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2:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Jenks Drill Simulates School Shootings

Police Officers respond to a call of shootings at the Jenks High School. It looks very real, but it's just an exercise to test emergency response policies.
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Gunshots, screams, and sirens are heard at the Jenks High School, but it’s all part of a drill to test emergency response to armed assailants. The Jenks District holds the full-scale multi-jurisdictional emergency exercise every other year, and this year’s scenario just happened to be a mass shooting on the day after a shooting rampage at Ft. Hood, Texas. Bonnie Rogers is Chief Information Officer for Jenks Schools and she says these realistic drills are necessary to find any holes in response policies and get them corrected.

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1:06 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Severe Weather Information Clearing House

Here is your one stop location for information you need concerning our severe weather threat in Green Country.

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12:13 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

TPD Officer Charged with Bribes and Drugs

Tyrone Jenkins
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A Tulsa police officer was charged with five felony counts today, including two counts for receiving bribes.

The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office charged Tyrone Jenkins, 40, with taking a total of $3,100 in bribes from an individual who was a part of a “sting” operation by the Tulsa Police Department.  Jenkins also is charged with two counts of violating the Computer Crimes Act and one count of Attempted Intent to Deliver an Illegal Narcotic.

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11:35 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Fallin Extends $5Million Oklahoma Film Rebate Program

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to extend a $5 million annual film rebate program through 2024 is among four measures that have been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin on Wednesday signed the Compete with Canada Film Act to extend the program that was used to help lure the production of last year's "August: Osage County" to Oklahoma.

Under the program, the state provides rebates to filmmakers of $1 for every $3 they spend on movie productions in Oklahoma, up to a total of $5 million annually. The $5 million cap has been reached in each of the past three years.

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11:32 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Mullin Formally Announces Re-Election Bid

Markwayne Mullin is his office
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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — GOP congressman Markwayne Mullin has announced plans to run for a second term representing the 2nd Congressional District in Oklahoma.

Mullin said Wednesday that he remains determined to "challenge the status quo in Washington, D.C., and fight for our way of life here in Oklahoma."

Mullin was elected in November 2012 to the seat that was vacated by Democrat Dan Boren. The district stretches across 26 eastern Oklahoma counties — from the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in the northeast to the Red River border with Texas in the south.

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11:25 am
Thu April 3, 2014

City Legal Department: Can't Do More with (any) Less

Tulsa City Attorney David O'Meilia addresses the council regarding departmental spending.
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The Tulsa City Attorney tells the City Council the Legal Department cannot cut more and still do its job. David O’ Meilia told the council his department is authorized for 31-employees but, because of a hiring freeze, only has 26.

He says the budget submitted for the department is the absolute bare minimum to carry on city legal functions. He says there is no fat left in the department. 

O’Meilia says city council and the mayor  are required, by law, to fund the department as needed to carry out its charter mandates.

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8:42 am
Thu April 3, 2014

LeFlore Sheriff's Office Investigates Boy's Death

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BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Oklahoma are investigating after a 9-year-old boy was shot to death at a home in LeFlore County.

Undersheriff Kendall Morgan says the shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon at a home in Bokoshe. Morgan says authorities are investigating whether one of the boy's siblings accidentally shot him.

Authorities tell the Southwest Times Record that the boy's mother was also home at the time of the shooting. The sheriff's office has not yet released the boy's name.

Morgan says deputies recovered a shotgun at the scene.

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7:48 am
Thu April 3, 2014

OKC Democrat Expected to Run for US Senate

State Senator Connie Johnson
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City is expected to announce next week her plans to run for the open U.S. Senate seat.

State Senator Connie Johnson told The Associated Press on Wednesday she's seriously contemplating a run and plans to make an official announcement on Tuesday.

Democratic state Representative Anastasia Pittman announced Wednesday that she plans to run for Johnson's seat, another indication that Johnson is likely to launch a U.S. Senate campaign.

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7:08 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Oops! Hobby Lobby 401(k) Invests in Birth Control Makers

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The company that is leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under "Obamacare" offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making contraceptive and abortion drugs.

Hobby Lobby Stores has a 401(k) plan featuring several mutual funds investing in pharmaceutical firms that produce intrauterine birth control devices, emergency contraceptive pills and drugs used in abortion procedures.

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7:05 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Senate Panel OKs Bill for Oklahoma Education Runding

Tulsa children on a field trip
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to divert hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue directly to public schools in Oklahoma during the next several years has passed a Senate committee, despite concerns the proposal will tie the hands of future legislators.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 20-3 on Wednesday for the bill by Republican Sen. James Halligan of Stillwater. It now goes to the full Senate before returning to the House for consideration.

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