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Police say 12 people have been arrested during a protest at the Valero refinery in Memphis.

Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee says protesters used 55-gallon drums to block the south Memphis refinery's truck loading entrance on Monday afternoon.

Brownlee says several protesters handcuffed themselves to the barrels and refused to leave. Those arrested face charges including disorderly conduct and obstruction of a highway or passageway.

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Tulsa police are investigating after three people were found shot to death at a home on the city's north side.

Sgt. Dave Walker says officers responding to reports of a shooting at about 2 a.m. Monday found 28-year-old Thomas Lee Brown and his mother — 52-year-old Cara Brown — dead of apparent gunshot wounds. Police say a man was also found dead of apparent gunshot wound. His name hasn't been released.

Police say the home had apparently been rummaged through or ransacked before police arrived. Police speculate the murders may have been drug related.

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   Wagoner County authorities say a second person of interest has been identified in the death of a 15-year-old boy whose burning body was found near Wagoner.

Sheriff Chris Elliott told reporters Monday that investigators have contacted the man, but said there have been no arrests for the death of Brennan Davis of Okay.

Davis' body was found on fire last Wednesday in the Jackson Bay area near Fort Gibson Lake and his body was identified by the state medical examiner's office using dental records.

Elliott says Davis had been shot several times.

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Wagoner County authorities say a man has been arrested after a teenager's body was found on fire near Wagoner.

The man was arrested for obstruction of justice Sunday after the body of 15-year-old Brennan Davis of Okay was found burning near the Jackson Bay area near Fort Gibson Lake.

Online records show the man is being held in the Wagoner County jail, but formal charges are not listed.

Davis' burning body was found Wednesday and was later identified by the state medical examiner's office using dental records.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a man has died after a wreck on Interstate 40 in western Oklahoma.

The Oklahoman reports that troopers say the wreck happened shortly before 3:30 a.m. Saturday in Custer County and involved three semitrailers and a car. Troopers said the road was icy at the time, but the cause remains under investigation.

Two semitrailers that had been in a crash were jackknifed in the eastbound lanes, about 2 miles west of Weatherford, when a third semitrailer driven by a 45-year-old Oklahoma City man struck them both and then became unable to move.

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Many Oklahoma highways, bridges and county roads remained slick and hazardous as a second round of freezing rain pushed its way through the state.

State transportation officials cautioned Saturday that roads in southwestern Oklahoma are dangerous, including a section of Interstate 40 in western Oklahoma.

The agency says roads in the northeastern and central parts of the state remained slick in some areas, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

 President Barack Obama's administration has scaled back new safety measures for the sprawling network of fuel pipelines that crisscross the United States after oil industry complaints over the cost.

The administration has released long-delayed regulations for almost 200,000 miles of pipelines that transport oil, gasoline and other hazardous liquids.

The changes Friday include more rigorous inspections of lines in rural areas and new requirements for leak detection systems.

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Two Republicans in Congress have introduced a resolution that would stop the District of Columbia from allowing terminally ill patients to end their own lives with the help of a doctor.

Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the "Death with Dignity" law last month after it was approved by the liberal D.C. Council.

Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Rep. Brad Westrup of Ohio introduced companion resolutions on Thursday that would invalidate the law.

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 Voters would decide whether the Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor should be elected or appointed under a measure that's been filed ahead of the legislative session that begins next month.

Freshman state Sen. Adam Pugh filed a joint resolution this week seeking a public vote on the issue.

Under current law, the labor commissioner is one of 11 statewide elected state officers. If approved by the House and Senate, voters could decide whether the labor commissioner would be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

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A 26-year-old Oklahoma paramedic has pleaded guilty in federal court to taking vials of painkillers from her assigned ambulances and replacing the contents with saline solution.

Federal prosecutors in Tulsa say that Sara Nicole Hogsett pleaded guilty to tampering with consumer products.

Prosecutors alleged that between April and May of 2016, Hogsett took fentanyl, morphine and diazepam from the ambulances by removing the liquid drugs from their vials.

A 26-year-old Oklahoma paramedic has pleaded guilty in federal court to taking vials of painkillers from her assigned ambulances and replacing the contents with saline solution.

Federal prosecutors in Tulsa say that Sara Nicole Hogsett pleaded guilty to tampering with consumer products.

Prosecutors alleged that between April and May of 2016, Hogsett took fentanyl, morphine and diazepam from the ambulances by removing the liquid drugs from their vials.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper says his goal was to put a fugitive on the defensive when he fired at the suspect through the windshield of his patrol vehicle during a pursuit.

Trooper Brian Costanza, a nearly 15-year veteran, joined the chase after Michael Dale Vance Jr. on Oct. 30 in Custer County. The manhunt for Vance, 38, began Oct. 23 after he allegedly killed two relatives and shot two police officers in central Oklahoma.

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An Oklahoma man is facing federal charges after allegedly holding a knife to a child's stomach during a commercial flight from Los Angeles to Tulsa that was forced to land in Las Vegas.

39-year-old Fredrick Johnson of Tulsa was charged Monday with simple assault in Nevada.

Court documents say Johnson dismantled and tried to rewire a tablet computer before brandishing a knife in an attempt to get the juvenile to hold the device on Jan. 6. An FBI affidavit says the child's adult sister intervened before Johnson pointed the knife at the child's abdomen.

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 New House Speaker Charles McCall is endorsing a pay increase for Oklahoma teachers that would phase in a $6,000 pay raise during a three-year period.

