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  • Gilcrease Expressway extension cost, toll rate to be higher than initially expected

    10/10/2018 11:15:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | June 29, 2018 | Kevin Canfield
    The cost to construct the five-mile extension of the Gilcrease Expressway and the toll charged to motorists using it will be higher than initially reported, the executive director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority said Thursday.Tim Gatz told a group of local officials gathered in Tulsa for an update on the project that the roadway is now estimated to cost approximately $330 million to $340 million, or about 10 percent more than originally thought.Late last year, Gatz told the same working group that motorists driving private vehicles could expect to pay a toll of $1 to $1.50. The toll is now...
  • Turner Turnpike expansion project west of Tulsa is months ahead of schedule

    10/10/2018 8:21:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | September 13, 2018 | Michael Dekker
    Expansion of the Turner Turnpike between Sapulpa and Bristow is anticipated to be done by early next summer — months ahead of the initially announced estimated completion date.“This is a long-term project, and we ask the public for their patience because the end results are going to be tremendous,” said Oklahoma Turnpike Authority spokesman Jack Damrill.“We should have whatever is currently under construction substantially complete by summer,” he said. “Unless we have a terrible winter, we should have all six lanes open summer of 2019.”He said the project has been progressing “very nicely.” The 22-mile, $300 million project involves expanding...
  • Tulsa Mayor Calls For Investigation Into Possible Mass Graves From Race Riot

    10/03/2018 7:47:35 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 15 replies
    News On 6, KDTV ^ | October 2nd 2018 | None listed
    TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum is calling for an investigation into possible unmarked mass graves from the Tulsa Race Riot. Mayor Bynum says that he and Jack Henderson worked to find more information when they both served on the city council, but the city never took any further steps.
  • ***Live Updates*** Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma Hold Key Primaries (Mike Pence?)

    08/28/2018 8:06:23 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 97 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 29, 2018
    Big night for @MarthaMcSally in Arizona! Martha served our nation with distinction in the @usairforce & she will be a great addition to the US Senate helping enact the @realDonaldTrump agenda. Get out and support Martha in November! — Mike Pence (@mike_pence) August 29, 2018
  • Oklahoma School Shuts Down for 2 Days After Parents Threaten Transgender 7th Grader on Facebook

    08/15/2018 6:38:44 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 25 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 08/14/18 | Gina Martinez
    A school district in southern Oklahoma was forced to shut down for two days after parents used a Facebook group to threaten violence against a transgender seventh-grade student. Superintendent Rick Beene closed Achille Public Schools on Monday and Tuesday after parents posted claims on a Facebook group “Achille ISD Parents Group” that the student, who identifies as a girl, was looking over the stalls in the girls’ bathroom. “Heads up parents of 5th through 7th grade,” parent Jamie Crenshaw said in a now-deleted post. “The transgender is already using the girls bathroom. We have been told how the school has...
  • Male salon owner punches black mother in the face after her child shoplifts a keychain

    08/13/2018 5:50:11 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 62 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | August 13, 2018 | Elise Solé
    The viral recording, which surfaced Monday, shows a man identified by police as Changseok Jun, owner of Jun’s Beauty Supply in Tulsa, Okla., punching the woman outside the store Sunday after her child pocketed a small item as the family was walking out the door.~~~“Mr. Jun followed the victim outside to confront her, and she threw the item back inside the store, then pushed him in his upper torso as she was leaving,” says Tuell. “Mr. Jun then punched the woman in the right side of her mouth with his closed fist.” Jun was charged with assault and battery, a...
  • Kate Mazzochetti, QAnon Follower, Says She Foiled Trump Assassination

    08/03/2018 11:29:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 115 replies
    Heavy ^ | 08/03/18 | Paul Farrell
    Kate Mazzochetti is the self-identified QAnon follower who says she foiled an assassination attempt against Donald Trump in Pennsylvania. On the day of President Trump’s rally in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, Mazzochetti wrote on Twitter, “Well @Potus – Our paths cross at the Rally today This ‘Mystery Woman’ would really like to hug OUR FAVORITE PRESIDENT I’m sure @SecretService would have stopped this guy too but I’m glad I got him off the streets before you arrived 😗.” Accompanying the tweet is a photo of a newspaper article detailing the arrest of Jeffrey Boyd of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Heavy.com has reached out...
  • Delf A. "Jelly" Brice Was Possibly the Fastest Gunfighter Ever

