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  • SEE IT: Tulsa police shoot and kill knife-wielding man as he enters convenience store 

    06/10/2017 6:13:45 PM PDT · by blueplum · 49 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 10 June 2017 8:04pm | Megan Cerullo
    Protests erupted in Tulsa, Okla. Saturday following the police shooting of a knife-wielding man outside a convenience store. Two deputies and one police officer shot and killed 29-year-old Joshua Barre, who is black, on Friday morning after receiving multiple 911 calls saying he carried “two butcher knives” and threatened people, police said, local media reported. Barre’s mother, Etta Jones Barre, described her son as “mentally ill,” CNN affiliate KTUL reported
  • Oklahoma Governor Fallin Signs SB 35, Carry for People with Valid Military ID

    06/06/2017 7:32:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    ammoland ^ | 5 June, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On 17 May, 2017, SB 35, the recognition of military, guard and reserve members to carry concealed weapons based on a military, reserve, or national guard valid I.D. card, was signed into law by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.SB 35 was popular in the legislature. It passed the Senate on 15 March, 2017, 40-2.  It was amended on 11 April in the House. It passed the House  on 19 April, 2017, 85 – 0.The amended version then passed the Senate unanimously, 46-0. It was signed by Governor Fallin on 17 May, 2017.Many states accept military service as meeting the requirement for...
  • Scott Pruitt, outspoken and forceful, moves to the center of power within the Trump administration

    06/03/2017 1:02:50 AM PDT · by blueplum · 13 replies
    WaPo ^ | 02 June 2017 5:05pm | Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis
    Since February, the EPA has announced some two dozen major regulatory actions on climate, water pollution, pesticide use and other areas. Trump’s executive orders calling for the elimination of Obama’s Clean Power Plan and of a rule protecting small and intermittent waterways rank as the highest-profile moves. “Administrator Pruitt is implementing President Trump’s executive orders to protect the environment, save manufacturing jobs and promote American energy independence,” spokeswoman Liz Bowman said. The EPA is revisiting tighter fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks as well as standards that would cut emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from existing...
  • Former Sen. Coburn pushes for Article V Convention to limit federal power

    05/23/2017 8:11:24 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 23, 2017 | Sally Persons
    Former Sen. Tom Coburn reiterated his calls for an Article V Convention to rein in the federal government. Mr. Coburn first proposed the Article V convention idea when he was still in the Senate, but the idea has started to get traction with 12 states signing on to be part of it. The proposal aims to re-balance the branches of government and the federal and state governments as well. An Article V Convention can be invoked when two-thirds of state legislatures call to change the Constitution.
  • Lawmakers Distancing Themselves From Plan to Deport Students (Oklahoma)

    05/12/2017 6:35:55 PM PDT · by blackbetty59 · 4 replies (Tulsa) ^ | May 12, 2017 | Aaron Brilbeck
    OKLAHOMA CITY - A group of conservative Oklahoma legislators is catching heat over comments made exclusively to News 9 about their budget proposal. Friday, students sat in legislators chairs, tackling some of the same issues lawmakers deal with. One thing on their minds is a proposal to identify students here illegally and report them to authorities. “I grew up with people that had illegal parents and that weren’t here legally. And they’re doing so much with their lives now because they’ve had this opportunity,” said student Bailey Rodriguez. “So knowing the fact they could not have this opportunity and be...
  • One GOP lawmaker’s plan to save money: Turning non-English-speaking kids over to ICE

    05/12/2017 4:27:54 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    MSN Washington Post ^ | May 11, 2017
    Republican Rep. Mike Ritze told CBS affiliate KWTV that he has another proposal in mind: rounding up the state’s 82,000 non-English-speaking students and handing them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “Identify them and then turn them over to ICE to see if they truly are citizens, and do we really have to educate noncitizens?” Ritze asked.
  • Shulkin Mulls Closing 1,100 'Underutilized' VA Facilities

    05/04/2017 5:12:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    KWTV-TV ^ | May 4, 2017 | The Associated Press
    Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says his department is seeking to close perhaps more than 1,100 VA facilities nationwide as it develops plans to allow more veterans to receive medical care in the private sector. At a House hearing Wednesday, Shulkin said the VA had identified more than 430 vacant buildings and 735 that he described as underutilized, costing the federal government $25 million a year. He said the VA would work with Congress in prioritizing buildings for closure and was considering whether to follow a process the Pentagon had used in recent decades to decide which of its underused...
  • Transportation officials suspend work on several Oklahoma highway projects

