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A Tulsa County judge has denied a Tulsa police officer's request for an expedited hearing, despite claims by her attorneys that their client has received death threats and that they expect an "onslaught of attendance" at her arraignment.

Court records show the judge on Thursday denied the request made by attorneys for Tulsa officer Betty Shelby, who is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16 fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher.

Shelby's attorney Scott Wood says his client will plead not guilty to the charge when she is formally arraigned on Friday.

Rebecca Lee teaches at KIPP Tulsa College Prep, where a daughter of Terence Crutcher is in the 6th grade. Terence Crutcher is the 40-year-old man, a father of 4, shot to death by Tulsa police on September 16 after he halted his vehicle in the middle of a road. A white Tulsa police officer has been charged with manslaughter.

Rebecca Lee helped three groups of school children in Tulsa try to talk about their fears and feelings; and posted some of her own on Facebook:

"I look at the wide-eyed faces of the fifth graders surrounding me," she wrote...

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Betty Shelby, the Tulsa Police Department officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher, is being charged with first-degree manslaughter in the case, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler says.

Kunzweiler announced the charge Thursday afternoon, six days after Crutcher died in a controversial encounter that was captured on video by a police helicopter camera and dashboard cameras.

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“When you’ve got nothin’, you’ve got nothin’ to lose.”
“Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain.”
“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

His words and music are said to have changed American culture and he’s been described as the spokesman for a generation. And now, Bob Dylan’s collection of words, music and artistry is being permanently gathered and assembled in Tulsa – for the benefit of researchers and fans alike.

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The video is disturbing and prompts many questions — and that's how the police see it. The family of Terence Crutcher, who was shot dead by police Friday, says the footage should lead to criminal charges against the officer who killed an unarmed man.

The Justice Department has begun a parallel investigation into possible civil rights charges related to Crutcher's death, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams Sr. said Monday. He promised "to seek justice on behalf of this family, and for the public."

Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

The section of the Arkansas River that runs through Tulsa is changing. For much of the city’s history, business owners constructed buildings facing away from what has been considered a polluted eyesore. But now Tulsa is embracing its most prominent physical feature.

The battle over the sale of Helmerich Park in Tulsa is mentioned in this Washington Post story on the privatization of parks across the nation.

In 1998 Oklahoma became one of only two states to offer universal preschool, and it's been one of the most closely watched experiments in the country.

Today, the vast majority of these programs are in public schools. The rest are run by child-care centers or Head Start, the federally funded early-childhood education program.

Bynum Unseats Bartlett in Tulsa Mayoral Race

Jun 29, 2016
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G.T. Bynum—like most of the pundits—fully thought the Tulsa Mayor’s race would continue until November.

However, he bested a field of four other candidates to claim more than 50% of the election night returns and unseated two-term mayor Dewey Bartlett.

Bynum wants to develop a closer relationship with educators.

"The city in the past has had kind of a hands-off approach to education, but I think that's got to change. We received a clear mandate to be an education mayor and that's entirely my objective."

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