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The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 3.2 earthquake was recorded at 5:21 p.m. Tuesday about 18 miles northwest of Fairview, about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The temblor occurred at a depth of about 1 mile.

No injuries or damage was immediately reported. Geologists say damage is not likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4.0 and that earthquakes of magnitudes 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans.

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 The secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is in Oklahoma to meet with members of the Pawnee and Cherokee nations.

Secretary Tom Price began a three-day visit to Oklahoma Tuesday as part of the federal agency's integral relationship with tribal governments.

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  An audit has found that test results were repeatedly altered for an adult basic education program at Oklahoma City Community College.

The audit was conducted by the Oklahoma City accounting firm Crawford & Associates. The audit found that six of the students who were selected for review had alterations on their scan sheets, including erased and replaced names.

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A Democratic schoolteacher who defeated a Republican businessman in a special election for a state House seat in a traditionally GOP district is getting sworn into office.

Jacob Rosecrants will take the oath of office Wednesday morning in the House chamber at the Oklahoma Capitol.

Rosecrants won 60 percent of the vote last week over Republican Darin Chambers for the House District 46 seat in west Norman, despite a nearly 3,000-voter registration advantage for the GOP there. With his win, Republicans now hold a 72-28 edge in the House, with one seat vacant.

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President Donald Trump has concluded his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, a speech of more than 40 minutes marked by tough talk for North Korea and Iran.

The president referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "rocket man." And he threatened to "totally destroy North Korea" if the United States is forced to defend itself or allies against the North's aggression.

Trump also said the Iranian government is an "economically depleted rogue state" whose chief export is violence.

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Two former Oklahoma lawmakers are spearheading a fundraising effort to build a Bill of Rights monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma state Capitol.

Ex-Republican state Rep. Gary Banz and state Sen. Patrick Anderson launched the effort Monday to raise about $850,000 to build the structure.

A bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Mary Fallin last year authorized the privately funded display of the monument.

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Records show at least two people knew about child pornography on a former Oklahoma state lawmaker's computer, but failed to disclose that information to authorities until years later after police reportedly found the lawmaker in a motel room with a 17-year-old boy.

The details were revealed in an application for a search warrant unsealed last week. Former Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey faces charges of child sex trafficking and producing and transporting child pornography.

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 An appeals court has upheld a decision to revoke the medical license of a Tulsa doctor accused of overprescribing drugs and practicing medicine while under the influence of alcohol or opioids.

The Oklahoman reports the state Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision revoked Tamerlane Rozsa's license and fined her $30,000 in November 2015. The board says she was one of the doctors who issued the most prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances in Oklahoma.

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The Oklahoma State Department of Education has submitted its goals for public education to the federal government outlining the state agency's eight-year plan to ensure students have a competitive edge.

The agency said Monday it sent the plan to the U.S. Department of Education for review and approval.

All state education agencies are required to submit such a plan detailing their use of federal education dollars.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating what caused the death of a 69-year-old woman in a single-vehicle crash.

The patrol says in a preliminary report that North Miami, Oklahoma, resident Rosanna Porter was killed in the Ottawa County crash late Saturday.

Porter was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital. A 64-year-old passenger in the car was in stable condition with leg and arm injuries.

The patrol report says neither Porter nor her passenger wore seatbelts.

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the shooting of two Oklahoma police officers.

The OSBI says the Chickasha officers were wounded Sunday afternoon when they went to a man's home to serve a search warrant and the man opened fire. The officers returned gunfire.

Both officers were taken to hospitals in undisclosed condition. Their names have not been released.

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 The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says five people were killed when the pickup truck they were in crashed into a creek in northeastern Oklahoma.

An OHP report says 18-year-old Donovan Caldwell of Muskogee, 18-year-old Jessica Swartwout of McAlester, 19-year-old Drake Wells of Thackerville, 18-year-old Rhianna Seely of Salina and 18-year-old Lily Murphy of Gentry, Arkansas, were each dead at the scene of the crash near Tahlequah.

Tough Loss For TU

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Logan Woodside tied a school record with six touchdown passes and Jameson Vest's 33-yard field goal as time expired lifted Toledo to a 54-51 comeback win on Saturday night against Tulsa.

From the shotgun, Woodside threw his sixth score, a 74-yard bomb just before getting pounded to the turf, to Diontae Johnson to put Toledo out front 51-44 with 8:04 left. Woodside threw a 49-yard strike to Johnson two minutes earlier, and the 2-point conversion tied the game at 44.

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A manager at an Oklahoma food processing plant says he witnessed a former employee at the plant attack and behead a co-worker with a large butcher knife three years ago.

Gary Hazelrigg was the first witness to testify Friday in the trial of 33-year-old Alton Nolen. Nolen is charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 2014, attack at Vaughan Foods in Moore in which 54-year-old Colleen Hufford was killed.

Authorities say one of two inmates who escaped by overpowering guards in northwest Oklahoma and stealing a prison transport van has been arrested in Pennsylvania.

The Major County, Oklahoma, sheriff's office said on its Facebook page that 32-year-old Andrew Foy was arrested Friday.

Details of the arrest and where it took place were not released and the sheriff did not return a phone call for additional information.

Authorities say Foy and 37-year-old Darren Walp escaped Aug. 22 near Fairview, Oklahoma. The Facebook post says Walp remains at large.

An Oklahoma mother whose 5-month-old daughter died after being left alone in a hot vehicle has been convicted of felony child neglect.

The Oklahoman reports that 37-year-old Adele Gonzales of Del City was sentenced to 18 months in prison Thursday. She says she wasn't aware her baby was in her SUV when she spent more than two hours at a nail salon with her teenage daughter Aug. 29, 2015.

