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    The acting head of the Oklahoma State Department of Health says a $30 million cash infusion from the Legislature will help pay vendors and fund layoffs. Acting Oklahoma Health Commissioner Preston Doerflinger made the comments Monday during more than two hours of testimony before a House panel looking into the agency's budget problems. Doerflinger announced last week that 198 employees at the department would be laid off to reduce costs.  He says some of the $30 million will be used to give laid-off employees a cash payment equal to 18 months of health insurance premiums. Doerflinger says more systemic changes are needed to permanently stabilize the agency after years of mismanagement.
  • The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents scheduled to meet Tuesday amid calls for board member Kirk Humphreys to resign. Humphreys compared gay people to pedophiles during an interview with an Oklahoma City television station that aired on Sunday. An OU alumni group called for his resignation. The student body president encouraged the campus to voice its opinion on Humphreys' 'ignorant' words.” OU's president said he disagreed with the views. Humphreys said in a statement Monday night that he regretted his comments and that he didn't mean to equate gay people with pedophiles. 
  • A 64-year-old man was taken into custody on Monday after failing to deceive bank employees. Tulsa police say Brent Fields walked into the MidFirst Bank near 42nd and Peoria around 11:05 a.m. 'Presented an altered state ID and a forged social security card,' police said. 'Attempted to open an account.' Instead, officers arrived and Fields was arrested for identity theft.  He has been booked into the Tulsa County Jail.
  • Two Tulsa girls don't know it yet, but they're going to have a special Christmas this year. This comes two years after the fourth grader and kindergartner witnessed both of their parents being murdered in different incidents.  Police tell us with the help of the community, they are going to give the girls a holiday season they won't forget with donations and a move to give the girls a fresh start. Their aunt knows she's witnessing a holiday miracle.  'To have the support from the community,' the aunt said. 'People don't even know them. They know somebody cares enough to think about them and what they went through.' The aunt is also hoping to make the miracle a surprise for her nieces. Police add they have enough donations. However, the public is asked to help out by volunteering in programs at area schools or by mentoring children in their communities.
  • A man connected to a disturbance is in jail. Tulsa police tell us 34-year old Jose Guerrero was arrested after he tried to break into a house near 34th and South Garnett Road.  “The vehicle came to an abrupt stop and the driver bailed on foot,” TPD Sgt. Andrew Mackenzie said. The driver jumped over a couple of fences in the neighborhood and was “subsequently caught on Garnett.” We're told Guererro had tossed a gun away and had drugs on him when he was arrested. He is also accused of breaking into a garage before he was captured around midnight Tuesday morning.
  • A couple in Claremore were recently taken into custody for child abuse in connection with a photo they posted on Snapchat. Police report Paul Chuckluck and Johnnie Gaghins placed a 9-month-old in a mesh laundry bag and hung the bag from a door handle. The couple then took a picture of the baby and posted it on social media.  An officer explains why this is child abuse.  'Child abuse takes many forms,' police said. 'It's also about the welfare of the child and threatening harm. Sometimes, it's placing that child in a dangerous situation.' The child was not injured and is currently in the care of a family member. At last check, the couple is still in jail. Do you believe this should be considered child abuse?  Let us know in the comments. 
  • If you were anywhere near Bartlesville on Monday around lunch time, you may have heard a rather large boom. Police report that would have been a 150-foot boom from a concrete truck hitting a building. A witness at the scene describes what happened.  'I saw the top of the crane, the cement truck, going around the corner,' the witness said. 'I saw it start to tip, he was going real slow. I saw it tip all the way over and slam into that building.' Luckily, nobody got hurt. It did take several hours for crews to clean up the mess.  The driver has been cited for failure to secure load.
  • One person is dead and four passengers have injuries in a two-vehicle rollover crash on South 129th East Avenue.  Tulsa police arrived on the scene near the 37-hundred block around 11 p.m. Monday.  Police “observed a pickup truck that had been rolled over onto its side and a car in the southbound lanes of 129th East Avenue,” TPD Sgt. Darren Bristow said.  The pickup driver had pulled out in front of the speeding car, causing the pickup to be hit on the driver’s side of the vehicle.  The driver died at the scene. The passengers were taken to the hospital. Garnett was closed for several hours during the investigation.  No names have been released.
  • A 68-year-old Wagoner man will be spending the next seven years in prison after being found guilty of sexually abusing a child younger than 12. Tulsa County court records show Robert Brewer was charged last December with sexual abuse. The judge recently upheld the jury’s recommendation on sentencing.  A Tulsa newspaper reports Brewer had been accused of abusing the girl from 2004 to 2007 at a Tulsa home.  The girl eventually told a detective about the abuse and an investigation was started.
  • The child whose head was bashed into a wall has died. 24-year old Zachery Collins faces a child abuse murder charge in the death his girlfriend's son from injuries last weekend. He is accused of child abuse murder and domestic assault and battery. Collins was arrested after his own mother found the boy injured at his apartment near 6100 South Peoria Avenue. We're told Collins admitted to drinking alcohol before the attack.
