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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A 17-year-old and a 19-year-old have been charged with first-degree murder after police say they attempted to retaliate against people who robbed marijuana from them.

The Norman Transcript reports that Anthony Bing Alexander Mundell and a 17-year-old were charged Thursday in the death of 41-year-old Kenneth Keeling on December 14th.

Court documents say the pair told a friend they found the people who they thought robbed them. Mundell told police their friend started shooting in the people's direction.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court has affirmed the life prison sentence for a 38-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder for the beating death of his 78-year-old grandmother.

The Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Friday in the case of Antione Jermaine Jackson. Jackson was convicted by a Tulsa County jury of the January 29th, 2013 death of his grandmother, Arlevia Jackson.

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CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) — A former Lincoln County judge has pleaded guilty to embezzling money from his private legal clients.

Records indicate former Associate District Judge Craig S. Key pleaded guilty Friday to 24 counts in 11 cases. Key was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of probation. He also must pay more than $527,000 in restitution.

Key was indicted by Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury in 2013 for stealing cattle and a trailer and embezzling from his clients. He worked as an attorney before surrendering his law license after being indicted.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma will be a featured speaker next month at an annual gathering of conservatives in suburban Washington.

The first-term Republican from Edmond has been invited to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC. The event is March 2nd through 5th in National Harbor, Maryland.

He will join several GOP presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Oklahoma agencies grappling with the increasing number of earthquakes are looking to hire scientists to aid in their efforts.

Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Friday the agency is close to offering a contract for a geophysicist who will work with the agency's oil and gas division. That division regulates the wastewater disposal wells that scientists have linked to the increase in quakes.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man from Noble wants Oklahomans to vote on whether to outlaw abortion in the state.

Thomas Hunter filed paperwork last week to launch a signature-gathering effort for his proposed state question that says anyone who performs an abortion would be guilty of a homicide.

Hunter's paperwork only included a post office box address, and a telephone number for a Thomas Hunter in Cleveland County was disconnected.

Hunter's proposal is currently in a ten-day window during which any citizen could file a legal protest challenging the petition.

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Oklahoma high school student charged in wrestling incident 

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma high school student has been charged with rape by instrumentation after he allegedly sexually assaulted two junior high school students.

The 17-year-old wrestling team member was charged Thursday as a youthful offender. Moore police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the student posted a $15,000 bond after appearing in district court on Friday.

A preliminary hearing in the case was also set for April 29. Court records do not indicate if the accused student has an attorney.

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McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Members of the McAlester school board are hearing evidence that could lead to the dismissal of the district's superintendent, who has been suspended with pay amid allegations she spent school money on personal items.

A hearing opened Tuesday and resumed Thursday. Panel members said they would meet Friday and again Saturday, if necessary.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A makeover for one of Oklahoma's worst interstate traffic bottlenecks is finally ready to get under way.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is set Monday to award a contract for the first phase of the long-awaited overhaul of the intersection of Interstates 35 and 240 in south Oklahoma City.

The state plans to reconstruct the interchange over at least six years with a multi-level interchange that has new flyover ramps and longer merging distances.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's treasurer says overall receipts to the state treasury plummeted more than 13 percent in January compared to last year, spelling more bad news for the state's economy.

Treasurer Ken Miller says the $150 million plunge in overall collections last month is the largest decline since he began tracking them in March 2010.

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