BLACKWELL, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Blackwell say a gas leak in a school gymnasium has sent 35 students and three faculty members to the hospital.
Officials say the leak occurred in the high school practice gymnasium in the Kay County community about 9 a.m. as the middle school boys basketball team and varsity cheer squad were practicing. Some students began to feel sick and a couple of students passed out in the shower area.
The students and faculty members were taken to Blackwell Regional Hospital and administered oxygen. All are expected to recover.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services says hospitals in the state are reporting an increasing number of newborns who tested positive for drugs or alcohol at birth.
The Oklahoman reports the agency listed 375 addicted newborns in the 12-months ending June 30th, the latest data available. Of those, 42 babies showed symptoms of withdrawal, which can include seizures, excessive crying, fever, sweating and vomiting.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has decided to consider whether two oil companies can be held liable for injuries a Prague woman suffered during a 2011 earthquake.
The lawsuit by Sandra Ladra of Prague is among dozens of lawsuits filed in the past several years across the country alleging oil and gas companies are responsible for earthquakes. Similar lawsuits seeking class-action status have been filed against energy companies in Arkansas and Texas.
The Tulsa School Board is slowing its search for a new School Superintendent. It had been expected the board would announce a new leader for the Tulsa Public Schools during a meeting this evening. However, the board changed its plans yesterday.
The board says tonight's meeting has been canceled and rescheduled for Wednesday. It will be an executive session, so most of the meeting will will closed to the public. A news release says the board hopes to announce a new superintendent one-week from today on February 2nd.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Officials at Fort Sill have dedicated the post's new Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense training facility.
The Lawton Constitution reports that U.S. Army dignitaries cut the ribbon on the new facility on Friday.
The THAAD air defense system intercepts ballistic missiles. The Patriot missile system is designed for short-range missiles, while THAAD is designed to defeat longer-range ballistic missiles from various threats around the globe.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger has been arrested by Oklahoma City police on an alcohol-related complaint.
The Oklahoman reports that Doerflinger was arrested late Thursday on a complaint of actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Records show Doerflinger was booked into Oklahoma County jail about 1:30 a.m. Friday and released.
SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — One man has died and a firefighter sustained minor injuries in a fire that destroyed several rooms and displaced dozens of guests at a motel on Interstate 44 in Sapulpa.
Firefighters were called to the Interstate Inn Express around 8:35 a.m. Saturday after receiving reports of second-story units being on fire. Sapulpa Battalion Chief D.J. Keizor says nearly all of the units in the motel's easternmost section were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.