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12:29 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Tulsa Senator Announces Bid For County DA

State Sen. Brian Crain (R-Tulsa)
Credit Oklahoma Senate

A Republican state senator from Tulsa says he plans to run for Tulsa County district attorney in 2014.

Sen. Brian Crain said he filed campaign documents on Wednesday with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission indicating his plans to seek the post.

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Tulsa
11:12 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Council Split, No Vote On Rename Of Tulsa Street Linked To KKK

A Brady St. mural of Woody Guthrie holding his guitar on the side of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Tulsa's City Council has postponed a vote on whether to rename a popular downtown street celebrating a town founder with ties to the Ku Klux Klan and possibly a race riot.

After Thursday's three-hour-plus public hearing from residents on whether to changeBrady Street, the council reached a 4-4 tie based on their debate but never took a formal vote.

Councilors decided to delay voting until next week because a ninth councilman, who could break the tie, was out of town.

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Tulsa
8:34 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Tulsa's Brady Street Could Get New Name

The newly opened Woody Guthrie Center is one of several new cultural venues along Brady St. in downtown Tulsa.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

A Tulsa city councilor says he'll have the votes needed to rename a popular downtown street that is linked to a town father involved with the Ku Klux Klan and possibly a 1921 race riot.

The vote to rename Brady Street is Thursday.

Councilman Jack Henderson says the change is needed to send a message that hate and racism won't be tolerated in Tulsa.

The street is named after prominent Tulsa figure Wyatt Tate Brady, who was in the Klan and could have possibly had a role in the 1921 race riot, when some 300 blacks were killed in the city.

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Water Safety
7:13 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Bodies Of Three Fishermen Recovered From Arkansas River

The Arkansas RIver near Tulsa where authorities recovered the bodies of three fisherman Thursday.
Credit TexasExplorer98 / Flickr Creative Commons

Authorities say the body of a third fisherman has been recovered after they all accidentally fell into the Arkansas River early Thursday.

Tulsa Fire Department Capt. Stan May says the third man was pulled out of the river late Thursday afternoon after an all-day recovery effort in and along the river.

Authorities say one of the men went into rushing water near a low-water dam in midtown to go noodling — or attempt to catch a fish with his hands.

May says the first man started to struggle in the water, so two others went in to help him.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:48 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Tulsa Plans To Ask Voters To Approve Never-Ending Sales Tax Hike

Lions sun themselves at the Tulsa Zoo. Included in the proposal is $8 million to construct a new big cat exhibit at the Tulsa Zoo.
Credit Angela Severn / Flickr Creative Commons

Public meetings on the recently approved draft of what would be Tulsa’s biggest ever capital improvement initiative continue through August. The list of potential projects range from widening streets and repairing bridges to replacing city pools with aquatic centers and building new zoo exhibits.

But paying the nearly $1 billion price tag is forcing Tulsa to get creative, as the Tulsa World‘s Zack Stoycoff reports:

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Newspapers
1:12 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Tulsa World Trimming Staff

Credit James Cridland / Flickr Creative Commons

The Tulsa World says it's cutting 50 jobs as it restructures under its new ownership in BH Media Group.

Publisher Bill Masterson announced the cuts Monday. Twelve positions were eliminated immediately in the administrative, information technology and production departments, while the remaining cuts will occur over the next several months.

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Tulsa City Government
12:55 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Tulsa Sherriff Seeks Transfer Of State Inmates

Undersheriff Tim Albin
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is asking a judge to order the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to pick up state inmates awaiting transfers from the county jail. 

The request for injunction was filed Tuesday. Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin says transferring the inmates will ease the jail's overcrowding problem.

As of Tuesday, the county jail held 1,792 inmates — above the facility's capacity of 1,714 inmates. Albin tells the Tulsa World that about 160 to 170 inmates are being held for the Department of Corrections.

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Tulsa
11:13 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Assessment Company Expanding In Tulsa

Credit Dennis from Atlanta / Flickr Creative Commons

A company that specializes in personnel assessment says it will build a new $8.7 million headquarters in downtown Tulsa.

Hogan Assessments has offered to buy a parcel from the Tulsa Development Authority for the project.

The company has 65 employees and brings in as many as 500 people from the U.S. and other countries for training and meetings.

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Health
9:26 am
Tue May 14, 2013

State Health Board To Meet In Tulsa Dentist Case

Offices of Tulsa oral surgeon Dr. W. Scott Harrington
Credit KWGS News

The Oklahoma State Board of Health plans to meet partly in executive session to discuss the ongoing investigation of a Tulsa oral surgeon who was at the center of a public health scare involving thousands of his patients.

The meeting in Oklahoma City starts Tuesday morning. The executive session is scheduled as the second-to-last item on the agenda, and a spokeswoman with the agency could not comment on what specifically would be discussed.

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In Depth
6:20 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Woody Guthrie Welcomed to Oklahoma with New Archives

Pedestrians walk past the Woody Guthrie Center opening Saturday in Tulsa.
Kurt Gwartney KGOU

Woody Guthrie’s relationship with his home state has always been complicated. The singer-songwriter left dust bowl Oklahoma and traveled the nation, composing some of the best-known songs of his time and ours.

But to many in the state, his progressive political views did not fit with a strong conservative streak during the Cold War period, but his reputation is now closer to a full restoration as Tulsa prepares to host his archives.       

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