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A car driven by a man who had an apparent medical condition crashed through a floor-to-ceiling window pane at Tulsa International Airport.

The car slowly veered into the building near the baggage claim area at about 4 a.m. Saturday.

There were no passengers in the area at the time of the crash. Tulsa police say the driver was alert when he was taken from the scene and transported to a hospital to be treated.

Police say the man was an employee at the airport.

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 The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says no one was injured after a car with a 14-year-old driver collided with a school bus carrying 45 students.

A preliminary report from the patrol says the accident happened at 7:30 a.m. Friday on a gravel road north of Muldrow in Sequoyah County.

The report said the car driven by the teenager was traveling westbound on the county road when the car went left of center on a curve and struck the driver's side of the bus.

The 54-year-old bus driver was also uninjured.

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Less than one month after his re-election to a state House seat in Seminole, a Republican state legislator is stepping down.

Rep. Tom Newell released a statement Friday saying he is resigning his House District 28 seat effective Dec. 31 to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.

Within the next 30 days, Gov. Mary Fallin is expected to announce the dates for a special election. State election officials say the special election will cost between $30,000 and $40,000 if it includes a primary.

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YUKON, Okla. (AP) — Tucker Pawley ran for four touchdowns to help Bixby defeat Lawton 39-31 in the Class 6A-II final Friday night at Yukon High School.

It was Bixby's third consecutive state title, and Tanner Griffin has been the starting quarterback in all three wins.

Lawton led 19-7 in the first quarter of 2014 championship game rematch, with help from an 11-yard touchdown pass from Zack Hanna to Jayquan Lincoln and a 34-yard interception return for a score by Lincoln.

The federal government will continue for another year to fund an Oklahoma program that uses a combination of state tobacco tax revenue and federal Medicaid money to help provide health insurance coverage for nearly 20,000 low-income Oklahoma workers.

Gov. Mary Fallin announced on Friday that a one-year extension has been approved by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the Insure Oklahoma program. The extension through Dec. 31, 2017, is the fourth extension granted by the federal government.

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TALIHINA, Okla. (AP) — Four staff members have resigned from a southeastern Oklahoma veterans facility rather than face the possibility of getting fired after a resident who was found to have maggots in a wound later died of sepsis.

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs executive director Myles Deering said the maggots were discovered while the patient was alive at the facility in Talihina, about 130 miles southeast of Tulsa.

Deering says the veteran came to the center with an infection and died of sepsis.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court on Friday ordered a new sentencing for a teenager who has been serving a life in prison without parole term for the fatal shooting of an Australian baseball player three years ago.

Chancey Luna was tried as an adult in the 2013 death of Christopher Lane, 22, who was shot while jogging along a road in southwestern Oklahoma. Luna, who was 16 at the time of the shooting, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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 The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says skeletal remains have been found in Kingfisher County.

The OSBI said Thursday that the remains were found Wednesday by deer hunters just north of Piedmont. The agency says the hunters contacted the county sheriff's office, which called the OSBI for assistance.

The OSBI says the remains were sent to the state medical examiner's office to try to determine both the identity and the cause and manner of death.

The agency says it appears the remains had been in the area for several months.

 

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 The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education is asking the Legislature for a more than 18 percent increase in its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The panel that oversees the state's 25 public colleges and universities voted Thursday to request $957.9 million for the fiscal year that begins in July. That's an 18.3 percent increase over the current year's appropriation of $810 million.

The request comes despite the likelihood that Oklahoma lawmakers will be facing another massive budget shortfall next year.

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An early morning stabbing has broken the yearly homicide record in Oklahoma's second-largest city with four weeks still remaining in 2016.

Tulsa police took a female suspect into custody Friday morning after an apparent dispute at an apartment complex on the city's west side.

The homicide marks the 72nd of the year, surpassing the previous record set in 2009.

Typically, the city of about 400,000 averages 54 to 58 homicides a year.

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The Democratic leader of the Oklahoma House of Representatives says he's taking a "serious look" at running for governor in 2018.

Rep. Scott Inman of Del City told The Associated Press on Thursday that he intends to make a decision in the spring. Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is barred by term limits from running for re-election.

The 38-year-old Inman says he's spent the last year visiting with business, education and community leaders across Oklahoma talking about ways to improve the state.

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A judge has denied a former Tulsa police officer's request for a new trial on firearms convictions in connection with the shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend.

The motion by Shannon Kepler was rejected Thursday by District Judge Sharon Holmes.

Kepler was convicted of two counts of reckless conduct with a firearm and sentenced to six months in jail on each count for a total of one year.

Kepler's attorney argued that the two counts should be merged into one, but Holmes said testimony showed he pointed the gun at two different people.

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Authorities say six dogs died and a firefighter was injured in a house fire in Sand Springs.

The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at a home on West Fourth Street. Fire officials say that seven people were inside the home at the time of the blaze but all escaped without injury.

Officials say one firefighter was taken to a Tulsa hospital but was released later Wednesday afternoon.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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 A monthly survey of business supply managers shows improvement but still reflects relatively weak economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states.

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index report released Thursday says the overall economic index for the region rose to 46.5 in November from 43.8 in October.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says he expects the overall regional economy will continue to underperform the national economy because of the region's dependence on agriculture and energy.

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 Former state lawmaker and 2014 Democratic candidate for governor Joe Dorman says he won't run for governor in 2018.

The Rush Springs Democrat released a statement Wednesday saying that while he's flattered to be considered a candidate, he has no plans to seek the office when current Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is forced out by term limits.

