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  • Six-Shooter Swagger More phoney-baloney from the majority(Uberbarf alert OK)

    05/29/2012 2:34:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    urbantulsa.com ^ | 23 May, 2012 | ARNOLD HAMILTON
    Say what you will about the Oklahoma Legislature, but your elected officials are remarkably adept at one thing: offering solutions in search of problems. At a time when the state faces significant challenges, some lawmakers insist on ignoring the obvious and obsessing over the preposterous. You might call it the Straw Man approach to leadership. It's much harder, you see, to tackle real problems -- such as improving inner-city public schools or ensuring health care for 600,000 insurance-less Oklahomans -- than it is to offer faux solutions to ominous-sounding, but wholly contrived crises. Thankfully, cooler heads squelched the lawmakers' worst...
  • Gun group formed to help people get used to new open carry law(OK)

    05/24/2012 8:59:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    krmg.com ^ | 23 May, 2012 | April Hill
    It may take a while to get use to someone next to you in the grocery store with a visible gun. That’s why a newly-formed group is launching a public awareness campaign before the new open carry law begins on November 1st, 2012. Franklin Smith is a former police officer, veteran and one of the founders of the Oklahoma Open Carry Association. He says the people who openly carry are law-abiding citizens. Smith says, "The truth is that criminals just don't open carry their firearms." Hear Smith's entire interview. He says he knows because he was part of another start-up...
  • Obama loses more than 40 percent of Kentucky primary voters to ‘uncommitted’ option

    05/22/2012 7:02:56 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 05/22/12 | Aaron Blake
    President Obama lost more than 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Kentucky Democratic primary to the “uncommitted” option — the latest example of the incumbent president failing to win votes in an uncompetitive primary. With 99 percent of precincts reporting in the Bluegrass State, Obama led “uncommitted” just 58 percent to 42 percent. Obama trailed in more than 60 Kentucky counties. It was just the latest episode of the president taking less than 60 percent of the vote in a primary this year. He ceded 41 percent of the vote in West Virginia to an incarcerated man in Texas...
  • 8 people shot in Oklahoma City following NBA playoff series win

    05/22/2012 3:29:32 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 29 replies
    http://kdvr.com ^ | 5/22/2012 | http://kdvr.com
    Eight people were shot Monday night just blocks from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City as large crowds were leaving the playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, police said. Authorities were trying to determine what led to the shootings that occurred at about 11:35 p.m., said Capt. Dexter Nelson of the Oklahoma City Police Department. Of the victims, one was in critical condition and seven suffered less severe injuries, Nelson said. Also, a woman was injured when she was punched and kicked in the crowded streets, authorities said.
  • Many questions remain about open carry bill (OK)

    05/22/2012 5:02:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Can anyone seen openly and legally carrying a gun be stopped and asked to show their open-carry license? Who is or is not authorized to stop and question a person seen carrying a gun and ask to see the license? Does the open-carry bill make such provision? Many people will feel intimidated or made uncomfortable in the presence of openly carried weapons. I have an Oklahoma concealed weapon license and shall continue to carry a concealed gun unless a new law makes concealment unlawful. As a combat veteran, I learned that it's good military strategy to keep your enemy (including...
  • Enbridge starts historic flow on Seaway oil pipeline { First flow to Texas refiners from Cushing}

    05/21/2012 5:42:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | MAY 17, 2012 | DINA O'MEARA
    First oil will flow south to refiners in the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend on the Seaway pipeline, providing slight relief to bloated storage in the Midwest and to discounted Canadian crude. Enbridge Inc. and partner Enterprise Products Partners said Thursday the 150,000 barrel-per-day line reversal was complete, and oil from Cushing, Oklahoma would be arriving in Houston, Texas within two weeks. Markets responded to the news by shrinking the discount of West Texas Intermediate to Europe’s Brent by $2 to approximately $14 US per barrel on visions of slowly debottlenecking record amounts of oil at Cushing. The difference had...
  • Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Signs Open-Carry Gun Bill Into Law

