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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City official says more than three dozen cows and calves have been seized after the owner failed to comply with ordinances designed to prevent animal cruelty.

Julie Bank, the city's animal welfare superintendent, says the animals appeared to be malnourished and injured after they were left to stand in floodwater without shelter or hay for weeks. After several weeks of noncompliance from their owner, The Oklahoman reports that a judge granted an order for the city to enter the property and seize the cattle.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says a third case of West Nile virus this year has been confirmed in the state.

The department says a resident of Ellis County in western Oklahoma has contracted the virus. The person's name and gender were not released. The department said Thursday that the person is between 18- and 50-years-old.

Two other confirmed cases were reported in June in McIntosh and Okfuskee counties in the eastern half of the state.

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PERRY, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two small earthquakes in north-central Oklahoma.

The largest was a 3.8 magnitude quake that was recorded at 12:19 a.m. Friday 12 miles west of Perry, about 55 miles north of Oklahoma City. The second was a magnitude 3.1 quake at 5:43 a.m. 11 miles southeast of Medford, about 85 miles north of Oklahoma City.

No injuries or damage were reported.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage is not likely in quakes below magnitude 4.0.

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A recount supervised by the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court has finalized the candidates in a runoff election.

The Cherokee Nation Election Commission on Friday announced the results of the Thursday recount, with Wanda Hatfield and Betsy Swimmer advancing to a July 25 runoff for an at-large tribal councilor position. The final results show Hatfield with 1,057 votes and Swimmer with 763.

Shane Jett, who came in third, finished 50 votes behind Swimmer. The general election results were certified Monday and Jett requested the recount on Wednesday.

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WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — A countywide audit has prompted an investigation into the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office for improper use of public funds.

Officials with the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector's Office told the Tulsa World that their report focuses on allegations that Sheriff Bob Colbert used county funds for self-promotion and personal use.

Documents obtained by the newspaper show that Wagoner County authorized the purchase of more than $4,500 in hats and engraved coins bearing Colbert's name, which were distributed and sold at events.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Records show Ohio obtained an overseas import license in its search for execution drugs, a move that runs counter to warnings from the Food and Drug Administration that importing such drugs is illegal.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press through a records request show the state prisons agency cited "law enforcement purpose" in its application to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the import license last year.

The state could try to have the drug compounded. Compounded drugs aren't subject to the same federal scrutiny.


A 21-year-old Tulsa man who was shot by a security guard at an apartment complex in February has died, family members confirmed Wednesday.

Stepfather Johnny Magness said Monroe Bird was hospitalized Tuesday morning after a blood clot in his leg caused a pulmonary thromboembolism. The Tulsa World reports that the paralyzed man was taken to Saint Francis Hospital for treatment, where he later died.

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A man has died after a shooting at a north Tulsa car wash.

According to Sgt. Dave Walker, the 28-year-old victim was either near or inside a vehicle when another man approached on foot and fired shots Thursday afternoon. Cpl. Craig Johnson said the victim went to a gas station across the street, where he collapsed.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to St. John Medical Center where he later died. The suspect left the scene on foot.

An investigation of the shooting is ongoing.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court says it will consider whether to stop a grand jury investigation into an embattled sheriff whose longtime friend and volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man.

On Thursday — for the second time this week — the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office went to court to thwart the probe. Attorneys for Sheriff Stanley Glanz want justices to toss out a lower court's decision to empanel a grand jury July 20. The Supreme Court late Thursday appointed a referee to hear evidence and arguments for it on July 14.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A revised code of conduct proposed by the Oklahoma City school district is being heavily criticized by the teachers union.

The discipline policy outlines a plan that calls for problem students to go through increasing levels of intervention aimed at keeping them in school and reducing suspensions. Calls for the revision came after a recent audit found glaring inconsistencies in student discipline.