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  The Defense Department has identified a U.S. soldier from Illinois and an Army civilian employee from Oklahoma as those killed in an attack this week in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul.

The military says in a statement 26-year-old Sgt. Douglas J. Riney of Fairview, Illinois, and 40-year-old Michael G. Sauro of McAlester, Oklahoma, died in Kabul of wounds received from encountering hostile enemy forces. The statement says they died Thursday.

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Police in Tulsa say a woman has been stabbed to death at an apartment complex on the city's north side and a "person of interest" is in custody.

Police told reporters that officers were called to Comanche Park Apartments on Wednesday morning where they found the woman.

The names of the victim and the person arrested have not been released, nor have details of the stabbing been revealed.

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 A woman found guilty in connection with what authorities say was a fraudulent cancer treatment business she ran in Oklahoma and Arkansas has been sentenced to five years of probation.

The Tulsa World reports that 73-year-old Antonella Carpenter was sentenced by a Tulsa federal judge Tuesday. She has been ordered to serve the first year of her probation as in-home detention. Carpenter was found guilty earlier this year of 29 counts of mail, travel and wire fraud.

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The attorney for a woman charged with driving her car into spectators at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade and killing four people says he's given a judge and prosecutors a psychologist's report on a mental evaluation of the woman.

Adacia Chambers has pleaded not guilty to four counts of second-degree murder and 42 counts of assault and battery in the crash that occurred Oct. 24, 2015, in Stillwater.

Attorney Tony Coleman has previously indicated plans to raise the question of mental illness or insanity at Chambers' trial set for January.

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Campaign finance reports show the Cherokee Nation gave $6 million to the group behind a casino legalization proposal that was disqualified from the November ballot, while a dog track and horse track gave more than $1.4 million to the campaign opposing it.

Arkansas Wins in 2016 reported Monday the Cherokee Nation made up the bulk of $6.1 million in total contributions raised for its proposal to legalize casinos in Boone, Miller and Washington counties.

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 A new state audit finds that the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office did not pay contracts for inmate health care services even though money was available at the time payment was due.

The audit released Tuesday by State Auditor Gary Jones also found that about $900,000 was spent on vehicles for the sheriff's office even though other financial obligations had not been met.

The audit was conducted at the request of Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, who said in March that the investigation "could result in criminal charges being filed."

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Thousands of Oklahoma corrections employees could be getting one-time stipends of nearly $1,800 as soon as next month.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections approved the payments at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

The money will come from the $10-plus million the agency received in September after a state revenue failure earlier this year.

Under the adopted plan, each employee who has been with the agency for at least six months will receive $1,750.



 Landowners in Kingfisher County have filed a lawsuit against a railroad company over a chemical spill caused by a train derailment two decades ago.

The Journal Record reports that public documents indicate a railcar spilled more about 3,300 gallons of carbon tetrachloride in April 1995. The Federal Railroad Administration reported that several cars containing the hazardous materials derailed.

Gary and Geraldine Mueggenborg say Union Pacific Railroad Co. hasn't adequately remediated the spill site.

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A memorial has been set for a former NFL defensive lineman Dennis Byrd, who was killed in a car accident in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Byrd died Saturday in a two-vehicle collision on Oklahoma 88 north of Claremore.

Byrd, who was 50, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 17-year-old driver and a 12-year-old passenger in Byrd's vehicle were taken in critical condition to a hospital in Tulsa.

Rogers County District Attorney Matt Ballard says the investigation is ongoing.

  A pipeline operator has reported that a release of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer in northeast Nebraska has killed a man.

Magellan Midstream Partners, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, said in a news release Tuesday that the leak occurred late Monday evening in part of its 8-inch pipeline system near Tekamah. The cause of the leak is being investigated.

The company said other nearby residents were evacuated and some roads were closed.

The man's name hasn't been released.

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State weather officials say the temperature reached 102 degrees in the Oklahoma Panhandle on Monday, making it the highest temperature ever recorded this late in the year. State Climatologist Gary McManus says the 102 temperature recorded at the Mesonet site in Buffalo topped the previous record of 101 degrees at Healdton on Oct. 17, 1972. The heat records date back to the 1880s.


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 A judge has ruled that the Oklahoma Tax Commission misinterpreted a law when paying schools from motor vehicle collections.

The Journal Record reports that eight school districts filed a lawsuit against the commission, arguing that school districts lost more than $2.5 million in a year because the state used the wrong calculations to distribute the money, which is collected from vehicle registrations and excise tax.

The school districts did not ask for the money, but requested that the court have the commission adopt their interpretation of the law.

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 Oklahoma's top investigative agency has completed its probe into allegations of misconduct at an Oklahoma sheriff's office where an ex-volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed black man.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown says the report on the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office was submitted Monday to prosecutors to consider whether criminal charges should be filed.


 Forecasters say unseasonably warm weather and gusty winds will put parts of Oklahoma at a high risk for wildfires on Monday.

A red flag warning is in effect from noon until 7 p.m. on Monday. The National Weather Service says temperatures could top 100 degrees in some areas, and winds of 20 mph to 25 mph are expected.

