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  • Survey: Oklahoma teacher vacancies remain, despite pay hikes

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A new survey shows Oklahoma schools continue to struggle filling classroom positions after the largest teacher pay raise in state history. The Oklahoma State School Boards Association survey released Monday said another academic year will start with nearly 500 teacher vacancies statewide. Many districts already rely heavily on emergency certified and part-time teachers. More than half of superintendents surveyed said teacher hiring is worse this year than last. School Boards Association Executive Director Shawn Hime said a […]

  • Teacher candidacies surge in wake of spring walkouts

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Many of the teachers who converged this past spring on their state capitols in protest are hoping to return soon – this time as lawmakers. Hundreds of teachers are running for office in November elections. They said they want to be at the table when legislatures make decisions about public education spending and teacher wages, issues that were at the root of walkouts in states including Oklahoma, Arizona and Kentucky. Union counts put the number of educators nationwide […]

  • AP source: Aretha Franklin is seriously ill

    NEW YORK -Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told The Associated Press on Monday that Franklin is seriously ill. No more details were provided. However, TMZ reports that Franklin’s health was failing because she has been battling cancer. The Queen of Soul canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered […]

  • Teen arrested in connection with death of Oklahoma cyclist

    TULSA, Okla. – Police in Tulsa said a teenager has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a cyclist. Tulsa Police Department Sgt. Dave Walker said the 17-year-old suspect was arrested on Friday after investigators served a search warrant at the suspects’ family’s home. The teen is suspected in the death of 37-year-old Roy Cobb on Wednesday night. Walker said Cobb occasionally stayed with the teen’s family and there were allegations Cobb had abused the teen’s mother. Walker […]

  • Arkansas architect’s team wins NASA project to build on Mars

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A northwest Arkansas architect is part of a team that has won a NASA competition to build homes on Mars. Trey Lane of Rogers and two teammates placed first among 19 teams from around the world and receive $20,957 from the total prize amount of $100,000. Lane told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that it’s “amazing to think” a project he’s part of could make exploration of Mars possible. The project includes using a robot equipped with a […]

  • Oklahoma woman wanted on murder charge arrested in Arkansas

    TULSA, Okla. – Police say an Oklahoma woman wanted in connection with a fatal stabbing in Tulsa nearly a year ago has been arrested in central Arkansas. Tulsa police Sgt. Dave Walker says 42-year-old Beverly Nichols is in the Pulaski County jail in Little Rock pending extradition back to Oklahoma. Jail records show Nichols was arrested Tuesday and that extradition has been approved. Walker said Nichols is expected to be brought to Tulsa during the coming week. Nichols is charged […]

  • Report: Plane climbed slowly before fatal Oklahoma crash

    PONCA CITY, Okla. – The National Transportation Board says a small airplane that crashed in northern Oklahoma, killing four members of a Kansas family and a family friend, was seen climbing slowly before it went down in a soybean field. The brief report dated Thursday says a witness saw the Extra EA-400 aircraft take off Aug. 4 from the airport in Ponca City, about 90 miles north of Oklahoma City, but said it was slow to climb. “Just a few […]

  • Tulsa police say man was fatally shot after entering motel room

    TULSA, Okla. – Police say a man was fatally shot after walking uninvited into another man’s motel room. Sgt. Dave Walker says police were called to the Super 8 Motel in southeast Tulsa about 7:45 p.m. Thursday after a man said he had shot the victim, who was found dead inside the room. No names have been released. Walker says the dead man had apparently locked himself out of his room and security video shows he was knocking on random […]

  • Prosecutors seeking death penalty for man accused of stomping Oklahoma woman to death

    NORMAN, Okla. –  An Oklahoma prosecutor has filed court documents saying he will seek the death penalty for a Texas man in the stomping death of an acquaintance. In April, Norman police were called to an apartment complex near the University of Oklahoma following a medical call. “Norman police were called to a report of a body or a deceased female in the 2800 block of Dewey Avenue,” said Sarah Jensen, with the Norman Police Department. When they arrived, they […]

  • New nitrogen execution protocol unfinished in Oklahoma

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma hasn’t finished creating a new execution protocol involving nitrogen gas and it’s unclear when executions will resume. Executions were placed on hold after a pair of botched executions took place several years ago. In 2014, the State of Oklahoma executed Clayton Lockett for killing 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman in 1999. The resulting 43-minute procedure featured a never-before-used combination of execution drugs and went awry as Lockett awoke from his unconscious state, and began twitching and convulsing on the table. […]

  • Teen convicted of murdering five family members sentenced to life with parole

    TULSA, Okla. – A 19-year-old Oklahoma man convicted of stabbing his parents and three of his siblings to death has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. On July 22, 2015, authorities arrested Michael Bever, then 16, and his brother Robert Bever for the murder of five people. Authorities discovered the bodies of 52-year-old David Bever, 44-year-old April Bever, a 5-year-old girl, a 7-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy inside the family’s home. A 13-year-old girl, who was […]