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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Oklahoma agencies grappling with the increasing number of earthquakes are looking to hire scientists to aid in their efforts.

Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Friday the agency is close to offering a contract for a geophysicist who will work with the agency's oil and gas division. That division regulates the wastewater disposal wells that scientists have linked to the increase in quakes.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man from Noble wants Oklahomans to vote on whether to outlaw abortion in the state.

Thomas Hunter filed paperwork last week to launch a signature-gathering effort for his proposed state question that says anyone who performs an abortion would be guilty of a homicide.

Hunter's paperwork only included a post office box address, and a telephone number for a Thomas Hunter in Cleveland County was disconnected.

Hunter's proposal is currently in a ten-day window during which any citizen could file a legal protest challenging the petition.

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Oklahoma high school student charged in wrestling incident 

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma high school student has been charged with rape by instrumentation after he allegedly sexually assaulted two junior high school students.

The 17-year-old wrestling team member was charged Thursday as a youthful offender. Moore police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the student posted a $15,000 bond after appearing in district court on Friday.

A preliminary hearing in the case was also set for April 29. Court records do not indicate if the accused student has an attorney.

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McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Members of the McAlester school board are hearing evidence that could lead to the dismissal of the district's superintendent, who has been suspended with pay amid allegations she spent school money on personal items.

A hearing opened Tuesday and resumed Thursday. Panel members said they would meet Friday and again Saturday, if necessary.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A makeover for one of Oklahoma's worst interstate traffic bottlenecks is finally ready to get under way.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is set Monday to award a contract for the first phase of the long-awaited overhaul of the intersection of Interstates 35 and 240 in south Oklahoma City.

The state plans to reconstruct the interchange over at least six years with a multi-level interchange that has new flyover ramps and longer merging distances.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's treasurer says overall receipts to the state treasury plummeted more than 13 percent in January compared to last year, spelling more bad news for the state's economy.

Treasurer Ken Miller says the $150 million plunge in overall collections last month is the largest decline since he began tracking them in March 2010.

 

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's treasurer says overall receipts to the state treasury plummeted more than 13 percent in January compared to last year, spelling more bad news for the state's economy.

Treasurer Ken Miller says the $150 million plunge in overall collections last month is the largest decline since he began tracking them in March 2010.

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Judge to consider evidence in Oklahoma politician's death 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 27-year-old man charged with fatally stabbing his father, who was Oklahoma's labor commissioner, is due in court.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Friday for Christian Costello, who is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 23 stabbing death of Mark Costello. Prosecutors will present evidence before Special Judge Lisa Hammond and Hammond will decide whether a crime has been committed and whether there is probable cause that Christian Costello committed it.

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OKAY, Okla. (AP) — A rural school district in Wagoner County has erected signs on campus this week informing visitors that some staff members may use a gun if necessary to protect students. The Tulsa World reports the signs follow a gun policy that was approved by the Okay Public Schools board last August. Superintendent Charles McMahan says the policy allows administrators who meet state and school board criteria to bring a gun on campus if it's concealed on their person or kept in a locked box.

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country legend Merle Haggard has canceled his shows in February due to health issues caused by pneumonia in both lungs.

A statement released by his publicist said the singer-songwriter was still feeling weak from his recent struggle with the illness and has decided to seek further treatment.

The statement said Haggard "is hopeful he will be back on the road later in the spring." Haggard had shows scheduled in California and Nevada in February.

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