    05/02/2017 7:15:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | May 2, 2017 | Randy Ellis
    Citing state budgeting uncertainties, Oklahoma transportation officials announced Monday that they have suspended construction on about a dozen highway projects, including the next phase of the I-240/I-35 interchange project in south Oklahoma City. "That's going to give us a black eye," Oklahoma Transportation Commission Chairman J. David Burrage said, describing the situation as "bad." Burrage made his remark after another commissioner noted that many contractors already have bought materials for projects that are being suspended. Companies that suffer financial losses because of work suspensions likely will file claims with the agency, officials said. The dozen or so suspended contracts may...
  • Trump appoints Gov. Mary Fallin as Council of Governors co-chair

    Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday announced that President Donald Trump appointed her as co-chair of the Council of Governors. Ten governors, appointed by the president, serve on the bipartisan council with a focus on collaboration between federal and state governments on issues related to the National Guard, homeland security and disaster response. “It is an honor to have been named co-chair of the Council of Governors by President Trump,” Fallin said in a statement. “As a previous chair of the National Governors Association, I look forward to continuing my excellent working relationships with the other governors to provide suggestions and...
  • Proposed budget cuts could interrupt Oklahoma's highway projects

    05/01/2017 11:56:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | April 29, 2017 | Randy Ellis
    State transportation officials may be forced to suspend construction on some partially completed highway projects if the Legislature follows through with a proposal to cut its off-the-top funding from income tax revenues to $320 million, says Mike Patterson, executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The transportation department was scheduled to receive $571 million in off-the-top funding from income tax revenues next fiscal year, but a joint legislative committee passed a revenue measure Thursday evening that calls for reducing that amount to $320 million. Patterson said such a drastic cut would force his department to suspend several construction projects...
  • Surveillance Footage Of Shooting At Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show

    04/20/2017 4:25:03 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    News On 6 ^ | 4-6-17 | Dylan Goforth
    Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Justin Green said that although an investigative report was taken following Saturday’s accidental shooting at the Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show, no criminal charges would be pursued against the shooter. Green said the man who was shot, former TCSO Sgt. Rick Treadwell, had told investigators he did not want charges to be filed. Treadwell identified the shooter as Brian Pounds, a Tulsa County Assessor’s Office employee. Pounds, a former candidate for Tulsa County commissioner, served as a reserve deputy under former Sheriff Stanley Glanz.
  • Keri Young gave birth to her daughter so the baby's organs could be harvested

    04/20/2017 1:26:29 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 71 replies
    sfgate ^ | April 19,2017 | Darla Guillen
    Royce and Keri Young are greeting and saying farewell to their daughter, Eva, who was born Tuesday with the sole purpose of giving life to others. Keri Young knew during her pregnancy that her daughter would be born with anencephaly, a birth defect that prevents the proper formation of the brain. They were told that because of this, the baby would likely not survive for long. In a selfless act of courage, she asked if the newborn's organs could be harvested. When she learned this was possible, she decided she would carry the baby to full term. *** "Will people...
  • Rep. Markwayne Mullin Calls 'Bullcrap' at Town Hall:'This Is a Service. No One Here Pays Me to Go'

    04/19/2017 2:22:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | Apr 13, 2017 | Randy Krehbiel
    Second District Congressman Markwayne Mullin meant he and his businesses have paid more in federal income taxes than he’s received in congressional salary when he told an audience in Jay it is “bullcrap” that “you pay for me to do this,” a spokeswoman for Mullin said Tuesday. Mullin owns several companies under the Mullin Plumbing umbrella. “The congressman is referencing the federal taxes that he and his businesses have paid to the government over the years, prior to his being in office,” said Amy Lawrence. “Like all business owners, Congressman Mullin pays his taxes, which contribute to congressional salaries.” In...
  • Rep. Markwayne Mullin to constituents: Saying you pay my salary is ‘bullcrap’

