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  • Bitterly Cold Temperatures For Eastern OKBitterly Cold Temperatures For Eastern OK

    The arctic air has moved southward into the Lone Star state this morning with a very cold air mass firmly entrenched across Oklahoma.

    News On 6 / 8 min. ago
  • Tulsa Teen Stabbed Six Times In Serious ConditionTulsa Teen Stabbed Six Times In Serious Condition

    Tulsa Police are looking for the person who stabbed a teenager early Tuesday morning.

    News On 6 / 16 min. ago
  • Flu Outbreak Forces Cleveland Schools To Cancel ClassFlu Outbreak Forces Cleveland Schools To Cancel Class

    Superintendent Aaron Espolt said before he called off classes, 15 teachers had already called in sick and even more students are under the weather.

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  • Skiatook Police Train At Shooting Range In Below-Freezing TemperaturesSkiatook Police Train At Shooting Range In Below-Freezing Temperatures

    A Green Country police department took advantage of the below-freezing temperatures for training exercises.

    News On 6 / 38 min. ago
  • Police Get Similar Suspect Descriptions At Tulsa Armed RobberiesPolice Get Similar Suspect Descriptions At Tulsa Armed Robberies

    Tulsa Police are looking for two men who could be connected to a pair of overnight armed robberies, possibly a third.

    News On 6 / 58 min. ago
  • News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. CSTNews Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. CST

    Leaders of the Cherokee Nation marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by acknowledging the tribe needs to come to terms with its treatment of former slaves, known as Freedmen. The tribe _ one of the country's largest _...

    KWTV / 1 h. 26 min. ago
  • Decision To Close For Cold Weather Up To Each Oklahoma DistrictDecision To Close For Cold Weather Up To Each Oklahoma District

    Green Country school districts closed Tuesday because of the extreme cold. Several of the big districts we checked said the decision to close is made on a district-by-district basis.

    News On 6 / 1 h. 27 min. ago
  • Six Adults, 1 Juvenile Arrested After Wagoner County Drug BustSix Adults, 1 Juvenile Arrested After Wagoner County Drug Bust

    Wagoner County deputies arrest seven people following a drug bust near Broken Arrow.

    News On 6 / 1 h. 53 min. ago
  • Oklahoma health notes - NewsOK.comOklahoma health notes - NewsOK.com

    Oklahoma health notesNewsOK.comThe Children's Hospital Foundation at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center received a $40,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma to support a training program. The Resources for Advancing Children's Health (REACH) program ...and more »

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  • Oklahoma's five highest paying school districtsOklahoma's five highest paying school districts

    Kaiden Honeycutt talks with his teacher Larissa Krusinsky during fifth grade class at Hugh Bish Elementary in Lawton, Okla. on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.

    Oklahoma News / 2 h. 10 min. ago
  • Police Rescue Siblings From House Of Horrors In CaliforniaPolice Rescue Siblings From House Of Horrors In California

    Police in California say they rescued 13 siblings, aged 2 to 29, from a home where they were found chained to beds and malnourished, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department announced Monday.

    News On 6 / 2 h. 31 min. ago
  • OKC Mayor Talks Public Health And Infrastructure With 'CBS This Morning'OKC Mayor Talks Public Health And Infrastructure With 'CBS This Morning'

    In our continuing series, American Voices, we take a closer look at Oklahoma City to see how national issues are playing out on the local level.

    News On 6 / 3 h. 49 min. ago
  • Lecomte scores 30 in Baylor's 76-60 win over Oklahoma StateLecomte scores 30 in Baylor's 76-60 win over Oklahoma State

    Manu Lecomte never lost confidence when he was struggling with his shot and a sore shoulder. The Baylor senior guard knew things would eventually change -- and they did Monday night.

    Big News Network.com / 6 h. 17 min. ago
  • Wagoner County Impersonation Suspect Ordered To Stop Stalking DetectiveWagoner County Impersonation Suspect Ordered To Stop Stalking Detective

    TULSA, Oklahoma - A judge ordered a man accused of impersonating an officer not to harass or stalk the detective working the case.The Wagoner County investigator says Bryon Brown has been f

    Big News Network.com / 6 h. 17 min. ago
  • Woman Critically Hurt In Tulsa Car CrashWoman Critically Hurt In Tulsa Car Crash

    TULSA, Oklahoma - A woman was critically hurt in a car crash in Tulsa Monday evening.Police say the woman had stopped at a stop sign on 24th Street at Sheridan. She tried to turn south and

    Big News Network.com / 6 h. 17 min. ago
  • TPD: Man Hit By Car While JaywalkingTPD: Man Hit By Car While Jaywalking

    TULSA, Oklahoma - A man crossing the street was hit by a car Monday evening.Tulsa Police say the man was crossing Admiral near Sheridan when the car hit him. EMSA took the pedestrian to a h

    Big News Network.com / 6 h. 17 min. ago
  • 6-year-old hallucinated, tried to jump from window after taking Tamiflu, parents say6-year-old hallucinated, tried to jump from window after taking Tamiflu, parents say

    after taking a dose of Tamiflu, according to KTVT . The little girl took the medicine to treat the flu. Her family, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they were shocked by her al

    Big News Network.com / 6 h. 56 min. ago
  • Man’s attempt to hold in sneeze lands him in hospital with ruptured throatMan’s attempt to hold in sneeze lands him in hospital with ruptured throat

    ENGLAND - If you are about to sneeze — even if you are in a quiet place — doctors would advise you to let it rip. A 34-year-old unnamed man in Britain learned that lesson the har

    Big News Network.com / 6 h. 56 min. ago
  • Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City Thunder ejected, upsetting ... - ESPNRussell Westbrook of Oklahoma City Thunder ejected, upsetting ... - ESPN

    ESPNRussell Westbrook of Oklahoma City Thunder ejected, upsetting ...ESPNThunder guard Russell Westbrook's ejection minutes before the end of Monday's game resulted in a technical foul for coach Billy Donovan and led teammate Carmelo Anthony to say he's "done" with officials.Sacramento Kings Come Up Short In Oklahoma CityCBS SacramentoThunder slip by Kings amidst Russell Westbrook's ejectionNorman TranscriptKings' struggles in rebounding and at free-throw line costly as Thunder rally to winSacramento Bee (blog)Yahoo Sports -A Royal Painall 145 news articles »

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  • Westbrook, Anthony help Thunder rally past Kings 95-88Westbrook, Anthony help Thunder rally past Kings 95-88

    Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists before being ejected, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 95-88

    ABCNews.com / 8 h. 8 min. ago
  • Northeastern Oklahoma Hit With Snow, Freezing TemperaturesNortheastern Oklahoma Hit With Snow, Freezing Temperatures

    Parts of northeastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas are seeing the effects of the snow and freezing temperatures first hand. 

