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Oral Roberts Scandal

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ A $39,000 shopping spree at one store for
his wife. A $29,000 senior trip for his daughter. And a stable of
horses for his children.

Those are some of the extravagant items three former professors
allege in a lawsuit that Oral Roberts University President Richard
Roberts used school funds to acquire.

With pressure from that and other lawsuits building, the
chairman of the school's Board of Regents says Roberts has
resigned.

Roberts says the lawsuit amounts to ``intimidation, blackmail
and extortion.''

The professors also charge that Roberts required students in a
government class to work on Tulsa, Oklahoma, mayoral candidate
Randi Miller's campaign. One professor says he was forced to quit
after he warned Roberts that doing so jeopardizes ORU's tax-exempt
status.

Roberts denies the accusation.


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