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8:55 am
Mon March 23, 2015

FAA: Pilot Dies After Small Plane Crashes Near Woodward

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WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot of a small aircraft died after his plane crashed in northern Oklahoma.

The federal agency reported that an ultralight aircraft carrying one person crashed shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday just south of Woodward for an unknown reason. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified the pilot as 56-year-old Dennis Dale Baird.

Authorities say the cause of the crash is under investigation.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the FAA will be on the scene Monday to begin its investigation.

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7:43 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Investigation Ongoing After Body Found in Bethany House Fire

BETHANY, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a body was found following a house fire in central Oklahoma.

Bethany police Deputy Chief John Reid says agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation have been requested to assist the community's police.

Reid says firefighters were called early Monday on a report of a house fire. After extinguishing the blaze, the body was discovered inside the house.

Reid says a search warrant has been requested for the house and law enforcement officers are waiting for a judge's signature.

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7:07 am
Mon March 23, 2015

For Second Straight Year, Oklahoma Teachers Call for Funding

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Oklahoma educators plan to rally to renew demands made at a massive Capitol demonstration a year ago for more classroom funding and better salaries.

This time, they will have a new ally in Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. The former public school teacher and ex-state Board of Education member plans to add her voice to the thousands of teachers, school administrators and parents expected at the March 30 rally.

The Republican defeated former state Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi in the GOP primary.

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7:03 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Man Killed After Being Hit By Tulsa Police Car

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a man who was struck by a Tulsa police car.

Police say the officer was responding to a call early Sunday when he struck James Moore, who was wearing dark clothes and was crossing the road after leaving a bar.

Local & Regional
9:07 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Obama Praises Oklahoma's Response to Fraternity Video

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he was "heartened" by the University of Oklahoma's swift response after video surfaced of fraternity brothers chanting about lynching.

Two students who had participated were immediately expelled.

Obama says what happened there won't be the last time a fraternity member does something stupid but that what's different from 30 or 40 years ago is the reaction.

Back then, Obama says, there might have been more tolerance for that type of chant.

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Local & Regional
9:04 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Lawsuits Over Fatal Softball Bus Crash Settled or Dismissed

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three lawsuits over an Oklahoma bus crash that killed four North Central Texas College softball players have been dismissed or settled; but the reasons for dismissal and terms of the settlement have not been released.

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8:52 am
Sun March 22, 2015

2 Found Dead in Vehicle in Seminole, Homicide Suspected

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SEMINOLE, Okla. (AP) — A man and a woman have been found dead inside a sport utility vehicle in a ditch in Seminole and homicide is suspected.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the bodies of 30-year-old Summer Gokey and 26-year-old Joseph Bounds were found about 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The OSBI says the bodies were discovered after a passer-by reported seeing the SUV in the ditch in northeastern Seminole.

The suspected causes of the deaths was not released.

The OSBI says the agency was asked by Seminole police to assist in the investigation.

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8:49 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Small Earthquakes Recorded near Perry in Northern Oklahoma

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PERRY, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded three small earthquakes near Perry in northern Oklahoma — including one measured at magnitude 4.0.

The Noble County Sheriff's Office says there are no reports of injury or damage.

The U.S.G.S. reports that a 4.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 5:08 a.m. Saturday; a magnitude 3.0 quake was recorded at 2:57 p.m. and a magnitude 3.5 temblor was recorded a minute later at 2:58 p.m.

The area is about 60 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

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Local & Regional
9:22 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Suspect in Murder of 5-Year-Old Identified

Byron Creech
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy was found dead in a Tulsa apartment where his father was during a 17-hour standoff with police.

Sgt. Shane Tuell says the standoff began about 5:30 p.m. Thursday at River Chase Apartments in south Tulsa and ended about 10:30 a.m. Friday when Bryon Creech walked out of the apartment and surrendered.

Tuell says officers then entered the apartment and found the boy dead. He said it wasn't immediately known how the boy died.

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Local & Regional
9:17 am
Sat March 21, 2015

COO of BOK Financial Corp. Resigns to Return to Texas

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The chief operating officer of BOK Financial Corp. has resigned after 12 years with the company and will move back to Texas to pursue other opportunities.

The Tulsa World reports the company announced Dan Ellinor's resignation on Friday.

Before joining BOK Financial, Ellinor had a 20-year banking career in Texas. He maintains a house in that state and says he wants to return to be near family and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.

In 2013, the bank named Ellinor its chief operating officer.

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