    News On 6 / 8 h. 22 min. ago
  • Road Conditions Worsening In Northern CountiesRoad Conditions Worsening In Northern Counties

    News On 6 had crews monitoring the deteriorating road conditions in the northern counties all day. 

    News On 6 / 9 h. 49 min. ago
  • Oklahoma Joe: A frozen lake, a beautiful sunset and warnings from Oklahoma - Journal RecordOklahoma Joe: A frozen lake, a beautiful sunset and warnings from Oklahoma - Journal Record

    Journal RecordOklahoma Joe: A frozen lake, a beautiful sunset and warnings from OklahomaJournal RecordI stood on the steps of the Terrace at Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin-Madison looking out at Lake Mendota. A nearby vendor's sign advertised ice cream for sale. But no one was buying anything cold that day. The temperature was hovering ...

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  • Reports: Oklahoma to hire Bennie Wylie as new football strength coach - Norman TranscriptReports: Oklahoma to hire Bennie Wylie as new football strength coach - Norman Transcript

    Norman TranscriptReports: Oklahoma to hire Bennie Wylie as new football strength coachNorman TranscriptSchmidt, 55, was the longest-tenured member OU's staff. His 19-season run in Norman was the longest stay among current Big 12 strength coaches. Before coming to Norman, he was named 1991 Collegiate Strength Coach of the Year. Schmidt made $339,000 ...Oklahoma Sooners Football - Report: Oklahoma hiring Bennie Wylie as strength & conditioning coachCrimson and Cream MachineReport: Oklahoma hires veteran strength coach Bennie WylieDieHardsall 8 news articles »

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  • Sooners Post Nation's Highest Score in Season Opener - Soonersports.comSooners Post Nation's Highest Score in Season Opener - Soonersports.com

    Soonersports.comSooners Post Nation's Highest Score in Season OpenerSoonersports.comATHENS, Ga- The defending national champion Oklahoma women's gymnastics team began the 2018 season by posting the nation's highest score to top Georgia 197.550-196.600 at Stegemen Coliseum. The Sooners not only recorded the top team overall score, but ...and more »

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  • Cherokee Nation honor MLK while dealing with slavery issueCherokee Nation honor MLK while dealing with slavery issue

    Cherokee Nation leaders are marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day by acknowledging the tribe needs to come to terms with its treatment of former slaves, known as Freedmen.

    KWTV / 14 h. 15 min. ago
  • Young Oklahoma girl killed by pet dog at home - WRICYoung Oklahoma girl killed by pet dog at home - WRIC

    WRICYoung Oklahoma girl killed by pet dog at homeWRICDUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — Police in a southwest Oklahoma town are investigating after a young girl was killed by a pet dog at her home over the weekend. Duncan police say officers were dispatched to the home around 3 p.m. Sunday on reports that a girl was ...Dog that killed 3-year-old Oklahoma girl had been in home less than ...kfor.com3-Year-Old Oklahoma Girl Killed by DogThe Epoch Timesall 18 news articles »

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  • Oklahoma star Young seeks new highlights vs. Kansas StateOklahoma star Young seeks new highlights vs. Kansas State

    Every conversation about Oklahoma basketball this season begins and ends with Trae Young and it will continue Tuesday when the fourth-ranked Sooners visit Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. The freshman

    Big News Network.com / 15 h. 32 min. ago
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  • Extreme cold sets in across Oklahoma - KOKH FOX25Extreme cold sets in across Oklahoma - KOKH FOX25

    KOKH FOX25Extreme cold sets in across OklahomaKOKH FOX25Wind chill values are expected to be as low as -20° for parts of northern Oklahoma and between -5° to -15° for most of central Oklahoma tonight. In these conditions frost bite can occur in as little as 30 minutes on any exposed skin and hypothermia can ...Snow falls in northeastern Oklahoma; some areas seeing more than 2 inchesKTULall 665 news articles »

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  • Mom charged in infant's death convicted in 2010 drowningMom charged in infant's death convicted in 2010 drowning

    Michigan woman facing charges in the 2016 death of infant daughter was convicted nearly seven years ago another daughter died while taking a bath with her in Oklahoma

    ABCNews.com / 18 h. 20 min. ago
  • Duncan Police: Young girl killed by pet dog at homeDuncan Police: Young girl killed by pet dog at home

    Police in a southwest Oklahoma town are investigating after a young girl was killed by a pet dog at her home over the weekend.

    KWTV / 19 h. 4 min. ago
  • Oklahoma at Kansas State preview: keys to game, lineups, TV info ... - Wichita EagleOklahoma at Kansas State preview: keys to game, lineups, TV info ... - Wichita Eagle

    Wichita EagleOklahoma at Kansas State preview: keys to game, lineups, TV info ...Wichita EagleThe Kansas State Wildcats play the Oklahoma Sooners on Tuesday at Bramlage Coliseum. The game will feature Trae Young and Barry Brown, two of the Big 12's top scorers.Oklahoma basketball: Sooners go on the road to Kansas State, Oklahoma State for second half of BedlamThe Oklahoma DailyCollege basketball rankings: Virginia up to No. 2; Oklahoma climbs in new AP Top 25NCAA.comOklahoma star Young seeks new highlights vs. Kansas StateFOXSports.comSoonersports.com -Crimson and Cream Machine -Stormin' In Normanall 54 news articles »

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  • Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett talks public health and ... - CBS NewsOklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett talks public health and ... - CBS News

    CBS NewsOklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett talks public health and ...CBS NewsIn our continuing series, American Voices, we take a closer look at Oklahoma City to see how national issues are playing out on the local level. During Republican Mayor Mick Cornett's four terms in office, Oklahoma City has created 100,000 new jobs and ...and more »

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  • Oklahoma jumps into top 5 in latest AP men's basketball poll; see where Texas Tech, TCU land - Dallas News (blog)Oklahoma jumps into top 5 in latest AP men's basketball poll; see where Texas Tech, TCU land - Dallas News (blog)

    Dallas News (blog)Oklahoma jumps into top 5 in latest AP men's basketball poll; see where Texas Tech, TCU landDallas News (blog)Oklahoma and star freshman Trae Young continued their rise through the poll, moving up five spots to No. 4. The Sooners (14-2, 4-1 Big 12) have their highest ranking since reaching No. 1 in 2015-16, when they reached the Final Four. Duke moved up two ...and more »

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  • The Latest: Atlanta minister criticizes remarks about AfricaThe Latest: Atlanta minister criticizes remarks about Africa

    The Latest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations around the country (all times local):

    KWTV / 20 h. 32 min. ago
  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol: Separate crashes leave 2 deadOklahoma Highway Patrol: Separate crashes leave 2 dead

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating a pair of separate crashes that left a 15-year-old girl and 18-year-old man dead.

