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Oklahoma State University is set to conduct a study on the impact of the number of people and boats on the popular Illinois River.

The Tulsa World reports that the Grand River Dam Authority approved the study to be carried out by the university's geography department last week.

The authority's vice president for scenic rivers and water quality, Ed Fite, says the last time the river's carrying capacity was analyzed was in the 1990s.

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Rather than go to school this morning, a 14-year-old boy walks into the Vinita Police station. There he tells officers he shot and killed his step-mother.

Authorities went to a home on Vinita's north side. They found the body of 38-year-old Laura Hendricks. She had been shot.

The Vinita P.D. has asked for assistance from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The Bureau's Jessica Brown says agents are looking into what led up to the fatal shooting.



More than two dozen candidates seeking seats in the Oklahoma Legislature face opponents in Tuesday's primary runoff election. Those include several who are supported or opposed by a grassroots group aiming to elect more supporters of public education.

There are six runoffs for state House seats — four among Republicans and two for Democrats. In the Senate there are seven runoffs, all featuring Republicans seeking open seats.


Oklahoma's suicide rate is 37 percent higher than the national rate, yet the state ranks near the bottom in spending for mental health services.

The Tulsa World reports that nationally, there are 12.6 suicides per 100,000 people each year. Oklahoma ranks 13th in the country with a rate of 17.2 per 100,000. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Tulsa's suicide rate of 16.8 per 100,000 ranks it 15th among U.S. cities.


It all changes today.

This is the first day of school in the Tulsa Public School District. 40,000 students have returned to some 86 different school sites in Tulsa.

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Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 as the Crimson Tide attempts to win a fifth title in eight seasons.

Coach Nick Saban's Tide received 33 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel and 1,469 points. No. 2 Clemson received 16 first-place votes and 1,443 points. It's the first time since 1992 that Nos. 1 and 2 in the preseason rankings are the same as they were in the final poll of the previous season.


 Authorities say an inmate who escaped the Jim E., Hamilton Correctional Center in Hodgen is back in custody.

Prison officials say 31-year-old Daryl Cooper was found and arrested Saturday morning in Heavener, about three miles north of Hodgen.

Authorities say Cooper was reported missing after failing to show up for a roll call Friday night. Details of the escape were not immediately released.

 For the second time in as many election cycles, former state Sen. Al McAffrey and retired university professor Tom Guild will square off in a runoff election for the Democratic nomination in central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.

Democratic voters in most of Oklahoma County and all of Pottawatomie and Seminole counties will choose their nominee in Tuesday's runoff that's a rematch of the 2014 5th District race in which McAffrey defeated Guild for the party's nomination.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident near Wagoner.

The woman was struck about 3:15 a.m. Saturday on Highway 51.

The OHP said the woman appeared to have been walking on the eastbound shoulder of the highway when she was struck by a red vehicle.

The woman's name was not immediately released.

The highway was closed for about two hours while the scene was cleared.

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 The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Quinton man has drowned in Skiatook Lake.

The OHP says 30-year-old Nicolas William Birckel drowned in the lake Friday afternoon. The patrol initially reported that the drowning occurred Saturday.

An OHP report says Birckel jumped from a boat to swim, then went under water and did not resurface.

His body was recovered Saturday morning in about 25 feet of water.