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6:49 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Get Up to Date with Monday Morning's Top Local Stories

In the local news:

  • The 2014 Center of the Universe Festival is being called a success.
  • The Attorney General says organizations are misleading Oklahomans about fund raising.
  • An elderly man is dead after falling into a swimming pool in East Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
9:05 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Center of the Universe Wraps Up

The Saturday night crowd at the main stage
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The Center of the Universe Festival wraps up its two day run, pumping millions of dollars into the Tulsa economy. An estimated 40,000 people attended this event. That is about half of last year's attendance. However, this year there was an entry fee for the event.

For the most part it was peaceful. One man was arrested for groping an under-aged girl. While several people became ill because of the intense heat.

More than 100 bands played at this year's event in the Brady Arts District.

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8:51 am
Sun July 27, 2014

FBI: Information on Oklahoma Child Migrants Stolen in Scam

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The FBI is investigating how con artists were able to obtain confidential information about unaccompanied child immigrants being held in Oklahoma and elsewhere as part of a scam netting the swindlers thousands of dollars.

Special agent Michelle Lee tells the San Antonio Express-News that information was obtained for children being held at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas and at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.

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8:47 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Man Found Dead Outside North Tulsa Home

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa are investigating the death of a man whose body was found outside a house on the city's north side.

Detective Dave Walker told reporters that a neighbor found the man Saturday morning lying near a pickup truck outside the home. Authorities say the home was the scene of a recent fire and it's believed the man was working at the home and sleeping in the truck.

The man — whose name was not immediately released — was last seen about 5 p.m. Friday.

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8:42 am
Sun July 27, 2014

It May Be Summer, but Plans are Now Being Made for Flu Season

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After a record-breaking 63 people died as a result of the flu during the 2013-14 flu season, Oklahoma health officials preparing for the coming season say educating the public is key to reducing both the deaths and the number of people who contract the virus.

Oklahoma State Department of Health epidemiologist Becky Coffman says public awareness and persuading residents to get a flu shot are vital.

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7:49 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Rogers County Clerk Sues Newspaper Over Stories

The Rogers County Court at Claremore
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CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — The Rogers County clerk has sued the The Claremore Daily Progress and the newspaper's government reporter over claims the newspaper painted her in a false light and invaded her privacy.

Clerk Robin Anderson sued the newspaper and reporter Salesha Wilken over the publication of three articles that ran between July 2012 and August 2013.

Anderson says the paper published misleading facts and in some instances implicated her in criminal wrongdoing.

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7:30 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Center of Universe Draws Big Crowd

Thousands turnout for the first day of the festival
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Thousands of people packed into downtown Tulsa for the first night of the two day Center of the Universe Festival in Tulsa. More than 100-bands will play in the Brady Arts District this weekend. The gates opened at 5:30 yesterday afternoon.

The event is named after the popular downtown Tulsa landmark, the Center of the Universe, located on the Boston Avenue pedestrian bridge.

Last year's event drew more than 80,000 fans.

This year the festival will feature more than 100 bands on three outdoor stages and 10 club venues.

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7:18 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Sex Offender Gets Prison for Failing to Register

Federal Court House in Muskogee
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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A Haskell man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

The U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma says 42-year-old Albert Preston Alexander was sentenced to 35 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

That sentence will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Alexander pleaded guilty to the charge in December 2013.

Authorities say Alexander failed to register and update his registration between May 2013 and Sept. 4, 2013.

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7:14 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Escaped Oklahoma Inmate Captured in North Texas

Aaron Kelsey
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials say an inmate who walked away from a minimum security facility in Granite has been captured in Texas.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins says 26-year-old Aaron Kelsey was arrested without incident Friday afternoon at an acquaintance's house in Denison, Texas.

Kelsey was discovered missing Wednesday during a 6 p.m. head count at a minimum security facility at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite. Watkins said Kelsey "basically walked away."

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7:12 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Fallin Wants Probe to Include Botched Executions

Governor Fallin
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin says the governor wants investigators looking into Oklahoma's recent flawed execution to consider problems that have popped up in other states such as Ohio and Arizona.

Spokesman Alex Weintz said Friday that an investigation into Oklahoma's execution should consider what other states have done "both successfully and unsuccessfully."

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