The 46-year-old Dorman says he's committed his work as executive director of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, a position he accepted in September.

 

Tulsa-based Williams Cos. will close its office in Oklahoma City and plans to move most of the 400 jobs to Tulsa.

The energy and pipeline company said in a statement Wednesday that most of the 400 employees are expected to move to the Tulsa headquarters, while some jobs will be eliminated. Williams said a severance package will be offered to employees who lose their jobs.

Williams said employees should learn by the end of January what the impact will be on their specific jobs.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Construction of an American Indian cultural center near downtown Oklahoma City is expected to resume in the spring after the last of several obstacles are cleared.

City finance director Craig Freeman said the Chickasaw Nation is in the process of confirming that the state government has cleared the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum site of other obligations.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has dropped dramatically since late May, when the state limited wastewater injections into energy wells, an Associated Press statistical analysis shows. And a new scientific study says the state is on its way back to calmer times that prevailed before a huge jump in man-made quakes.

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A Tulsa man facing first-degree murder and hate crime charges in the killing of his Lebanese neighbor has been ordered to undergo a mental competency examination.

Online court records show a district judge ordered the evaluation Wednesday for Stanley Majors.

Authorities say Majors fatally shot 37-year-old Khalid Jabara in August after bombarding him with racial insults as part of a feud with Jabara's family that lasted several years.

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the death of a Muskogee woman found in Tullahassee in Wagoner County.

Muskogee police were called by a man who arranged to meet them early Tuesday at a location in Tullahassee. Officer Lincoln Anderson says authorities arrived at the location found the body of 30-year-old Fantasia Williams in the backseat of a vehicle. A preliminary investigation determined Williams had been fatally shot.

The suspect, who was inside a nearby home, was arrested.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials on Tuesday agreed to reconsider the status of a grouse found in pockets across the Great Plains as environmentalists fight to return the bird to the list of protected species.

The lesser prairie chicken was removed from the threatened and endangered species list earlier this year following court rulings in Texas and a decision by government lawyers not to pursue an appeal.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma will continue with an update to its A-F grading system for school performance even though new federal regulations don't require states to grade schools using that system or any other single indicator score.

State superintendent Joy Hofmeister has been overseeing an effort to recommend updates to Oklahoma's A-F grading system.

Hofmeister said the new report card will include a dashboard that provides additional information about student growth and school performance.

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A white Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man will stand trial for second-degree manslaughter.

A judge ruled Tuesday that there is enough evidence for Tulsa police officer Betty Jo Shelby to be tried for shooting Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16. Shelby will be arraigned Dec. 15.

Prosecutors say Shelby acted unreasonably because Crutcher wasn't armed or combative and was following commands to raise his hands.

Shelby's attorneys say she shot Crutcher because she feared for her life, believing Crutcher was reaching into his vehicle for a gun.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. James Lankford is releasing a report he calls "Federal Fumbles" that details what he describes as $247 billion in "wasteful and inefficient federal spending and regulations."

The 154-page report released Monday highlights examples of government spending, like a $200,000 National Science Foundation grant to study fish bones in Tanzania.

The report mirrors a similar project put out each year by Lankford's predecessor, former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, who had a reputation as a watchdog for wasteful government spending.

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BETHANY, Okla. (AP) — Two companies that operated a now closed aerospace plant argue that groundwater pollutants threatening to contaminate the city of Bethany's municipal water supply are a result of the city's 67-year-old clay sewer pipes, not the shuttered plant.

A plume of the solvent tetrachloroethylene, or TCE, extends from the closed plant and is threatening Bethany's nearby water wells.

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A judge has rejected a new trial request by a former Tulsa police officer convicted on two misdemeanor charges in the shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend.

A motion to merge the convictions into one is pending.

Shannon Kepler was convicted Nov. 11 on two counts of reckless conduct with a firearm, but the jury couldn't agree on a first-degree murder charge in the 2014 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremy Lake. Judge Sharon Holmes ordered Kepler to serve two six-month sentences for a total of a year in jail.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dan Boren, a former four-term Democratic congressman from one of Oklahoma's most well-known political families, has decided not to run for the state's open governor seat in 2018.

Boren told The Associated Press that he opted against entering the campaign after spending the past year visiting with civic and business leaders across the state about a potential run.

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A Jennings man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the death of his girlfriend's 10-month-old daughter.

Online court records show 23-year-old Brandon Wade Nordstedt was formally sentenced Monday in Tulsa County District Court after being convicted Sept. 19 of child abuse murder in the July 2015 death of Emmerson O'Rourke.

Prosecutors say the girl died at a Tulsa hospital of brain injuries that the state medical examiner determined were caused by blunt force trauma.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose slightly during the past week in Oklahoma, but remains well below $2 per gallon and is the second lowest average price nationwide.

AAA Oklahoma said Monday that the average price statewide is $1.89 per gallon, up by almost a nickel per gallon from last week.

Prices in selected cities range from $1.78 per gallon in Lawton to $1.97 in Guymon. Motorists in Tulsa are paying an average $1.83 per gallon while the cost is $1.89 in Oklahoma City.

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MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a magnitude 3.4 earthquake in north-central Oklahoma.

The quake was recorded at 8:34 a.m. Sunday seven miles southeast of Medford, about 85 miles north of Oklahoma City.

No injuries or damage have been reported, but the USGS reports the earthquake was felt as far away as Claremore, 115 miles to the east and from central Oklahoma to near Hutchinson in south-central Kansas. Geologists say damage is unlikely in earthquakes below magnitude 4.0.

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