McCall said in a statement released Thursday that he believes House Republicans will support the bill by Broken Arrow Republican Michael Rogers, chairman of the House Public Education Committee.

Rogers' House Bill 1114 includes a $1,000 raise next year, followed by raises of $2,000 the following year and $3,000 the next year.

 

 

Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties in advance of a winter storm that's forecast to bring crippling ice accumulations and heavy rain to the state.

Fallin issued the declaration Thursday after the National Weather Service in Norman issued an ice storm warning for much of northern and northwestern Oklahoma. Forecasters say the warning goes into effect on Friday. Ice accumulations may exceed one-half inch by Saturday and may cause power outages.

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 The number of Oklahomans who've died due to the flu this flu season has risen to five.

 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Thursday reported two additional deaths since last week.

The latest deaths were in Logan and Tulsa counties and, based on previous reports, both persons were age 65 or older. Four of this season's deaths have been people 65 or older and the third was between the ages of 5 and 17.

Tulsa County has had two deaths during this season while Johnston, Logan and Rogers counties have had one each.

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Oklahoma finance officials say collections by the state's main operating fund are continuing to trail projections, setting up the possibility of a budget hole even deeper than first predicted.

Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger released figures on Wednesday showing collections to the state's General Revenue Fund missed December's monthly estimate by more than 12 percent. Overall collections for the first six months of the fiscal year were off by nearly 3 percent.

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Attorneys for a White Tulsa police officer charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man say a police homicide sergeant told the prosecutor that the case was "unwinnable." Attorneys for 42-year-old Betty Shelby yesterday asked a judge to dismiss the charge against Shelby that was filed in the Sept. 16 shooting death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher. District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said his response to the motion will "take issue" with how the evidence is characterized.

 

Oklahoma's state school superintendent says every public school district will be able to choose between the ACT and the SAT college entrance exams for high school juniors this spring.

The Tulsa World reports administering the test this spring will be optional, but it is strongly encouraged so schools can be prepared for next year when students' scores on one of the exams will likely determine whether the state considers them proficient.

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The National Weather Service says strong winds, unseasonably warm temperatures and low humidity have combined to create a high risk of wildfires in Oklahoma.

Forecasters have issued a red flag fire warning for western Oklahoma until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Forecasters say temperatures in the mid-70s, wind gusts of up to 30 mph and 15 percent humidity will pose a critical fire danger.

Officials say that any wildfires that develop will likely spread rapidly due to strong winds and that outdoor burning is not recommended.

 

A special House committee investigating allegations of sexual harassment by two lawmakers and the use of taxpayer funds to settle a wrongful termination complaint is holding its first meeting at the state Capitol.

The committee met Wednesday and approved its rules, including a requirement that members sign a confidentiality agreement they won't publicly discuss their work. That prompted opposition from Chickasha Democrat David Perryman, one of three Democrats on the panel.

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An Oklahoma lawmaker is proposing a bill that would make elementary school students subject to out-of-school suspensions for assaulting teachers and other school employees.

The Oklahoman reports Republican state Sen. Ron Sharp recently filed the bill, which would expand the list of students who can be suspended for violent acts to include students in grades three through five.

The Professional Oklahoma Educators organization requested the expansion. Executive director Ginger Tinney says some of the group's members have been assaulted by students.

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A woman charged with killing four people and injuring dozens more by driving her car into spectators at Oklahoma State University's 2015 homecoming parade was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison after accepting a plea deal.

Adacia Chambers, 26, was sentenced in Payne County District Court after pleading no contest to four counts of second-degree murder and 39 counts of assault and battery.

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A woman charged with killing four people by driving her car into spectators at Oklahoma State University's 2015 homecoming parade has entered a no contest plea.

If a judge agrees to the deal with prosecutors, Adacia Chambers would be sentenced to life in prison on four murder counts and additional time for the assault and battery of others injured in the crash.

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Officials with the Oklahoma House of Representatives say a panel investigating a wrongful termination claim paid to a House employee last year will look into at least two sexual harassment complaints against current legislators.  

House spokeswoman Tricia Pemberton confirmed Tuesday that formal complaints against both lawmakers had been filed with the House human resources department.

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Authorities say one person is dead and another is injured after a shooting involving two employees at an Oklahoma casino.

The shooting happened Tuesday morning at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, about 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. The casino is run by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

The tribe's police chief, James Collard, says the shooting occurred in an administrative area and not on the casino's floor. He says no other employees or casino visitors were at risk.

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Recent reports show that disposal well operators placed about 23 percent less saltwater from oil and natural gas production into Oklahoma's deepest geological formation within the earthquake zone in 2016 compared to the previous year. The year-end reports about the Arbuckle formation come from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The commission says the 2016 volume numbers are mostly complete, though some companies haven't reported their latest data.

 

Firefighters have contained a wildfire that broke out in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

The fire broke out Monday near the town of Slapout, about 165 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. Beaver County Emergency Management says the fire spread rapidly because of high winds, but said early Tuesday that crews have contained the blaze.

Beaver County officials say firefighters from surrounding agencies assisted in containing the blaze.

 

The director of Oklahoma's Department of Human Services says the agency could be forced to furlough workers or cut provider rates if it doesn't receive an infusion of more than $42 million before the current fiscal year ends in June.

DHS Director Ed Lake presented his agency's budget request to lawmakers on Monday, urging them to pass a supplemental appropriation bill after they reconvene next month.

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A state audit of the inmate trust accounts at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office during the previous administration shows the records were so poorly managed that auditors could not determine whether more than $188,000 was embezzled or misappropriated.

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