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The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office says the man killed by a Tulsa, Oklahoma, officer died from "a penetrating gunshot wound of chest" and his death is considered a homicide.

But spokeswoman Amy Elliott says a full autopsy report and toxicology results for Terence Crutcher are not yet complete.

Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter in Crutcher's Sept. 16 death. An affidavit from District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler's office said the officer "reacted unreasonably" when she shot Crutcher, who did not have a gun.

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Blue Bell Creameries is recalling select flavors of ice cream distributed across the South after finding chocolate chip cookie dough from a third-party supplier for use as an ingredient was potentially contaminated with listeria.



The Muskogee County Board of Commissioners has authorized a settlement of up to $10,000 in a lawsuit filed by a former sheriff's deputy who disputed overtime pay.

The Muskogee Phoenix reports the commissioners made the authorization on Monday.

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The father of a man who was fatally shot by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, says his son had his hands up "just like I told him to do."

The Rev. Joey Crutcher said Wednesday in New York that his son Terence knew to put his hands up when approached by police.

Forty-year-old Terence Crutcher, who was black and unarmed, was fatally shot Friday by a white police officer.

The Rev. Crutcher and Tiffany Crutcher, the twin sister of Terence, spoke at the headquarters of civil rights leader Al Sharpton's National Action Network.

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Oklahoma and Arkansas are getting a share of $28.4 million in U.S. Department of Education grants to help improve college- and career-readiness for historically underserved students.

The Advanced Placement grants announced on Tuesday were issued to 41 states as well as Washington, D.C., and will help defray the cost of taking advanced placement tests for students from low-income families.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education will receive $315,375 in grant money, and the Arkansas Department of Education will receive a $30,718 grant.



The unarmed black man shot dead in the middle of a Tulsa street last week by a white police officer had run-ins with the law dating back to his teenage years and had recently served a four-year stint in prison.

But those closest to the 40-year-old victim, Terence Crutcher, described him as a church-going father who was beginning to turn his life around.

Crutcher's family could not be reached for comment on his criminal record. But an attorney for his family, Benjamin Crump, said the information should not be used to "demonize" Crutcher.

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The mother-in-law of a white Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man says her daughter-in-law is grieving for the victim's family and isn't prejudiced.

Lois Shelby told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday that Tulsa officer Betty Shelby "thought she had to protect her own life" when she fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher last week.



Whole Foods Market Inc. has reached a $3.5 million settlement with regulators over the disposal of products that were once for sale but later classified as hazardous waste.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the fine and an agreement Tuesday for Austin-based Whole Foods to comply with waste regulations and better train workers.

The EPA says the grocer improperly identified or mishandled hazardous waste in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.


 An Oklahoma man accused in California of the 1973 shotgun slayings of two girls has been returned to the state to face murder charges.

Yuba County Deputy District Attorney John Vacek says 65-year-old Larry Don Patterson was brought to California over the weekend and will be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

Patterson waived extradition to the state last week in Creek County, Oklahoma, southwest of Tulsa.

Oklahoma ranks fourth in the nation in installed wind power capacity, and enough wind projects are set to come online by the end of the year to push the state higher in the nation's wind energy rankings. The Tulsa World reports that Texas currently leads the nation in installed wind power capacity, with Iowa coming in second and California third.