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Police say a Claremore man wanted on rape, kidnapping, assault and other charges died after being shot by officers at the end of a vehicle chase in southeast Tulsa.

Police say 34-year-old David English died at a hospital where he was taken after being shot Friday night.

Officer Demita Kinard told reporters that English was shot by three officers after moving aggressively toward them with a knife. Kinard says a knife was recovered at the scene.

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Authorities say one person is dead and a second was critically injured when the vehicle they were in collided with a city of Oklahoma City bus.

Fire Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson says the crash occurred Friday northwest of downtown Oklahoma City.

Police at the scene told reporters that about 10 people were on board the bus and suffered minor injuries.

Police say the dead person and the critically injured person were in a car traveling westbound when the car crossed into eastbound lanes of traffic and collided head-on with the bus.

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Gov. Mary Fallin's ambitious proposal to expand Oklahoma's sales tax to dozens of services to help balance the budget and raise teacher pay appears on life support just two weeks into the legislative session.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb resigned his position on Fallin's cabinet over the proposal last week. Other potential candidates for governor in 2018 and rank-and-file GOP House members have panned the plan as a non-starter.

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 A principal and a teacher have been charged with failing to promptly report suspected child molestation to police in Oklahoma.

The Tulsa World reports that 85-year-old Calvert Cowen has been charged with 18 counts of lewd or indecent proposals or acts on a child under age 16. He's also charged with one count of child pornography.

Investigators say Cowen was a teacher's assistant for Perry Upper Elementary School. A police affidavit alleges he told authorities molested female students in class and initiated unwelcome hugs.

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Republican Scott Pruitt has resigned his position as Oklahoma attorney general following his confirmation to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruitt submitted his resignation to Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday, the same day he was confirmed on a 52-46 vote in the U.S. Senate.

Fallin praised Pruitt in a statement for his six years as Oklahoma's top prosecutor and says she expects to name his successor soon, although she didn't provide a time frame.

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A Pryor substitute teacher is in big trouble with the law.  58-year-old John Autry was arrested after allegation he showed pornography in the classroom to students aged 12-to-14.

Nearly two dozen students were in the class and 21 report seeing the porn. Autry was arrested and booked into the Pryor jail.

Autry has been a substitute teacher for over 25-years.

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A federal safety agency says it's not investigating an airport collision involving two jetliners at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The planes clipped wings Thursday evening, but there were no injuries to people. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Terry Williams says the agency isn't investigating the accident because the damage to the planes was "very, very limited."

Officials say a departing Frontier Airlines flight was pushing back from its gate when it collided with an arriving Southwest Airlines flight.

 

An Oklahoma City psychic who has been arrested could see jail time in her future.

The Oklahoman reports that fortunetelling for a fee has been illegal in Oklahoma since 1915, but the law is rarely enforced.

Officials say 52 -year-old Sonia Lisa Marks was arrested in August and is currently free on bond. She has been charged with obtaining money under false pretenses and fortunetelling for a fee.

If convicted, Marks could serve up to two years in prison and be fined up to $500.

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 The Oklahoma House has approved a bill that would eliminate the electric chair as a mode of execution, although it's more than 50 years since the state's last electrocution.

The bill lists which execution methods are allowed, including lethal injection, nitrogen hypoxia, which causes death by depleting oxygen in the blood, firing squad and any other form not prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.

The bill also would give the Department of Corrections' director the choice of which method to use.

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 President Donald Trump and his supporters say the nation's greatest security risk lies in attackers who potentially sneak into the U.S. from abroad. But a list of worldwide attacks recently released by the administration left off many that were carried out by right-wing extremists and white supremacists.

And organizations that track terrorist and hate groups say the government focuses too narrowly on threats from the outside instead of adopting a broader approach.

 

An Oklahoma judge has ordered state Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, to turn over documents sought by an advocacy group related to his communication with coal, oil and gas corporations.

District Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons said Thursday "there really is no reasonable explanation" why Pruitt's office hasn't complied with a request filed in January 2015 by the Center for Media and Democracy.

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Gov. Mary Fallin has scheduled a special election to fill a House seat being vacated by a lawmaker who resigned after admitting he asked a legislative aide to send him topless photos and accompany him to a strip club.

Fallin on Thursday scheduled the filing period for House District 75 for Feb. 27-March 1; a special primary election for May 9 and a special general election will be July 11. If a special primary is not necessary, the special general election will be May 9.

The winner will replace Republican Rep. Dan Kirby of Tulsa.

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 Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb is announcing his resignation from his position as Oklahoma's small business advocate on Gov. Mary Fallin's cabinet, citing a disagreement with Fallin over her plans to broaden the sales tax.

Lamb — who's considered a likely candidate for governor in 2018 — said in a statement that he felt it was best to step aside from his cabinet post because he's unwilling to be an advocate for the tax proposals.

 

The Oklahoma House has voted overwhelmingly for legislation that would bring the state into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act.

House members voted 78-18 Thursday for a bill to comply with the anti-terrorism measure involving identification cards. It now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

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  An Oklahoma House committee has given preliminary approval to bills that expand gun rights in Oklahoma.

A measure by Republican Rep. Jeff Coody would allow non-felons to transport an unloaded rifle or shotgun, concealed or unconcealed, in a vehicle at any time. It also allows non-felons who are at least 21 to transport a loaded or unloaded pistol, concealed or unconcealed, without a handgun license.

Coody says the constitutional car-carry measure is similar to measures in 30 other states. Opponents say some law enforcement officers oppose the plan.

