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8:37 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Preliminary Hearing Waived

Grover Prewitt
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Bristow man charged as an accessory in the 1992 slayings of three people has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Grover Prewitt, who faces a charge of accessory to first-degree murder, appeared before Creek County Special Judge Richard Woolery on Friday. The Tulsa World reports Woolery scheduled Prewitt's district court arraignment for November 12th.

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9:04 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Lobbist Found Dead in Hot Tub at Home

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EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Police in Edmond say a man has drowned in the hot tub of his home.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Monroe says 46-year-old Bart McSpadden was found dead in the hot tub after his wife called about 6:30 a.m. Friday.

Monroe says family members reported that McSpadden had gotten up about 2:30 a.m. and said he could not sleep and was going to sit by a backyard pool that was connected to the hot tub.

Monroe says there is no evidence of foul play.

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9:00 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in August

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials say the state's unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.7 percent in August, up from 4.6 percent in July.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday that the civilian labor force fell by 5,950, total employment declined by 6,750 and the number of unemployed rose by 790.

Four of the state's nine industry sectors added jobs during the month with professional and business services increasing by 1,900 and the construction sector adding 1,400 jobs.

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11:48 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Regents Approve 3 Storm Shelters for Norman Campus

The OU campus at Norman
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents has approved a plan to build three above-ground storm shelters on the Norman campus.

The regents agreed Thursday to use $12 million from general obligation bond proceeds to build the shelters. According to the Tulsa World, the 4,200-square-foot shelters will be located in three university apartment complexes on campus.

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11:31 am
Fri September 19, 2014

OSHA Investigates Death of Elephant Caretaker

HOPE, Maine (AP) — Federal workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a Maine man who was crushed by an elephant in his care this month.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says an investigator went to the site in Hope after retired veterinarian James Laurita died on Sept. 9. Police say one of the elephants apparently accidentally stepped on Laurita after he fell in their enclosure.

The elephants, Hope and Opal, have since been returned to the Endangered Ark Foundation in Hugo, Oklahoma.

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11:27 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Oklahoma Judge Dismisses Ten Commandments Lawsuit

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge has dismissed a lawsuit that challenges a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.

District Judge Thomas Prince granted Friday the motion filed by the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission.

The lawsuit alleged the monument violates the state constitution's ban against using public property to support "any sect, church, denomination or system of religion."

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7:10 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake Recorded near Medford

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MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has reported a magnitude 4.0 earthquake near Medford.

The earthquake happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. about 20 miles east of Enid and 17 miles southeast of Medford.

A Grant County Sheriff's Office dispatcher tells The Oklahoman the office hadn't received any calls concerning the earthquake or damage.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans. Damage is not likely at magnitudes below 4.0.

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7:03 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Oklahoma Judge to Rule on Ten Commandments Lawsuit

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge is scheduled to decide whether to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.

A hearing is scheduled Friday before District Judge Thomas Prince on a request by the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma and alleges the monument's placement on the Capitol grounds is unconstitutional.

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1:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Western Governors to Discuss Drought Challenges

The National Weather Service Radar Center in Norman
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governors from across the western United States are heading to the National Weather Center in Norman for a two-day forum on how drought conditions are affecting the energy industry.

An initiative of Western Governors' Association Chairman Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, the two-day forum begins Thursday and will include a welcome from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

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7:47 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Oklahoma Releases A-F Report Cards for Schools

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than one quarter of Oklahoma's public schools received a grade of F or D on annual report cards released by the state Department of Education.

The State Board of Education gave final approval Wednesday to the letter grades, which are being posted on the department's website.

The report shows 16 percent of Oklahoma schools received A grades, 26 percent received a B, 28 percent got a C, 17 percent a D, and 11 percent received an F. Nearly 30 schools, or 2 percent, did not receive a letter grade.

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