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2:31 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Oklahoma Official: Executions Could Resume with Other Drugs

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of a sedative Oklahoma uses in lethal injections, Attorney General Scott Pruitt says he'll push to resume executions.

Pruitt said Thursday that if the state can obtain doses of barbiturates Oklahoma has used to execute inmates in the past, he'll ask the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to set new execution dates.

That may be difficult, though. Oklahoma switched to the current method it uses when supplies of some drugs dried up.

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11:28 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Oklahoma Health Officials Say 11 More Deaths Due to Flu

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health says influenza has taken the lives of 11 people during the past week.

Health officials reported Thursday 58 Oklahomans have died due to flu-related illness since the flu season began Sept. 28. About 1,400 others have been hospitalized, including 116 during the past week.

Forty-three of the flu victims were 65 or older while eight were in the 50-64 age group, two were aged 18-49 and three were 5-17. Two victims have been younger than 4.

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7:01 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Bridenstine Named to House Armed Services Subcommittees

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Republican U.S. Representative Jim Bridenstine has been named to serve on the House Armed Services Subcommittees on Strategic Forces and Seapower and Projection Forces.

The Oklahoma lawmaker's office in Washington made the announcement on Wednesday.

Strategic Forces oversees the country's nuclear arsenal, missile defense and space programs. Seapower and Projection Forces cover Navy and Marine Corps purchasing and research and development programs. 

The HASC authorizes funding for national security and sets Department of Defense policy. 

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6:58 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Crews Search for Pilot After Plane Crashes into Lake Texoma

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KINGSTON, Okla. (AP) — A single-engine plane has crashed into Lake Texoma in southern Oklahoma and emergency crews are searching for its pilot.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the plane was conducting low passes over the lake Wednesday morning when it went down. He says the Grumman AA1 was registered out of Durant.

Marshall County Undersheriff Danny Cryer says the plane crashed at least 500 yards offshore and was submerged in about 50 feet of water near the Alberta Creek Resort, southeast of Kingston.

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6:56 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Supreme Court Halts 3 Upcoming Executions in Oklahoma

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ordered Oklahoma to postpone lethal injections executions using a controversial sedative until the court rules in a challenge involving the drug.

The court's order Wednesday came as little surprise after both the state and the lawyers for three inmates who faced execution between now and March requested the temporary halt. The justices agreed on Friday to take up the challenge to the use of the sedative midazolam, which has been used in problematic executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma.

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6:53 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Audio: Fallin Refuses to Take Position on Gay Discrimination

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin won't say whether she thinks Oklahoma businesses should be allowed to discriminate against gay people.

Fallin was asked about the issue Wednesday during a presentation to reporters and editors at The Associated Press' annual legislative forum.

Fallin says she has many gay friends, but wouldn't say whether she thought it was inappropriate for businesses to discriminate against them based on their sexual orientation.

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6:46 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Thursday Morning's Top Local News

In the local news:

  • The Governor side steps a question regarding gay discrimination.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court moves to stop Oklahoma executions.
  • Wildfires cause problems across Green Country
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4:54 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Wildfires Keep Firefighters Busy

A wildfire approaches 61st and North Birmingham
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Strong south winds and dry conditions help quickly spread wildfires across the Tulsa metro. The fire, pictured here, was in the Turley area near 6100 North Birmingham.

The fire spread to some old tires, which created thick black smoke that could be seen for miles. At one point, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol considered if it should shut down Highway 75 because of the smoke. It did not.

One home, a car and about a quarter mile of grass and brush were consumed by the flames.  

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3:15 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Cherokee Veteran Headed to the Super Bowl

Cherokee veteran Dustin Butler (green shirt) is among 11 veterans receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to the Super Bowl from Operation Enduring Respect. He's pictured with (from left) Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin Sr.
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A veterans’ group picks a Cherokee among 11 veterans to receive a free trip to the Super Bowl.

"To be able to take these guys, it's just honoring them for their service and thanking them for their service and the sacrifices they made and sacrifices their families make for those guys going overseas," said Kevin Phelps with Operation Enduring Respect.

Marine Corps and Air Force Reserves veteran Dustin Butler leaves Oklahoma Friday for the big game. He said getting Phelps’ call was unbelievable.

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3:02 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Executions on Hold as Supreme Court Reviews Drug

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Executions are again on hold in Oklahoma after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state's request to postpone lethal injections while justices review a challenge over the use of a particular sedative.

The court on Wednesday ordered Oklahoma to halt lethal injections after both the state and the lawyers for three inmates who faced execution between now and March requested the temporary stay.

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