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A man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for 31 years for crimes he committed in Kansas while fleeing from Oklahoma.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Alejandro Arturo Garcia was sentenced Tuesday for attempted capital murder and other crimes. Authorities allege he and two other people fled after shooting a police officer in northern Oklahoma in May 2015. The officer survived his injuries.

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An Oklahoma appeals court has stayed the execution of a man convicted of killing a 24-year-old woman while a mandatory appeal of his conviction and sentence are pending.

The court on Tuesday issued the appeal for 49-year-old Albert Johnson.

District Judge Donald Deason set a Sept. 19 execution, but noted it will likely be years before Johnson is put to death.


After a night of powerful speeches from some of the nation's top Democrats, several Oklahoma delegates for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders say they're ready to back Hillary Clinton for president in November.

Some members of Oklahoma's delegation said Tuesday they were moved to tears by speeches at the Democratic National Convention Monday night delivered by Sanders and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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 The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says an inmate who walked away from a halfway house in Tulsa has been recaptured. The department said Tuesday that 30-year-old James Dean was found in a hotel Monday in southeast Tulsa and surrendered without incident.  A woman who was also in the room was arrested for harboring a fugitive.

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 Oklahoma motorists are paying some of the lowest gasoline prices in the nation.

AAA Oklahoma said Monday that the average price for self-serve regular gasoline in the state is $1.94 a gallon, the fifth-lowest state gas price average in the nation. Only South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Missouri have lower statewide gas price averages than Oklahoma.

It's been nearly three months since Oklahoma's gasoline price average was that low. AAA says gasoline was at $1.93 a gallon on April 27. The lowest price recorded so far this year is $1.34 a gallon on Feb. 13.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' top surrogates in Oklahoma says she's still reluctant to support Hillary Clinton's nomination, despite Sanders' call on Monday to support Clinton in her bid for the White House.

Former state Sen. Connie Johnson said Monday she and many Sanders supporters felt "deflated" after his speech Monday to his delegates in Philadelphia.

Sanders said it was imperative to elect Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, drawing boos from the crowd.


 The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a 4-month-old baby girl has died after she was found unresponsive at an in-home day care last week.

Authorities announced Sunday night that the child died at a Tulsa hospital. On Friday, Noble police and OSBI special agents arrested the owner and operator of the day care on suspicion of child abuse in the case.

According to the OSBI, emergency responders were called to the in-home day care last Tuesday because the baby was unconscious. Authorities say the baby girl had suffered injuries consistent with child abuse.


 Oklahoma has a new millionaire.

Oklahoma Lottery officials said Monday that the $2 million winning Mega Millions ticket from the July 1 drawing has been claimed at lottery headquarters.

The winning ticket was claimed by the FDC Investment Trust and was purchased at a food store in Shawnee. After taxes, the trust will receive a total of $1.42 million.

Since its launch in November 2005, the Oklahoma Lottery has had 55 winners of $1 million or more. Four have hit the Powerball jackpot.

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Chance for some scattered afternoon thunderstorms could bring some relief from the hot and humid conditions that have persisted this weekend over eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.

The National Weather Service says the storms will be scattered Sunday across southeast Oklahoma and western Arkansas, while lower chances for storms are forecast near the Kansas border by late Sunday.

The service says rain and storm chances will spread across the entire region by Monday.



CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — Crews in Oklahoma are searching for a missing skydiver whose parachute has been recovered.

Local media report the skydiver, a woman in her 20s from Kansas, jumped around 3:45 p.m. Sunday near Cushing. Her parachute was found in a wooded area, but she wasn't with it.

Multiple law enforcement agencies and the Red Cross are assisting in the search, and Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty says crews will be working through the night.