  • Trading barbs with President Donald Trump via Twitter on Tuesday, women Democrats demanded that Congress investigate past claims of sexual misconduct leveled against the President during the 2016 campaign, as several lawmakers took the extra step of asking for Mr. Trump’s resignation. “President Trump should resign. But, of course, he won’t hold himself accountable,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who has emerged as the leader of efforts to pressure the President on the issue of past allegations. Mr. Trump lobbed a Twitter barb directly at the New York Democrat on Tuesday morning, labeling her a “lightweight” and “total flunky.” Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017 Gillibrand answered back, saying her voice would not be shut down by the President. You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office. https://t.co/UbQZqubXZv — Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 12, 2017 And she was joined by other Democrats as well, in calling for the stories about the President to get more of a public airing. . @realDonaldTrump is a misogynist, compulsive liar, and admitted sexual predator. Attacks on Kirsten are the latest example that no one is safe from this bully. He must resign. https://t.co/7lNI23K7ib — Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) December 12, 2017 Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do you know who you're picking a fight with? Good luck with that, @realDonaldTrump. Nevertheless, #shepersisted. https://t.co/mYJtBZfxiu — Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 12, 2017 A day after the White House turned aside questions about past claims made by women against the President, Mr. Trump directly addressed the matter, saying that it was all “FAKE NEWS,” calling the charges against him nothing more than ‘false accusations and fabricated stories.’ Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017 At a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, a group of House Democratic women asked Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the head of the House Oversight committee, to investigate the accusations against Mr. Trump. “At least 17 women have publicly accused the President of sexual misconduct,” the letter to Gowdy stated. “The President’s own remarks appear to back up the allegations,” the letter continued. “The President has boasted in public and in crude terms that he feels at liberty to perpetrate such conduct against women.” “The ‘Me-Too’ movement has arrived,” said Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL). “Victims must be heard, perpetrators must be held accountable.” 'To date, more than 17 women have publicly come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct,' lawmaker says. 'Simply said, Americans deserve the truth.' https://t.co/mIxkZRGYzP pic.twitter.com/QhBvmGSxE1 — CBS News (@CBSNews) December 12, 2017 At a news conference, Frankel said the letter – which originally had 58 signatures – had swiftly jumped to over 100 in all. “Americans deserve the truth,” Frankel told reporters. While the Democratic women were in the spotlight, some of their male colleagues also chimed in with calls for a more thorough review of the accusations against Mr. Trump. “If you called for Franken to step down, don’t you also have to say it is the right thing for the President to resign?” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) on CNN.
  • After enduring weeks of speculation on what would happen if controversial Republican Roy Moore wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are waiting like everyone else to see the next act in this political play, as Senate GOP leaders have made clear they won’t give Moore a hero’s welcome if he does emerge victorious on Tuesday night in Alabama. As Senators arrived for their first vote of the week on Monday evening, Republicans ran a gauntlet of reporters asking a simple question – will Roy Moore soon be in the U.S. Senate? “I don’t know,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), the senior Senator from the Yellowhammer State, who has made clear that he did not vote for Moore, but instead wrote in another Republican in the Alabama Senate race. Pressed again to say if Moore would win, Shelby re-emphasized his vote. “Not with my help,” he said. The polls in Alabama have been back and forth in recent weeks. The latest on Monday from Fox News, showed a 10 point lead for Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones. Fox News Poll: Enthused Democrats give Jones lead over Moore in Alabama https://t.co/7RZmnq0zXN #FoxNews — Mihai Scorobete (@MihaiScorobete) December 11, 2017 “We’ll see,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who denounced Moore, and gave $100 to the Jones campaign. “At this point it’s what I call a turnout race,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), when asked who would win. “It depends who gets their vote out.” While Byrne believes the edge is with the GOP, political pollsters say his turnout argument is on point. “Tomorrow’s Alabama Senate special election will depend on which candidate has more people turn out to vote for him,” pollster Frank Luntz wrote Monday on Twitter. This group of conservative Alabama voters say all 9 of Roy Moore's accusers have been paid to lie against him. #ALSen https://t.co/OT1vV33KRT — Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 9, 2017 Outside the Senate chamber, many Republicans wanted to wait and see the vote totals before worrying about their next move. “Let’s see what happens,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), as he was pursued by a group of reporters. “That’s a decision that I leave to the Leader,” Johnson said when asked how Moore should be dealt with by his fellow Republicans – if he wins. “I’m not going to make a call on his qualifications,” said Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) of Moore. “That will be a decision that will be made after the outcome of the election.” Others were quiet on the subject of Roy Moore for an obvious reason. “The answer to your question is, I’m doing good,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), before I had even asked the Senator a question. “I can’t talk to you about anything because I’m the Ethics Chairman,” Isakson added, as the Georgia Republican would be in charge of any ethics review of Moore, which the Senate Majority Leader has made clear he would ask for that if Moore is elected. Isakson – and his GOP colleagues – will find out Tuesday night what’s next for them, and what’s next for Roy Moore.
  • A couple in Edmond solved a mystery after their child’s pacifiers kept disappearing. The mother and father couldn't figure out what was happening to their child's pacifiers until the baby's grandmother saw the family dog swipe one off a counter.  One nauseous pooch and a trip to their veterinarian's office confirmed the couple's hunch. The family’s dog, named Dovey, had 21 pacifiers lodged in her stomach.  Dovey is on the mend and home, but the vet cautioned pet owners that 'dogs will eat anything, anytime.'  
  • The Broken Arrow Police Department now has an Unmanned Aerial System Program, better known as a drone. They say it will be used for Crime and Collision Scene Investigation, Emergency Management Incidents, Search and Rescue Operations, and Tactical Situations. They make a point to point out it won't be used for Routine Patrol, Warrantless Searches, or as a Weapons Platform. The drone was made possible by a donation from alumni of the Citizens Police Academy.
  • A scuffle with and Oklahoma police officer led to the death of a man over the weekend. Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Robbie Robertson says an officer responded to a request to check on a person lying on the side of the road. Police say when the fight started after the officer approached the man. He knocked her pepper spray away. She then attempted to use a Taser and he took that from her and tried to use it on her. Robertson says the officer then drew her gun and fired, killing the man. The officer has been taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries to her face and hands.