    08/01/2018 7:42:53 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 19 replies
    Police One ^ | 4 September 2012 | Lt. Dan Marcou
    Law enforcement legend survived 19 gunfights and trained an entire generation to survive their ownDelf A. “Jelly” Bryce — often described as “the perfect shot” — was said to have teethed on his father’s loaded gun. When asked about the veracity of the story, his sister said that the tale was preposterous, claiming with a wry smile their father always unloaded the pistol before he let the infant “have at it.” During his 32-year career as an officer of the law, Bryce became an indomitable law enforcement gunfighter, as he battled through “The Gangster Era.” He accomplished this by: •...
  • Teachers and Coaches Should Quit NEA in Wake of Kaepernick Award

    07/22/2018 12:24:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2018 | Carl Horowitz
    The National Education Association thinks Colin Kaepernick is an ideal role model. Many members, however, may take their loyalty elsewhere. And frankly, they should. On July 1, the NEA honored Kaepernick, along with several other persons and organizations, with a “Human and Civil Rights” award in recognition of the former pro-football star’s campaign “to fight racial oppression through education and social justice activism.” The born-again political revolutionary, who these last couple years has been peddling the idea that police are conducting a nationwide pogrom against innocent blacks, accepted the honor with predictable melodrama. “To me, this is bigger than football...
  • Claudia Griffith, state representative and state senate candidate, dies By Adam Troxtell |

    07/14/2018 5:33:01 PM PDT · by oxcart · 16 replies
    The Norman Transcript ^ | 7/14/2018 | By Adam Troxtell
    Claudia Griffith, a local state representative since 2014 and candidate for a state senate seat, has died at 67. The Cleveland County Democratic Party confirmed her death on Saturday. Krystal Golding-Ross, party chair, described Griffith as a leader, mentor and important figure in the community. "We're completely stunned and heartbroken," Golding-Ross said. "Representative Griffith has been extremely important in the community and she's done incredible things in our state. She has continually been about building the community." Griffith was a registered nurse and received her Masters degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma. She was the executive director...
  • ‘In all reality, there were three shooters.’ Oklahomans kill an active shooter

    07/14/2018 2:42:48 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 45 replies
    WaPo via MSN ^ | 7/13/18 | Frances Selllers, et al
    Juan Carlos Nazario was sitting on a lakeside bench waiting to play soccer when he heard the staccato popping of gunshots outside Louie’s On the Lake, a popular waterfront grill and pub. He ran to his car to get his gun and moved toward the sounds. Bryan Whittle was driving with his wife, heading off for a Memorial Day weekend getaway, when he saw a commotion outside Louie’s. He thought someone might be drowning, so instead of turning his truck onto the highway, he barreled into the parking lot to offer help. As he jumped out, what he learned stunned...
  • Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs

    07/12/2018 12:17:43 AM PDT · by granada · 24 replies
    the Hill ^ | 11/07/18 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    The Senate on Wednesday took a symbolic shot at President Trump’s trade policy amid anxiety on Capitol Hill over his tariff strategy. Senators voted 88-11 to instruct lawmakers hashing out a deal on a government funding bill to include language “providing a role for Congress” on tariffs implemented for national security reasons, known as Section 232 of the trade laws. The vote is nonbinding, meaning lawmakers don’t have to add trade language into the funding bill. But the vote margin, with more senators supporting it than the amount needed to override a veto, underscores the depth of concern on Capitol...
  • Tim Harris, Kevin Hern headed to 1st Congressional District runoff (Oklahoma)

    06/27/2018 2:29:41 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 5 replies
    KPVI.com ^ | June 26, 2018 | Randy Kriebiel
    “Kevin Hern and Andy Coleman may have gotten all of the attention in the 1st Congressional District Republican primary campaign the past two weeks, but former Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris wound up with the votes Tuesday night. With a handful of precincts still out, Harris held a 5,000-vote lead on Hern, with Coleman missing the Aug. 28 runoff by fewer than 1,000 votes....”
  • Oklahoma voters approve medical marijuana despite opposition

