OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has voted to repeal a set of education standards for math and English that more than 40 states have adopted and replace them with new ones that will be developed by the State Board of Education.
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 37-10 on Tuesday for the bill repealing the standards over the objections of some Democrats who argued it is a political decision to roll back Common Core, which has faced fierce resistance from grassroots conservative groups.
It's been decades since Woody Guthrie wrote a protest song, but his influence continues to reach people today — people like former teacher Robertson Brown, who taught art and art history for 14 years in Broken Arrow public schools.
A big Guthrie fan, Brown was a on a Tulsa Public Schools bus to the state capitol Monday when the inspiration for a song struck.
"There's a song called 'The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd.' It has a really neat melody, and I just thought it kind of fit," Brown said. "We maybe messed with it for an hour.
A man and woman are dead after a police chase ended with a murder/suicide attempt.
Tulsa Police spotted a vehicle with a male suspect wanted in Colorado. A woman was in the car with the man, apparently of her own free will. Police gave chase.
It started at the IDL downtown and ended in a fashionable neighborhood at 30th and South Utica. Police say the man stopped the car, shot the woman and then turned the gun on himself. The woman was dead at the scene. Police say the Colorado suspect died later at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.
A managing partner has been chosen for downtown Tulsa’s OSU Med Center. After months of talks, it’s announced Oklahoma City based Mercy Health Systems is the selection. Chairman of the OSU Medical Authority, Jerry Hudson, says an agreement would provide administrative expertise, financial stability, and needed upgrades.
Negotiations are underway, but no timeline is set. OSU Med Center is the primary hospital for Tulsa’s indigent residents.
On this installment of ST, we are pleased to welcome Ron Padgett back to our show. This Tulsa-born, New York-based poet, translator, and editor published his "Collected Poems" last fall, and he'll be reading from that book at 7pm tonight (Tuesday the 1st) at the AHHA / Hardesty Arts Center in downtown Tulsa; this event is co-presented by Book Smart Tulsa, Louder Than A Bomb: Tulsa, and This Land Press, and it's free to the public.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A Cleveland County commissioner says he won't resign despite requests to do so from other commissioners following a report from the state's multicounty grand jury.
Commissioner Rusty Sullivan said Monday he won't step down from his post and that he plans to file for re-election. Last week, a multicounty grand jury report found that Sullivan likely broke state laws for his involvement in a road project, but that the statute of limitations to charge him had expired.