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A 17-year-old in Tulsa will soon learn whether his defense can use state funds to hire mental health experts ahead of a jury trial in a teacher's death and other crimes.

Deonte Green's defense team asked last month for a jury to evaluate whether he's legally competent to stand trial for first-degree murder in the October shooting of Shane Anderson, the reported rape of an elderly woman and many other felony counts.

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A hardy, invasive species of tick that survived a New Jersey winter and subsequently traversed the mid-Atlantic has mysteriously arrived in Arkansas. No one is sure how the Longhorned tick, native to East Asia, arrived in the country, nor how it made its way to the middle of the continent.

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State finance officials say collections to Oklahoma's main operating fund exceeded the monthly estimate by nearly 20 percent, a jump attributed largely to continued economic recovery.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services reported Tuesday that collections to the General Revenue Fund in May totaled nearly $500 million, about $82 million more than expected.

OMES Director Denise Northrup says lower-than-expected corporate and personal income tax refunds are partially responsible for the spike.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State finance officials say collections to Oklahoma's main operating fund exceeded the monthly estimate by nearly 20 percent, a jump attributed largely to continued economic recovery.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services reported Tuesday that collections to the General Revenue Fund in May totaled nearly $500 million, about $82 million more than expected.

OMES Director Denise Northrup says lower-than-expected corporate and personal income tax refunds are partially responsible for the spike.

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Oklahoma officials say pollution guidelines for cities and farms along the Illinois River are just weeks away.

The Tulsa world reports that Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague predicts the multiparty agreement to implement water-quality models will be signed by the end of June.

Teague's prediction comes after a Thursday meeting with Environmental Protection Agency administrators and directors of the Arkansas and Oklahoma departments of environmental quality.

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An Oklahoma prison was left without water after the water tower emptied following repairs to a water line break.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections said Monday that crews are working to find the cause of the problem at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite while two, 1,000 gallon water tanks are being used to provide water.

The department says the tower was found to be empty Sunday after repairs were made Saturday to a water line break.

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The attorney for a former Oklahoma correctional officer guilty of using unreasonable force on a detainee says he's been hired by another police department.

The Oklahoman reports Sunday that Jason Barber was sentenced last week to one year of probation and 10 weekends in jail. A former correctional officer in Canadian County, Barber was accused of hitting a pretrial detainee during a disciplinary hearing in December 2014.

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Advocates say Oklahoma has lost much of the progress made over recent years to reduce infant deaths.

Oklahoma ranks 47th in the United States for infant deaths, according to The Oklahoman , which reported that, on average, 7.7 of every 1,000 babies born in the state die before their first birthday.

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An Oklahoma appeals court has ordered some documents unsealed in the case of a former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of rape.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruling Friday comes after ex-officer Daniel Holtzclaw's attorneys asked that the documents be unsealed. The order would unseal redacted versions of the motion to unseal the documents, the state's response and Holtzclaw's attorneys' response to the state reply. Also to be unsealed would be Holtzclaw's attorneys' objection to a lower court finding of fact and conclusions of law.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook parts of northern Oklahoma and neighboring Kansas.

Geologists say the earthquake was recorded at 8:59 a.m. Saturday about 16 miles  east of Cherokee,  The earthquake was recorded at a depth of five miles.

News outlets in Wichita, Kansas, which is about 75 miles northeast of the earthquake's epicenter, reported feeling the quake. Some residents more than 100 miles north of Wichita in Manhattan, Kansas, also reported feeling tremors. No injuries or damage was reported.

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Police in Oklahoma City have arrested a 36-year-old man after investigators found a body buried in a shallow grave and covered with tires in the backyard of his home.

Authorities say Jimmy Vongphakdy was arrested on a first-degree murder complaint. Oklahoma County court records do not indicate whether Vongphakdy is represented by an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

Court documents filed Friday indicate that police received a tip on Wednesday about a body inside a residence on the city's northwest side that had been moved and buried in the backyard.

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An Oklahoma man already serving time for murder has pleaded guilty to using contraband cellphones to run a large-scale meth ring from his maximum-security prison cell.

35-year-old Slint Tate's Thursday plea agreement with federal prosecutors calls for serving 20 years after his state sentence. Tate likely won't serve more time because he's currently serving life without parole.

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The University of Oklahoma has returned donations made by a retired professor accused of sexual harassment and banned him from working on campus more than two years after the school first investigated him.

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Oklahoma now has the highest incarceration rate in the U.S., according to a recent study.

The Prison Policy Initiative released its "States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2018" study last month. The nonprofit's data figures account for state prisons, local jails, federal prisoners and other systems of confinement, the Tulsa World reported .

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Heavy thunderstorms dropped more than 3 inches of rain in parts of central Oklahoma that left motorists stranded on freeways and surface streets.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings Thursday after the storms knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses in Oklahoma City and surrounding communities.

No injuries were reported.

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Dozens of people speaking against a former University of Oklahoma professor accused of sexual harassment have composed a letter standing by their stories.

About 30 people signed a statement Wednesday accusing John Scamehorn of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior while he had access to drama school events as a university donor. The 64-year-old has denied wrongdoing.