    05/20/2012 2:34:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 May, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Fairfax, VA --(Ammoland.com)- NRA-News is a valued partner that continues to cover breaking gun rights news with a new and improved short video format in the “NRA News Minute” videos. To view the current firearms or gun rights news video, please click above: Cameron Gray and John Popp talk to Ashley Varner, NRA-ILA Oklahoma and Missouri State Liaison on the recent signing of a New Open Carry Law by the Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Read More on these topics: * Open Carry Becomes Law in Oklahoma * Open Carry is the Law in Michigan About: Established in 1871, the National...
  • Pipeline Flip Turns U.S. Oil World 'Upside Down'

    05/19/2012 1:51:53 PM PDT · by Theoria · 41 replies
    NPR ^ | 18 May 2012 | Jeff Brady
    The U.S. oil boom has created a glut of crude in Cushing, Okla., a major oil storage hub. This sign dubs the city the "Pipeline Crossroads of the World." For years, Cushing, Okla., has been on the receiving end of a 500-mile pipeline funneling oil from the Gulf of Mexico to the American heartland.Starting this weekend, that pipeline will start moving crude in the other direction. That flow reversal could soon have implications at gas pumps around the country."For 40 years, crude oil flowed north," says Philip Verleger, a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. "Today, oil...
  • How Oklahomans feel about new "Licensed Open Carry" gun law

    05/16/2012 4:42:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    kxii.com ^ | 15 May, 2012 | Kristen Shanahan
    BRYAN COUNTY, OK -- Come November, Oklahomans with a permit will be able to carry their guns out in the open in most places. Governor Mary Fallin signed the open carry measure into law Tuesday. The open carry law not only allows people to have their guns out in plain sight, but it also allows property owners without a permit to carry openly on their lawn for self defense. We talked to several people who all had strong and very different opinions about open carry. Raymond Coats has his concealed weapon's license and says he is excited about the new...
  • A brand-new Sarah Palin headache

    05/15/2012 12:35:35 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 48 replies
    Salon ^ | Tuesday May 15, 2012 | Steve Kornacki
    That’s when Palin came through with a surprise endorsement of the third candidate in the race, Deb Fischer, whose personal story is the most naturally appealing to the Tea Party crowd. The 61-year-old didn’t enter politics until 2004, when she won a seat in the state Senate, and on the campaign trail plays up her work as a rancher. She doesn’t ooze the same ambition as her opponents, and of the three candidates she’s the most likely to be immune to Potomac Fever. The Palin announcement offered a huge jolt of momentum to Fischer’s effort, and was followed a day...
  • Oklahoma senators approve open-carry gun bill

    05/12/2012 6:19:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 10 May, 2012 | Steve Olafson
    OKLAHOMA CITY, May 10 (Reuters) - A bill to allow Oklahomans with a concealed-carry permit to openly carry their handguns is headed to the governor, who is expected to sign the legislation that passed the state Senate on Thursday. The bill, approved by a 33-10 vote, would allow those with a concealed-carry handgun permit to openly carry their firearms in holsters from Nov. 1. Those without such permits could obtain a gun permit and openly carry a firearm if they meet legal criteria, pass a background check and undergo firearms training. Republican Governor Mary Fallin, a member of the National...
  • Gun carriers from other states welcome in Okla.