    KWTV / 22 h. 48 min. ago
  • Poverty, past linked to Native Americans focus on MLK DayPoverty, past linked to Native Americans focus on MLK Day

    Anti-poverty activists in New Mexico and a groundbreaking Cherokee Nation declaration about the tribe's role in promoting equality are part of the focus of Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations.

    KWTV / 22 h. 56 min. ago
  • Storm could dump up to 4 inches of snow on southern ArkansasStorm could dump up to 4 inches of snow on southern Arkansas

    Much of Arkansas will be under a winter storm warning or advisory later Monday as a blast of Arctic air could dump up to 4 inches of snow in parts of the state and send temperatures plummeting.

    KWTV / 23 h. 20 min. ago
  • Two teenagers die in Oklahoma crashes, patrol reportsTwo teenagers die in Oklahoma crashes, patrol reports

    A 15-year-old Holdenville girl was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash into a creek about 5 miles east of Holdenville in Hughes County about 6:20 p.m. Sunday, the patrol reports. The girl was the driver of a sport utility vehicle that went off of a county road and landed in about 10-feet of water in a creek, the patrol reports.

    Oklahoma News / 1 d. 1 h. 4 min. ago
  • Chelsea Manning confirms US Senate runChelsea Manning confirms US Senate run

    Three days after making her intention known to federal election officials, Manning tweeted "yup, we're running for senate" with an attached campaign video indicating her intention to run in the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary. She sent a subsequent tweet seeking donations to her campaign.

    Oklahoma News / 1 d. 5 h. 31 min. ago
  • Thunder will continue to work on offense vs. KingsThunder will continue to work on offense vs. Kings

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan has tinkered with his offense, trying to get more production out of a group that has struggled to find cohesion for much of the year. In the

    Big News Network.com / 1 d. 8 h. 49 min. ago
  • Fire Destroys Building, Cars At SW Okc Auto ShopFire Destroys Building, Cars At SW Okc Auto Shop

    The building, located near SW 29th and Robinson, is expected to be a total loss as well as six cars inside.

    Oklahoma News / 1 d. 9 h. 51 min. ago
  • Police Respond To Stabbing Call In SW OkcPolice Respond To Stabbing Call In SW Okc

    Officials arrived at the scene near SW 89th and May at approximately 1:30 p.m. Upon arrival, the male victim informed police he was stabbed the night prior, but decided to wait 12 hours to call 911 for his wound.

    Oklahoma News / 1 d. 14 h. 18 min. ago
  • Cohen's 16 lead No. 5 Baylor women past Oklahoma 74-52Cohen's 16 lead No. 5 Baylor women past Oklahoma 74-52

    Cohen's 16 lead No. 5 Baylor women past Oklahoma 74-52

    ABCNews.com / 1 d. 14 h. 52 min. ago
  • N. Michigan woman faces charges in death of 2nd infantN. Michigan woman faces charges in death of 2nd infant

    A northern Michigan woman has been charged with murder in the death of her second infant in five years.

    KWTV / 1 d. 17 h. 53 min. ago
  • Oklahoma officials investigate after skeletal remains foundOklahoma officials investigate after skeletal remains found

    Police in Tulsa have launched an investigation following the discovery of human remains in a field near Tulsa International Airport.

    KWTV / 1 d. 20 h. 41 min. ago
  • 3 dead, 1 injured in fire in abandoned Oklahoma City house3 dead, 1 injured in fire in abandoned Oklahoma City house

    Firefighters say three people were killed and one was injured after fire swept through an abandoned house west of downtown Oklahoma City.

    KWTV / 1 d. 21 h. 5 min. ago
  • Remains Of Body Found In Field, TPD SaysRemains Of Body Found In Field, TPD Says

    TPD is waiting on a medical examiner to give the cause of death of bodily remains found in a field Saturday afternoon. Crews combed a field near E. Pine and Highway 11 after responding to reports of bones found in the area.

    Oklahoma News / 1 d. 23 h. 3 min. ago
  • Previewing No. 5 Baylor at OklahomaPreviewing No. 5 Baylor at Oklahoma

    Senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis is averaging 15.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for Oklahoma this season. [Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman] - The Sooners are coming off a big win at Texas Tech where senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis led OU with 22 points and eight rebounds.

    Oklahoma News / 2 d. 3 h. 33 min. ago
  • Barn fire in Oklahoma town kills more than 30 animalsBarn fire in Oklahoma town kills more than 30 animals

    More than 30 animals are dead after a barn fire and the owners not only lost their animals, but their livelihood. "The barn was completely involved in fire, most of the roof had already fallen in, it had been burning for awhile before we got there," said Caney Fire Chief Michael Harkey.

    Oklahoma News / 2 d. 7 h. 49 min. ago
  • Westbrook leads Thunder past Hornets, 101-91Westbrook leads Thunder past Hornets, 101-91

    Russell Westbrook had 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Charlotte Hornets 101-91 on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak

    ABCNews.com / 2 d. 11 h. 34 min. ago
  • Chelsea Manning to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland Source: Cox Media GroupChelsea Manning to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland Source: Cox Media Group

    Manning was sent to prison after a 2013 espionage conviction for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. She was sentenced to 35 years, but President Barack Obama commuted the sentence at the end of his term.

    Oklahoma News / 2 d. 12 h. 6 min. ago
  • Young's 43 lead No. 9 Oklahoma past No. 16 TCU 102-97 in OTYoung's 43 lead No. 9 Oklahoma past No. 16 TCU 102-97 in OT

    Trae Young's 43 lead No. 9 Oklahoma past No. 16 TCU 102-97 in OT

    ABCNews.com / 2 d. 14 h. 9 min. ago
  • Page, K-State women light up No. 20 Oklahoma State 80-64Page, K-State women light up No. 20 Oklahoma State 80-64

    Kaylee Page had a career-high six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, Shaelyn Martin and Kayla Goth had double-doubles and Kansas State defeated No. 20 Oklahoma State 80-64

    ABCNews.com / 2 d. 15 h. 52 min. ago
  • TCU head coach Jamie Dixon reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)TCU head coach Jamie Dixon reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

    TCU head coach Jamie Dixon reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

    ABCNews.com / 2 d. 16 h. 25 min. ago
  • TCU's Jaylen Fisher (0) shoots the ball over Oklahoma's Trae Young (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)TCU's Jaylen Fisher (0) shoots the ball over Oklahoma's Trae Young (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

    TCU's Jaylen Fisher (0) shoots the ball over Oklahoma's Trae Young (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

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  • Oklahoma's Trae Young (11) goes up against TCU's Desmond Bane (1), Alex Robinson (25) and Vladimir Brodziansky (10) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., ...Oklahoma's Trae Young (11) goes up against TCU's Desmond Bane (1), Alex Robinson (25) and Vladimir Brodziansky (10) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., ...