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A former Quapaw tribal officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after an undercover police sting in northeast Oklahoma revealed his involvement in a child sex crime.

Thomas Mathews was sentenced Wednesday in Tulsa federal court after pleading guilty to attempted enticement of a minor. He must also register as a sex offender and serve seven years' probation.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says the state has reached an $8.5 million settlement with Volkswagen over allegations the German car manufacturer skirted federal emissions standards.

A lawsuit filed by the state in 2016 alleged Volkswagen violated the Oklahoma Consumer Protection Act by installing software in diesel vehicles to cheat laboratory emissions and meet U.S. standards. With the systems deactivated, the vehicles emitted up to 40 times the amount of allowable nitrogen oxide.

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President Donald Trump is standing by his embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief, even as the scandals and federal investigations continue to mount.

Speaking at a hurricane preparedness briefing Wednesday, the president lavished praise on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

"EPA is doing really, really well," Trump told Pruitt. "And you know, somebody has to say that about you a little bit."

Trump added that "people are really impressed with the job that's being done at the EPA. Thank you very much, Scott."

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Authorities say a woman has died after she was kicked in the chest by a horse at Will Rogers Downs racetrack near Claremore.

42-year-old Jennifer Peterson of Beggs died Tuesday night at a Claremore hospital where she was taken.

The station reports that Peterson was helping load the horse into a trailer when she was kicked about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Officials with the Rogers County Sheriff's Department did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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A man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy whose body was found on fire in northeastern Oklahoma.

District Attorney Jack Thorp says 23-year-old Joshua Herrington pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Monday in the death of Brennon Davis.

Davis' bullet-riddled body was found burning on Jan. 11, 2017, near Fort Gibson Lake, 48 miles (77 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa. Authorities used dental records to identify his remains.

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Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had an agency staffer reach out to Chick-fil-A on government email about a "potential business opportunity," emails show. The opportunity, according to one former EPA senior staff member, was exploring the possibility of a Chick-fil-A franchise for Pruitt's wife. Pruitt is the former Oklahoma Attorney General.

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Scientists may have found previously unmapped faults in Oklahoma that could be contributing to a sharp increase in induced earthquakes in the state, according to a report on a study that used magnetic imaging to explore the rock formations below the earth's surface.

The apparent faults extend from what appeared to be the end of mapped faults directly to areas where many quakes occurred, Oklahoma Geological Survey Director Jeremy Boak said Tuesday.

 

A new report says Oklahoma has high rates of death from heart disease, stroke, cancer and respiratory disease despite a decrease in smoking.

The Tulsa World reports that the State of the State's Health Report was released Monday.

The report shows that less than 20 percent of Oklahoma adults smoke. That's down from 25 percent a decade ago. The teen smoking rate was 13 percent in 2015, down from about a third of teens smoking in 2005.

However, the state still has a high rate of health issues tied with smoking, such as lung cancer and heart disease.

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AAA says motorists in Oklahoma and Arkansas are paying some of the lowest prices for gasoline in the nation.

The organization said Monday that the two states are among the 10 least expensive markets for gas in the U.S.

Oklahoma ranks fourth with an average price of $2.66 for a gallon of regular gas while Arkansas is sixth with an average of $2.67.

Triple-A says the average price of gas has dropped three cents per gallon in Oklahoma during the past week, one of the nation's top 10 largest weekly declines.

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Authorities say the fire chief of a small southeastern Oklahoma town has died after being electrocuted while investigating an electrical problem in his mobile home.

Officials say Gary Reeder, chief of the Wapanucka Fire Department in Johnston County, died after being electrocuted Sunday evening.

Authorities say Reeder, who was also a part-time employee of Johnston County Emergency Medical Services, wasn't on duty when the incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m.

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An escapee from an east central Oklahoma county jail who was being held on rape and larceny charges has been recaptured after a weekend on the run.

The Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office on Monday announced Cayman Coleman has been caught. A posting on its Facebook page announced the capture but didn't immediately provide further details.

Officials say Coleman has been unaccounted for since Friday morning. Investigators didn't immediately say how he escaped.

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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says five inmates were injured in a fight over the weekend at a northeastern Oklahoma prison.

The fight occurred on Saturday at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy, located in Osage County about 29 miles northwest of Tulsa.

Corrections spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Monday that the fight occurred among members of rival inmate gangs at the medium-security prison for men.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had a top aide seek a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and perform other personal chores for him, including house-hunting and booking personal travel, according to testimony released Monday.

Millan Hupp's transcribed interview last month before a panel of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee staffers marks the first public accounting from one of Pruitt's closest aides on personal errands that she said the EPA chief had her do. The transcript was released Monday by committee Democrats.

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The Supreme Court is setting aside a Colorado court ruling against a baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. But the court is not deciding the big issue in the case, whether a business can refuse to serve gay and lesbian people.

The justices' limited ruling Monday turns on what the court described as anti-religious bias on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission when it ruled against baker Jack Phillips. The justices voted 7-2 that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated Phillips' rights under the First Amendment.

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