Forecasters say some areas could see gusts of 40 mph. Northwest Oklahoma is at the greatest risk for wildfires, but the entire state could see record-breaking high temperatures Monday.

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 The manager of McAlester Regional Airport says two men were injured when the airplane they were in apparently lost power and went off a runway at the airport.

Butch Mellor told reporters the aircraft was doing touch and go landings and takeoffs Sunday morning when it went off the runway. He said federal safety officials will investigate the incident.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons told reporters the plane was carrying a student pilot and an instructor.

Both men were hospitalized with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.

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Tulsa police paid more than $216,000 in overtime in the 10 days after the fatal shooting of a man by a police officer.

The Tulsa World obtained the costs in an open records request.

The expenses covered increased staffing of patrols for demonstrations, marches, the funeral and news conferences after Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by Officer Betty Shelby on Sept. 16.

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Emeke Egbule returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown with 1:21 remaining to give Number 13 Houston a 38-31 win over Tulsa Saturday night. The game was tied at 31-31 when Garrett Davis knocked the ball out of the hands of quarterback Dane Evans. Egbule scooped it up and dashed into the end zone for the score.


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Oklahoma City police say a 10-year veteran officer has been arrested on felony charges.

Police say information leading to the arrest was developed as part of an unrelated investigation.

The officer was arrested Friday night on a warrant alleging conspiracy to commit a felony, illegal use of a computer, obstruction of justice and aiding prostitution.

Court records do not show that formal charges have been filed.

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 Police in Tulsa say a shooting on the city's east side has left one man dead.

Police say officers investigating reports of gunfire found the man dead inside a condominium about 2 a.m. Saturday.

The man's name has not been released and no arrests have been announced.

Cpl. Patrick McLean told reporters that the victim had returned home from a party when he was shot outside the condominium and was able to get inside, where he died.


 An arson charge has been dismissed against a Bristow man suspected of starting a fire in 2012 that burned 91-square-miles in Creek County and destroyed nearly 400 homes.

The charge against 40-year-old Billy Cloud was dismissed Friday after a prosecutor said two witnesses who were subpoenaed to testify at a preliminary hearing failed to appear.

Defense attorney Matthew Gore said that Cloud is innocent.

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Dennis Byrd, the former NFL defensive lineman whose career was ended by neck injury, was killed Saturday in a car accident. He was 50.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Byrd was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Oklahoma 88 north of Claremore.

The Tulsa World first reported Byrd's death. He starred at Tulsa before playing for the New York Jets

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 A jury has found that the operator of an Oklahoma City group home for the was reckless in connection to the death of a man who died soon after he was relocated to the home.

The Oklahoman reports that 52-year-old Mitchell Boles lived at a state-run center for the developmentally disabled in Pauls Valley for 40 years.

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Authorities say two teenagers were killed and three others injured after their car flipped during a police pursuit in Tulsa.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the chase began on U.S. 169 after a trooper tried to pull over a driver for an expired tag. The highway patrol says the driver lost control of the car shortly after midnight Friday and the vehicle rolled over several times.

 Oklahoma Election Board officials say voter registration in the state has surged as the deadline nears for registering to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Election Board spokesman Bryan Dean says that as of Friday morning, there were more than 2.11 million registered voters in the state, an increase of more than 136,000 voters since Jan. 15, when there were almost 1.98 million voters.

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Oklahoma's medical examiner says the Oklahoma State University basketball player who died in July following an outdoor team workout suffered from an enlarged heart and died of natural causes. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released Friday the findings of the autopsy on 22-year-old Tyrek Coger. The forward collapsed July 21 following a 40-minute team workout on the football stadium stairs when the temperature was 99 degrees. The autopsy report says Coger died due to cardiomegaly, or an enlarged heart.

  The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake has shaken parts of northwestern Oklahoma.  Geologists say the 3.2 magnitude quake was recorded at 6:50 a.m. Friday about 9 miles east-northeast of Mooreland in Woodward County. The quake was recorded at a depth of less than 2 miles.   No damage or injuries were immediately reported following the earthquake.

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State forestry officials say they plan to restrict the movement of ash wood in part of northeastern Oklahoma following the discovery of a destructive beetle that has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees across the nation.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry says the emerald ash borer has been discovered in Delaware County. The insect is a non-native, wood-boring beetle and represents a significant threat to ash trees across the state.

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A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper charged with assaulting three women during traffic stops has waived his right to a jury trial on sexual assault, indecent exposure and sexual battery charges.



 Federal investigators say the woman accused of driving her car into spectators at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade and killing four people sped up as she approached the parade route.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that co-workers who saw 26-year-old Adacia Chambers before the crash said she seemed distracted. The NTSB said her "emotional distress" was the probable cause of the crash on Oct. 24, 2015.

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 Police in Tulsa say the shooting death of a man in a city park is believed to be connected to a crime spree that included armed robberies, the theft of a pickup truck and a carjacking.

Sgt. Dave Walker says three suspects are in custody Thursday after a man's body was found in Mohawk Park on the city's north side Wednesday. Walker says the man hasn't been positively identified, but is believed to have been killed because his brother is suspected of stealing a truck.