    Oklahoma's Trae Young (11) goes up against TCU's Desmond Bane (1), Alex Robinson (25) and Vladimir Brodziansky (10) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

    ABCNews.com / 2 d. 16 h. 28 min. ago
  • Young's 43 leads No. 7 Oklahoma past No. 16 TCU 102-97 in OTYoung's 43 leads No. 7 Oklahoma past No. 16 TCU 102-97 in OT

    Trae Young's 43 lead No. 7 Oklahoma past No. 16 TCU 102-97 in OT

    ABCNews.com / 2 d. 16 h. 29 min. ago
  • Years of persistence led to holiday honoring KingYears of persistence led to holiday honoring King

    When the late Rep. Katie Hall went to Congress in 1982, it was to finish the term of Adam Benjamin Jr., the Northwest Indiana congressman who had died suddenly of a heart attack. But Hall, the first and so far only African American to represent Indiana in Congress, also had another goal: She wanted to add her name to the fight to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a federal holiday.

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  • Man using space heater in SUV dead after vehicle fire eruptsMan using space heater in SUV dead after vehicle fire erupts

    A homeless man has died after a space heater he was running inside a truck to keep it warm caused a fire.

    KWTV / 2 d. 18 h. 51 min. ago
  • Man shot with own gun after workplace fight with wife jailedMan shot with own gun after workplace fight with wife jailed

    A 55-year-old man who was shot with his own gun after wounding an employee at a central Oklahoma workplace is in jail after being released from a hospital.

    KWTV / 2 d. 20 h. 43 min. ago
  • Man Convicted Of Trying To Buy Baby For Sex To Spend Life In PrisonMan Convicted Of Trying To Buy Baby For Sex To Spend Life In Prison

    A man will spend life in prison after a jury convicted him of trying to buy a 5-month-old baby from a Seminole woman for sex.

    Oklahoma News / 2 d. 21 h. 11 min. ago
  • Chief financial officer testifies on health agency problemsChief financial officer testifies on health agency problems

    The chief financial officer of the Oklahoma State Department of Health says he was on the job only a few weeks before he started to notice major problems with how the agency was handling its finances.

    KWTV / 3 d. 13 h. 17 min. ago
  • Little Rock police charge 2nd man in deaths of woman, 2 kidsLittle Rock police charge 2nd man in deaths of woman, 2 kids

    Little Rock police say they a second suspect is in custody in the killing of a woman and her two young children.

    KWTV / 3 d. 13 h. 17 min. ago
  • Families select virtual school for causeFamilies select virtual school for cause

    New study results released today find the most important factors motivating Oklahoma families to enroll a student in a virtual charter school are the individual learning needs of the student, followed by a medical need of the student or family member.  The independent study conducted by a national consulting firm that specializes in community-based research and planning, Thomas P. Miller and Associates, was commissioned by the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board (SVCSB) to provide a nonpartisan study focused on determining the reasons families choose to enroll, the benefits families perceive to gain and the challenges are for the families with students enrolled in virtual charter schools across the state. With more than 12,000 students enrolled in one of Oklahoma’s four virtual charter schools, less than 2 percent of the state’s public school enrollment, these schools offer full-time public education options delivering instruction through an online format. Parents and/or guardians from all four virtual charter schools, including Epic Charter School, Insight School of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Connections Academy and Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy, participated in this first-time study for the state agency, through a survey and individual interviews.  “The findings of the comprehensive report may allow schools to make research-informed decisions about the support students and families need to be successful in their educational journey,” SVCSB Executive Director Rebecca L. Wilkinson said. Additional findings included: • Bullying or threats from classmates at other schools was commonly cited (40.6 percent of respondents) as motivation for enrolling in a virtual charter school • Benefits of enrolling were that virtual schools provide a flexible schedule and a learning format that works better for the student • Challenges of virtual education cited most often included a lack of social opportunities in virtual charter schools, issues with technology and struggles with self-discipline and motivation The in-depth findings from the report were presented to the SVCSB in a public board meeting yesterday Jan. 9. A full report will be made available at the SVCSB website, click here for more.

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  • OK treasury shows surging growthOK treasury shows surging growth

    Gross Receipts to the Oklahoma Treasury surged by 12 percent in December and grew at a healthy rate of 6.2 percent during the 2017 calendar year, State Treasurer Ken Miller announced today. At $1 billion, December collections are up by $107.9 million compared to receipts from December 2016. During the last year, gross receipts topped the $11 billion mark, finishing at $11.45 billion ahead of 2016 collections by $667.6 million.   State Treasurer Ken Miller “What a difference a year can make,” Miller said. “At this time last year, calendar year gross receipts were down by more than 7 percent with every major revenue stream showing contraction. This year, we show across-the-board growth with an encouraging trend line.” Monthly receipts during the calendar year were higher than the same month of the prior year in all but one month. The rate of increase has generally trended higher with each passing month. In December, growth rates in the major revenue streams ranged from 42.7 percent in gross production taxes to 5.1 percent in motor vehicle tax collections. For the calendar year, growth ranged from 53.4 percent in gross production taxes to 2.6 percent in combined individual and corporate income tax receipts. New revenue collections The tax commission attributes $24.2 million in December to new revenue resulting from legislation enacted during the last regular session. The additional revenue comes primarily from changes in sales tax exemptions and gross production incentive tax rates. The new revenue accounts for 22.4 percent of the growth in December collections compared to the prior year. Since August, law changes from last session have yielded $114.8 million in new gross revenue. Other indicators At 4.2 percent, Oklahoma’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in November was down by two-tenths of a percentage point from the prior month, according to figures released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. State jobless numbers improved by seven-tenths of a percentage point over the year. The U.S. jobless rate was set at 4.1 percent in November, less than Oklahoma’s rate for a fifth consecutive month. The Oklahoma Business Conditions Index has topped growth neutral for five consecutive months. The December index was set at 59.3, down from 60.8 in November. Numbers above 50 indicate anticipated economic growth during the next three to six months. December collections December gross collections total $1 billion, up $107.9 million, or 12 percent, from December 2016. Gross income tax collections, a combination of personal and corporate income taxes, generated $351.2 million, an increase of $32.2 million, or 10.1 percent, from the previous December. Individual income tax collections for the month are $296.5 million, up by $27.8 million, or 10.4 percent, from the prior year. Corporate collections are $54.7 million, an increase of $4.4 million, or 8.7 percent. Sales tax collections, including remittances on behalf of cities and counties, total $403.5 million in December. That is $40.1 million, or 11 percent, more than December 2016. Gross production taxes on oil and natural gas generated $56.2 million in December, an increase of $16.8 million, or 42.7 percent, from last December. Compared to November reports, gross production collections are up by $3.4 million, or 6.5 percent. Motor vehicle taxes produced $59.9 million, up by $2.9 million, or 5.1 percent, from the same month of 2016. Other collections, consisting of about 60 different sources including use taxes, along with taxes on fuel, tobacco, and alcoholic beverages, produced $138.9 million during the month. That is $15.9 million, or 12.9 percent, more than last December. 2017 collections Gross revenue totals $11.45 billion from the past 12 months. That is $667.6 million, or 6.2 percent, more than collections from the previous 12 months. Gross income taxes generated $4 billion for the 2017 calendar year, reflecting an increase of $100.5 million, or 2.6 percent, from the 2016 calendar year. Individual income tax collections total $3.6 billion, up by $141.6 million, or 4.1 percent, from the prior 12 months. Corporate collections are $405.3 million for the period, a decrease of $41.1 million, or 9.2 percent, over the previous period. Sales taxes for the year generated $4.4 billion, an increase of $236.9 million, or 5.6 percent, from the prior year. Oil and gas gross production tax collections brought in $537.2 million during the year, up by $187 million, or 53.4 percent, from the previous year. Motor vehicle collections total $764.9 million for the period. This is an increase of $23 million, or 3.1 percent, from the trailing period. Other sources generated $1.7 billion, up by $120.2 million, or 7.7 percent, from the previous year. About Gross Receipts to the Treasury State Capitol Building in Oklahoma City Since March 2011, the Office of the State Treasurer has issued the monthly Gross Receipts to the Treasury report, which provides a timely and broad view of the state’s macro economy. The General Revenue Fund receives less than half of the state’s gross receipts with the remainder paid in rebates and refunds, remitted to cities and counties, and placed into off-the-top earmarks to other state funds.

