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7:30 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Oklahoma Bound Pot Stopped in Texas Panhandle

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A California man has been arrested after a Texas Panhandle traffic stop yielded nearly $500,000 in marijuana and methamphetamine.

Carson County jail records show 32-year-old Carlos Alberto Ruiz-Alamo was being held Wednesday on charges of possession and delivery of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

The 32-year-old Fontana, California, man was detained Tuesday while driving an SUV near Conway, about 20 miles east of Amarillo.

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Local & Regional
7:28 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Report: Cracks in Oklahoma Capitol Dome Veneer

The capitol dome is fairly new, added with in the last 25-years
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 5 million-pound dome placed atop the Oklahoma Capitol 12 years ago already is exhibiting cracking in its exterior cast stone panels, but building officials say there are no structural problems or evidence of weakness in the dome's supports.

According to an engineering report on the building's exterior, about 10 percent of the cast stone units on the dome's exterior show signs of cracking. Most of the cracks occur at the base of the dome.

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Local & Regional
7:25 am
Thu December 25, 2014

One-House Legislature, Lower Pay in Oklahoma Bills

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers could bring home a smaller paycheck, work less and even see their numbers cut by a third under a few of the measures that have been filed ahead of the 2015 legislative session.

Nearly 70 measures have been filed so far in the Senate, with another handful in the House, but already legislators are coming up with some quirky and unusual ideas.

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Local & Regional
7:22 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Forecasters Post Fire Alert for Oklahoma, Arkansas

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says conditions on Christmas Day will be favorable for fires. Forecasters issued a fire alert for Thursday in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.

Strong southerly winds — with gusts in the 30 to 40 miles per hour range — along with mild temperatures and dry conditions could let fires spread quickly, if any are started.

A fire alert is posed when conditions are dangerous but not quite as high as a red flag warning.

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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Oklahoma-Based Continental Resources Cuts Budget

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City-based oil and natural gas producer is slashing its 2015 drilling budget by more than 40 percent as crude oil prices continue to tumble.

The Oklahoman reports that Continental Resources Inc. took the action on Monday but said it still plans to increase production 16 percent to 20 percent from 2014 levels.

Continental CEO Harold Hamm says no job losses are expected. Hamm says the company won't be growing as fast as it had originally planned but will still increase production.

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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Oklahoma Law Enforcement Ramping up for New Year's Eve

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma law enforcement agencies are gearing up to identify impaired drivers on New Year's Eve.

Officials say impaired driving is one of the state's top traffic safety concerns. There is an average of 4,500 alcohol-related crashes and 220 alcohol-related fatalities each year.

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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Wed December 24, 2014

OSU Opening Crime Lab Campus in Tulsa

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Sciences has purchased a former fire station in Tulsa and plans to convert it into a crime scene investigation laboratory.

The center's president said the lab will be used by students in the forensic sciences graduate program. Land surrounding the station can also be used as the number of programs increase.

The City of Tulsa auctioned the property last week. Oklahoma State's health sciences center bought the building for $135,000. It is adjacent to the OSU Center for Rural Health.

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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Oklahoma Death Row Inmates Appeal Injection Ruling

The tower at the Lexington prison
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Oklahoma death row inmates scheduled to die early next year is appealing the ruling of a federal judge in Oklahoma City who says the state's new lethal injection protocol is constitutional.

Attorneys for the four condemned men filed notice Tuesday they will appeal Judge Stephen Friot's ruling to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Christmas Eve

In the local news:

  • Holiday travelers are finding no delays at Tulsa International this morning.
  • Death Row inmates will appeal a ruling that says Oklahoma Death Chamber protocol is constitutional.
  • 3 Tulsa County residents are arrested in western Oklahoma with 85 pounds of marijuana.
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