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A sexual harassment scandal that erupted in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and led to the resignation of Tulsa Representative Dan Kirby is far from an uncommon occurrence in state legislatures.

Sex scandals have roiled at least eight other statehouses in the last few years.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit asking the state Supreme Court to prohibit Justice Patrick Wyrick from serving on the court from District 2.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges Wyrick doesn't meet the state Constitution's requirement that justices be a voter within the district for at least a year.

ACLU attorney Brady Henderson said Wyrick has lived for years in central Oklahoma, not in District 2 in southeast Oklahoma.

Wyrick, who was sworn into office Friday, has not responded to requests for comment.

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A Republican lawmaker who defended his description of pregnant women as "hosts" has won approval for his bill that would require women seeking an abortion to first receive written consent from the father.

The House Public Health Committee voted 5-2 in favor of the bill by Rep. Justin Humphrey, despite objections from opponents that the measure is unconstitutional. It now proceeds to the full House.

Humphrey acknowledged that the bill may not pass constitutional muster, but says he wanted to ensure fathers have a role in the abortion process.

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State finance officials are releasing more bad news about Oklahoma's economy, announcing that revenue collections to state government's main operating fund are continuing to trail official estimates.

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Support from labor unions was critical when Doug Parker's US Airways forced a merger with American, but now the CEO of the world's biggest airline is under fire from unions unhappy about pay that lags rates at rival Delta.

Leaders of the pilots' union say they have lost confidence in the ability of Parker and senior executives to lead the airline. Flight attendants picketed Tuesday at company headquarters and three big airports.

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  A city council meeting in Hartshorne was called off after workers discovered bedbugs inside City Hall.

Mayor Leon Mace says the bugs were found inside some of the furniture in the building in Hartshorne, about 120 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. The McAlester News-Capital reports that Monday's city council meeting was postponed, and City Hall was shut down to the public Tuesday so exterminators can treat the building.

Mace says Pittsburg County will handle emergency dispatch services until City Hall reopens.

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 Former Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert is suing President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for slander over comments made during an online podcast in May.

The Tulsa World reports on a Cato Institute podcast, Scott Pruitt, Trump's EPA pick and Oklahoma's attorney general, alleged that Colbert seized and kept $10,000.

In March, Colbert and Sheriff's Office Capt. Jeff Gragg were indicted and accused of conspiring to elicit a bribe in exchange for not pursuing charges in December 2014.

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's plan to increase the cigarette tax by $1.50 a pack to help pay for health care has passed its first legislative hurdle.

The Republican-controlled House Appropriations and Budget Committee voted 17-10 to advance the measure to the full House. Some Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the measure.

It would more than double the cigarette tax, from $1.03 a pack to more than $2.50. Fallin says it would raise almost $258 million for health care.

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 A Republican lawmaker from southeast Oklahoma who described a pregnant woman as a "host" is standing by his use of the term, saying his intent was not to offend anyone.

State Rep. Justin Humphrey of Lane said Monday he didn't know of a better term to describe a pregnant woman and apologized to anyone who took offense.

Humphrey used the term while discussing his bill that would require women seeking an abortion to first obtain the written informed consent of the father. The bill is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday in a House committee.

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A state senator who wants to undo some of the changes to Oklahoma's drug laws that were approved by voters in November is soliciting input from the public.

Republican Sen. Ralph Shortey is hosting a public forum at the Oklahoma City Community College to discuss his plans.

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Some Oklahoma lawmakers are seeking to make a permanent exception to the state's requirement for third-grade students to be reading proficient before moving on to the next grade.

The Oklahoman reports that currently, Oklahoma's Reading Sufficiency Act requires students in the third grade to score proficient on the state reading test in order to go into fourth grade. A temporary exception was approved in 2014, allowing students to move on anyway if a committee of teachers and parents of the student approve promotion.

 

A warm front brought record high temperatures across Oklahoma, including near 100 degrees in southwest Oklahoma that tied a nearly century old record.

The National Weather Service says the high in Mangum on Saturday reached 99 degrees to tie a record set Feb. 24, 1918, in Arapaho as the highest February temperature ever in Oklahoma.

Much cooler temperatures are forecast through Tuesday. There is a 90% chance of rain tonight and a 70% chance on Tuesday.

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The U.S. Navy's new littoral class combat ship the USS Tulsa has been christened.

Former Tulsa mayor and ship sponsor Kathy Taylor joined current Mayor G.T. Bynum and other Tulsans in christening the ship on Saturday at Austal USA's facilities in Mobile, Alabama. It was Taylor who broke a bottle of champagne on the hull of the warship.

The Tulsa is expected to be launched next month, and commissioned in 2018.

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Oklahoma City firefighters believe they are making progress in controlling a grass fire on the city's southeast side, but the fire is not out and residents are asked to leave their homes.

Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson says no injuries have been reported and no homes have been burned, although some outbuildings have burned. He said helicopters are being used to drop water on the flames.

Fulkerson said 60 to 70 Oklahoma City firefighters have been joined by about firefighters from about a dozen nearby departments to help fight the fire.

 

  A federal report shows Oklahoma had more children abused or neglected by foster parents in 2015 than any state in the nation.

The report released in January by the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows 150 cases of child abuse or neglect by Oklahoma foster parents during the year.

Oklahoma Department of Human Services spokeswoman Sheree Powell told The Oklahoman that the number is too high and efforts are being made to bring it down.

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