The Child Crisis Unit issued a warning about Pedo-Bear. It is a cartoon character that some say is associated with pedophilia. The release says child molesters use the symbol to communicate with each other on message board.
Numerous websites have listed Pedo-Bear as a hoax.
Tahlequah, OK – More than 1,000 pounds of marijuana seized
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Agents from a drug task force have seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana from a pickup stopped by authorities near Tahlequah.
Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault says authorities seized about 39 bundles of the drug and arrested two people during the bust on Monday. He says authorities received a tip about a pickup moving the marijuana through the area.
Tulsa, OK – With a jury seated, testimony gets underway today in the first degree murder trial of John Kastner. The former Webster High School coach and teacher stands accused of the killing his wife, Lori. The trial is being held in Judge Tom Gilert's courtroom.
At the time of the murder in 2008, Kastner claimed his wife was killed by an intruder at their west Tulsa home. Police says evidence pointed to Kastner as the killer and allege he did so to collect insurance money to offset debt.
Public Radio 89.5 HD1 – Nearly a quarter of Arabs under 30 are jobless. Long gone are the days of a guaranteed government gig, and the private sector is far from filling the gap. Today, Arab youth are searching for work and waiting for weddings. Some just want to leave the region - and its long unemployment lines - altogether. At best, unemployment and flagging Arab economies lead to a generation of bored and frustrated youth. At worst, economic conditions create a breeding ground for extremism and instability.
Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Child advocates say Oklahoma's children are paying the price for the state's tough-on-crime sentencing policies. During a legislative hearing today, experts say the state's female incarceration rate leads the nation, with 131 women behind bars for every 100,000 residents. That's nearly double the national rate.
Oklahoma City, OK – Revenue collections for August show growth from the prior year, but are marginally below the estimate, State Treasurer Scott Meacham said today as reports for the second month of Fiscal Year 2011 were released.
Preliminary reports show General Revenue Fund collections for August 2010 were $350.8 million. That amount is:
$15.5 million or 4.6 percent above the prior year; but $1.5 million or 0.4 percent below the official estimate.
Tulsa, OK – The Mayor and City Councilors spar over mediation. Mayor Bartlett wants to meet one-on-one with each of the nine city councilors to settle the differences. The council wants the meetings to be in public.
Both sides have agreed to talk in the past, but can't seem to settle on a format or time.
Skiatook, OK – The principal at the Skiatook High School is suspended with pay. Principal Donna Brogan was served with a letter from the interim superintendent stating that her immediate suspension was necessary for the best interest of students.
The case involves cash handling and allowing a school counselor time-off without it being charged for the absence. Brogan has denied the allegations. She was named Oklahoma's Secondary Principal of the Year and was to attend an award banquet in Washington, D.C. later this month.