thomas says five Oklahoma residents were on a hunting trip in the Bull Mountains southeast of Roundup on Sunday when the accident happened. While getting out of a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle, a 30.06 rifle was negligently discharged. Thomas says the cartridge ricocheted off the metal frame of the ATV causing shrapnel to be lodged in the victim's head.

 

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is expected to release dashcam video that shows a car chase and deadly gun battle with a man suspected in a series of violent crimes across the state.

Capt. Paul Timmons says the video will be released Tuesday at a press conference at the Department of Public Safety's headquarters in Oklahoma City.

Troopers shot and killed 38-year-old Michael Vance on Sunday near Leedey, 130 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

In the Local News:

  • Economic Development is debated at the state capitol.
  • TU gets a new President earlier than had been expected.
  • A peaceful Halloween in Tulsa.

PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Only four insurance claims worth $24,232 have been paid of 274 damage claims filed after Oklahoma was hit with its largest earthquake in September.

The magnitude 5.8 quake damaged buildings and slightly injured one man.

The Oklahoman reports of more than 200 claims reported to the state Insurance Department, 39 were closed without payment, 17 were denied, two were under investigation and 212 are still open.

Economic development leaders say Oklahoma needs certain financial incentives and more mindful legislation if it’s going to attract new businesses and help grow existing ones.

In an interim study on Oklahoma’s economy, House members were told to be methodical in eliminating tax incentives. Brien Thorstenberg with the Tulsa Regional Chamber said a five-year property tax abatement is pushing along two Tulsa-area deals worth a combined investment of $1.7 billion and 5,500 jobs.

 

More than 200 new laws are set to go into effect in Oklahoma this year, including criminal justice reforms and measures to bring in more tax revenue.

The Oklahoman reports that a total of 228 measures approved by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin will take effect Tuesday. Another 159 bills passed by lawmakers have already gone into effect.

House Speaker Jeff Hickman says one important bill approved by lawmakers is a requirement for out-of-state companies to let Oklahoma residents know how much they spent online in a given year.

Distracted Driving Law Paying Dividends

Oct 31, 2016
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An analysis of crashes in which at least one driver was using an electronic device shows significant reductions in both injuries and deaths since Oklahoma’s law banning texting by drivers went into effect.

When the months just before the texting law’s implementation are compared with the months directly afterwards:

·       Total crashes in which a driver was distracted by an electronic device fell 12.5 percent,

from 1,291 to 1,129

·       Injury crashes of this type plunged 21.6 percent, from 538 to 422

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Police say two women were shot and one woman was stabbed at a Muskogee nightclub.

A news release from the Muskogee Police Department says officers responded early Sunday to a reported shooting at a Muskogee night spot Police say officers found a woman with a gunshot wound to the foot. She was transported to a local hospital.

Officers were later notified that two other women had arrived at the hospital via private vehicles.

Police say they're seeking a person of interest in the incident, and the investigation is ongoing.

Murder Trial for Former Tulsa Cop Underway

Oct 31, 2016

Jury selection is getting underway in Tulsa District Court in the First Degree Murder Trial of Shannon Kepler. Kepler is a former Tulsa Police officer who is accused of shooting and killing his estranged daughter's boyfriend, Jeremy Lake,  in 2014.

Judge Sharon Holmes will preside over the trail after several attempts by the defense to have her removed from the case.

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