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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says the state is sending an emergency response team to Florida to help local communities recover from the impact of Hurricane Irma.

Fallin says a 12-person operations support team is deploying to the Florida State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, Florida's capital. The team includes representatives of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, the state Department of Health and the cities of Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

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Firefighters from the Oklahoma-based Osage Nation are headed to Montana to help fight wildfires.

Television station KOTV reports thousands of acres of land have been scorched by wildfires in Montana, which has experienced widespread drought.

The Osage Nation was recruited to help fight the wildfires by the Flathead Reservation in Montana. Firefighter Britton Redeagle says the Flathead Reservation sends firefighting teams to Oklahoma during the winter months when wildfires are common in the state.

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D'Angelo Brewer rushed for a career-high 262 yards and three of Tulsa's eight rushing touchdowns to help the Golden Hurricane defeat Louisiana 66-42. Corey Taylor the Second punched in from the 4 midway through the second quarter to break a 17-17 tie and Tulsa led 38-23 by halftime. The Golden Hurricane did not punt in the first half. Louisiana scored twice in first eight minutes of the third quarter to come within 38-35.

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D'Angelo Brewer rushed for a career-high 262 yards and three of Tulsa's eight rushing touchdowns to help the Golden Hurricane defeat Louisiana 66-42. Corey Taylor the Second punched in from the 4 midway through the second quarter to break a 17-17 tie and Tulsa led 38-23 by halftime. The Golden Hurricane did not punt in the first half. Louisiana scored twice in first eight minutes of the third quarter to come within 38-35.

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Four small earthquakes have been recorded across northern Oklahoma by the U.S. Geological Survey.

No injuries or damage are reported.

The strongest quakes were magnitude 3.1 and magnitude 3.0, both recorded about 5:30 p.m. Friday near Covington, about 55 miles  north of Oklahoma City.

A 2.7 magnitude quake was recorded at 6:34 a.m. Saturday near Hunter, 80 miles  north of Oklahoma City and a 2.5 magnitude quake struck at 12:33 a.m. Saturday near Aline, 89 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

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Authorities are searching for a man who set fire to and destroyed a Tulsa County Sheriff's Office patrol car.

The sheriff's office says the car was in the parking lot of the Tulsa Tech campus at Sand Springs when it was set on fire Friday.

The office says surveillance video shows a man on a bicycle approach the car. That man is suspected of breaking a car window and throwing something inside the vehicle before leaving.

Moments after the man left, the car caught fire and was destroyed.

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Two people wanted in the August shooting death of a man in southwest Oklahoma have been arrested in Oklahoma City.

Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy told reporters that 24-year-old Marielle Trey Smith and 22-year-old Ryan McKenzie Fields were arrested Thursday and returned to Jackson County.

Smith is jailed on $500,000 bond on a second-degree murder charge and Fields is being held on $250,000 on a charge of being an accessory after the fact.

Court records do not list an attorney for either suspect.

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The Cherokee Nation has started processing tribal citizen applications for the descendants of black slaves once owned by tribal members.

A federal court in Washington, D.C., ended a longstanding fight last week by ruling that descendants of the slaves, known as freedmen, have the right to tribal citizenship.

Tribal spokeswoman Amanda Clinton says the tribe has begun processing about 3,000 applications that had been on hold. She says the tribe's registration office in Oklahoma received about 75 visits and hundreds of phone calls after the ruling.

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A former Oklahoma sheriff indicted last year in a bribery and extortion case has received a five-year deferred sentence after pleading guilty to a reduced charge.

Former Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor neglect of duty charge.

Colbert and a former sheriff's office captain were indicted by a multicounty grand jury in March 2016 on allegations that the former lawmen released two motorists who were under arrest in exchange for $10,000 seized during a 2014 traffic stop.

  Amazon, bursting out of its Seattle headquarters, is hunting for a second home. Must haves: A prime location, close to transit, with plenty of space to grow.

The company said Thursday it will spend more than $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees. It plans to also stay in its sprawling Seattle headquarters, with the new space "a full equal" to that, said founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

 

Oklahoma's scores for the ACT college entrance exam have dropped statewide for 2017 as the number of students taking the test has increased.

The ACT measures skills taught in schools and considered important for success in first-year college courses.

The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma was among 17 states to have 100 percent of its graduates take the ACT in 2017.

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 President Donald Trump's nominees to head U.S. attorneys' offices in Tulsa and Muskogee are just one vote away from confirmation.

Without dissent, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday agreed to send the nominations of R. Trent Shores to be the top federal prosecutor in Tulsa and Brian Kuester as the U.S. attorney in Muskogee to the full Senate for a vote.

 An earthquake has rattled parts of northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the magnitude-4.3 quake struck about 9 miles southeast of Medford, Oklahoma, on Thursday night. Initially the quake was rated 3.9, but later upgraded to a 4.3.

No injuries or damage was immediately reported. Medford is more than 90 miles north of Oklahoma City.

A smaller 2.5-magnitude earthquake was recorded around 5 p.m. Thursday roughly 10 miles west of Harper, Kansas.

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Authorities say a man who was found shot outside of a Broken Arrow store has died from his injuries, and a suspect is in custody.

Broken Arrow police say 27-year-old Dylan Todd Parker of Jenks died after he was shot Wednesday night near a Walmart Neighborhood Market store. Broken Arrow police say Parker had agreed to meet another man, identified as 25-year-old Caleb Lee, for an alleged drug deal.

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House Speaker Charles McCall says House Republicans want to reconsider a cigarette tax in special session to help close a roughly $215 million hole in the current year's budget.

