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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma House committee has killed legislation that would require schools to provide separate restrooms for students who object to sharing them with transgender students.

The bill died Tuesday when lawmakers deadlocked 10-10 after committee members expressed concern about the cost schools would incur in providing separate bathrooms.

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Judge orders son's evaluation in Oklahoma politician's death 

A judge has ordered a man accused of fatally stabbing his father, Oklahoma's former labor commissioner, to undergo a mental examination to determine if he is competent to plead guilty to first-degree murder.

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 A man wanted in the fatal shooting of a man at a south Tulsa apartment complex has been arrested.

Tulsa Sgt. Dave Walker says 40-year-old Jason Anthony was arrested Tuesday evening. Anthony was charged May 16 with first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, first-degree burglary and two counts of feloniously pointing a firearm.

Online court records do not list an attorney for Anthony.

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Republican legislative leaders say they've reached a budget deal with the governor's office that protects core state services and includes no further cuts to public schools.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Clark Jolley says the deal includes enough new revenue sources to close about $1 billion of the $1.3 billion hole in next year's budget. As result, state agencies will have to absorb about $300 million in cuts from last year's appropriations.

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The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that alters the qualifications to become director of the state Department of Corrections in an effort to make interim Director Joe Allbaugh qualified to take the job permanently. 

House members voted 48-44 Monday against the Senate-passed measure.

Its House author, Republican Rep. Pat Ownbey of Ardmore, kept the measure alive by holding for reconsideration of the vote.

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Gov. Mary Fallin is seeking disaster assistance for two Oklahoma counties that were hit hard by tornadoes, severe storms and flooding earlier this month.

Fallin sought assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration on Monday for Murray and Garvin counties.

Damage assessments indicate that 79 homes and businesses were affected by severe weather May 9-13 in Murray County. Of those, 32 were destroyed or sustained major damage.

Another 14 homes were affected in neighboring Garvin County. Two were destroyed or suffered major damage.

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A new trial date for a former Tulsa police officer accused in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's boyfriend has been set.

Judge Sharon Holmes on Monday scheduled an Oct. 3 jury trial for Shannon Kepler. Kepler, who has retired from the police force, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with the intent to kill.

Authorities say Kepler shot 19-year-old Jeremy Lake on Aug. 5, 2014, after Lake introduced himself as Lisa Kepler's boyfriend.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Southwest Oklahoma landowners have registered private airstrips in order to push back on the development of wind farms in the area.

More than two dozen private air strips have been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration this year. At least 15 of them are near Marlow in Stephens County.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A measure aimed at fixing a loophole in Oklahoma's forcible sodomy law has received final legislative approval.

The Senate voted 39-5 on Monday to approve the bill that was introduced after criminal charges were dropped against a 17-year-old boy accused of forcing a heavily intoxicated girl to perform oral sex. The bill now heads to the governor's desk.

 

Stormy weather is in the forecast all week for Oklahoma.

The Storm Prediction Center says southwest Oklahoma is at an enhanced risk Monday for large hail, tornadoes and isolated wind gusts, while the Oklahoma City area is at a slight risk for severe weather. On Tuesday, the western third of the state could see bad weather, especially in the afternoon.

Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and possibly into the weekend, too.

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