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Records show the head of the Environmental Protection Agency spent weekends in his home state during his first three months in office, frequently flying to and from Oklahoma at taxpayer's expense.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's expenses from March through May were released following a Freedom of Information request filed by Environmental Integrity Project, a non-profit watchdog group.

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A highway improvement project that recently began in central Oklahoma is aiming to make a portion of the journey on the historic U.S. Route 66 a little smoother.

State transportation officials say a $4 million dollar project that involves resurfacing and shoulder improvements is already in progress.

Road crews are expected to begin repairs to the portion of the highway in and just west of Arcadia by 2018 and move east of the city by 2019.

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More Oklahoma high school students are registering for college courses as funding for the state's concurrent enrollment program shrinks.

The concurrent enrollment program has allowed high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits since 2005. Seniors are also eligible to receive tuition waivers for six credit hours per semester.

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An employee of the Lawton jail has been arrested after police say they found marijuana in a diaper she carried into the jail.

The Lawton Constitution reports that the female employee of the Lawton Correctional Facility was arrested Saturday after other employees notified police that the woman had an odor of marijuana on her.

The woman's name has not been released.

Lawton Police Officer Derrick Kuhlman said the woman handed officers a diaper that included a bag containing marijuana. Kuhlman said the diaper had been in the woman's pants.

 

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a drive-by shooting suspect was shot and wounded by an officer during a police pursuit in northeast Oklahoma.

The OSBI says 25-year-old Shawn Dale Sexton of Bristow was wearing a bullet-resistant vest and suffered minor injuries after being shot and crashing his vehicle into a bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The OSBI says Sexton had fired at one officer while fleeing a drive-by shooting he's suspected of committing in the town of Slick, then shooting at a Bristow officer and hitting the patrol car on Highway 48.

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Authorities say a man and a 12-year-old boy drowned in a lake at Fort Cobb State Park in Oklahoma when the man tried to rescue the boy after he went under water.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of 60-year-old Kam Sivilai of Oklahoma City was recovered about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and the body of the boy, whose name wasn't released, was recovered about 12:30 a.m. Sunday from Fort Cobb Lake about 55 miles (88 kilometers) southwest of Oklahoma City.

 

Authorities say an Oklahoma woman and her three daughters, who have been missing for nearly three weeks, have been found safe.

Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks told reporters that 23-year-old Destiny Corsaut of Chickasha and her 2, 3, and 5-year-old daughters were found Sunday.

Details of where and how they were found were not immediately released, but Hicks said Chickasha police were going to the undisclosed location where they were found.

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The Salvation Army Center of Hope

102 N. Denver Ave.

Tulsa, OK 74103

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Tulsa County Social Services Cooling station

2401 Charles Page Blvd.

Tulsa OK 74127

8:30 am – 8:00 pm

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621 East 4th Street

Tulsa, OK 74120

Noon to 9 pm 7-days a week

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The Oklahoma medical board has suspended a Muskogee doctor after complaints that a number of his patients died from overdoses.

A complaint filed with the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision says that 14 of Scott Gregory Lilly's patients had died from overdoses. The Oklahoman newspaper reports that Lilly will be banned from prescribing opioids and other potentially dangerous drugs. He also must serve a six-month suspension from practicing medicine.

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Excessive heat warnings are in effect for parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas as triple-digit temperatures are recorded across the region.

The National Weather Service says heat warnings will remain in effect through Sunday night for northeastern Oklahoma and northeastern Arkansas as hot and humid conditions continue. Heat advisories are in effect elsewhere in the two states.

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An Oklahoma lawmaker is seeking an interim study on how much the state spends to defend its newly passed laws in court.

Democratic Sen. Kay Floyd says she wants taxpayers to know how much it costs when the state is repeatedly brought to court to defend its laws.

The Journal Record reported that for 2017 the state attorney general's office will defend four bills from constitutional challenges.

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A former Oklahoma legislator has served only 10 days in jail after reaching a plea agreement in a felony case accusing him of embezzlement.

Bryan County Jail officials say 52-year-old Terry J. Matlock's jail term was reduced because he was a well-behaved inmate. The Oklahoman reports that Matlock was also sentenced to 10 years of probation.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate remained at 4.3 percent in June, slightly better than the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.4 percent.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that Oklahoma's unemployment rate has been steady at 4.3 percent since March. Oklahoma's unemployment rate was 5 percent in June 2016.

The commission says the state added 3,700 jobs last month. Seven employment sectors added jobs in June with professional and business services posting the largest monthly gain with 2,600 jobs.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff forced a former high-ranking sheriff's official to "take the hit" and resign following the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white reserve deputy whose qualifications subsequently came under heavy scrutiny, a federal lawsuit claims.

According to the lawsuit filed Thursday, former Tulsa County Sheriff's Maj. Tom Huckeby says then-Sheriff Stanley Glanz went so far as to issue a veiled threat against Huckeby's son, who also worked at the agency, and told the elder Huckeby that he should keep that in mind before deciding whether to resign.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker is seeking an interim study on how much the state spends to defend its newly passed laws in court.

Democratic Sen. Kay Floyd says she wants taxpayers to know how much it costs when the state is repeatedly brought to court to defend its laws.

For 2017, the state attorney general's office will defend four bills from constitutional challenges.

Floyd says the study will show that the costs aren't rare because the state has seen about 20 cases in the past decade. She says that also includes years when Democrats held the majority.