McCall announced the proposal on Wednesday after Gov. Mary Fallin says she plans to call lawmakers back to the Capitol later this month for a special session to fix the budget.

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President Donald Trump's choice to head NASA is facing a contentious Senate confirmation over his past comments dismissive of global warming as a man-made problem.

Trump has tapped three-term Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma to oversee the space agency, a job that often goes to astronauts or scientists. If confirmed, Bridenstine would be the first member of Congress to lead the agency during its nearly 60-year existence.

Both Republicans and Democrats forecast a battle over the nomination.

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A former Oklahoma state senator who faces state child prostitution charges for allegedly hiring a 17-year-old boy for sex has been indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography and child sex trafficking charges.

Former Sen. Ralph Shortey, a Republican from Oklahoma City, is named in a four-count federal indictment that was unsealed Wednesday.

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Gov. Mary Fallin says she plans to ask lawmakers to return for a special session to adjust the budget after the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a proposed cigarette tax that resulted in a $215 million shortfall.

Fallin announced Wednesday she intends to call for a special session on Sept. 25 to make adjustments to the current fiscal year's budget. She said in a statement she would issue a formal call in the next few days.

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 The Quapaw Tribe plans an opening ceremony this week as it debuts its new, $5 million meat processing plant in northeastern Oklahoma. The tribe says the facility is the first USDA-inspected processing plant on a reservation that's owned and operated by a tribe.

The beef and bison processing plant is in Quapaw, about 185 miles (297 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City. The tribe plans a grand opening event Thursday.

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State health officials say Oklahoma has recorded its first death from West Nile virus this year.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the death occurred in Pottawatomie County. So far in 2017, instances of the illness have been reported in Bryan, Cleveland, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Tulsa counties.

According to health officials, most people are infected with the virus from June through September, with the number of infections peaking in mid-August. The illness is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes.

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The Tulsa Zoo says it's set a new attendance record with more than 705,000 visitors during the most recent fiscal year.

The zoo said Tuesday that it saw 705,332 visitors during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. That broke the previous attendance record of 669,928 visitors, which was set nearly 20 years ago.

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The Roman Catholic Church's beatification of an Oklahoma priest killed during a mission in Guatemala more than three decades ago will be broadcast live on the Global Catholic Network.

The Rev. Stanley Rother is scheduled to be beatified during a Sept. 23 ceremony at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. A documentary on Rother's life and the ceremony will be broadcast on EWTN Global Catholic Network.

Rother was killed in 1981 during Guatemala's civil war after spending 13 years on a mission in that country.

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Police say a 40-year-old man is being held on a murder complaint in connection with two hit-and-run crashes that investigators believe targeted homeless people in Tulsa.

Tulsa police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie says Jeremy Thacker was arrested Tuesday on complaints of first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon. MacKenzie says Thacker didn't speak to detectives, but that damage on his truck was consistent to both crashes.

It was not immediately clear if Thacker had an attorney.

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Tulsa police say two people were found shot to death at an apartment complex within five hours of each other.

Emergency crews responded early Tuesday after the shooting of a man who appeared to be in his late 40s. A woman in her late teens or early 20s was found later in her apartment. She was found while police investigated the man's death.

Police Sgt. Dave Walker wasn't sure the deaths were related. He told the paper there were too many differences to link the cases, but that they were too close to each other to say the deaths were coincidental.

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Here is The Associated Press' Oklahoma high school football poll with first place votes in parentheses, records, points and ranking in last week's poll, records through September 4. Points for classes A through 5A based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring. Points for 6A (Division I & II), classes B and C based on 5-4-3-2-1 scoring.

Class 6A Division ISchoolTotalPointsPrv1. Union (9)(2-0)4512. Owasso(2-0)3553. Norman North(1-0)2234. Westmoore(1-0)15NR5. Broken Arrow(0-2)114(tie) Mustang(1-0)11NR

Others receiving votes: Jenks 3.

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Attorneys for an Oklahoma man accused of beheading a co-worker at a Moore food plant in 2014 plan to use an insanity defense at his upcoming jury trial.

The Oklahoman reports court-appointed attorneys for Alton Alexander Nolen contend in court filings that he is so mentally ill that he did not know his actions were wrong.

Potential jurors are expected to gather Tuesday for the first time to fill out questionnaires.

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The growth of an Oklahoma school voucher program for disabled children is fueling the expansion of private schools that offer specialized education.

The Oklahoman reports during last school year, 528 students used state funds for private school tuition through the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program, an increase of 73 students over the previous year.

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The Oklahoma National Guard is increasing its support of relief efforts in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

Guard officials said Saturday that about 500 soldiers are being deployed to Austin, Texas, in support of the relief operations.

At least 42 people were killed and tens-of-thousands were forced from their homes after Harvey made landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast on Aug. 25.

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Baker Mayfield passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns to help Number 7 Oklahoma roll past UTEP 56-7.Mayfield completed 16 straight passes to start the game. The Sooners rolled up 676 yards of offense in their first game under new head coach Lincoln Riley.

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An Oklahoma woman has pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud JE Dunn Construction of Kansas City.

Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Debi Jordan pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of mail fraud. She was ordered to pay $348,450 in restitution.

Jordan owned two job recruitment businesses based in Oklahoma and worked with a job recruiter for JE Dunn to find employees for the firm. She admitted in her plea deal that she took money from the company for employees who didn't work there, then paid kickbacks to the in-house recruiter.

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