Defense attorney Perry Hudson says she respects the jury's decision, but that she is disappointed.

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Oklahoma City police say a bookstore owner was found dead underneath a pile of books in his burning store and the death is being investigated as a homicide.

Firefighters found the body of 66-year-old Kelly Anthony Hays on Thursday after extinguishing the blaze at 30 Penn Books.

Police have not said how he died, but said he suffered injuries that appeared to have been caused before the fire, and arson investigators say the fire was intentionally set.

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An autopsy says a woman found dead in the restroom of an Oklahoma Walmart three days after she was seen on store video entering the room, died of an irregular heartbeat due to difluoroethane toxicity.

The state medical examiner's office ruled the death of 29-year-old Katherine Caraway of Tulsa at the store in Sand Springs as accidental.

Difluoroethane is found in air dusters, such as those used to clean computer keyboards. The report says empty cans of an air duster were found in Caraway's car.

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The Oklahoma Department of Human Services will begin collecting a fee from many people who receive child support payments in the state.

Beginning Oct. 1, DHS' Division of Child Support Services will charge a 3 percent fee up to a maximum of $10 per month on child support payments it collects.

DHS said Friday that the fee is expected to generate about $1 million this year and is needed to help balance the agency's fiscal year 2018 budget.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate rose one-tenth of one percent to 4.5 percent in August as the number of unemployed increased by a seasonally adjusted 2,274 and the number of people with jobs fell by nearly 100.

The transportation, warehousing and utilities sector added 900 jobs over the month, but was offset by declines of 600 jobs in government, and 200 jobs in both the information and the professional and business services industries.

The national unemployment rate for August as 4.4 percent.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services will begin collecting a fee from many people who receive child support payments in the state.

Beginning Oct. 1, DHS' Division of Child Support Services will charge a 3 percent fee up to a maximum of $10 per month on child support payments it collects.

DHS said Friday that the fee is expected to generate about $1 million this year and is needed to help balance the agency's fiscal year 2018 budget.

 

Gov. Mary Fallin has scheduled a special election to fill the state Senate District 27 seat vacated by the resignation of former Sen. Bryce Marlatt.

Fallin on Thursday scheduled a special primary election for Dec. 12 and a special general election for Feb. 13. If a special primary election is unnecessary, the special general election will be Dec. 12.

The filing period for candidates for the seat is Oct. 2-4.

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Sens. James Lankford and Jim Inhofe say the U.S. Senate has confirmed two nominees for U.S. attorney in Oklahoma.

The two Oklahoma Republican senators said Thursday that Brian Kuester was confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma based in Muskogee, and Trent Shores was confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma based in Tulsa.

Shores is currently an assistant U.S. attorney in Tulsa while Kuester has served as the district attorney for Wagoner, Adair, Cherokee, and Sequoyah counties in eastern Oklahoma.

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The risk of wildfires is increasing in Oklahoma, thanks to hot, dry and breezy conditions across the state.

The National Weather Service says there is an elevated chance of wildfires on Thursday and Friday, especially in northwestern Oklahoma.

Forecasters say south to southeasterly winds of between 10 and 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph are likely in northwestern Oklahoma. High temperatures in the region will be in the 90s and humidity levels will remain low with little chance for thunderstorm activity through Sunday.

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A former Oklahoma state senator cried in federal court as he pleaded not guilty to child pornography and sex trafficking charges.

The Oklahoman reports that Ralph Shortey appeared in court Wednesday after a federal grand jury indicted him last week on two counts of transporting child pornography and single counts of producing child porn and sex trafficking of children.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted on the sex trafficking charge.

Defense attorney Ed Blau told the newspaper he hasn't reviewed the entire case yet and declined comment.

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 A Democratic schoolteacher has defeated a Republican businessman in a special election for an Oklahoma state House seat in a traditionally GOP district.

It's the third Republican-held seat Democrats have captured in special elections in Oklahoma this year.

Unofficial election results from Tuesday's election show Democrat Jacob Rosecrants won 60 percent of the vote over Republican Darin Chambers for the House District 46 seat in west Norman. Republicans had a nearly 3,000 voter-registration advantage there.

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The president pro tem of the Oklahoma Senate says a state senator made the right decision in resigning from office as he faces a sexual battery charge for allegedly groping an Uber driver.

Sen. Mike Schulz said in a statement Tuesday that he hopes Sen. Bryce Marlatt now "is able to focus completely on his family and the legal matter before him."

Marlatt was booked Tuesday morning on one felony count of sexual battery, arraigned before a judge and later released on a $5,000 bond.

  Authorities in Tulsa are investigating after a man fatally shot a 20-year-old woman at his home, telling police he thought she was a burglar.

Police say the shooting happened at about 3 a.m. Wednesday at a home in west Tulsa. Authorities say the man and woman knew each other, but the nature of their relationship wasn't immediately clear.

According to police, the man called 911 after the fatal shooting. The woman's body was discovered on the front porch of the home.

 

Authorities in Tulsa are investigating after a man fatally shot a 20-year-old woman at his home, telling police he thought she was a burglar.

Police say the shooting happened at about 3 a.m. Wednesday at a home in west Tulsa. Authorities say the man and woman knew each other, but the nature of their relationship wasn't immediately clear.

According to police, the man called 911 after the fatal shooting. The woman's body was discovered on the front porch of the home.

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Charges have been filed against a former member of the Oklahoma governor's staff who was investigated on allegations that he took photos or video up a woman's skirt at the State Capitol.

Oklahoma County District Court records show that charges of offering false or fraudulent evidence, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of destruction of evidence were filed Tuesday against 29-year-old Travis Goss Brauer.

Brauer resigned July 11 as Gov. Mary Fallin's executive assistant. Court records do not indicate whether he is represented by an attorney.

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