Tahlequah, OK – Okla lawyer wants autopsy photos excluded at trial
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) The lawyer for a Tahlequah man charged with first-degree murder in a fatal shooting has asked a judge to exclude autopsy photographs of the victim.
Defense attorney Jacky Tracy filed a motion last week seeking to keep the jury from seeing the pictures, calling them "gruesome," and arguing that their use would create an unfair prejudice to his client, Kent Johnson.
Hobart, OK – Franks helping transform small SW Oklahoma town
HOBART, Okla. (AP) Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks is leading a three-day Celebration of Freedom over Memorial Day weekend in the small southwestern Oklahoma town of Hobart, the latest sign of his effect on his adopted hometown.
Franks took up residence near Hobart after retiring as the commander of U.S. Central Command in July 2003. His Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum is one of the city's new attractions.
Tahlequah, OK – Oklahoma AG wants federal ruling on tribal casino
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking the National Indian Gaming Commission why it's taken so long to rule on an issue regarding a casino operated by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians.
Joplin, MO – Number unaccounted for drops to 40 in Joplin
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) There are now 40 people who remain unaccounted for a week after a massive tornado hit Joplin.
Mike O'Connell, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, told The Associated Press on Sunday that the number of unaccounted "just dropped" to 40 because of the latest deceased whose next-of-kin have been notified. The number had stood at about 100.
More than 130 people have been reported killed in the storm that hit Joplin a week ago.
Joplin, MO – Names released of 31 dead from Joplin tornado
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) Missouri authorities have released the names of 31 people confirmed dead from the tornado that ripped through Joplin earlier this week.
The Missouri Department of Public Safety made the list of names public Friday night after next of kin were notified. Gov. Jay Nixon has directed state troopers to help notify the kin of others killed in the storm. The Department of Public Safety plans to release daily updates on its website, www.dps.mo.gov .