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  • AG Hunter files to force utility reductionAG Hunter files to force utility reduction

    OK Attorney General Mike Hunter Attorney General Mike Hunter has filed five motions with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC), asking for an immediate reduction in customer rates from the state’s leading utility companies. The attorney general’s request came the day that a sweeping overhaul of federal income taxes was signed into law, to take effect Jan. 1. The new law lowers the highest corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The estimated annual savings for Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Natural Gas, CenterPoint Energy and Arkansas Oklahoma Gas is approximately $100 million, not including additional savings from other affected utility accounts. Attorney General Hunter said he is requesting customer rates be reduced by an amount reflecting lower federal corporate income tax rates. “These companies will begin seeing major savings after the tax cut is implemented on Monday,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Oklahomans who are customers of these companies should immediately retain the benefits of the savings from the tax cut in the form of lower rates. We urge the OCC to act quickly and in the best interests of customers, not company shareholders.” Also in the motions, the attorney general is requesting the OCC protect customers’ ability to receive excess accumulated deferred income tax, which is used to reflect utility companies’ past use of tax breaks to defer tax bills. With lower tax rates enacted, a portion of accumulated deferred income tax would be unnecessary to cover future taxes–creating an “excess” portion. OK Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy Without OCC action, utility companies could retain the entire benefit of excess accumulated deferred income tax, so the attorney general is requesting that the OCC create a temporary protection. The actual treatment of the excess could then be addressed at the time of the final order, where the attorney general would request a refund to ratepayers. “There is no reason to delay creating a regulatory liability for excess accumulated deferred income tax,” Attorney General Hunter wrote in the motions. “Without doing so, customers may permanently lose the benefits of any portion of excess accumulated deferred income tax drawn down during the pendency of this cause.” A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Jan. 4. Read the motions, here: http://bit.ly/2ldQRFC. Estimated annual corporate tax savings, not including accumulated deferred income tax: • Oklahoma Gas & Electric – $51.7 million; • Public Service Company of Oklahoma – $24 million; • Oklahoma Natural Gas – $20 million; • CenterPoint Energy – $859,000; • Arkansas Oklahoma Gas – $270,500.

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  • Wildlife guide for attracting birds availableWildlife guide for attracting birds available

    Bird feeding tips, birdhouse basics and landscaping ideas have been brought together in a free online guide, with the goal of helping Oklahomans better enjoy their backyard birds. “This guide was created to help the hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans who watch birds around their home attract even more birds to their backyards,” said Jena Donnell, information specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.     Painted Bunting at feeder “We want to help a beginner choose a feeder, or give longtime bird watchers ideas for updating their backyard landscape.” The 18-page guide, available here at wildlifedepartment.com, outlines bird feeder designs, seed choices, bird-friendly plants, nest box plans and suggestions for squirrel-proofing your feeders. More tips for attracting birds and a variety of other wildlife can be found in Landscaping for Wildlife: A Guide to the Southern Great Plains, available for $10 in the Wildlife Department’s Outdoor Store.

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  • Oklahoma’s incredible political state animalOklahoma’s incredible political state animal

