Entries in Oklahoma (2)


Emotional Garth Brooks Testifies About Donation

Ron Hoskins/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Country star Garth Brooks is expected back in court Monday to make his final plea in turning around his mother’s legacy in a dispute over a donation he made in her name to an Oklahoma hospital.  Brooks spent almost seven hours on the stand Friday, giving what was described as emotional testimony.

A tearful Brooks told the jury “She was my buddy…I was her biggest fan,” and “If anybody met her, [they] would have gotten to love her.”

His mother, Colleen Brooks, died of cancer in 1999.  In 2005, Brooks donated $500,000 to the Integris Canadian Valley Hospital for a woman’s center named after his mother.

The center was never built and Brooks sued in 2009.  He claimed that he had a verbal agreement with the hospital and was shown mock-ups of a building with his mother’s name.

The hospital insists that there were never any conditions to the donation.

Brooks requests that the money be returned to him or donated to another charity.

The jury will decide the case as early as Tuesday.

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Blake Shelton and Reba Announce Oklahoma Tornado Relief Concert

Kevin Winter/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM(ATOKA COUNTY, Okla.) -- Reba and Blake Shelton were both affected by the recent tornado disaster in Atoka County, Oklahoma. Reba grew up about 30 miles from the site of the worst damage, and Blake still lives in Tishomingo, which is about 50 miles from Atoka. That's why they've teamed up for a tornado relief concert set for May 26 at the Choctaw Event Center in Durant, Oklahoma.

Blake says, "Reba and I have a lot of love for this state and we wanted to do what we can to help. This place is my home and those people are family to us." Reba adds, "We wanted to do something and let the people of Oklahoma know that we love them, and we're praying for them during this difficult tragedy."

Tickets for the relief concert go on sale May 6 at 10 a.m. CT. Fans can purchase by phone at 1-800-585-3737 or online at  All proceeds from the concert will go to the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund. Fans can also text OKGIVE to 27722 to make a one-time donation of $10.

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