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 A rare baby Amur tiger cub that was neglected by its mother after its birth at the Philadelphia Zoo this month is being sent to Oklahoma to integrate with a tiger cub litter there.

The Philadelphia Zoo says 10-year-old Koosaka gave birth July 10 to a litter of five cubs. Two were stillborn, and one was accidentally injured by the mother and died. The zoo says the mother never showed maternal behavior toward the remaining cubs, and they were moved to the zoo's animal hospital, where the fourth died.

 

Authorities say a woman has died and her 14-year-old son was critically wounded in a suspected home invasion and shooting in western Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says 36-year-old Tammi Thomas died at an Oklahoma City hospital where she was taken following the shooting early Thursday at a home in Cordell, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City.

The son's name has not been released.

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A federal appeals court has upheld the life prison sentences of an Oklahoma man convicted in the fatal shootings of three people in 2004.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal handed down the decision Thursday to 55-year-old David Magnan, who was convicted in federal court in the deaths of James Howard, Karen Wolf and Lucilla McGirt.

Prosecutors say Magnan shot the victims as they lay in bed in a house near Seminole. McGirt identified Magnan as the gunman before she died.

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Two former Oklahoma jail officials allege a physician routinely delayed or denied medications to incoming inmates.

Former Capt. Billy McKelvey and former Maj. Shannon Clark of the Tulsa Jail filed testimonies Friday in a former inmate's civil rights lawsuit against Armor Correctional Health Services.

The suit alleges "deliberate indifference" to the medical needs of 39-year-old Catherine Lee Freeman. Freeman says she suffered seizures and was put on mechanical ventilation after the Armour physician halted her prescribed medications in 2014.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's finance secretary says cash-strapped state agencies will receive $34.6 million in leftover cash from the previous year.

The revenue had not been allocated when the previous fiscal year ended on June 30. The funds will replenish spending cuts triggered at state agencies in February when revenue estimates indicated collections would fall below estimates.

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 Authorities say a fire has destroyed a dock and at least 20 boats at a marina on Lake Texoma.

Texas Game Warden Capt. Steve Stapleton tells KTVT-TV in Dallas that the fire spread from one vessel to another Wednesday and also destroyed a dock at the lake, which serves as a border between Texas and Oklahoma.

Photos show large flames consuming the boats and black smoke rising from Highport Marina.

Fire crews prevented flames from spreading to nearby docks at the marina located near Pottsboro, about 70 miles north of Dallas.

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The preliminary FBI investigation has determined that an explosive found in the apartment of a man accused of setting off a pipe bomb outside an Oklahoma military recruiting office had unusual features more common outside the U.S.

The Tulsa World reports that a pipe bomb allegedly found in Benjamin Roden's apartment utilized two 9-volt batteries and magnets. A government affidavit says the device's features were "unusual for Oklahoma" and "typically seen in other parts of the world."

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A Democratic member of the U.S. Senate committee that conducted confirmation hearings for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says Oklahoma's former attorney general presented "inconsistent and contradictory statements" to the panel.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island made the comments in a letter Tuesday about an ethics complaint against Pruitt being investigated by the Oklahoma Bar Association.

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 A former Tulsa church that Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Tulsa native Leon Russell converted into a recording studio could be nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Oklahoma Historic Preservation Review Committee is to vote Thursday on whether to nominate Tulsa's Church Studio to the list.

Oklahoma History Center architectural historian Lynda Ozan told the Tulsa World that the connection to Russell is the reason the building is being considered for nomination.

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Some Oklahoma lawmakers are questioning the state Department of Human Services for making program cuts that total almost $30 million after receiving an 8 percent boost in appropriations.

The Oklahoman reports the department says years of chronic underfunding forced it to reduce services for children and vulnerable adults.

House Speaker Charles McCall says the cuts show that the agency needs to be audited. He says he was surprised by the cuts because the Legislature diligently worked to help meet the agency's needs.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says three people were killed and four others injured in a crash on Interstate 35 in central Oklahoma.

The crash happened Monday afternoon in Purcell, about 30 miles  south of Oklahoma City. The highway patrol has not yet released details about what led to the crash, which involved an SUV and a tractor-trailer. The wreck shut down northbound lanes of I-35 for several hours Monday.

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New assessments and a school accountability system in Oklahoma has led to the omission of a U.S. history state test in the upcoming school year and high school juniors taking a new science test.

The Tulsa World reports that educators were told about the changes that will delay test score results and school report cards at the recent Oklahoma State Department of Education's annual conference called EngageOK.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 4-year-old boy has drowned while swimming in a lake in southwestern Oklahoma.

The highway patrol says the death happened Sunday at Tom Steed Reservoir in Kiowa County. According to a preliminary report, the boy was floating on an inflatable raft shaped like a duck when winds pushed the raft out of the shallow swimming area.

The highway patrol says the child jumped off the raft into the deeper water and never resurfaced. The boy's body was recovered Sunday night.

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Residents of Oklahoma and Arkansas are bracing for some of the hottest temperatures so far this summer. The National Weather Service says high temperatures during the upcoming work week will rise to above normal levels for this time of year, with the hottest conditions expected near the end of the week. Forecasters say a ridge of high pressure will shift east across the Southern Plains, setting up a typical mid-summer heat wave and creating hot and humid conditions in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

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A man who pleaded guilty to shooting and seriously wounding an Oklahoma police officer has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The Oklahoman reports that 27-year-old Cory Lee Hartsell of Midwest City pleaded guilty to assault and battery with a deadly weapon for shooting Valley Brook Officer Brian Southerland in south Oklahoma City.

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