    05/12/2012 6:13:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    ktul.com ^ | 8 May, 2012 | AP
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gun-toting residents of other states will be allowed to carry concealed weapons in Oklahoma under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.
  • Elderly Tulsa Attack Victim, Bob Strait, Dies Friday

    05/05/2012 11:33:54 PM PDT · by Jay Santos CP · 38 replies
    newsonsix.com ^ | 05/04/12 | Brandi Ball
    TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa Police have confirmed to News On 6 that an elderly man, who with his wife was brutally beaten by intruders to his home in March, has died. Bob Strait, 90, was critically injured in the March 13 assault, which took place in the 3300 block of East Virgin Street. The couple were married 65 years before Nancy Strait, 85, died at a Tulsa hospital from wounds sustained in the beating.
  • 90-Year-Old Man Attacked in March Home Invasion Dies

    05/04/2012 10:45:39 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 60 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 05/04/12 | Zack Stoycoff
    A 90-year-old man who was attacked in his home in March along with his 85-year-old wife died Friday morning, Tulsa police said. Bob and Nancy Strait were attacked in the 3300 block of East Virgin Street late March 13 or early the next day, police said. Bob Strait died in Coweta about 11 a.m., Officer Jason Willingham said. The Medical Examiner's Office will determine whether the death is a result of the injuries he sustained in the attack, Willingham said. If so, Tyrone Dale David Woodfork, 20, who was arrested March 15 in the attack, will be charged with an...
  • Oklahoma says running out of death penalty drug

    05/02/2012 6:47:19 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 81 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 2, 2012 | By Steve Olafson
    Oklahoma, which executes more prisoners per capita than any other state, said on Wednesday it has only one remaining dose of pentobarbital, a key drug used to kill condemned prisoners. One reason the state is running out is because of a ban on the sale of drugs for such purposes by the European Union, which opposes the death penalty. Oklahoma has a single vial of pentobarbital left after the execution on Tuesday night of 57-year-old Michael B. Selsor, prison spokesman Jerry Massie said. Oklahoma is the first state to publicly admit it has nearly exhausted supplies of the drug but...
  • Oklahoma Executes Man Sentenced to Death Twice

    05/02/2012 2:09:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue May 1, 2012 | Steve Olafson
    A convicted Oklahoma killer who was spared execution once but asked for a new trial and was sentenced to death a second time was executed by lethal injection on Tuesday. Michael B. Selsor, 57, was the 18th person executed in the United States this year and the third person executed in Oklahoma in 2012. He was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m. local time (1106 GMT) at the state prison in McAlester, Oklahoma, a prison spokesman said. He was executed for killing convenience store clerk Clayton Chandler on September 22, 1975, during an armed robbery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • Okla. death row inmate executed in shooting death

    05/01/2012 10:08:27 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 5/1/12 | TIM TALLEY
    McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The clanging of prison bars coincided with a death row inmate's last breaths Tuesday night as was he executed for killing a Tulsa convenience store manager almost 37 years ago. Michael Bascum Selsor, 57, had already uttered his last words to his son and his sister at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. It was the end of more than three decades of legal proceedings, in which Selsor was twice convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die for the Sept. 15, 1975, shooting death of Clayton Chandler.
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court Strikes ‘Personhood’ Amendment

    05/01/2012 10:22:48 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 16 replies
    On Monday, the state’s highest court unanimously ruled that a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution, which would define a fertilized egg as a person, is unconstitutional, as it violates the 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld the constitutional right to have an abortion.
  • Oklahoma advances open carry, multiple gun bills

    04/27/2012 7:37:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    tulsaworld.com ^ | 27 April, 2012 | MICHAEL McNUTT
    Oklahomans with concealed handgun permits would be allowed to carry their weapons in the open if a bill that easily passed the House of Representatives becomes law. But members defeated an amendment Thursday that would have allowed for the open carry of handguns anywhere without a permit. Senate Bill 1733 would allow anyone with a license to carry a firearm under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act to carry the weapon either openly or concealed. It passed 85-3 and is headed for a conference committee. It also would allow a property owner to openly carry a handgun on his or her...
  • Police: OKC Woman Threatens To Blow Up OG&E Due To $14 Electricity Bill

