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OSU Marks Anniversary of Deadly Plane Crash
At 4:10 p.m. Saturday, four bells rang over campus, marking, to the minute, the anniversary of the plane crash that killed two Oklahoma State basketball coaches, as well Olin and Paula Branstetter.
"We're humbled by this outpouring and were just so grateful to be a part of it," Jack Branstetter, Olin and Paula's son said.
In addition to the bells, OSU marked this anniversary in several ways. Four wreaths in the student union will were lit on Friday, and will remain on display for the holiday season. On Saturday, the OSU football team wore "4's" on their helmets, and Boone Pickens Stadium observed a moment of silence before the game. On Sunday, a reception for the families of the victims will be held before the women's basketball game. At that time, the family will be presented with a banner signed by well-wishers as well as a memorial wreath.
"We need to remember. I know it's hard 'cause it brings back grief and sorrow for people, but we also need to remember that they were wonderful people and we're a great addition to the Oklahoma State University family," OSU fan Terry McCall said.
"We've lost a few that have gone on to be with God now and they're still a part or our heart, they're still a part of our family. I love everything that they're doing to commemorate ad remember all of those that have gone on," another fan said.
The Branstetter family said the gestures of support and community outreach has made this year bearable. They said life lessons from there parents also helped them cope.
"Our parents that gave us so much love and taught us so much about courage and honor and integrity and the strength. They taught us and gave us strength and courage to move on when we have situations like this," Jack said.
Olin was piloting the single-engine plane when it crashed in Arkansas. He was flying women's basketball head coach Kurt Budke and an assistant coach, Miranda Serna, to that state on a recruiting trip. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the cause of the crash.
OSU's board of regents will consider a change to it's travel polices when it meets at the end of the month.
Posted: Saturday, November 17 2012, 11:13 PM CST
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Hearing could resume in case of 4 Tulsa deaths
May 24, 2013 09:04 GMT
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A preliminary hearing for two brothers accused of killing four women in Tulsa could resume soon.
The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/16X0EnM ) a judge is expected to rule on a request that could determine whether James and Cedric Poore's hearing will resume Friday.
Their hearing stalled Thursday after the defense filed a motion to recuse the judge assigned to the case.
Special Judge Stephen Clark denied the motion, as did Presiding Judge William Kellough.
Kellough is expected to rule on the defense's request for time to appeal on Friday morning.
The Poores are charged with murder and robbery in the January deaths of Misty Nunley, Julie Jackson, Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor. The four women were found tied up and shot in the head.
The Poores have pleaded not guilty.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com
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