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Jenks has broken ground on a Vision 2025–funded park project.

Jenks Downtown Commons will connect the high school to downtown. The Tulsa County Vision Authority approved the $1.1 million project in November.

County Commissioner Karen Keith said the Vision 2025 sales tax is why downtown Tulsa has the BOK Center.

"And I will tell you, without the suburbs stepping up and taking their portion of Vision 2025 later, we would not have the facility that we have today," Keith said.

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The mother-in-law of a white Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man says her daughter-in-law is grieving for the victim's family and isn't prejudiced.

Lois Shelby told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday that Tulsa officer Betty Shelby "thought she had to protect her own life" when she fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher last week.

Crutcher Attorneys Dispute Police Claims

Sep 20, 2016

There are new developments in the Tulsa Police shooting death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, an unarmed Black man.

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The Tulsa County Sheriff’s longtime headquarters could go on the market.

County commissioners have approved an appraisal for the Dave Faulkner building at First Street and Denver Avenue. If it’s sold, TCSO would use the money to finish the north Tulsa training center and move there. Sheriff Vic Regalado said having both seems unfeasible.

"It's about the future, and you have to look ahead and say, 'Can you sustain this moving forward?' and I don't believe we're on solvent enough ground to do that," Regalado said.



Whole Foods Market Inc. has reached a $3.5 million settlement with regulators over the disposal of products that were once for sale but later classified as hazardous waste.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the fine and an agreement Tuesday for Austin-based Whole Foods to comply with waste regulations and better train workers.

The EPA says the grocer improperly identified or mishandled hazardous waste in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.


 An Oklahoma man accused in California of the 1973 shotgun slayings of two girls has been returned to the state to face murder charges.

Yuba County Deputy District Attorney John Vacek says 65-year-old Larry Don Patterson was brought to California over the weekend and will be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

Patterson waived extradition to the state last week in Creek County, Oklahoma, southwest of Tulsa.

BA Works Out Deal for Hazardous Waste At MET

Sep 20, 2016
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Broken Arrow residents will now be able to dispose of their hazardous household waste any time of the year at the City of Tulsa’s Household Pollutant Collection Facility.

In past years, the Metropolitan Environmental Trust has conducted semi-annual collection events at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. Those events will no longer be held, now that the City of Tulsa has built a permanent facility to collect hazardous waste.

Oklahoma ranks fourth in the nation in installed wind power capacity, and enough wind projects are set to come online by the end of the year to push the state higher in the nation's wind energy rankings. The Tulsa World reports that Texas currently leads the nation in installed wind power capacity, with Iowa coming in second and California third.





An attorney representing a white Tulsa police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man says his client opened fire after the man reached through the window of his SUV.

Dashcam and aerial footage showing Officer Betty Shelby's shooting of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher on Friday doesn't offer a clear angle leading up to the shooting, but Crutcher's hands are in the air. Tulsa police say Crutcher didn't have a gun.

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck extreme northern Oklahoma late Monday and was widely felt throughout parts of Kansas. No injuries or damage were reported.

The earthquake was centered near the town of Wakita, which is right on the state's border with Kansas and is about 100 miles north of Oklahoma City. The USGS says the quake was felt in Wichita and other parts of Kansas.


The St-Francis Hospital server is hacked and names and address are taken. 

No social security numbers were compromised according to the medical center. However, some of the patient data was taken. The hack took place on September 7th. The hospital is working for computer experts to learn more about the cyber attack.


The St-Francis Hospital server is hacked and names and address are taken. 

No social security numbers were compromised according to the medical center. However, some of the patient data was taken. The hack took place on September 7th. The hospital is working for computer experts to learn more about the cyber attack.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson promises the judicial system will get to the bottom of the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher.
  • The Tulsa District Attorney wants a complete investigation into the shooting.
  • Protesters, upset over the Crutcher shooting, hold a rally at the County Courthouse.
Oklahoma Watch

A presidential proclamation makes this week Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.

In 2014, 78 Americans per day died from an opioid-related overdoses. Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli said that needs to stop.

"And the best way to do that right now is for Congress to provide the $1.1 billion in funding President Obama requested, which would help states expand their prevention, treatment and recovery support services," Botticelli said.

Oklahoma stands to benefit greatly from that funding.

Audio & Video; Leaders Ask for Calm

Sep 19, 2016


A video from a Tulsa police vehicle shows Terence Crutcher walking toward his SUV with his hands up and a female officer following behind him.

The vehicle is stopped in the middle of the road. As Crutcher approaches the SUV, three male officers walk up and Crutcher appears to lower his hands and reach down and place them on the vehicle. The officers surround him, making it harder to see his actions from the police dashboard camera's angle.

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   The former wife of billionaire Oklahoma energy tycoon Harold Hamm is hosting a fundraiser for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, less than a week after her ex-husband chaired one for Republican Donald Trump.

Sue Ann Arnall is hosting a reception with Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine on Friday at her home in Oklahoma City.

