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Oklahoma Town Dumps Decades-Old Dance Ban

Henryetta made headlines when Valentine's Day dance was canceled

(Newser) - Kick off the Sunday shoes: Dancing in public is now legal throughout Henryetta, Okla., the AP reports. City leaders voted Tuesday to abolish an ordinance on dancing, the Tulsa World reported. The dance ordinance, with a penalty of $25, prohibited dance halls within 500 feet of a church or public... More »

Former Black Wall Street Tries to Remake Itself

Tulsa's version of Harlem was destroyed in a 1921 race riot

(Newser) - Tulsa's Black Wall Street, an Oklahoma Harlem of sorts, was home to a middle and upper class of 9,000 African-Americans. They were shop owners, doctors and entrepreneurs—some of them were freed slaves—and they thrived in those 35-square blocks. Then in 1921, over the course of roughly... More »

Dozens Fired After Participating in 'A Day Without Immigrants'

'I hope you enjoyed your day off and you can enjoy many more'

(Newser) - Thousands of immigrants stayed home from work Thursday, shuttering restaurants and slowing other industries , for the national "A Day Without Immigrants" protest. Now it appears many were asked not to come back. In Oklahoma, a dozen workers at I Don't Care Bar and Grill were fired after missing... More »

Okla. Anti-Abortion Lawmaker Calls Pregnant Women 'Hosts'

And he's standing by his remarks

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker from southeast Oklahoma who described a pregnant woman as a "host" is standing by his use of the term, saying his intent was not to offend anyone, the AP reports. State Rep. Justin Humphrey of Lane said Monday he didn't know of a better term... More »

Oklahoma Town's Morality Ordinance Prohibits V-Day Dance

City council won't vote to repeal until after the holiday

(Newser) - In a scene that seems straight out of Footloose, a small town has cancelled a dance simply because it was to be held 300 feet from a church. Henryetta, Okla., is a town of roughly 5,500 people 60 miles south of Tulsa, and had planned a Valentine's Day... More »

Cops: Teacher Arrested After Cartwheel With No Panties

Lacey Sponsler says she was just 'trying to be a cool teacher'

(Newser) - In what may be one of its more unusual Facebook posts of 2017, the police department in Pawhuska, Okla., has reported on an incident that took place Friday in a junior high school choir room. The alleged perp, per KOTV and the Smoking Gun : Lacey Sponsler, a 34-year-old substitute teacher.... More »

Worker Makes $434K Find in Plane Flagged for Maintenance

Yes, that's cocaine

(Newser) - Authorities say 31 pounds of cocaine that was accidentally discovered stashed in the nose of an American Airlines aircraft in Tulsa, Okla., is worth around $434,000. Tulsa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Justin Green says the plane arrived in Miami from Bogota, Colombia, on Sunday. It was flagged for... More »

Cops Hunting Man in Boy's Failed Abduction

He grabbed 8-year-old in Oklahoma City: police

(Newser) - Oklahoma City police have released surveillance photos of a man involved in an apparent failed abduction in the hope that the public will help identify him. The man—Hispanic or Native American, heavy set, and about 6 feet tall—was seen grabbing an 8-year-old boy at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds... More »

10 Most Charitable US States

Utah is for givers: WalletHub

(Newser) - Virginia is for lovers, but Utah is for givers, according to WalletHub . The site has named Utah the most charitable state in the country based on the number of people who volunteer their time, volunteering hours, percentage of income donated, and other factors. The top 10, with a score out... More »

Court: Botched Execution Was 'Innocent Misadventure'

Clayton Lockett's execution lasted 43 'horribly painful' minutes

(Newser) - In dismissing his family's lawsuit Tuesday, an appeals court called the 43-minute-long botched execution of Clayton Lockett—during which he regained consciousness and thrashed around—an "innocent misadventure," Tulsa World reports. Lockett, a convicted murderer, was executed in 2014 in Oklahoma. According to Slate , a drug meant... More »

