Oklahoma News
6:22 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Attorney: Bates Under Internal Investigation In 2009

Tulsa County Sheriff's reserve deputy Robert Bates enters the Tulsa County Jail Tuesday.
KWGS Public Radio Tulsa

Attorneys for a man killed by a Tulsa County reserve deputy have released a report they say outlines a 2009 internal investigation showing colleagues expressed concerns about the volunteer's performance soon after he joined the department.

A lawyer for the dead man's family on Friday released a sheriff's office memo outlining the investigation into Robert Bates. The 73-year-old is charged with second-degree manslaughter in Eric Harris' April 2 death.

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Law Enforcement
10:46 am
Fri April 24, 2015

CLEET Director Wants More Training For Reserve Officers

Scott Kendrick observes two Canadian County deputies during defensive tactic training at CLEET headquarters in Ada, Oklahoma.
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Scott Kendrick has spent a lot of time at the Council on Law Enforcement and Education Training’s campus in Ada. Last week, he stopped by to check on two Canadian County sheriff’s deputies during their defensive tactics lessons, teaching them how to get out of a chokehold.

Kendrick spent about 15 years in law enforcement as a full-time officer. He left ten years ago but decided to stay involved as a reserve deputy.

“The reason I left was because the retirement plan was pretty horrible,” Kendrick said. “I wanted the option to retire whenever that time came.”

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World Views
10:37 am
Fri April 24, 2015

100 Years After Chemical Weapons Milestone, Use Even More Frightening In Wrong Hands

A poison gas attack using gas cylinders in World War I
Tartalizza Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday marked 100 years since the first widespread use of chemical weapons on the Western Front of World War I.

On April 22, 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium, German troops released hundreds of tons of chlorine gas toward French soldiers, killing thousands within 10 minutes. It was a horrific way to die – many suffocated on their own lungs and were blinded as the acidic compound destroyed moist tissue.

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World Views
9:59 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Why 'Genocide' Is Such A Disputed Term When Describing What Happened In Armenia

The Armenian Genocide Memorial, better known as Tsitsernakaberd, is Armenia's official memorial to the victims of the genocide.
Rita Willaert Wikimedia Commons

The world paused Friday to mark the 100th anniversary of the systematic relocation and extermination of Armenians during World War I. The April 24 date signifies the deportation of intellectuals by the Ottoman Turks in 1915.

Authorities rounded up Armenian Christians due to concerns they were allying with Russia during World War I. An estimated 1.5 million people died, but recognizing the tragedy and how exactly to describe it has been controversial ever since.

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World Views
9:13 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Religious Liberty Attorney, Online Editor Describes Gender Issues In Islam, Other Faiths

The Jewish Star of David, Arab- Christian Cross and Crescent on the front of Beit Hagefen Arab-Jewish Center in Haifa.
zeevveez Flickr

According to a 2013 Gallup poll, 56 percent of adults in the United States said religion was “very important” in their lives, with another 22 percent saying religion was at least “fairly important.”

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Weather and Climate
7:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Large Hail, Tornadoes Possible With Severe Storms Across Oklahoma This Weekend

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 8:53 a.m.: Many unknowns making specific impact hard to predict

The National Weather Service says severe thunderstorms are possible across much of central and southern Oklahoma Friday, with an increasing risk of tornadoes.

They’re most likely between 4 and 11 p.m. along the Red River in an area stretching from Ardmore to Durant. 

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Business Intelligence Report
6:40 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Gun Ruling Sparks Concern About Norman Music Festival, Arts Festival Aims For Zero Waste

The 2011 Norman Music Festival
Rob Bennett Flickr

It's springtime in Oklahoma, festival season is getting underway, and two of the Metro's biggest kicked off this week.

The eighth Norman Music Festival opened Thursday night - with one of the most controversial lead-ups in recent memory.

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Oklahoma News
6:39 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

House Minority Leader Inman Says Democrats Oppose Oil & Gas Regulation Bill

House Minority Leader Rep. Scott Inman (D-Del City)
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

The Oklahoma House's top Democrat says his caucus was disappointed by passage of a Republican-backed bill that prohibits cities and towns from regulating oil and natural gas drilling operations.

House Democrat Leader Scott Inman of Del City said Thursday that members of the House minority caucus believe local communities and their leaders should have authority to regulate the drilling operations in their areas.

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Oklahoma News
6:11 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

OKC-Bound Seattle Elephants To Spend A Few Weeks At San Diego Zoo

Chai at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
Credit Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo. / Creative Commons/Google Images

Seattle zoo officials say the two elephants moving to Oklahoma will likely spend a few weeks in San Diego before continuing their journey.

The aging Asian pachyderms changed course in Salt Lake City and then stopped in California instead of heading straight to Oklahoma last week after being diverted by a storm.

The chief operating officer of the Woodland Park Zoo said Thursday that Chai and Bamboo are doing well in San Diego, eating and drinking as expected. They are being cared for by the people who worked with them at the Seattle zoo.

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Oklahoma News
1:12 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Judge In Tulsa Volunteer Deputy Manslaughter Case Considers Recusal

Tulsa County District Judge James Caputo
Credit tulsacountydistrictcourt.org

A Tulsa County judge assigned to the case of a volunteer deputy accused of manslaughter in the shooting of a restrained man says he is weighing recusal over his close ties to the sheriff's office.

District Court Judge James Caputo in a court filing Wednesday said he worked for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office for about seven years and that his daughter is an employee there.

Caputo told The Tulsa World he hopes to decide by Friday whether to continue with the case. Caputo was randomly assigned to the case and says no one has asked him to recuse.

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