The ex-wife of Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm, Arnall was awarded nearly $1 billion in a divorce settlement in 2014.


A few dozen protesters gathered outside the Tulsa County courthouse Monday morning to protest the fatal police shooting of a black man whose SUV had stalled on a city street.

The protest Monday comes in response to the death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, who was shot Friday. Authorities released audio and video recordings of the shooting Monday afternoon.

Mareo Johnson said Crutcher was a brother to him, and these sorts of shootings could create unrest if they're not dealt with.

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A pastor who saw video of the fatal police shooting of a black man in Tulsa says the footage shows that the man's "hands were in the air."

Pastor Rodney Goss told the Tulsa World that he was among the local community leaders who were shown footage of the shooting of 40-year-old Terrence Crutcher ahead of its scheduled release to the public Monday afternoon.

Goss says he expects the public will be outraged. He says residents should respond with reason, not violence.


WASHINGTON (AP) — They're the oddest of Senate odd couples.

Yet California Democrat Barbara Boxer and Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe have accomplished something highly unusual in a bitter election year: significant, bipartisan legislation on the environment that has become law.

Boxer is a staunch liberal who calls climate change the "greatest challenge to hit the planet."

Inhofe is an unabashed conservative who dismisses global warming as a hoax.

Still, they've managed to become friends and political partners.

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 The Tulsa Police Department has released the names of two police officers involved in the shooting death of a man on a city street.

Police on Sunday said Officer Betty Shelby shot and killed 40-year-old Terrence Crutcher and Officer Tyler Turnbough fired a stun gun at Crutcher.

Shelby is on paid leave while Friday night's shooting is under investigation.

Police previously said the fatal shot came after the stun gun was fired.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Police name officers involved in fatal shooting.
  • Should we be preparing for the "Oklahoma Big One'? Earthquake experts voice concern.
  • Kaine to make an Oklahoma fund raising stop.
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Dane Evans threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns to Keevan Lucas in less than three quarters and Tulsa rolled to a 58-21 win over North Carolina A and T Saturday. Evans and Lucas connected on a 51-yard scoring play late in the first quarter to give the Golden Hurricane a 24-0 lead.

Police say a Midwest City convenience store clerk has been shot to death during an armed robbery.

Police Chief Brandon Clabes says 33-year-old Salman Tahir of Oklahoma City died after being shot in the back shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday.

Clabes says a man walked into the store and made a small purchase, then waited until a customer outside finished pumping gas and left before pulling a handgun and demanding money.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A proposal asking Oklahoma voters to enshrine the death penalty in the state's nearly 100-year-old constitution is facing opposition from groups on opposite ends of the political spectrum.

In addition to various faith and civil rights organizations that traditionally oppose capital punishment, several conservative groups and the newly recognized Oklahoma Libertarian Party also are joining the fight against State Question 776.

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The Tulsa Police Department released the following statement regarding the shooting death of 40-year-old Terrence Crutcher by Tulsa Police:

The Tulsa Police Department is in the process of collecting all audio and video recordings related to the officer involved shooting, which occurred on September 16, 2016.  This is an ongoing process as the audio and video files are from multiple sources. 


An attorney for the family of a black man who was shot and killed by a Tulsa Police officer says police should immediately release any video footage of the incident, and the man's twin sister said she doesn't believe her brother was armed.

Police say 40-year-old Terrence Crutcher died after being shot Friday night when he refused officers' orders to show his hands and instead reached inside a stalled vehicle in the middle of a street. Police have declined to say whether a weapon was found.

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Just blocks away from the Tulsa Police Department's Gilcrease Division, a man is tazed and  shot by Tulsa Police.  The incident happened Friday evening about dusk.

Officers spotted a stalled car near 36th Street North and Lewis. As officers approached the car, a man appeared. Officers say the man was told to halt and raise his hands, but did not comply with the officers' orders.


The U.S. Forest Service is apologizing after it ripped up a portion of the Trail of Tears in the Appalachian Mountains. The damage has reopened wounds for Native Americans who consider the land sacred.

The agency acknowledges that an employee approved construction along a ¾-mile section of the trail without authorization.

The damaged trail lies on the edge of Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest near Fort Armistead. That's one of the stops where Cherokees were held during their forced migration West in the 1830s, a trip that killed thousands.

 Despite facing some of the nation's strictest anti-abortion laws, a new clinic has opened its doors in Oklahoma City. It's the first new abortion provider in Oklahoma in more than 40 years.

The Trust Women South Wind Women's Center welcomed the first patients last week to its facility on the city's south side. Six licensed physicians are providing services there, including abortions, OB-GYN care, family planning, adoption and emergency contraception.

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The Oklahoma Geological Survey has announced the hiring of a new state seismologist to help study the increase in earthquakes linked to oil and gas wastewater disposal.

Survey Director Jeremy Boak announced Friday that Jacob Walter will assume the post in November. Walter is a research associate at the Institute for Geophysics at the University of Texas. His research interests include tectonic tremor and slow slip; earthquakes; and seismic triggering of earthquakes.