    04/26/2012 9:07:29 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 48 replies
    news9.com/ ^ | April 26 2012 | By Michael Konopasek, News 9
    OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City woman is facing a felony charge after being accused of threatening to blow up OG&E. It all started with a look at the electric bill. Apparently, it was a bit too high for the customer. So, she picked up the phone, called OG&E and admits things got ugly. "I remember flipping out, but I don't really remember what was said," OG&E customer Deidra Reed said. Reed was enjoying her Tuesday afternoon until she learned she was charged with the felony of making a bomb threat. Earlier in April, police say Reed called OG&E and...
  • Lawyer, 74, Accused of Stealing From Orphans

    04/26/2012 8:00:46 PM PDT · by bkopto · 7 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | Apr 26, 2012 | David Lee
    OKLAHOMA CITY (CN) - Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a 74-year-old attorney with stealing more than $300,000 from four clients, who were orphaned when their parents died in a car crash. The 12-count grand jury indictment charges John Milton Merritt, of Oklahoma City, with bank fraud, using the forged signature of a federal judge and money laundering. Merritt appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Purcell early Wednesday and faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine if convicted. Merritt defrauded the Quail Creek Bank in Oklahoma City by fraudulently removing funds from his clients' bank...
  • A Nobody With No Audience Gets Noticed by Mitch McConnell

    04/26/2012 4:34:39 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | 4/26/2012 | Erick Erickson
    Yesterday on Laura IngrahamÂ’s radio show, she asked Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell about a recent Roll Call article that framed me as one of the loud leaders of conservatives opposed to Mitch McConnell. The Senator from Kentucky responded that he had never heard of me and I did not have an audience. That sounds a bit like the child, when asked if he ate the cookie, replying that he had not and besides it did not taste good. If heÂ’d never heard of me, how can he comment on my audience? If he states plainly I have no audience,...
  • Ex-girlfriend claims top NC Democrat infected her with HIV and offered her health insurance from DNC

    04/24/2012 6:28:26 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 43 replies
    dailymail ^ | 4 24 12
    A North Carolina Democrat faces serious sexual misconduct charges, and this time it isn't the state's former senator John Edwards. The ex-girlfriend of former state party executive Jay Parmley claims that he gave her HIV and his lawyers promised to put her on the Democratic National Committee's health insurance. Mr Parmley's ex Rebecca Burgin, 29, spoke out today saying that her 'biggest concern is for anybody else that had had a relationship with him that he did not tell'. Ms Burgin started dating Mr Parmley when she was 20 and he was her 32-year-old teacher at Oklahoma City Community College...
  • Voice of the Martyrs' Tom White's Death an Apparent Suicide Following Molestation Investigation

    04/24/2012 9:32:38 AM PDT · by robowombat · 73 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 4/20/2012 06:17PM | Jeremy Weber
    Voice of the Martyrs' Tom White's Death an Apparent Suicide Following Molestation Investigation Leader of prominent persecution ministry was being investigated by police on allegations of molesting a young girl. Jeremy Weber | posted 4/20/2012 06:17PM This week's death of a prominent persecution ministry leader is now being described as a possible suicide in the wake of a molestation investigation by local police. Tom White, executive director of The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), was found dead Wednesday morning in a warehouse at the ministry's headquarters in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, according to Tulsa CBS affiliate News on 6. Court records indicate...
  • Gun owners have a right to protect themselves in emergencies(OK)

    04/17/2012 8:12:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 17 April, 2012 | Raquel Okyay
    Earlier this month, innovative legislators in the state of Oklahoma voted unanimously to advance a proposed amendment that guarantees Second Amendment protections to law abiding citizens during a state of emergency declared by a state official or agency. Current state riot law is unclear as to how far law enforcement can go with respect to handling disasters, riots, or disorder. In fact, the Oklahoma Riot Control and Prevention Act provide for such wide latitude, that law enforcement, if they wanted to, could effectuate a military, take our guns away operation. Oklahoma Senate Bill 1760 makes it clear that provisions in...
  • Jesse Jackson comes to Tulsa with message of healing

