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11:46 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Mannford man accused in friend's shooting death

Steve Dobbs II

MANNFORD, Okla. (AP) — Police say a Mannford man has been arrested after authorities discovered the body of his friend in the woods in Pawnee County.

Police Chief Lucky Miller says a woman came to the police department Tuesday night and said she believed her husband had killed someone. Steve Dobbins II was arrested on a complaint of first-degree murder and booked in the Creek County jail.

Authorities did not know if he had an attorney.

He's accused in the death of Travis Pruit, whose body was found Wednesday morning.

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Local & Regional
12:00 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Federal suit over pay-day loans names two Oklahoma tribes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against several Oklahoma tribes, claiming their payday loan companies are operating illegally.

The commission filed the complaint Monday against payday loan firms operated by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma. The complaint alleges that the companies would make repeated small withdrawals from customers' accounts — while charging a fee each time. According to The Oklahoman, one customer was charged $675 in fees to pay off a $300 loan.

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6:59 am
Tue April 3, 2012

McQuake? Earthquake hits near McAlester

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McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.0-magnitude earthquake rattled eastern Oklahoma overnight but no damages or injuries were reported.

The quake happened shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The USGS says the earthquake's epicenter was 16 miles south-southwest of McAlester and 48 miles east of Ada.

Residents felt the quake in Tulsa — more than 100 miles to the north.

The USGS says residents in Muskogee, Norman, Broken Arrow, Atoka and Shawnee also reported feeling tremors.

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Local & Regional
7:01 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Water service is restored at Okmulgee. Residents told to boil before using

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OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — Crews have restored water service to residents in Okmulgee after a break occurred in the main line at the water treatment plant.

Okmulgee City Manager Bob Baxter says water was successfully being pumped to the city as of 4 p.m. Wednesday. The break occurred about 7:30 a.m. and initially was repaired a few hours later.

The fix, however, didn't hold and the Oklahoma National Guard had to deliver tanks of drinking water to the fire station and Walmart for anyone who needed it.

Baxter said about 13,500 customers were affected.

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6:54 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Meth bill clears senate subcommittee

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cold and allergy sufferers in Oklahoma will have their identities and birth dates entered into a searchable database when they purchase certain cold medications under a bill targeting illegal meth production that was approved Wednesday by a Senate panel. TZhe bill approved by the Senate subcommittee requires pharmacies to track sales of products containing pseudoephed rine, a key ingredient used to make meth. The names would be entered into a database searchable by law enforcement and linked to 19 other states that operate a similar tracking system, said Sen.

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6:46 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Group asks Oklahoma school to protect LGBT student

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Activists pushing for the safety and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students at conservative universities have met with students and officials at Oklahoma Baptist University.

Six members of Soulforce's Equality Ride demonstrated on campus Wednesday near a university chapel before an official asked them to move. They joined the rest of the group on public property and spoke with students about the Bible and sexuality.

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9:40 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Oklahoma gets grant to help homeless vets

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three housing agencies in Oklahoma will split $381,311 in Department of Housing and Urban Development funding to supply permanent housing and case management for 90 homeless veterans. HUD officials said Tuesday's award brings to 345 the number of vouchers awarded to Oklahoma.

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6:48 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Oklahoma welcomes home its citizen-soldiers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dozens of Oklahoma National Guard soldiers have returned to the state from deployments in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Family members and friends were on hand at the Army National Guard Base at Will Rogers World Airport to welcome home more than 150 members of the 45th Infantry Brigade on Sunday.

Their return is the latest in a series of homecomings for nearly 2,200 Oklahoma National Guard troops who deployed in June to Afghanistan and another 800 to Kuwait.

Officials say more soldiers are expected to return by the end of March.

Local & Regional
9:00 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Company can stop shipments to OKC pharmacy

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge is allowing a drug company to suspend shipments to a south Oklahoma City pharmacy that prosecutors and state drug agents say sells more of the three most-abused medications than three larger stores combined.

District Judge Lisa Davis on Friday ended a temporary order that required Cardinal Health to deliver to Reliable Discount Pharmacy, where a would-be teenage robber was killed by a pharmacist in 2009.

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Local & Regional
8:56 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Tribe asks judge to dismiss suit over casino

pre-fabs at the casino site in Broken Arrow
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office has until April 10th to respond to a Native American tribe's motion to dismiss Pruitt's lawsuit that seeks to stop construction of a casino in Broken Arrow.

In court papers, the Kialegee Tribal Town argued they should be exempt from the lawsuit based on federal law that has long recognized Indian tribes "as possessing the common-law immunity from suit traditionally enjoyed by sovereign powers."

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