Cops: Oklahoma Airport Murder Wasn't Random

Victim is the father of a Kansas City Chiefs player

(Newser) - Oklahoma City police investigators are trying to figure out why a man waited to gun down an airline employee outside Will Rogers World Airport in an ambush that prompted authorities to shut down the state's busiest airport for hours. Police Capt. Paco Balderrama says the suspected shooter was found... More »

Strong Quake Rattles 'Pipeline Crossroads of the World'

Parts of Oklahoma city cordoned off

(Newser) - A 5.0 magnitude earthquake centered near one of the world's key oil hubs brought down building facades and shattered windows, triggering fears the temblor may have damaged key infrastructure and rendered century-old buildings unsafe in Cushing, the latest Oklahoma town rattled by increasingly strong quakes . Cushing Assistant City... More »

Okla. Cops Release Dramatic Video of Shootout With Fugitive

Suspect broke through roadblock, fired at police

(Newser) - A state trooper fired dozens of rounds from an automatic rifle through the windshield of his cruiser at a fugitive as the two sped down a rural western Oklahoma roadway in a dramatic shootout depicted on videos released on Tuesday . The videos show Michael Vance, driving a stolen flat-bed pickup... More »

Cops: Felon Steals Cruiser, Live-Streams Ensuing Chase

The officer had left her keys in the car while getting coffee

(Newser) - No wonder more people are ditching cable for the internet. A 25-year-old felon allegedly live-streamed himself stealing a cop car and leading police on a high-speed chase Monday night in Oklahoma, NewsOn6.com reports. Police say John Pinney swiped the cruiser after an officer left her keys in it while... More »

Oklahoma Fugitive Killed in Shootout With Police

Death ends massive manhunt for suspected killer

(Newser) - A massive, weeklong manhunt for a suspect in a string of violent crimes , including the killing of two relatives, the shooting of two police officers, and multiple carjackings, ended on Sunday evening in a police chase and shootout that left the man dead in western Oklahoma, the AP reports. Federal... More »

Cops: Oklahoma Fugitive Isn't Done Killing

Michael Vance accused of shooting 2 cops, killing relatives

(Newser) - The Oklahoma County sheriff says Michael Vance, a man wanted since Sunday in a string of violent crimes including two homicides, has a hit list targeting several more people that he blames for child sexual abuse allegations against him. Sheriff John Whetsel told the Oklahoman on Tuesday that authorities are... More »

Okla.'s 'Oilfield Prayer Day' Gets a Tweak

People of all faiths, not just Christians, now welcome to pray for blessings of the industry

(Newser) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin plans to revise a proclamation inviting Christians to pray for the "blessings created by the oil and natural gas industry" to be more inclusive. Fallin spokesman Michael McNutt said Monday the proclamation, issued last month, declaring Thursday "Oilfield Prayer Day" will be revised to... More »

Tulsa Cop Had Odd 'Distortion' Before Shooting: Lawyer

Attorney says Betty Shelby went temporarily deaf before shooting Terence Crutcher

(Newser) - Betty Shelby's defense team tried (and failed) to get her a special early arraignment Thursday for the shooting death of unarmed black man Terence Crutcher , hoping to avoid the "utter chaos" of the media covering the high-profile case, the Tulsa World reports. Now Shelby is set to head... More »

Tulsa Teacher Posts Poignant Essay After Police Shooting

'Tragedy lives and breathes' among classmates of Terence Crutcher's daughter

(Newser) - A teacher at a Tulsa charter school attended by the daughter of an unarmed black man killed by a white officer says the tragedy "lives and breathes" among her students in a moving essay she posted on Facebook detailing her experience helping students cope. Rebecca Lee is a teacher... More »

Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed Man in Oklahoma Charged

Betty Shelby has been charged with manslaughter

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Tulsa, Oklahoma, filed manslaughter charges Thursday against the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man on a city street , the AP reports. District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler filed the charges against officer Betty Shelby, who shot and killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16. Dashcam and... More »

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