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7:04 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Rain Barrels to be Offered in Altus to Capture Water

File photo of Lake Altus shows the drought's impact.
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ALTUS, Okla. (AP) — Free rain barrels are to be offered to Jackson County residents at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus.

Altus Emergency Management Director Lloyd Colston says 100 barrels will be available starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the technology center near Western Oklahoma State College. The barrels are being offered at no charge, but the number of barrels is limited.

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7:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Elderly Man Drowns in Tulsa Pool

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say an elderly man has drowned in his backyard pool while doing renovation work.

A police spokesman says the man was working on the vacant home Sunday night in hopes of selling it. The spokesman says the pool was in poor condition. The water quality made it difficult for first responders to determine if the man was submerged.

An Emergency Medical Services Authority official says the man was 78-years-old. The man's identity has not been released.

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6:55 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Coburn Cancels 1 Planned Town Hall Meeting

Tom Coburn
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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn had canceled one of several town hall meetings he had planned. Coburn canceled a town hall meeting scheduled for noon on Aug. 12 in Bartlesville after learning of a long-standing community-wide meeting planned for approximately the same time and on the same date in Bartlesville.

Coburn's office said in a news release that the senator is canceling his meeting in Bartlesville so as not to conflict with an important Chamber of Commerce meeting.

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8:51 am
Sun July 27, 2014

FBI: Information on Oklahoma Child Migrants Stolen in Scam

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The FBI is investigating how con artists were able to obtain confidential information about unaccompanied child immigrants being held in Oklahoma and elsewhere as part of a scam netting the swindlers thousands of dollars.

Special agent Michelle Lee tells the San Antonio Express-News that information was obtained for children being held at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas and at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.

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8:47 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Man Found Dead Outside North Tulsa Home

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa are investigating the death of a man whose body was found outside a house on the city's north side.

Detective Dave Walker told reporters that a neighbor found the man Saturday morning lying near a pickup truck outside the home. Authorities say the home was the scene of a recent fire and it's believed the man was working at the home and sleeping in the truck.

The man — whose name was not immediately released — was last seen about 5 p.m. Friday.

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8:42 am
Sun July 27, 2014

It May Be Summer, but Plans are Now Being Made for Flu Season

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After a record-breaking 63 people died as a result of the flu during the 2013-14 flu season, Oklahoma health officials preparing for the coming season say educating the public is key to reducing both the deaths and the number of people who contract the virus.

Oklahoma State Department of Health epidemiologist Becky Coffman says public awareness and persuading residents to get a flu shot are vital.

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7:49 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Rogers County Clerk Sues Newspaper Over Stories

The Rogers County Court at Claremore
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CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — The Rogers County clerk has sued the The Claremore Daily Progress and the newspaper's government reporter over claims the newspaper painted her in a false light and invaded her privacy.

Clerk Robin Anderson sued the newspaper and reporter Salesha Wilken over the publication of three articles that ran between July 2012 and August 2013.

Anderson says the paper published misleading facts and in some instances implicated her in criminal wrongdoing.

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7:18 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Sex Offender Gets Prison for Failing to Register

Federal Court House in Muskogee
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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A Haskell man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

The U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma says 42-year-old Albert Preston Alexander was sentenced to 35 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

That sentence will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Alexander pleaded guilty to the charge in December 2013.

Authorities say Alexander failed to register and update his registration between May 2013 and Sept. 4, 2013.

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7:14 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Escaped Oklahoma Inmate Captured in North Texas

Aaron Kelsey
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials say an inmate who walked away from a minimum security facility in Granite has been captured in Texas.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins says 26-year-old Aaron Kelsey was arrested without incident Friday afternoon at an acquaintance's house in Denison, Texas.

Kelsey was discovered missing Wednesday during a 6 p.m. head count at a minimum security facility at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite. Watkins said Kelsey "basically walked away."

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7:12 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Fallin Wants Probe to Include Botched Executions

Governor Fallin
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin says the governor wants investigators looking into Oklahoma's recent flawed execution to consider problems that have popped up in other states such as Ohio and Arizona.

Spokesman Alex Weintz said Friday that an investigation into Oklahoma's execution should consider what other states have done "both successfully and unsuccessfully."

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