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.
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.
HELENA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of an inmate who was allegedly killed in an Oklahoma prison by another inmate.
Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie says 61-year-old Timothy Dunivan was found dead Saturday morning at James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helena. Massie tells the Enid News & Eagle that investigators have identified a suspect in Dunivan's slaying, but he didn't release the suspect's name.
He says the suspect has been moved to a different facility as the investigation continues.
CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — A prosecutor in northeastern Oklahoma is making available online a video that highlights trends in student drug and alcohol abuse.
District Attorney Janice Steidley says the video is for anyone who wants to use it to raise awareness in classroom, church or community meetings. She said it's targeted at parents of students in Craig, Rogers and Mayes counties where she is the prosecutor.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The three candidates to replace retiring Tulsa Community College President Thomas McKeon are scheduled to visit the campus for interviews and meetings.
McKeon has announced plans to retire by June 30.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College President Richard Shrubb is to be in Tulsa on Tuesday; Oklahoma State University Research and Institutional Advancement Vice President Leigh Goodson is to visit on Wednesday; and Ivy Tech-Wabash Valley Chancellor Ann Valentine is to visit on Thursday.