    In Oklahoma the American Buffalo or bison is honored as the state animal. A herd of buffalo can be seen in their natural habitat in the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, the largest (39,650 acres) protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth just a short drive north of Tulsa, but do you know the political nature of the beast?  National writer James White is frequently featured on Tulsa Today. His work focuses on historical, scientific and frequently surprising obscure facts. It is a treasured break from hard news and politics. In his “Mullet Over #753” this month, White writes: Oklahoma Buffalo “Shortly after King Carlos III ascended to the throne of Spain in 1759, he decided that he would enjoy a herd of American Bison to live in one of his personal zoos. Since Spain laid claim to a huge portion of North America where tens of millions of bison roamed, the task of transporting bison to Carlos appeared be easily accomplished. So wrong. A royal order was soon placed on the Spanish Texas governor’s desk and sincere efforts were underway to satisfy the king’s desire. “Three consecutive expeditions were launched within a few months and all were dismal failures. Bison herders made two disturbing observations: (1) When bison panicked (a frequent occurrence), the animals ran in all directions with no attempt to remain in a herd and (2)  When bison were enraged, they would often fight until they died from exhaustion or all perceived foes were vanquished. Groups of 60 animals would be corralled on the vast New World plains with no more than two or three reaching a targeted North American seaport. In 1780, one male and one female bison survived an ocean trip to Cádiz. The male died before it could be unloaded. The female lived until 1784 and was quite the prized exhibit,” White wrote. As publisher and most frequent writer, editor (always looking for a good copy editor), and graphic production talent on staff, I use buffalo frequently to illustrate stories on Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Republican Party – no authorization. Don’t ask permission – don’t need it. Here’s why. Oklahoma suffered for 100 years under corrupt and frequently criminal control of the Oklahoma Democratic Party (County Commissioner Scandal). Republicans converted Democrats as state scandals grew worse and the National Democratic Party grew increasingly immoral and anti-American. Democrats long ago established the KKK as their military arm, but Oklahomans ran it out of state in the early 1920s while still Democrats. The majority of voters here now, to paraphrase Will Rogers, are “not members of an organized political party. They are Oklahoma Republicans.” Like buffalo; most are happy to attend to their individual family lives. Few grow to buffalo size over 6 foot at 2,000 pounds, but adults are not critters strangers should disturb without careful regard. We are deeply individualistic and not likely to herd in action. In a fight, we will win or die exhausted, engaged in the effort to the last breath. Oklahoma is the forty-sixth state. We were the twin territories before statehood only joined because the Federal government wanted Demo-rats to rule here. We suffer more government than any state on earth (77 counties, 520 school districts and 39 sovereign Native American Nations not to count cities and towns) in a geographically small state. Oklahoma is a wealthy state made poor by politicians (100 years of single party rule will corrupt any party) which has pissed away oil and gas revenue beyond most other state’s imagination. Oklahoma has suffered carpet-baggers, poo-flingers, trial lawyers and other vocal discards for decades so it is easy to note President Barack Obama as America’s First Islamic Communist President and thank God for President Donald J. Trump as he returns America to it’s roots in free enterprise, constitutional government, lower taxes, and freedom. Your comments are welcome below. This article has not been approved by any political organization and/or the Federal Bureau of Secret Political Manipulation    David Arnett About the author: David Arnett won two national awards as a First Amendment Advocate (1987 and 1988). He is a former city reporter for the Tulsa Tribune, the afternoon daily that departed in 1992 and he published 32 editions of community papers before founding Tulsa Today online in 1996. He hosted The David Arnett Show, on KRMG’s weekend lineup in 2011 and 2012, the last local radio call-in talk show in Tulsa. When local organizers forgot the reason for the season, Arnett organized a Tulsa Christmas Parade. He is best know as an equal opportunity aggravator never greatly restricted by the tyranny of political correctness.

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  • Health employees blew whistle months agoHealth employees blew whistle months ago

    Gary Jones, Ok State Auditor Updated Analysis: What did they know about financial mismanagement and when did they tell officials is a question Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones answered in testimony Thursday before the House Special Investigation Committee. Jones said an employee of the OK Dep. of Health came forward on financial mismanagement during the audit process. Attorney General Hunter announced today that the FBI and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will join the investigations.   The whistle-blower had spoken to the auditor’s office as part of an annual financial report. Part of the audit process includes a fraud risk interview, where the people involved confirm that the report would contain no fraudulent information or anything else that would compromise the audit’s integrity. Jones said the employee came back wanting to “re-state their fraud statements.” Within the span of about a week, Jones said, three more employees of the department also came forward with similar concerns. “Obviously these people were afraid to report the truth, afraid of retaliation,” Jones said. The auditor’s office, attorney general and a grand jury are investigating the Department of Health’s financial mismanagement. The public became aware of issues Oct. 30 when Health Commissioner Terry Cline and his chief deputy Julie Cox-Kain abruptly resigned their positions. Oklahhoma Finance Secretary and special friend/advisor of Governor Mary Fallin, Preston Doerflinger, was appointed to take Cline’s place. Preston Doerflinger and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin According to NewsOk Doerflinger told the committee on Monday he didn’t realize the severity of problems until Oct. 27, when the department requested a waiver to avoid paying 18 months of health benefits to employees who were facing layoffs. To the contrary, Jones said he first contacted Doerflinger on Sept. 1 after the auditor’s office was able to substantiate the Heath Department employees’ concerns. In a text, Jones told Doerflinger: “We need to talk. Issues at the Health Department.” A phone call followed the text message After their first conversation Jones spoke with Doerflinger in person about a week later and then a third time on Sept. 29. Ultimately, Jones said he escalated the issue “I did ring the bell. I did go to the proper person,” Jones said. Doerflinger said he wouldn’t dispute Jones’ timeline of text messages and meetings, but feels he is not responsible for his lack of understanding the seriousness of what he was told repeatedly. Update: The Muskogee Phoenix Editorial Board writes this morning, “State official’s actions disgraceful” A Facebook feud initiated by the governor’s finance secretary demonstrates the depth to which leadership at the Capitol seem willing to sink themselves and the state. Secretary Preston Doerflinger accused the state auditor of falling “asleep at the wheel” in a Facebook post attempting to assign blame for the fiscal mismanagement of the Oklahoma Health Department. Gov. Mary Fallin’s appointee said Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones had “been derelict in his duties” and urged him to abandon his bid for the Republican Party’s nomination in the 2018 governor’s race. Jones attributed the dispute to a discrepancy in the testimony presented by the two men during hearings convened by lawmakers investigating Health Department expenditures. The state auditor said Doerflinger “got his feelings hurt” because their recollections differed about when financial problems at the agency first surfaced. Doerflinger’s accusations against Jones appear petty considering the scope of the fiscal calamity at a state agency that provides core services to thousands of Oklahomans. His conduct, on the other hand, is quite alarming and further bruises the state’s image — an image tarnished by those who place politics above the best interest of their constituents. Fallin’s finance secretary was responsible for overseeing the state’s finances as director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. He now serves as interim director of the beleaguered agency that must lay off scores of workers across the state due to alleged misfeasance. From this vantage point, it appears Doerflinger should focus more attention on the serious issues that jeopardize the public health in Oklahoma and threatens its residents. His Facebook feud appears to be little more than a charade — perhaps an attempt to deflect attention from himself or a ploy to influence the outcome of party politics. Click here for the posting on MuskogeePhoenix.com. OK Attorney General Mike Hunter Further Update: Attorney General Mike Hunter by press release today announced that the FBI and the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will partner with his office to investigate issues relating to the use of federal funds at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). Attorney General Hunter said attorneys and investigators with his office will work with federal authorities and the state auditor’s office to scrutinize movement and management of both state and federal monies at the OSDH. “I appreciate the collaboration of the FBI and HHS in insuring that we can conduct a thorough and exacting review of the situation at OSDH,” Attorney General Hunter said. “We will get to the bottom of what happened there.”

