EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — A federal investigator says the pilot of a medical helicopter that crashed last week in eastern Oklahoma had encountered a lowering cloud ceiling and was trying to turn the aircraft around before it struck trees and rocky terrain.
Pilot Matt Matthews was killed and two crew members, nurse Kim Ramsey and paramedic Ryan Setzkorn, sustained injuries that weren't life-threatening after the EagleMed LLC helicopter crashed late Thursday near Eufaula.
WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — The Woodward County emergency manager has issued an evacuation order for a northeast area of the county as crews continue battling a large wildfire.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported on Monday night the fire has burned about 23,000 acres. The Woodward County emergency manager says crews have been working since 2 p.m. to put out the fire that as of 5 p.m. Monday had stretched to six and a half miles.
Gov. Mary Fallin is set to host the first Oklahoma Job and Resource Fair to connect job seekers with employment opportunities and resources.
The job fair is specifically designed to offset the economic effects caused by the downturn in the state's energy sector. The initial event is scheduled for March 26 at the Western Technology Center in Elk City.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that prohibits Oklahoma school districts from making payroll deductions for its employees for union membership has narrowly passed a state Senate committee.
The Senate General Government Committee voted 4-3 Monday for the bill by Republican Sen. Nathan Dahm of Broken Arrow, the chairman of the committee. The bill already passed the House and now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — Duncan officials are looking for other sources of funds to help the city pump water from Clear Creek Lake amid an ongoing drought.
The Oklahoman reports that Duncan did not receive state drought relief grants, which were awarded two weeks ago by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. Officials are seeking federal grants to fund the Clear Creek Lake project, and are also looking at other water alternatives including drilling water wells.
On this installment of ST, getting to know -- as best we can -- the rather mysterious figure (a/k/a "the father of English literature") who wrote "The Canterbury Tales." Our guest is Paul Strohm, who has taught medieval literature at Columbia University, was the J. R. R. Tolkien Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University, and remains a noted scholar of the life and work of Geoffrey Chaucer.
TRYON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in central Oklahoma say three motorcyclists have been killed after a head-on collision with a car.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a car traveling on U.S. 177 Sunday night in Lincoln County crossed over the center line and struck a 49-year-old motorcyclist. Troopers say a 20-year-old motorcyclist struck the first bike and a 36-year-old motorcyclist slid off the road to avoid the crashes.
The three men died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
Troopers didn't identify the car driver or passenger because of their age.