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7:06 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Red Flag Warning Issued over Wildfire Danger in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service in Tulsa has issued a Red Flag Warning for nine northeastern Oklahoma counties where forecasters say the threat of wildfires is high.

The warning is in effect from noon until 6 p.m. Wednesday. It means there is a dangerous combination of weather conditions and dry vegetation favoring rapid growth and spread of any wildfire. The primary weather factors are strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures.

The warning affects the counties of Pawnee, Washington, Osage, Nowata, Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Tulsa and Rogers.

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7:03 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Norman Authorities ID Victim in Fatal Fire

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Officials in a central Oklahoma city have identified a woman who died following an early morning fire at her home.

Norman fire officials on Tuesday identified 56-year-old Eva Ann Stewart Tresner as the victim in last week's blaze. They say she suffered extensive burns to more than 95 percent of her body. She was taken to a hospital, where she later died.

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7:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Cherokee Veteran Gets All-Expense Paid Trip to Super Bowl

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A citizen of the Cherokee Nation is getting an all-expense paid trip to the Super Bowl.

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dustin Butler of Tahlequah is among 10 veterans nationwide picked to attend Sunday's game in Phoenix.

Butler was chosen by the national nonprofit Operation Enduring Respect to watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots. He will receive free transportation, lodging and food and will also attend an NFL Hall of Fame luncheon with Earl Campbell, Roger Staubach and other former NFL greats.

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1:35 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Provision on Tribal Casinos Might Violate U.S. Law

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal official says Indian gambling compacts proposed for four New Mexico tribes might violate federal law by effectively prohibiting an Oklahoma-headquartered tribe from opening a casino in southern New Mexico.

The director of the Interior Department's Office of Indian Gaming said a provision in compacts proposed for four other tribes could prevent the Fort Still Apache Tribe from opening a casino.

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1:26 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Oklahoma's Unemployment Rate Declines to 4.2 Percent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the state's unemployment rate declined by two-tenths of a percentage point in December, from 4.4 percent in November to 4.2 percent.

State officials said Tuesday that five of the state's nine seasonally adjusted business sectors added jobs in December. Professional and business services led the way with an over-the-month increase of 2,000 jobs. The construction, educational and health services and government sectors also posted sizeable gains for the month.

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7:22 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Oklahoma Democratic Party Director Steps Down

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party has stepped down from the post he'd held for more than three years.

Party officials announced Monday that Trav Robertson has taken a "leave of absence to explore another opportunity."

The party's Central Committee voted unanimously to promote David Scott of Ada to the position of interim executive director. Scott has worked for the last few years as the party's director of information technology.

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7:17 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Homeless Programs Get $7.8M Federal Grant

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $7.8 million in grants to 72 homeless housing and service programs in Oklahoma.

The funding announced Monday is an increase of $356,155 over the previous year. HUD's Continuum of Care grants help agencies provide housing and support services to people and families experiencing homelessness.

Local programs receiving the grants offer a variety of services including street outreach, client assessment, and direct housing assistance. Nationally, HUD awarded $1.8 billion.

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7:10 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Missing: One T-Rex. If Found, Call Pet Store.

Credit Bartlesville Police

The owner of a northeastern Oklahoma pet store is asking for the return of a nearly 9-foot-tall dinosaur statue.

The Tyrannosaurus statue has been outside Classic Pets in Bartlesville for almost a decade and is usually tied down with cables. Owner Kathy Keim says she discovered it was missing Sunday.

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12:34 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Gas Leak Sends Blackwell Students to Hospital

The Blackwell High School in Kay County
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BLACKWELL, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Blackwell say a gas leak in a school gymnasium has sent 35 students and three faculty members to the hospital.

Officials say the leak occurred in the high school practice gymnasium in the Kay County community about 9 a.m. as the middle school boys basketball team and varsity cheer squad were practicing. Some students began to feel sick and a couple of students passed out in the shower area.

The students and faculty members were taken to Blackwell Regional Hospital and administered oxygen. All are expected to recover.

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10:54 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Oklahoma Could Halt Executions for Supreme Court Drug Review

The Oklahoma death chamber
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious.

Rather than stop the executions itself, Oklahoma took the unusual step Monday of asking justices for a stay. Oklahoma wants the right to resume executions if it finds a different suitable drug.

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