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Incoming OU president Jim Gallogly says the school is losing $36 million a year with the Norman campus almost $1 billion in debt. He says lay-offs may be necessary to right the ship. However, Gallogly says tuition hikes at OU are not an option.

Meanwhile, OSU spokesman Gary Shutt said Thursday that the university's bonded indebtedness totals $809 million.

Gallogly said on Tuesday that the University of Oklahoma needs to "put our house in order" before asking the state for more money.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a bridge over Lake Texoma has been closed following a deadly collision that sent a tractor-trailer truck careening into the reservoir that straddles the border with Texas.

Troopers say the collision occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday on a U.S. Highway 70 bridge that connects Bryan and Marshall counties. Troopers say one vehicle was burning on the bridge, and the truck fell off the bridge and is submerged in the lake.

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Early, in-person absentee voting has begun at county election boards across Oklahoma ahead of Tuesday's statewide primary election.

The three-day early voting period is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

In addition to polls being open at each of the state's 77 county election board offices, several of the state's larger counties have opened second satellite voting locations. Those include Cleveland, Comanche, Osage, Rogers and Tulsa counties.

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Early, in-person absentee voting has begun at county election boards across Oklahoma ahead of Tuesday's statewide primary election.

The three-day early voting period is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

In addition to polls being open at each of the state's 77 county election board offices, several of the state's larger counties have opened second satellite voting locations. Those include Cleveland, Comanche, Osage, Rogers and Tulsa counties.

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The United States' largest black denomination has convened its annual meeting in Oklahoma City, and its leaders are denouncing the separation of immigrant children from families at the border.

The Rev. Jerry Young, who is president of the National Baptist Convention USA, criticized U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' use of scripture to justify the policy, saying Wednesday that it was out of context.

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A senior Republican senator is defending the embattled Environmental Protection Agency administrator, calling ethics allegations against Scott Pruitt "outrageous" and "lies."

Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe's comments were some of the strongest on Pruitt's behalf by a member of Congress amid months of federal ethics investigations.

The probes are examining allegations that Pruitt misused his office to get perks for himself and his family, as well as scrutinizing his first-class travel and high security costs.

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Authorities say an improvised incendiary bomb was found beside a busy interstate highway in southern Oklahoma.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the Garvin County Sheriff's Office said a state highway mowing crew found the item about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. It was found beside an Interstate 35 exit ramp about 4 miles (6 kilometers) northwest of Pauls Valley and about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City.

 

Candidates supported by billionaire investor Carl Icahn have won control of the board of directors of Oklahoma City-based SandRidge Energy, Inc.

The company said in a news release after Tuesday's voting by shareholders that Icahn-supported candidates won four of the seven seats, two incumbent members won re-election, and one vote was too close to call.

Nominees for the seventh seat withdrew and the board agreed to add one seat, selecting one person supported by Icahn and one supported by the incumbent board, giving Icahn supporters five of the eight positions.

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A Muskogee County jail inmate has died at a hospital after suffering an undisclosed medical issue.

The county sheriff's office says 35-year-old Floyd Patterson III of Muskogee died Monday, shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Sheriff Rob Frazier said the death is being investigated by the sheriff's office.

Patterson was arrested Sunday on a charge of public intoxication.

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The University of Oklahoma's incoming president says the school is losing $36 million a year as expenses continue to outpace revenue.

 Jim Gallogly met with the university's Board of Regents in Oklahoma City on Tuesday. He'll become the university's 14th president July 1.

Gallogly says total debt is nearly $1 billion at the Norman campus, and debt service costs are almost $70 million a year.

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Authorities say one man was killed when a small plane crashed in northwest Oklahoma.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper and Enid Emergency Management Director Mike Honigsberg said the pilot of the crop dusting plane died in the crash about 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Honigsberg said the plane crashed into a wheat field just northwest of Enid, 75 miles (121 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City.

The man's name has not been released.

 

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has approved a $64 million rate cut in utility bills proposed by Oklahoma's largest electric utility.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the first state permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants, a switch from federal oversight that the coal industry had sought.

The coal ash can contain toxins such as arsenic and chromium and contaminate ground water. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had delayed implementation of a 2015 federal rule that set tighter guidelines for waste from coal plants. The first state permit program went to Oklahoma.

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the first state permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants, a switch from federal oversight that the coal industry had sought.

The coal ash can contain toxins such as arsenic and chromium and contaminate ground water. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had delayed implementation of a 2015 federal rule that set tighter guidelines for waste from coal plants. The first state permit program went to Oklahoma.

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A prosecutor has cleared two people who fatally shot a man who wounded three after opening fire at an Oklahoma City restaurant.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater announced Monday that Juan Carlos Nazario and Bryan Whittle were justified in their actions and would not face charges. Neither could immediately be reached for comment.

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she expects to call lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session if Oklahoma voters approve a state question next week to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Fallin on Monday expressed reservations about State Question 788 and said the Legislature would need to establish a legal framework for regulating the use of medical marijuana if the measure passes.

