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4:53 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

New Tulsa Brewery Closer to Reality After Rezoning

Glenn Hall's Renaissance Brewing Co. will be at the northeast corner of Lewis Avenue and 12th Street if the city council approves recommendations from the planning commission.
Matt Trotter KWGS

What would be Tulsa’s third brewery takes a step toward reality.

Glenn Hall plans to open Renaissance Brewing at 12th Street and Lewis Avenue, but the area is zoned commercial and breweries are restricted to industrial. The planning commission had to recommend rezoning the area and a planned unit development specifically for the brewery. Hall says the next hurdle is the city council.

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1:37 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Hearing Reset in Tulsa Festival Shootings Case

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An arraignment has been rescheduled for two men accused of shooting five people last year at a Hmong New Year's festival in Tulsa.

Court records indicate that Boonmlee Lee and Meng Lee will now be arraigned April 28 in district court.

Each has pleaded not guilty to shooting with intent to kill and weapons charges.

Prosecutors think one victim was likely targeted at the Oct. 12 festival because he mediated a dispute involving the suspects' family that was not resolved in their favor.

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1:36 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Michele Bachmann to Give Commencement Speech at ORU

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Republican Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann is set to give the commencement address at this spring's graduation ceremony at Oral Roberts University.

Bachmann is a graduate of the evangelical school and is slated to speak to its 700 graduates May 3 in Tulsa.

Bachmann has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2006 and says she won't be running for re-election this year. She ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

The commencement ceremony will be held at the Mabee Center.

Local & Regional
11:55 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Church Settles Lawsuit from Tulsa Boxer's Death

Bill Scheer, pastor of Guts Church
Credit Guts Church

A civil lawsuit has been settled concerning a Tulsa man who died after a boxing match held in a church.

The lawsuit was filed by the family of George Clinkscale III, seeking damages of more than $75,000 and punitive damages, and alleging negligence by Guts Church.

The 24 year old former University of Tulsa linebacker died shortly after the boxing event, which took place in September 2011.

According to an autopsy, “sudden exertional death” resulting from complications from sickle cell trait caused Clinkscale’s death.

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11:37 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Self-funded Legislator Leads Fundraising

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 27-year-old first-term state representative from Oklahoma City who put $500,000 of his own money into his campaign has amassed the biggest war chest in the race to replace Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the 5th Congressional District.

Federal campaign finance documents provided by Republican state Rep. Mike Turner's campaign show he spent about $170,000 during the reporting cycle that ended March 31. Most of that was spent on a television ad buy in the Oklahoma City market.

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11:28 am
Wed April 16, 2014

US Senate Candidates Set for Panel Talk

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three of the top Republican contenders for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn are expected to tout their conservative credentials at a town hall-style forum.

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8:40 am
Wed April 16, 2014

March Oklahoma Revenue Misses Mark by 9.1 Percent

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's finance secretary says collections by the general revenue fund fell 9.1 percent below the official estimate in March.

Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger said Tuesday the state experienced another month of unusually low corporate income tax revenue. Doerflinger says that the decline followed a major increase in tax credit claims.

March collections totaled $413 million, which is $41 million, or 9.1 percent, below the official revenue estimate upon which the fiscal year's state budget is based.

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8:36 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Oklahoma AG Files Anti-Discrimination Lawsuit

Miami is in Ottawa County
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general has filed an anti-discrimination lawsuit against a Miami restaurant and its owner over allegations of sexual harassment of employees.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Ottawa County District Court is the first legal action filed by the newly formed Office of Civil Rights Enforcement in Attorney General Scott Pruitt's Office.

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8:29 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Oklahoma Senate Leader Re-elected To Third Term

Brian Bingman
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman has been re-elected to a historic third term as the Senate leader.

Bingman — a Republican — said Tuesday he was selected by the 36 Senate Republicans in a closed-door caucus meeting. Bingman said in a statement that he is "incredibly humbled."

He will become the first Senate leader re-elected to a third term since Republicans took control of the chamber in 2008 for the first time since statehood. He will be formally elected to the post in 2015, after this year's elections.

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8:27 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Oklahoma House Passes State Trooper Pay Raise Bill

OHP headquarters in Tulsa
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has given final passage to legislation that provides a mechanism to raise the salaries of Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.

The House voted 94-0 without debate Tuesday and sent the bill to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law. The measure was previously approved by the state Senate.

The bill by Rep. Scott Martin of Norman provides a method to give troopers an across-the-board pay raise that is based on the recommendations of a recent study on state employee compensation.

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