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WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma state senator has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor after he was found sleeping in his parked pickup and smelling of alcohol in December.

Under a deal with prosecutors, Sen. Bryce Marlatt has agreed to pay a $250 fine, around $1,000 in court costs and $150 in restitution to the Western Plains Youth & Family Services.

He also was ordered to complete a drug and alcohol evaluation within six months and follow the recommendations.



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Transportation Commission plans to consider issuing contracts for urgent highway repairs, including a rock slide along Interstate 35 in southern Oklahoma.

The commission has scheduled an emergency meeting in Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Commissioners will be asked to consider approving several emergency declarations to allow the Oklahoma Department of Transportation expedite contracts for road and bridge repairs caused by heavy rains and flooding.


TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Lawyers for the Tulsa County sheriff are heading to district court hoping to thwart a petition that seeks a grand jury investigation of his office.

Sheriff Stanley Glanz says the petition signed by 6,647 voters was misleading and made no specific allegations against his office. The hearing is scheduled Tuesday morning.

The petition drive began after ex-volunteer deputy Robert Bates shot an unarmed and restrained man on April 2. Bates said he confused his handgun and stun gun.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An amended federal lawsuit alleges that an ex-volunteer sheriff's deputy unnecessarily used a stun gun on an already restrained suspect less than two months before he fatally shot an unarmed and restrained man.

The former reserve, Robert Bates, is accused in Monday's complaint of using his stun gun in February on already restrained suspect Terry Byrum after a traffic stop.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions.

The justices on Monday voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

The drug was used in executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma in 2014 that took longer than usual and raised concerns that it did not perform its intended task of putting inmates into a coma-like sleep.


PERKINS, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an 18-year-old Stillwater man has died of injuries suffered in a head-on collision on State Highway 33 near Perkins.

The OHP says Keshon Coleman-Ector died at an Oklahoma City hospital Sunday night following the crash.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A woman has been arrested after police say she robbed a teenage girl at knifepoint while inside a convenience store restroom in Tulsa.

According to police, officers responded around 9:40 a.m. Sunday to a call about a 40-year-old woman who refused to come out of a restroom at a Tulsa convenience store.

According to police, the suspect had been inside the restroom when two 15-year-old girls entered. Police say the suspect, who was carrying a large kitchen knife, locked the restroom door and robbed one of the girls of her sandals.

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Unofficial election results show that Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker has been elected to a second term to lead the Oklahoma-based tribe.

The tribal election commission released the initial results early Sunday and plans to begin processing about 700 contested ballots. If the results hold, Baker will continue to lead one of the largest American Indian tribes, with about 320,000 citizens and 9,000 employees.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz is set to go to court to fight a petition signed by thousands of voters calling for a grand jury investigation of his agency.

He says the petition is illegal because it's misleading and doesn't fully detail many of the things people have accused him of, like allegedly showing favoritism toward reserve deputies who gave him gifts.

Glanz's spokesman for weeks has said the sheriff was eager to tell his side of the story before a jury. The sheriff's critics now question the perceived backtrack.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a man has died after a police shooting in Tahlequah.

OSBI spokesman Charlie Mackey says the shooting happened around noon Saturday after four Tahlequah Police Department officers responded to a report of two men with guns. Officers told state investigators that they found one man with a gun and a stolen pickup.

Mackey says a man was shot and later pronounced dead at a Tulsa hospital. It's unclear if another man was involved.