    04/15/2012 3:25:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies
    tulsaworld.com ^ | 4/14/2012 | Bill Sherman
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Tulsa to help bring healing in the wake of the Good Friday shootings that left three people dead, he said Friday. "When you walk down the street and are shot in cold blood, there are some broken hearts in town," he said in an afternoon press conference on the steps of First Baptist Church North Tulsa. "Our mission is to heal the broken-hearted and set the captives free, and to do it now," he said. "This is my ministry. This is what Jesus would have me do - preach good news to the poor,...
  • Forecasters: Dangerous storms moving into Midwest

    04/14/2012 3:28:27 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 61 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 14, 2012 | AP
    Baseball-sized hail is tearing the siding off homes in northeast Nebraska, a tornado has touched down in Kansas and forecasters are warning residents across the nation's midsection to brace for "life threatening" storms. The National Weather Service says a rain-wrapped tornado touched down in southwest Kansas on Saturday afternoon, while at least three possible tornadoes were reported earlier in central Oklahoma. No injuries were immediately reported. But forecasters are expecting the most dangerous weather later in the day and are warning residents across the region of possible fast-moving tornadoes overnight. Officials say a large area spanning from Minnesota to Texas...
  • Tornado sirens sound in Oklahoma City amid warnings of 'life-threatening' storms

    04/14/2012 9:13:46 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 72 replies
    msnbc.com, Updated at 9:38 a.m. ET: OKLAHOMA CITY ^ | 4/14/12 | By The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff
    At least three possible tornadoes hit central Oklahoma early Saturday in a prelude to what forecasters warned could be a day of "life-threatening" storms in the nation's midsection. No injuries were immediately reported. Department of Emergency Management official Michelann Ooten said the possible tornadoes were reported west and north of Oklahoma City. One was spotted near Piedmont, a small town where a twister last May killed several people. The National Weather Service was working to confirm the reports. Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Brown told The Associated Press the storms were fairly weak but still damaged some homes. A tornado that...
  • Shooting of man hovering over 65-year-old Tulsa woman during burglary deemed justified

    04/13/2012 11:42:20 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 8 replies
    tulsaworld.com ^ | 4/5/2012 | JERRY WOFFORD
    The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office ruled Tuesday that the deadly force used by the Tulsa Police Department last month during a burglary was justified. Officer James Comstock shot Phillip Steven Doll, 25, after Doll was found hovering over a 65-year-old woman in her home and refused to obey officers' commands to back away, police said. "At the time (Comstock) used deadly force, he had a reasonable belief that that woman's life was in jeopardy," First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond said. Doll was shot about 8:15 p.m. March 20 in the residence of Eva Dell Jones in the 900...
  • Murder, hate crime charges in Tulsa shootings

    04/13/2012 11:18:08 AM PDT · by maggief · 22 replies
    AP ^ | April 13, 2012
    Oklahoma prosecutors filed murder and hate crime charges Friday against two men arrested in an Easter weekend shooting spree that left three people dead and terrorized Tulsa's black community. Jake England, 19, and his roommate, Alvin Watts, 33, each are charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of malicious harassment. The harassment counts allege the victims were targeted because of their race.
  • Legislation limits liability at ranges, clubs, shops(OK)

    04/13/2012 6:39:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    news-star.com ^ | 12 April, 2012 | Staff
    SHAWNEE, Okla. — Legislation signed by Gov. Mary Fallin would limit the liability of owners, employees and customers for injuries that take place on gun ranges, gun shops and gun clubs. Senate Bill 875, by state Sen. Anthony Sykes and state Rep. Dennis Johnson, would limit liability for injuries if the party in question acted in good faith. Liability would not be limited if the party involved acted intentionally, willfully or with wanton disregard for the safety of those injured. Sykes said the legislation helps bolster the Second Amendment rights of Oklahomans. “This measure will enhance our ability to exercise...
  • High Risk Of Severe Weather Saturday (Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa)

