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Tulsa Preservation Commission

A Tulsa apartment building just outside of downtown is among four new properties in Oklahoma added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Elizabeth Manor was designed by architect Arthur Atkinson and built in 1925. It's located at 1820 S Boulder Ave.

The Tulsa Preservation Commission describes the building's style as Late Gothic Revival and Collegiate Gothic. It originally contained six units. It's been converted into office space.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma attorney general is arguing in a court filing that a lawsuit challenging the state's use of its Unclaimed Property Fund should be dismissed.

In a motion to dismiss filed Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court, Assistant Solicitor General Jared Haines argues that state laws governing the fund are constitutional and that the lawsuit is without merit.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A multicounty grand jury has issued criminal indictments against a current and a former Rogers County commissioner for embezzlement and conspiracy.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced the indictments Thursday against Rogers County Commissioner Michael Helm and former County Commissioner Kirt Thacker.

In this morning's news:

  • Oklahoma's Supreme Court allows a grand jury investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office to proceed.
  • President Barack Obama visits the federal prison in El Reno.
  • Tulsa city councilors want to hear the mayor's stance on a potential Vision sales tax renewal.   
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The latest on President Barack Obama's two-day visit to Oklahoma:

1:30 p.m.

Air Force One has taken off from Tinker Air Force Base, carrying away President Barack Obama after his two-day visit to Oklahoma.

While in the state, the president met with young people in Durant on Wednesday and touted the Internet as a necessity, not a luxury. On Thursday, he visited with prisoners at the El Reno federal correctional facility about changes he'd like to see in the criminal justice system.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has refused to delay a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa sheriff's office after an ex-reserve deputy shot an unarmed man.

Court referee Greg Albert said the court ruled 7-0 Thursday.

It means a grand jury will assemble Monday to investigate whether Sheriff Stanley Glanz neglected his duties and whether reservists who gave gifts to the sheriff — including Robert Bates, who fatally shot Eric Harris on April 2 — were given special treatment.

KWGS News

It may be time to forget everything you’ve heard about putting dams in the Arkansas River.

City Councilor G.T. Bynum has a new proposal.

"Stage one would be rebuilding Zink Dam in Tulsa at 29th and Riverside, building a dam at 49th and Riverside, which will create more of a continuous lake effect in midtown Tulsa, and then doing another one at 103rd and Riverside that we would be sharing with the City of Jenks," Bynum said.

That would leave out Sand Springs and Bixby.

KWGS News

Mark your calendar. City councilors are leaning toward April as the month Tulsans vote on a Vision sales tax renewal.

The process of calling the election will need to start a few months before that. Senior Assistant City Attorney Mark Swiney said the council needs to pass ordinances spelling out what the tax rate changes will be and what the money will be spent on specifically.

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Tulsa city councilors consider a resolution to force Mayor Dewey Bartlett into clarifying his concept for a potential Vision sales tax renewal.

"I don't want to speak for everyone else, but I have no problem saying that I think it would be appropriate that the mayor of the city would be more actively involved in the process than he has been," said Vision/Economic Development Task Force Chair Blake Ewing.

With interest in the city's Vision renewal building, Ewing said Bartlett's position needs to be clear.

Tulsa County

The state supreme court will not halt a grand jury probe of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. In a unanimous vote, justices deny a request by Sheriff Stanley Glanz to stop the empaneling of a grand jury beginning Monday. Glanz argued signatures were gathered improperly, but judges refused to assume jurisdiction, allowing the grand jury to move forward. Marq Lewis is a spokesman for We the People Oklahoma, a group calling for the investigation of the Sheriff. He says it’s been a struggle to get this before a grand jury, and praises the Supreme Court decision.

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