This is Part Two of a feature on pre-K education; to read Part One click here. (CBS News) TULSA, Okla. -- George Kaiser amassed a fortune in oil and banking, and he rarely grants interviews. But he agreed to talk to CBS News about his passion for early childhood education. After all, his foundation spends $20 million a year on pre-K programs directed at low income families in Oklahoma. Kaiser says his commitment derives partly from a sense of guilt. "I realized that I got where I got, as most of us did, based on dumb luck," said Kaiser, 70, who took over his family's oil business 44 years ago. "Warren Buffett puts it the best when he said that some of us win the ovarian lottery, and some of us do not. "So, I think it's a moral obligation for all of us -- it's incumbent on all of us to try and level the playing field to some degree for those who didn't have the advantages we secured." The George Kaiser Family Foundation helps pay for 530 newborns-to-four-years-olds to attend … [Read more...] about Tulsa billionaire backs investment in pre-K
TULSA, Okla. -- The funeral for Terence Crutcher, the unarmed black man shot and killed by a white female police officer in Oklahoma, will be Saturday. Crutcher died Friday after police responded to a report of a stalled vehicle. Lawyers for Crutcher’s family said he posed no imminent threat to officers when he was shot. They disputed the allegation that Crutcher was reaching into his vehicle, and hammered home that the police department found no weapon inside that disabled SUV. Crutcher’s sport utility vehicle was idling in the middle of a Tulsa road Friday night. His hands were up and he was walking. Tulsa police said Crutcher failed to obey officers’ commands and tried to reach inside his vehicle. The 40-year-old father of four was tased by one officer then shot by another. “This is clearly a case of excessive force,” Crutcher family attorney Benjamin Crump said. In an attempt to poke holes in the police department’s reason for … [Read more...] about Use of deadly force questioned in Tulsa police shooting
There are new questions about why there was no warning before a tornado ripped through Tulsa, Oklahoma, early Sunday morning. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF2 tornado touched down. The rare August tornado ripped roofs off homes and knocked down trees. About 30 people were hurt, and two people had severe injuries. As early as 1:19 a.m., the tornado touched down in Tulsa and there were signs of it on radar. But the sirens never went off because the National Weather Service did not issue a tornado warning until after the twister had moved on at 1:25 a.m. Roger Jolliff, director of the Tulsa Emergency Management agency, said they did not sound the sirens because the twister had already moved on to the neighboring city by the time the National Weather Service issued its warning, reports CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca. "I said if it's in Broken Arrow, we will not sound our sirens because the threat at that time that we had got this information... was going … [Read more...] about Why was there no warning before devastating Tulsa tornado?
TULSA, Okla. -- There are allegations that the Tulsa reserve deputy who shot an unarmed man to death did not have the training that he claimed. When Eric Harris, 44, ran from Tulsa deputies during a gun sting operation, reserve deputy Robert Bates, 73, was part of the team that chased him. Bates was considered an advanced reserve officer, meaning he was authorized to participate in active raids. But after Bates says he mistakenly fired his personal gun instead of his taser, killing the suspect, questions were asked about his qualifications and weapons training. CBS News has obtained Bates' training record since he joined the Reserve Program in 2008. The documents show he had over 400 hours of law enforcement training. But sources close to the sheriff's office today told CBS News some of those documents were falsified. They claim at least three officers were pressured by their supervisor to change Bates' records to show he received training he had never taken -- and that two were … [Read more...] about Questions about Tulsa reserve deputy’s qualifications
Last Updated Aug 3, 2009 2:00 AM EDT Hard Rock Tulsa opens in Catoosa, Okla. -- The seventh Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opened in a former Cherokee Nation casino in Catoosa, Okla. Today is the official opening of the hotel which will feature memorabilia from Prince, Elvis and the Spice Girls. Also included is McGill 19, a steakhouse on the 19th floor and one of Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill restaurants. Keith will be at the ceremonies this afternoon. [Source: KOTV] Bomb hoax closes La Guardia terminal -- A terminal at LaGuardia Airport was temporarily closed and one man taken into custody after authorities found what turned out to be a fake bomb in his bag. Most of the main terminal was closed at 5:30 a.m. Saturday and travelers weren't allowed to come back until around 9 a.m. A spokesman described the suspect as emotionally disturbed while a New York Police spokesman called the man drunk. The man allegedly was carrying a "hoax device" of batteries and wires in his duffel … [Read more...] about Travel Roundup: Hard Rock Tulsa Opens, Bomb Hoax Hurts LaGuardia, Canada Waives Amtrak Border Fee and More