    04/13/2012 3:20:25 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 114 replies
    Wunderground.com ^ | 4/13/12 | Sean Tanner
    <p>The Storm Prediction Center has predicted a slight chance of severe weather for parts of Texas and Oklahoma this entire week, thus it should come as no surprise that the weekend holds the best chance of dangerous severe weather.</p> <p>The Storm Prediction Center has issued an upgraded, high chance of severe weather from central Oklahoma through eastern Kansas (see image below). In addition, there is a moderate risk of severe weather from western Texas through southern Iowa, and a slight risk in the greater area from central Texas through southern Wisconsin.</p>
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson asks for federal intervention in Tulsa shootings

    04/12/2012 10:41:49 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    tulsaworld.com ^ | 4/12/2012 | BILL SHERMAN
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson will be in town this weekend arguing that the federal government needs to get involved in Tulsa's Good Friday shooting spree that left three people dead. Jackson will meet with north Tulsa ministers and elected officials at noon Friday at First Baptist Church North Tulsa, and will hold a public rally at the church at 6 p.m. Saturday. He was invited to Tulsa by the State Legislative Black Caucus and local ministers. Jackson said in a conference phone call Wednesday afternoon that the Tulsa shootings were not an isolated crime, but part of a pattern of...
  • Two Open Carry Bills Moving Through Legislature(OK)

    04/11/2012 5:34:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    koco.com ^ | 11 April, 2012 | NA
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Right now, two open carry bills allowing people to openly carry firearms are moving through the state legislature. Click Like For Oklahoma News Updates: Lawmakers are debating them, but first they want to clarify the rules. Rep. Steve Martin says the open carry law was stopped in 1971. However, it could soon be back. "It is an open carry for people with a permit," said Martin. Martin spearheaded the idea with House bill 2522. Then a similar bill proposed in the Senate changed some language for specific rules. For instance if passed, this bill will not allow...
  • Committee votes to protect Second Amendment rights(OK)

    04/11/2012 9:24:34 AM PDT · by marktwain
    pryordailytimes.com ^ | 10 April, 2012 | NA
    OKLAHOMA CITY — Members of a state House committee have voted to increase the legal protection of citizens’ constitutional rights. Senate Bill 1760, by state Sen. Anthony Sykes and state Rep. T.W. Shannon, would specify that Oklahomans’ Second Amendment rights cannot be taken away during a declared state of emergency. “While government may assume greater police powers to preserve public safety during times of emergency, the government should never be allowed to strip citizens of their most basic constitutional rights,” said Shannon , R-Lawton. “This legislation simply makes clear that Oklahomans will continue to have the right to self-defense during...
  • Oklahoma, weighing 'personhood' law, may be next U.S. abortion flashpoint

    04/09/2012 4:57:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 9, 2012 | Terry Baynes
    (Reuters) - A proposed law in Oklahoma that would grant embryos full rights as people from the moment of conception may represent the next big challenge to the constitutional right to abortion in the United States. Oklahoma's Personhood Act passed the state Senate in February and is expected to be approved by the Republican-controlled House within weeks. The state's Republican governor, Mary Fallin, is an abortion opponent and is expected to sign the bill if it passes. If an embryo has full legal rights, abortion would represent murder. While the bill does not expressly prohibit abortion, abortion-rights advocates say there's...
  • 2 arrested in Tulsa shootings

    04/08/2012 10:09:44 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 4/8/12 | Susan Candiotti
    ulsa, Oklahoma (CNN) -- Authorities in Oklahoma arrested two people early Sunday in connection with a deadly spate of apparently random shootings in Tulsa that have had residents on edge. About 30 representatives from four law enforcement agencies -- the Tulsa police, Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI -- had been working around the clock looking for the person that authorities say killed three people and wounded two others in shooting attacks early Friday. The police identified the arrested men as Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32. They were taken into custody from a...
  • Facebook page of accused north Tulsa shooter paints chilling picture...