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County health clinics across Oklahoma are struggling to survive after layoffs by the state Health Department.

The Oklahoman reports that the staffing shortage is leading clinics to reduce the number of people they serve and delay visits.

Statistics from April compared to the same time last year found clinics saw about 4,800 fewer people than a year ago. The data doesn't include Oklahoma and Tulsa counties, which have independent clinics.

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AAA says motorists in Oklahoma and Arkansas are paying some of the nation's lowest prices for gasoline.

AAA said Monday that average pump prices in Oklahoma were the fifth lowest in the nation at $2.61 a gallon. Arkansas had the sixth lowest price at $2.63 a gallon.

Nationally, gas prices averaged $2.90 a gallon, one cent more expensive than a month ago and 60 cents higher than a year ago.

Nationwide, 44 states have less expensive or steady gas price averages compared to a week ago. But consumption is on the rise as the summer travel season intensifies.

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A 70-year-old man wanted by authorities in Kansas has been shot and wounded by a police officer following a traffic stop in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement Saturday that Ronald Dean Minix was stopped by an officer in Tonkawa, along Interstate 35 in the northern portion of the state.

Authorities say Minix put a gun to his head during the stop late Friday and the officer fired his own weapon, striking Minix in the hand. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will not renew the contract of the only television play-by-play announcer the team has had since it relocated in 2008.

The team said Friday the contract of Brian Davis, play-by-play announcer since the team relocated from Seattle, will not be renewed for the 2018-19 season.

A team statement does not give a reason for the decision.

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Three people have died and two others were hurt after an early-morning collision involving two vehicles in southern Oklahoma.

The state Department of Public Safety said in a statement that the wreck occurred early Saturday south of Mill Creek in Johnston County.

Two passengers in a Lincoln Navigator were killed while a third passenger was flown to a hospital in critical condition. The 19-year-old driver of the Navigator was flown to a hospital in Denison, Texas, and listed in stable condition.

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A Tulsa school district wants to delay renaming a school named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee amid pushback that the new name doesn't go far enough.

Tulsa Public Schools voted last month to rename the elementary school "Lee School." But many residents questioned why the school would keep the general's surname.

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Unemployment in Oklahoma remained at 4 percent last month for the third consecutive month.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment remained unchanged in May. Unemployment declined three-tenths of a percentage point when compared to May 2017.

The commission says employment increased by 4,434 persons statewide. Over the year, seasonally adjusted unemployment fell by 5,149 people.

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.0 magnitude earthquake has shaken parts of central Oklahoma, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The USGS says the earthquake was recorded at 3:56 p.m. about 7 miles (12 kilometers) north of Crescent, located about 34 miles (55 kilometers) north of Oklahoma City. The temblor was recorded at a depth of about 3 miles (5.5 kilometers).

Geologists say that a 2.7 magnitude aftershock was recorded about 14 minutes later about 7 miles (12 kilometers) north-northeast of Crescent.

   

A new autopsy report says a 9-year-old Oklahoma girl who died after losing consciousness at school had an enlarged heart.

The Tulsa World reports that the state Medical Examiner's Office released its autopsy report Tuesday for Milagros Villalpando, known as Milly. The report lists the fourth-grader's cause of death as myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart, and the manner of death as natural.

Office spokeswoman Amy Elliott says Milly had no previous illnesses.

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An Oklahoma firefighter and four other people were injured in an explosion and fire that followed the rupture of a natural gas line in Tulsa.

Police say a tractor struck the gas line around 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the city's west side. A Tulsa Fire Department spokesman says an explosion and fire followed the rupture.

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Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is being met with protests deep in Trump country, as corn farmers and ethanol producers complain his support for oil and gas is hurting their industries.

Midwest corn farmers are showing their unhappiness in rallies, on billboards and at meetings as Pruitt tours farm states this week.

Corn farmers accuse Pruitt of waffling on a promise by President Donald Trump to boost use of ethanol in motor fuel.

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An Oklahoma firefighter and four other people were injured in an explosion and fire that followed the rupture of a natural gas line in Tulsa.

Police say a tractor struck the gas line around 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the city's west side. A Tulsa Fire Department spokesman says an explosion and fire followed the rupture.

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Part of the U.S. Air Force's recently grounded bomber fleet is currently undergoing maintenance at Oklahoma's Tinker Air Force Base.

The commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command ordered a "safety stand down" of all B-1B Lancers last week. The order comes after an emergency landing in Texas last month prompted an investigation revealing problems with the long-range bomber's ejection seats.

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The Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma will contribute to the U.S. Marshals Museum in Arkansas a statue of a native lighthorseman who worked with federal marshals to keep order in the Indian Territory.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the museum board voted Tuesday to accept the recommendation from the tribes' Intertribal Council for the statue by Dan HorseChief, a Cherokee-Pawnee artist.

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