    04/13/2017 11:42:17 AM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 57 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/13/17 | Jessica Chasmar
    Rep. Markwayne Mullin is facing backlash for telling constituents during an Oklahoma town hall Tuesday that the idea they pay his salary is “bullcrap.” The Oklahoma Republican told the crowd in Jay that he “paid enough taxes” as the owner of multiple businesses in order to pay his own salary. “You said you pay for me to do this. Bullcrap. I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got there and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go,” Mr. Mullin said in a video...
  • 'Unlearning' workshops at OU raise 'brainwashing' concerns

    04/07/2017 11:21:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | April 7, 2017 | Amber Athey
    The University of Oklahoma is defending its decision to offer students in greek life a series of “unlearning” workshops on topics such as racism, sexism, ableism, and classism. OU Student Affairs, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Center for Social Justice are jointly sponsoring "Unlearning: Workshops for the Greek Community," the first of which is scheduled to take place Friday, with seven additional sessions throughout April, according to OU Daily.
  • No Charges Against Man Who Killed Three Criminals with AR-15 to Defend Home

    04/04/2017 6:38:29 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 42 replies
    Newsline ^ | April 4, 2017 | Denny Ruelos
    No charges will be filed against Zachary Peters, the man who shot and killed three teenaged criminals who broke into his home, an Oklahoma prosecutor declared Monday. However, the woman who acted as getaway driver for the home intruders will be charged with first-degree murder. Investigators say that the 23-year-old Peters was alone in his house near Broken Arrow in Tulsa on March 27, when he used an AR-15 rifle to shoot Jakob Woodruff, Jacob Redfearn, and Maxwell Cook. Jack Thorp, Wagoner County Assistant District Attorney told the Associated Press (AP):”It is the opinion of this office that Zachary Peters...
  • Oklahoma Man Who Gunned Down 3 Intruders Won’t Face Charges

    04/04/2017 7:12:38 AM PDT · by kevcol · 25 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 4, 2017 | Amber Randall
    The Oklahoma man who fatally shot three teenage intruders won’t face charges, authorities announced Monday. Zachary Peters, 23, defended his family’s home with an AR-15 after three teenager broke into the house to try and rob it last week, reports the Associated Press. The Wagoner County assistant district attorney announced that Peters acted lawfully, after authorities conducted an investigation into the shooting.
  • Family Of Dead Burglar Complains About Homeowner’s Son Using AR-15

    04/02/2017 3:17:16 PM PDT · by Mr.Unique · 187 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/02/2017 | Amber Randall
    The grandfather of a dead teenage robber criticized an Oklahoma man for using an AR-15 to defend himself against the group of burglars Friday. Leroy Schumacher, the grandfather, said there was no reason his grandson had to die over the attempted robbery, reports KTUL. “What these three boys did was stupid,” Schumacher told KTUL. “They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die.” Jacob Redfearn, his grandson, and two other teens, Maxwell Cook and Jake Woodruff , were fatally shot by Zach Peters when they tried to break into Peters’ home on March 27....
  • Acclaimed Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko dies in Oklahoma

    04/01/2017 12:42:56 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | April 1, 2017 | Ken Miller
    Acclaimed Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, whose work focused on war atrocities and denounced anti-Semitism and tyrannical dictators, has died. He was 84... Yevtushenko gained notoriety in the former Soviet Union while in his 20s, with poetry denouncing Josef Stalin. He gained international acclaim as a young revolutionary with "Babi Yar," the unflinching 1961 poem that told of the slaughter of nearly 34,000 Jews by the Nazis and denounced the anti-Semitism that had spread throughout the Soviet Union... Until "Babi Yar" was published, the history of the massacre was shrouded in the fog of the Cold War...
  • On the run: New images show fugitive teacher, 50, and abducted student, 15, with dyed hair at a

    03/31/2017 2:43:55 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 37 replies ^ | 3/31/17 | Chris Spargo
    Full title......................On the run: New images show fugitive teacher, 50, and abducted student, 15, with dyed hair at a Walmart 700 miles from home days after kidnapping as his wife files for divorce ............ Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas were spotted at a Walmart in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 15 The pair were captured on a security camera at the retail store, which is located 700 miles from Thomas' home in Culleoka, Tennessee Cummins, 50, and Thomas, 15, have both dyed their hair since they disappeared, with the teacher going from brown to black and the student now a...