    04/08/2012 8:27:58 AM PDT · by KyGeezer · 39 replies
    KRMG (talk radio) ^ | April 8, 2012 | Joe Kelley
    Facebook page of accused north Tulsa shooter paints chilling picture of animosity towards blacks Accused man's father was believed shot and killed by a black man exactly 2 years earlier
  • Tulsa police reportedly make 2 arrests in North Tulsa shootings

    04/08/2012 3:57:09 AM PDT · by Nickname · 160 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 08, 2012 | n/a
    Tula, Okla. – Two arrests have been made in the North Tulsa shootings that left three African-American men dead, FOX23 reports. The Tulsa Police Department sent out a press release early Sunday stating that two males had been apprehended. "Within 24 hours of its formation, the task force "Operation Random Shooter" has completed its mission. At 1:47am, officers apprehended suspects of the North Tulsa shootings that occurred on Good Friday. Jake England, 19 year old white male, and Alvin Watts, 32 year old white male, have been arrested and will be charged with 3 counts of murder and 2 counts...
  • We support a right to bear arms, but you don’t have to show them off in plain sight(OK)

    04/07/2012 10:55:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    enidnews.com ^ | 5 April, 2012 | NA
    We fully support the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. However, the possible expansion of Oklahoma’s open carry laws for handguns is off target. What’s the status of the legislation? The House of Representatives recently approved a bill to allow anyone who has completed conceal and carry qualifications to be able to openly carry weapons. Then the bill was sent to the Senate, where an amendment that may eliminate the requirement for a conceal and carry license was added. However, state Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, believes a bill that allows only those with the conceal and carry license...
  • Tulsa's black community unnerved by shootings

    04/07/2012 5:47:15 PM PDT · by Justaham · 60 replies
    Residents of Tulsa's predominantly black north side said Saturday they are afraid a shooter is still roaming their neighborhoods looking for victims after five people were shot -- and three killed -- a day earlier. "We're all nervous," said Renaldo Works, 52, who was getting his hair cut at the crowded Charlie's Angels Forever Hair Style Shop on Saturday morning. "I've got a 15-year-old, and I'm not going to let him out late. People are scared. We need facts. "You don't want to be a prisoner in your own home," he said. Police are still waiting for the results of...
  • 3 dead, 2 wounded in Tulsa shooting spree

    04/07/2012 1:42:19 PM PDT · by Thunderballer · 61 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 7, 2012
    (CBS/AP) TULSA, Okla. - A spree of early-morning shootings within a one-mile span of north Tulsa in which three people were killed and two critically wounded has lead police to suspect the same attacker or attackers are behind them. All five of the victims were shot within an hour, and within a 1-mile radius of each other, police sources tell CBS News, and all five victims were out walking when they were shot. Police are speculating that the shootings were racially motivated because all of the victims are black; it is not believed the victims knew one another. Police won't...
  • NAACP calls emergency meeting in wake of north Tulsa shooting spree

    04/07/2012 8:25:07 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 122 replies
    krmg ^ | April 6, 2012 | Russell Mills
    TULSA — Several members of the Tulsa chapter of the NAACP gathered at a north Tulsa church Friday evening for an emergency meeting to discuss what police have characterized as a possible "shooting spree" that targeted five people early Friday morning. As news spread that the police are looking for a white man in connection with the shootings of five black people, people began saying they believe the shootings were racially motivated. KRMG spoke with Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson as the meeting continued in the 2200 block of N. Peoria Avenue. When asked if people in the community felt...
  • Bill increases Second Amendment protection

    04/05/2012 7:50:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    news-star.com ^ | 5 April, 2012 | Staff
    SHAWNEE, Okla. — Members of a state House committee have voted to increase the legal protection of citizens’ constitutional rights. Senate Bill 1760, by state Sen. Anthony Sykes and state Rep. T.W. Shannon, would specify that Oklahomans’ Second Amendment rights cannot be taken away during a declared state of emergency. “While government may assume greater police powers to preserve public safety during times of emergency, the government should never be allowed to strip citizens of their most basic constitutional rights,” said Shannon, R-Lawton. “This legislation simply makes clear that Oklahomans will continue to have the right to self-defense during emergency...
  • Where are Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, and Obama on this ?

