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8:43 am
Sat May 9, 2015

FDA Unaware of Listeria in Blue Bell Plant Before Outbreak

Credit Blue Bell

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it wasn't told listeria had been found in a Blue Bell Creameries plant before an outbreak linked to its ice cream turned deadly.

Results of an FDA investigation released this week show the company had found the bacteria dating back to 2013. The FDA said Friday that it was not aware of those findings before doing its own inspection this year.

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8:40 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Tulsa Sheriff Defends 'Patronage' Jobs He Gave Friends

Credit Tulsa County

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Court records show that some friends and family members of Tulsa County's embattled sheriff have each received tens of thousands of dollars per year for part-time property appraisal work he gave them.

Among those who got an appraisal job from Sheriff Stanley Glanz is a daughter of his longtime friend, Robert Bates, a reserve deputy charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting an unarmed suspect last month.

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8:34 am
Sat May 9, 2015

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3:44 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Group Opposing Turkey Mountain–Area Development Gets Nonprofit Status

Credit TUWC

A group working to preserve Turkey Mountain has been designated a nonprofit by the IRS.

The Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition has set up an account with the Tulsa Community Foundation expressly for tax-deductible donations toward land purchases.

"The best way to preserve the urban wilderness is to purchase it and take it out of play, to put it in a conservation trust to where it won't be at risk for development in the future," said Erin Tawney, TUWC's secretary.

Tawney said if land being eyed for an outlet mall becomes available, they want to be ready to jump on it.

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3:37 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

City of Tulsa Eyeing Better-Than-Expected Revenue for FY 2015

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Ten months into the 2015 fiscal year, the City of Tulsa’s budget is looking better than expected.

In an update to the city council, Finance Director Mike Kier said with two months to go, revenue is ahead of what they anticipated.

"Instead of $261.4 million — in round numbers — we'll be at $265.3 million, pretty close to a $4 million better revenue position than originally anticipated, much of that coming off the sales tax side," Kier said.

Expenditures are up $2 million, however, partly for increases to city pay scales.

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3:30 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

With Some Changes, Dam Costs Down 22 Percent

After an original estimate of $316 million, consulting firm CH2M Hill told Tulsa's river task force its estimate was down to $235 million after some revisions.
Credit CH2M Hill

Tulsa’s river task force whittles the cost for four low-water dams down to $235 million.

The original estimate given last week was $316 million. It came down after some design modifications — Bixby’s curved dam may be straightened and new bedrock samples show it can be shorter — and removing $65 million dollars in public access and recreational improvements.

Consultant Murry Fleming said not all of those can be cut, though.

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1:33 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Tulsa Students Suspended after LGBT Poster Defaced

Credit Tulsa Public Schools

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Nearly a dozen students at a Tulsa high school have been suspended after a poster promoting awareness about bullying and harassment of LGBT students was defaced.

A group of Booker T. Washington High School students made posters to promote the national "Day of Silence" last month on which students take a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of bullying on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths in schools.

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11:26 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Petition Drive for Grand Jury Okayed

A judge allows a petition seeking the Sheriff's ouster to proceed.
Credit KWGS News

A judge says a civil rights group can collect signatures for a grand jury investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Presiding District Judge Rebecca Nightingale today approved ‘We The People Oklahoma's’ petition. It asks for an investigation into whether Sheriff Stanley Glanz neglected his duties and whether some reserve deputies who gave gifts to Glanz were given special treatment.

Robert Bates, a longtime friend of Glanz, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the April 2 shooting death of Eric Harris.

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9:00 am
Fri May 8, 2015

The Spartan Band Bucks The System

The Pride of Bixby band
Credit Kurt Gwartney

Competition can be fierce in Oklahoma’s high school extracurricular activities. From athletic fields to performance halls, students take seriously the trophies they bring back to their schools. One award-winning Tulsa-area music program has decided to step away from a hallmark band contest to make the spring semester all about the music.

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8:24 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Downtown Anadarko Building Damaged in Storms

Credit Anadarko Fire

ANADARKO, Okla. (AP) — The roof of a southwest Oklahoma building more than 100 years old came crashing down after water pooled on its roof.

The Anadarko Fire Department says the downtown building crumbled on Thursday, following a series of storms in the region. The roof collapse also crushed a section of the building's wall.

No injuries were reported.

The vacant building once housed a furniture company and was used as a warehouse until a 2009 tornado damaged it. The building was never repaired and has been vacant since.

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