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  • Extremes unite for trial attorney candidateExtremes unite for trial attorney candidate

    Attorney Gary L. Richardson, Candidate for Governor Updated Editorial: When wing-tips of the political right and left promote the same candidate, Oklahoma voters of independent thought reasonably question why in the race for governor 2018. Gary Richardson has been repeatedly profiled in positive ways by Bobby Lorton’s online cry for attention and by extremist blogger Al Gerhart best known for threatening legislators – those two about as far apart as possible politically. Both have self-aggrandizement in common, but no substantive policy positions to share. What would earn their common praise for a populist trial lawyer in the race for Oklahoma Governor in 2018? Bobby Lorton’s effort, The Frontier, purposes “to form a group of journalists free to do hard-hitting journalism” which is hilarious given his family owned and operated the Tulsa World the often leftist daily for a century. He was the CEO and publisher when it sold in 2013.  Apparently, Lorton disagreed with the family decision to sell. One would think 100 years would be enough time to get around to “hard-hitting journalism.” In 2002, Gary Richardson ran for Governor as an Independent, eventually facing off against Democrat Brad Henry and Republican Steve Largent. Gaining 14 percent of the 1,035,620 votes cast; Richardson’s divide of the conservative vote gave us eight years of Democrat Brad Henry who brought Indian Gaming and State Lottery (promised to totally fund education) among other leftist policy misfires. The only conceivable reason Lorton’s Frontier would devote attention to Richardson is the hope to again divide conservative voters. On the far right, blogger Al Gerhart writes disgustingly inaccurate emotionally and intelligently stunted garbage – political fiction. In 2012, Tulsa Today summarized Gerhart as “Oklahoma’s most unsuccessful activist” (Click here for that story). We also noted a warning to Oklahoma activists about Gerhart from Kay Beach (click here for that piece). Gerhart, who lives in central Oklahoma attended a 2016 Christmas Party at Gary Richardson’s home in Tulsa and they hold in common memberships in fringe political groups. Richardson has hired far right activists to work for him. At a recent Gubernatorial Debate in Wagoner three candidates appeared, Gary Jones, Gary Richardson and Kevin Stitt. All three promoted conservative issue positions on most issues. Kevin Stitt repeatedly referenced his private sector experience as a national mortgage banker based in Jenks. Gary Jones currently Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector spoke in the most detail about how the Oklahoma Legislature has failed to budget because they don’t really understand budgeting. Term limited in the auditor’s office, Jones asserts he knows from experience how to reform the budget, where money for education can be found and how to implement performance audits for greater accountability.  In short, he says he can fix Oklahoma. Wagoner County GOP Debate. Left to Right: Gary Jones, Gary Richardson and Kevin Stitt make their case Richardson on stage appeared sleepy during some of the presentations. His speech focused on toll roads with great distain for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. While that pitch resonates in Northeastern Oklahoma, it was the same pitch Richardson unsuccessfully used in  2002. In the spirit of full disclosure, Tulsa Today accepts political advertising (since 1996). We ran ads for Richardson in 2002 and are running ads from candidates currently campaigning. For more information on advertising, email editor@tulsatoday.com. Advertising does not direct our editorial content. Gene Stipe Since our founding Tulsa Today has covered politics and we were the first statewide media to report on Gary Jones’ battle against corruption directed by the convicted criminal former-senator Gene Stipe who served in the legislature for 46 years before he pleaded guilty to federal charges of perjury, conspiracy to obstruct a Federal Election Commission investigation, and conspiracy to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act, relating to his role in funneling illegal contributions. Gary Jones testimony to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began the end of Gene Stipe’s long-standing and truly evil Democrat Party political machine in Oklahoma.  Voters of independent thought and any who support honest government should sing praises, but not, apparently, Al Gerhart. Gary and Mary Jones Gerhart writes on his blog, “Jones is a former GOP State Chairman, more of a liberal Republican than most.” That is a lie. This writer is active in the Oklahoma GOP (a lose collection of conservative activists at best) and Jones has always been independent minded and staunchly conservative. It was the right of the party that supported Jones for the Chairmanship more than a decade ago. Jones, as Auditor, fights with the establishment that tried to throw his office out of the State Capital Building.  His audits make establishment good-old-boys very uncomfortable. Gerhart writes again, “Gary Jones’s Incompetency and Complacency Obvious For All to See.” Apparently, the ignorance or duplicity of Gerhart leads him to believe that the State Auditor and Inspector can begin an audit of anyone anytime at his own pleasure – that is factually incorrect. Audits can only be conducted when and where they are officially authorized. Sadly, some conservative news aggregators carry Gerhart’s rants to their ongoing shame. For the record, this editorial takes no stand on who should be elected Governor next year, but our state must address serious issues of substance and when the far right and the far left both agree – we should all wonder why.   About the author: David Arnett won two national awards as a First Amendment Advocate (1987 and 1988). He is a former city reporter for the Tulsa Tribune, the afternoon daily that departed in 1992 and published 32 editions of community papers before founding Tulsa Today in 1996. He hosted The David Arnett Show, on KRMG’s weekend lineup in 2011 and 2012, the last local call-in talk show in Tulsa. He is best know as an equal opportunity aggravator never greatly restricted by the tyranny of political correctness.

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  • Ross Ford begins legislative serviceRoss Ford begins legislative service

    Rep. Ross Ford, R-Broken Arrow, is sworn into office by District Court Judge Bill LaFortune Ross Ford, of Broken Arrow, was sworn in before the House of Representatives to serve House District 76 on Tuesday. Ford was elected in a special election held after the death of former Rep. David Brumbaugh in April. “It is an honor to be selected by the voters of House District 76 to represent them,” said Ford, R-Broken Arrow. “I look forward very much to working alongside other lawmakers in addressing issues that concern Oklahomans relying on my conservative principles to serve to the best of my ability,” Ford added. Rep. Ross Ford “We’re incredibly glad to be able to welcome Rep. Ford to the House,” said Majority Floor Leader, state Rep. Mike Sanders. “We look forward to working with him in the future on needed budget reform and other issues that are pressing for the state.” Prior to running for office, Ford served as a Tulsa police officer for over 25 years. He was injured in the line of duty in March 2007, but continued to serve the police department after his recovery until his later retirement. During his service to the Tulsa Police Department, Ford earned a Medal of Valor, Purple Heart, Survivors Club Award, several Top Cop awards and two Chief Awards. Upon leaving the police force in 2010, Ford was employed by Union Public Schools as director of security and by Holland Hall private school as director of security. In 2015, Ford created a private company that provides security and other services to senior citizens in the Tulsa community. State Capitol Building in Oklahoma City Ford is a fourth generation Tulsa native. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for over 36 years. Together they have a daughter, Kasey, and son, Ryan, as well as a 10 year-old grandson, Reece. Ford is a member of the Broken Arrow Rotary Club and the Broken Arrow Civitan Club and a community volunteer at Union Public Schools, the Broken Arrow Police Department, and the Tulsa Police Officer Memorial committee. He is a graduate of Leadership Broken Arrow.

