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A $1 million federal grant will help rural Oklahoma oil and natural gas companies diversify to help create jobs and boost the region's economy.

The Oklahoman reports that the U.S. Economic Development Authority grant was presented to the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

Yukon Schools

The Yukon school board is suing the district's former food supplier for allegedly overbilling the district by $427,000. The lawsuit dated Thursday against Sysco Oklahoma LLC asks for compensatory damages of more than $10,000, punitive damages of more than $10,000 and attorney fees. Sysco said in a statement that it disputes the allegations.

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 Oklahoma Natural Gas could be fined up to $1.5 million because of a gas line explosion in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission's transportation division filed a complaint Friday alleging ONG failed to properly investigate a leak reported the day before the explosion; didn't investigate or document an investigation of at least eight previous leaks in the area; and didn't perform or document performance of surveillance after the leaks. Each count carries a maximum $500,000 fine.

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 State prison officials say three of six water pumps that supply water to two state prisons in Lexington have failed, causing an outage.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections said Saturday that the pumps provide water to the Lexington Correctional Center and the Joseph Harp Correctional Center.

The Harp center is rationing water and weekend visits at the Lexington center have been canceled.

1,000 Attend Crutcher Service

Sep 25, 2016
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An estimated 1,000 people packed a church for a funeral honoring an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer.

Attendees filled the Antioch Baptist Church late Saturday to remember 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, who was fatally shot Sept. 16 by Officer Betty Jo Shelby.

Shelby has been charged with first degree manslaughter and turned herself in Friday. She was released after posting bond.

Oklahoma County

 The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office says an inmate has died after being found unresponsive in her cell.

Sheriff's spokesman Mark Opgrande says 39-year-old Joann Cortez died Thursday.

Opgrande says Cortez was booked in the jail Tuesday on charges of enabling child sexual abuse and possession of a controlled dangerous substance and was initially placed on suicide watch.

OCK Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook says "something has to change" in the United States following the recent police shootings of black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

The NBA player made the comments Friday at the Thunder's annual media day.

Westbrook, who grew up in the Los Angeles area, says the Sept. 16 shooting of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man in Tulsa, hit home for him because of where he grew up and how he was raised.

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 A former Tulsa Jail detention officer has been charged with ignoring a fight involving dozens of inmates.

The Tulsa World reports that 28-year-old Marc Moncrief was charged Thursday with one count of willfully neglecting to perform the duty of a public officer. Online court records didn't list an attorney for Moncrief.

The sheriff's office released a surveillance video from the July 9 brawl. Authorities say Moncrief failed to call for help or prevent inmates from carrying out an assault.

 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a 90-extension to Department of Defense installations for compliance with what's known as the Real ID Act.

Officials at Fort Sill announced the extension Friday and say it includes Fort Sill in addition to Altus, Tinker and Vance Air Force bases.

Without the extension, an Oklahoma driver's license would not be accepted for entrance onto military installations starting Oct. 10. The extension moves the date to Jan. 10, 2017. An ID such as a passport would be needed.

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 A teacher at a Tulsa charter school attended by the daughter of an unarmed black man killed by a white officer says the tragedy "lives and breathes" among her classmates in a moving essay she posted on Facebook detailing her experience helping students cope.

Rebecca Lee is a teacher at KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory. She writes that she facilitated three small-group discussions about Terence Crutcher's death. She says one group included sixth-grade classmates of Crutcher's daughter.

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