    06/26/2018 7:56:28 PM PDT · by Mariner · 43 replies
    The Virginian - Pilot ^ | June 26th, 2018 | By SEAN MURPHY
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters on Tuesday backed the medicinal use of marijuana, overcoming a late opposition campaign from law enforcement and business, faith and political leaders. State Question 788 , the result of an activist-led signature drive launched more than two years ago, makes it legal to grow, sell and use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The proposed law outlines no qualifying conditions, which would allow physicians to authorize its use for a broad range of ailments — a fact that sparked bitter opposition, particularly from law enforcement. Under the proposed law, a two-year medical marijuana license would allow...
  • Oklahoma Democrat caught removing congressional opponent's campaign signs ahead of primary

    06/26/2018 12:05:35 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 26, 2018 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    An Oklahoma congressional candidate has apologized after he was caught taking his opponent’s campaign signs from a street corner -- just before the state’s primary election. Tom Guild, who bills himself as a progressive Democrat vying for Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district seat, was accused in a Facebook post of taking the signs of Kendra Horn, also a Democratic candidate. The Facebook post, which has been shared more than 100 times, included photos of Guild allegedly caught in the act. “Sometimes in the heat and rush of the campaign, mistakes are made,” Guild said in a statement to The Oklahoman. “On reflection, removing some...
  • Oklahoma conservatives’ views on medical marijuana evolving

    06/23/2018 8:13:18 PM PDT · by Mariner · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 22nd, 2018 | By SEAN MURPHY
    LINDSAY, Okla. (AP) — Danny Daniels, an evangelical Christian in the rural Oklahoma town of Lindsay, is reliably conservative on just about every political issue. The 45-year-old church pastor is anti-abortion, voted for President Donald Trump and is a member of the National Rifle Association who owns an AR-15 rifle. He also came of age during the 1980s and believed in the anti-drug mantra that labeled marijuana as a dangerous gateway drug. But his view on marijuana changed as his pastoral work extended into hospice care and he saw patients at the end of their lives benefiting from the use...
  • Security guard takes down knife-wielding man with nunchucks: cops

    06/15/2018 11:43:34 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6-15-2018
    An Oklahoma City security guard used nunchucks to take down a man who was armed with two steak knives last week, police said. Oklahoma City police were called to a report of a disturbance at an apartment complex on June 8 and when officers arrived they discovered that a security guard was holding Jerome Thompson, 31, on the ground, according to FOX OKC. The man had been staying with residents at the complex and was having drug issues, according to OKC FOX. The guard told police that he noticed Thompson was coming at him with the knives while he was...
  • California bans state-funded travel to Oklahoma over its anti-LGBT adoption law

    06/04/2018 10:42:21 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 2, 2018 | LUIS SANCHEZ
    California on Friday announced a ban on state-funded and state-sponsored travel to Oklahoma in response to the state's controversial LGBTQ adoption bill, USA Today reported. "California taxpayers are taking a stand against bigotry and in support of those who would be harmed by this prejudiced policy," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Friday. Under a 2017 California law, the state's attorney general is required to keep a list of all states subject to a travel ban because of “laws that authorize or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression,” Becerra said in a statement...
  • California Bans Travel to 9th State, This Time Over Adoption Law Protecting Faith-Based Agencies

    06/02/2018 8:07:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/01/2018 | Anugrah Kumar
    California's attorney general announced Friday that he's imposing a ban on state-funded travel to Oklahoma in response to a new law that allows faith-based adoption agencies to deny placement services to same-sex parents. Eight other states have earlier been brought under California's so-called anti-discrimination travel ban."California will not use state resources to support states that pass discriminatory laws," Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times. "California taxpayers are taking a stand against bigotry and in support of those who would be harmed by this prejudiced policy."The ban will take effect on June 22.California prohibits state-funded travel...
  • California adds eighth state — Oklahoma — to its travel ban list

    06/01/2018 7:25:34 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 67 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 1, 2018 | Steve Rubenstein
    California-funded travel to the state of Oklahoma has been banned, starting June 22, because of a new Oklahoma law that allows adoption agencies to deny placement services to same-sex parents, state officials announced on Friday.