    04/05/2012 4:03:09 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 34 replies
    Email from friend | April 5, 2012 | JERRY WOFFORD/ Pommer
    A week ago, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a black kid named Tyrone Woodfork severely beat an elderly couple, a Mr. & Mrs. Strait, who had been married for 65 years. Tyrone RAPED Mrs. Strait, and she died of injuries received at his hands. Mr. Strait served in the 101st Airborne during WWII. NO national media carried the story. Tyrone was arrested yesterday. I supposed that if Mr. Strait had shot Tyrone, the whole country would know about the story. As it is, only Mrs. Strait died, so it's not of interest to Brian Williams and the rest of the main stream...
  • Toddler found dead during Traffic stop, had been dead 8-10 hours

    04/03/2012 1:22:51 PM PDT · by H8tank · 23 replies
    Two women were arrested Monday in connection with the homicide of a toddler who was found unresponsive in a car during a traffic stop Sunday. An autopsy ruled Zamontay's cause of death a homicide resulting from blunt force trauma to the head, Tulsa Police Cpl. Greg Smith said Monday afternoon.
  • Students to carry empty holsters in protest(OK)

    04/03/2012 7:44:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    ocolly.com ^ | 2 April, 2012 | Sally Asher
    Students who support carrying concealed weapons on campus are going to show it in a nationwide protest. This week, members of Students for Concealed Carry will wear empty holsters to symbolize how defenseless students are against an attack on Oklahoma State University campus. The protest was organized by the national organization of Students for Concealed Carry, a group advocating concealed weapons on college campuses with slogans like “Disarming good guys won’t stop bad guys” and “Self-defense is a human right.” Joren Whitley, president of the OSU chapter of Students for Concealed Carry, said that the holster also signifies that the...
  • Casey Hauff: Teacher on 11 Charges in Sex-for-Grades Case

    04/03/2012 5:03:56 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies
    International Business Times ^ | April 3, 2012 | Jamie Lewis |
    A married history teacher has been arrested after he prompted girls to perform sex acts and send him lewd images in exchange for higher grades. Casey Hauff, 32, of Atoka, Oklahoma, faces 11 sexual abuse charges. Five alleged victims have come forward and authorities fear that there could be more. Hauff taught at Atoka High School until he resigned when the sexual abuse allegations were made. Police said the victims only came forward once a classmate told school authorities.
  • Right to Work Has Worked

    04/02/2012 8:50:16 AM PDT · by willowsdale
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | March 31 | Stan Greer
    A little more than nine years ago, the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a two-year-long campaign by labor union lawyers to get the state's right-to-work law invalidated. Chief Justice Joseph Watt rebuffed union lawyers: “[T]o hold the right to work amendment unconstitutional under the circumstances presented here would be to thwart the clearly expressed will of the people.” Oklahomans' primary aim in putting a right-to-work law on the books was to end a gross imbalance in public policy. Prior to passage of right to work, the law protected each Oklahoma employee's right to support a union, but at the same time...
  • Gun Advocates Debate Language Of Proposed Open-Carry Law(OK)

    04/02/2012 7:10:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    newson6.com ^ | 1 April, 2012 | Chris McKinnon
    OKLAHOMA CITY - A proposed Open Carry gun law making its way through the state legislature has sparked debate among supporters of the idea. Gun rights advocates agree there should be open carry, but they disagree over measures in the current bill. Oklahoma lawmakers are currently debating the law and legal experts are watching the developments closely. Professor Mike O'Shea says the main issue now is whether or not the law will require an open carry permit. "A permit-based bill, House Bill 2522 sponsored by Representative Martin had cleared the House of Representatives by an overwhelming margin," said O'Shea. But...