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12:34 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Gas Leak Sends Blackwell Students to Hospital

The Blackwell High School in Kay County
Credit Blackwell Schools

BLACKWELL, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Blackwell say a gas leak in a school gymnasium has sent 35 students and three faculty members to the hospital.

Officials say the leak occurred in the high school practice gymnasium in the Kay County community about 9 a.m. as the middle school boys basketball team and varsity cheer squad were practicing. Some students began to feel sick and a couple of students passed out in the shower area.

The students and faculty members were taken to Blackwell Regional Hospital and administered oxygen. All are expected to recover.

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10:54 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Oklahoma Could Halt Executions for Supreme Court Drug Review

The Oklahoma death chamber
Credit Oklahoma-DOC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious.

Rather than stop the executions itself, Oklahoma took the unusual step Monday of asking justices for a stay. Oklahoma wants the right to resume executions if it finds a different suitable drug.

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6:58 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Report Shows Newborns Testing Positive for Drugs in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services says hospitals in the state are reporting an increasing number of newborns who tested positive for drugs or alcohol at birth.

The Oklahoman reports the agency listed 375 addicted newborns in the 12-months ending June 30th, the latest data available. Of those, 42 babies showed symptoms of withdrawal, which can include seizures, excessive crying, fever, sweating and vomiting.

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6:55 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Oklahoma Supreme Court to Decide Prague Earthquake Lawsuit

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has decided to consider whether two oil companies can be held liable for injuries a Prague woman suffered during a 2011 earthquake.

The lawsuit by Sandra Ladra of Prague is among dozens of lawsuits filed in the past several years across the country alleging oil and gas companies are responsible for earthquakes. Similar lawsuits seeking class-action status have been filed against energy companies in Arkansas and Texas.

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6:15 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Fort Sill Dedicates its New Air Defense Training Facility

Brig. Gen. Christopher Spillman, Air Defense Artillery Schoolhouse commandant and Chief of the ADA, talks to media during the opening of the THAAD
Credit Fort Sill

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Officials at Fort Sill have dedicated the post's new Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense training facility.

The Lawton Constitution reports that U.S. Army dignitaries cut the ribbon on the new facility on Friday.

The THAAD air defense system intercepts ballistic missiles. The Patriot missile system is designed for short-range missiles, while THAAD is designed to defeat longer-range ballistic missiles from various threats around the globe.

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6:03 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Tulsa Man Charged with Murder in Alleged Failed Robbery

Demario Bethany
Credit Tulsa County Jail

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 24-year-old Tulsan has been charged with first-degree felony murder in the shooting death of a man prosecutors say was the target of an armed robbery.

The charge was filed Friday against Demario Veshawn, who also was charged with attempted robbery with a firearm.

Prosecutors allege that Bethany used a .22-caliber revolver to fatally shoot 26-year-old Courtney Darnell Parks on December 29th.

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5:57 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Governor's Budget Director Arrested on DUI Related Complaint

File photo of Preston Doerflinger at Tulsa City Hall
Credit Preston Doerflinger

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger has been arrested by Oklahoma City police on an alcohol-related complaint.

The Oklahoman reports that Doerflinger was arrested late Thursday on a complaint of actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Records show Doerflinger was booked into Oklahoma County jail about 1:30 a.m. Friday and released.

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5:46 am
Sun January 25, 2015

One Dead In Motel Fire Near Town West Shopping Center

Emergency vehicles fill the drive as the back portion of the motel is destroyed by fire
Credit KWGS News

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — One man has died and a firefighter sustained minor injuries in a fire that destroyed several rooms and displaced dozens of guests at a motel on Interstate 44 in Sapulpa.

Firefighters were called to the Interstate Inn Express around 8:35 a.m. Saturday after receiving reports of second-story units being on fire. Sapulpa Battalion Chief D.J. Keizor says nearly all of the units in the motel's easternmost section were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

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5:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

TU Fends Off East Carolina to Win Again

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — James Woodard scored 17 points and added five rebounds to lead Tulsa to a 66-64 victory over East Carolina on Saturday.

After East Carolina's Michel-Ofik Nzege dunk tied the game at 61 with 2:09 to play, the Golden Hurricanes scored five straight points down the stretch, all of which came at the free throw line, to put the game away. The Pirates had two opportunities to tie or take the lead, but B.J. Tyson had a turnover and Terry Whisnant missed from 3-point range.

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7:15 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Oklahoma AG Says He Will Defend State Execution Protocol

The white walls of the McAlester State Prison
Credit KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says his office will defend the constitutionality of the state's method for executing death row inmates as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a challenge by three death row inmates.

The nation's high court announced Friday it will hear arguments by inmates who are challenging the state's method for conducting executions.

Pruitt says Oklahoma's method has been deemed constitutional by two federal courts and has been successfully implemented in the state as well as in Florida.

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