Oklahoma News
5:25 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Too Often, Some Say, Volunteer Officers Just Want To Play Cop

Robert Bates (left), a Tulsa County, Okla., reserve deputy, leaves his arraignment Tuesday with his attorney. Bates fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers, raising alarms about volunteer police officers who wear badges and carry guns.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 5:21 pm

Bob Ball is a real estate investor in Portland, Ore., but that's just his day job. For the past 20 years, he has also been a volunteer cop.

"When I was new, it was the best time of my life. I got to go out there and wear a white hat and help people and make a difference in my community, one little piece at a time," Ball says. "That's a very, very fulfilling thing to do."

This is real police work. On one occasion, Ball had to pull his gun on a guy threatening a woman with a knife.

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Oklahoma News
3:22 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

House-Senate Conference Committee To Take Up Open Records Bill

Oklahoma Capitol Building
Credit ana branca / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Senate has approved Open Records Act legislation that would limit access by the public and media to audio and video recordings obtained from equipment attached to a law enforcement officer or vehicle.

The Senate voted 46-0 for the House-passed bill Tuesday and sent it to a joint House-Senate conference committee for more work. Its Senate author, Republican Sen. David Holt of Bethany, says lawmakers are working with law enforcement and media representatives to fashion the bill's final form.

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The Two-Way
9:44 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Blue Bell Widens Recall To All Of Its Products Over Listeria Worries

After initially recalling products made at its Oklahoma facility, Blue Bell is now asking retailers and customers to throw away or return all of its products currently on the market.
Blue Bell

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 9:04 am

Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries has widely expanded a voluntary recall over Listeria concerns, seeking the return of all of its products currently on the market. Blue Bell products are sold in 23 states.

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Oklahoma Watch
8:02 am
Tue April 21, 2015

District Audit Details Racial Discrepancy In Oklahoma City Schools Suspensions

Taft Middle School officials have suspended more than half the school's black students so far this school year.
Victor Henderson Oklahoma Watch

With two months still left in the school year, administrators at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City have already suspended more than half of their black students.

At Capitol Hill High School, the average length of a suspension is nearly 12 days, or more than two weeks of missed class time. Capitol Hill officials also told several parents that re-enrolling their children was a “waste of time” because of the re-enrollment date.

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Shots - Health News
7:16 am
Tue April 21, 2015

What's At Stake If Supreme Court Eliminates Your Obamacare Subsidy

Carlton Scott pays $266.99 per month for his subsidized health insurance plan. He worries he and his neighbors would lose their insurance without the subsidy.
Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 8:39 pm

The Affordable Care Act requires all Americans to get health insurance or pay a penalty. To help coax people to buy a health plan, the federal government now subsidizes premiums for millions of Americans.

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
10:03 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Air Force Sergeant Stood In Police Lineup With Timothy McVeigh

Air Force senior master sergeant Gary Kirby stood in a police lineup with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in 1995.
Credit Jacob McCleland / KGOU

It was supposed to be Gary Kirby’s day off when the senior airman in the United States Air Force got a call from his first sergeant. The request: Come back to Tinker Air Force Base dressed in a pair of blue jeans, a white t-shirt and white socks.

Kirby, now a senior master sergeant, showed up at the headquarters building to find a big, blue Air Force bus. He climbed on board, where he found between 40 and 50 guys --- and all of them looked like him.

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Oklahoma News
6:10 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

State Lawmakers To Introduce Reserve Police Training Requirements Bill

State Rep. Mike Christian (R-OKC)
Credit okhouse.gov

A group of Oklahoma legislators say they plan to introduce a bill that will require more law enforcement training for volunteer officers following the shooting death of an unarmed man in Tulsa by a 73-year-old reserve deputy.

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Race and Diversity
5:06 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

University Of Oklahoma's New Diversity Chief: 'We Can Do Better'

Tape with the word "UNHEARD" covers the mouth of the sculpture "The Sower" at the University of Oklahoma on March 11, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma. The statue was marked by the black student group OU UNHEARD at the university. (Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 2:23 pm

The University of Oklahoma’s first chief diversity officer starts his new job soon, three months after the university kicked out a fraternity and expelled two students who were seen on video leading a racist chant.

University president David Boren was praised for acting swiftly once the video was made public last month. But the University of Oklahoma is one of only four schools in the Big 12 Conference without a chief diversity officer.

Some minority students at the university are asking, what took the university president so long to hire one?

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Oklahoma News
5:01 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Gov. Fallin Signs Asbestos Cleanup Bill

Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague, left, and Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello witness Governor Mary Fallin sign Senate Bill 658.
Credit Provided

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law a bill she says clarifies the state Department of Labor's role in asbestos removal projects in buildings and structures.

The measure signed Monday eliminates language related to asbestos abatement in private and public facilities. It clarifies that the Department of Labor is the primary authority for asbestos abatement on job sites.

In addition, the agency has signed a cooperative agreement with the Department of Environmental Quality clarifying jurisdictional authorities in asbestos cleanup projects.

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Oklahoma News
12:27 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Tulsa County Sheriff Says Robert Bates' Training Records Were Not Falsified

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz
Credit tcso.org

The Tulsa County sheriff says he doesn't believe training records were falsified in connection to a volunteer deputy who fatally shot a man after mistaking his handgun for a stun gun.

Sheriff Stanley Glanz said Monday he's known the volunteer, insurance executive Robert Bates, for about 25 years.

Bates is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Eric Harris, who was shot after running from officers during a sting investigation.

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