Local & Regional

  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Registered independents in Oklahoma will be able to vote in Democratic primaries beginning in 2016, including the presidential preferential primary on March 1.

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Mark Hammons formally notified the state Election Board secretary on Monday that independents will be allowed to vote in any party primary election or runoff primary held over the next two years.

Tulsa Jail

Tulsa County is seeking $9-million in back payments from the Department of Corrections and a daily rate of $55 a day for holding state inmates. Recent court rulings say the state must pay the actual cost of keeping DOC inmates in county jails, and Tulsa Commission Chairman John Smaligo says the state’s been under paying for years. The Commission is asking the Sheriff and the Criminal Justice Authority to join in a lawsuit.

DOC’s been paying $27 a day per inmate, less than half what a study by the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office shows it costs to hold an inmate in the county jail.



FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a 4.3 magnitude earthquake near Fairview in northwestern Oklahoma, about 60 miles south of the Kansas state line.

The quake was recorded at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, 18 miles northwest of Fairview — about 155 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

Fairview police say there are no reports of injury or damage.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit on behalf of former residents of the old mining town of Picher against a Tulsa-based appraisal firm involved with the federal buyout of property in the area.

The Joplin Globe reports that a judge signed off on the $1.3 million settlement Thursday. The 161 plaintiffs could receive their share of the settlement before Christmas.

Bynum to Run For Mayor

Nov 16, 2015

Tulsa City Councilor G.T. Bynum announced over the weekend that he will be leaving his District Nine City Council Seat to run for Mayor of Tulsa. He made the announcement on social media. Below is the text of his statement:

Family, Friends & Neighbors:

Having served you on the City Council for the last 7 years, I wanted to contact you directly regarding my intentions moving forward. On Monday, I will submit the paperwork necessary to form a campaign for Mayor of Tulsa. My hope is to continue service to you in that capacity after the 2016 elections.

Norman Police


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Norman Police Department is investigating an incident in which a man was shot by officers near the University of Oklahoma campus.

Police responded to a call of a man threatening to shoot people around 5 p.m.

Norman police say officers made contact with a man on the scene who remained uncooperative and continued to threaten the officers. The department reports that officers fired shots and debilitated the man.

In the local news:

  • A stormy night could be ahead for Oklahoma.
  • G.T. Bynum will run for mayor of Tulsa.
  • Oklahoma is number one in earthquakes.

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Nov 15, 2015
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WACO, Texas (AP) — Sterling Shepard had 14 catches for 177 yards with two touchdowns and Number 12 Oklahoma beat 4th ranked Baylor 44-34 Saturday night to end the Bears' 20-game home winning streak. The two-time defending Big 12 champion Bears will certainly drop further in the playoff rankings before playing at Number 5 Oklahoma State next Saturday. The Sooners will be in Stillwater the following week for the Bedlam rivalry game, their regular-season finale.

TU Sports Recap

Nov 15, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) — Gunner Kiel had 386 yards passing and Cincinnati reeled off three straight touchdowns in the second half to pull away from Tulsa 49-38 Saturday night. Tulsa's Ramadi Warren had 139 yards and two scores. Warren ran 39 yards on a fourth-and-2 to tie it 21-all in the third quarter.

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FORT TOWSON, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a deer hunter is believed to have drowned after following a wounded deer into the Kiamichi River near Fort Towson.

The OHP says 51-year-old Stephen Newton of Sawyer was bow hunting Friday with his daughter when the daughter shot a deer. The deer then ran into the river and Newton followed the animal in an attempt to retrieve it, however he went under water and did not resurface.

Newton's body has not yet been recovered.