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  • Mark Lepak announces re-election bidMark Lepak announces re-election bid

    Rep. Mark Lepak Rep. Mark Lepak announced Monday his re-election bid for the Oklahoma State House of Representatives in District 9, which encompasses Claremore, and parts of central Rogers County. Lepak, a Republican, is completing his second term in office. “Voters need to assess which candidate will bring thoughtful, best judgment to the job, and whether that person can be trusted to exercise that judgment, independent of the pressures of the day, while considering the best long term interests of the district and the state. I know myself, and I fit the bill.”   Rep. Mark Lepak Lepak notes business, civic, and life experience make him uniquely qualified to serve, “Local government experience on the Claremore City Council and the Moore School Board, coupled with 37 years in telecommunications, gives me a balanced perspective on how legislation and regulation impact our jobs, our communities, and our schools.” Lepak is an Assistant Floor Leader and Vice Chair of the Appropriations and Budget Sub-Committee on Public Safety.  He serves on several of the more detailed technical policy committees: Government Modernization, County/Municipal Government, and Public Safety. Lepak carries a lifetime of varied work experiences to the capitol, including cattle and crops on the family farm, electrical work at a potash mine, and work as both a roustabout and a roughneck for offshore drilling operations in the gulf.  After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a BS in Engineering Physics, he joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., and saw the company make history through the Bell System divestiture, the creation of SBC, and the eventual acquisition of AT&T, all while simultaneously transforming from telephone monopoly into a competitive, wireless and data centric business. The Oklahoma delegation for the Balanced Budget Amendment Planning Convention includes (Back Row) Sen. Nathan Dahm, Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, Rep. Mark Lepak, former Rep. Gary Banz (Front Row) Attorney Marc Nuttle, Rep. John Bennett and Sen. Julie Daniels. His career was spent in a constantly changing, complex environment where he performed long range planning economic studies, designed data circuits, did national forum work and analysis related to the FCCs open network architecture docket, served as chief of staff for the president of network services, and led teams of operations and project personnel maintaining, improving, and expanding network infrastructure. At his retirement, he led approximately 800 employees caring for equipment in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, as well as the emergency power operation for those states and Texas. A group of Republican lawmakers huddle near the desk of Rep. Mark Lepak, seated. Photo: NewsOk.com Tornados, ice storms, floods, hurricanes, and wild fires all presented challenges which required planning, preparation and execution, but also adaptation to rapidly changing circumstances. Today, those qualities are needed at the capitol. For more on Rep. Mark Lepak, click here for his Facebook page. Click here for the independent VoteSmart analysis. Click here for the independent Ballotpedia analysis.

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  • License-plate scanners planned for OK HwyLicense-plate scanners planned for OK Hwy

    Editorial Analysis: Do Oklahoma citizens really want state government photographing every license plate throughout the state? It’s all for a good cause. District Attorneys have taken some flack for operating as highway robbers – the civil asset forfeiture issue, click here for more, but the DAs say they need more money to pay staff and conduct prosecutions. They are not getting sufficient funds from the legislature, fees and fines so they have found another revenue source.  Ben Botkin for OklahomaWatch.org writes, “Oklahoma has finalized a deal with a Massachusetts company to use license-plate scanners to catch uninsured drivers, and the firm expects to issue 20,000 citations a month starting as early as next year. The program, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, involves setting up automated high-speed cameras  on highways around the state to detect uninsured vehicles and mailing their owners a citation with a fine of $184, according to the District Attorneys Council. Gatso USA, a Beverly, Massachusetts-based company that specializes in red-light-running and speeding detection systems, will initially get $80, or 43 percent, of each fine. Its cut will decrease to $74 after two years and $68 after five years, according to a contract approved by the state after months of legal review and negotiation. The company could expect to bring in $1.6 million a month, or $19 million a year, if the 20,000 citations are issued monthly. Gatso is a subsidiary of a Dutch company.” By any standard, that is a lot of money, but it assumes that people will pay the tickets when the bill arrives. Obviously, people who drive without insurance are too poor or too criminal to follow the law so why do DAs expect compliance.  Oh wait.  More prosecutions and fines and fees may be possible. Think about this Oklahoma.  You may read the contract online by clicking here.  The Oklahoma Watch story asserts, “drivers who pay the fees will avoid a ‘driving without insurance’ charge on their permanent record.”  That is a motivator. Tim Harris Former-District Attorney Tim Harris is now running to fill the First Congressional District Seat held by Rep. Jim Bridenstine. In a Tulsa Today interview, Harris talked about the incredibly high volume of cases and how he dealt with them as Tulsa County DA, “we filed about 6,000 felonies, an equal number of misdemeanors and 1,700 juvenile cases both deprived and delinquency per year.  We took to the courtroom just over 100 felony cases a year that were tried to a jury, so what happened to the others?… I negotiated many more cases than I ever tried,” Harris said. So generally speaking in Tulsa County Harris dealt with near 13,700 cases per year by taking 100 to court and horse-trading on 13,600 others. Were those decisions deeply thought out after careful investigation based on justice, expediency, available staff or costs? If Oklahoma underfunds the District Attorney Offices can we really expect a fair, careful and balanced system of justice? Botkin notes, “A 2015 Pew Charitable Trusts survey found that 26 percent of all drivers in the state are uninsured – the highest rate in the nation – which can push up insurance premiums and hit-and-run accidents. “But another incentive underlies the program. It will be overseen by the District Attorneys Council rather than law enforcement, and the state’s 27 district attorneys’ offices are expected to receive millions of dollars in citation revenue a year, although no estimates were provided. District attorneys have complained that their revenue sources are diminishing because of state budget cuts and the drop in bounced-check fines.   “The cameras will be deployed on a small scale initially. Vehicles with scanners will be sent into the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas to get traffic counts, gauge noncompliance and gather data on the first locations for cameras. “Within six months, Oklahoma County, Tulsa County and 13 other counties in those areas will be mapped and studied, with the cameras in place, the company estimates. The mobile enforcement units will then drive to other parts of the state, looking for high-volume areas of noncompliance that could be potential spots for camera installation. Within the first year of the program, about 26 cameras will be in place throughout the two metro areas. Another 10 cameras will be installed throughout the rest of the state. “Additionally, there will be two or three mobile enforcement units mounted on vehicles, bringing the total to nearly 40 cameras statewide. “’The first program of its kind in the country is certain to attract scrutiny,’ Gatso says in its plan. ‘Our program management is designed to limit the number of issued citations in the opening months, in concert with an inclusive and extensive public awareness campaign.’” For more of this story from Oklahoma Watch, click here, but the question to keep in mind:  Is this the way we should fund the Oklahoma District Attorney Offices?

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