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9:45 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Hugo Man Drowns after Vehicle Stalls on Flooded Road

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HUGO, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Hugo man drowned after leaving his vehicle when it stall on a flooded road in Choctaw County.

An OHP report says the body of 34-year-old Williams Gamblin was recovered Friday morning near where he disappeared Thursday night about four miles north of Hugo.

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9:35 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Oklahoma House, Senate End 2015 Legislative Session

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature has adjourned the 2015 legislative session one week earlier than is required.

The presiding officer of the Senate dropped the gavel shortly after 3 p.m. Friday and two hours later the House also adjourned sine (SY'-nee) die, a Latin phrase that literally means "without day."

The Oklahoma Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn by the last Friday in May, but lawmakers rushed to complete their work this week to finish before the Memorial Day weekend.

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3:52 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Man Arrested in Texas in More than 20-year-old Tulsa Slaying

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say a man in Texas has been arrested on a murder charge in the 1994 beating death of a woman in Tulsa.

Sgt. Dave Walker announced Friday that 52-year-old Leroy Edward Gilbert Jr. was arrested Thursday in Bonham, Texas, on a first-degree murder warrant in the death of Erma Goodou at Goodou's home in north Tulsa.

Walker says DNA evidence taken from the scene was matched to Gilbert in February 2014.

Court records do not list an attorney for Gilbert.

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3:08 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

House Approves Pop Culture Museum for Tulsa

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One day after failing to pass a $25 million bond proposal to build a new museum in Tulsa, the Oklahoma House reversed course and narrowly passed a plan to build the facility dedicated to the state's icons of popular culture.

The House voted 51-40 Friday to approve the bond issue, one day after the same measure fell seven votes short of passing. A bill needs 51 votes to pass in the House. It now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin for consideration.

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3:05 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Senate Gives Final Approval to $7.1 Billion State Budget plan

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has given final approval to a roughly $7.1 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, despite concerns that state leaders didn't do enough to rein in millions of dollars' worth of costly tax credits.

The general appropriations bill easily cleared the Senate Friday on a 38-9 vote and now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin, who is expected to sign it.

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7:50 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Friends of Man Shot by Deputy Support Outside Investigation

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Those who knew an unarmed Oklahoma man who was fatally shot by a Tulsa County Sheriff's Office volunteer deputy last month are confident an outside prosecutor brought in to investigate the agency will help restore the public's trust in the embattled office.

Questions have arisen about the reserve deputy program since volunteer Robert Bates shot Eric Harris on April 2nd. Bates has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter, saying he confused his stun gun and handgun.

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7:42 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Fort Sill Soldier's Body Recovered from Flooded Oklahoma Creek

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FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — The body of a Fort Sill soldier whose vehicle was swept into Medicine Bluff Creek has been recovered.

According to a Fort Sill news release, the body of Staff Sgt. David Hawkins was recovered Thursday afternoon by Fort Sill firefighters and an Oklahoma Highway Patrol water rescue team.

The release says the 32-year-old was apparently attempting to drive across a low water crossing on Sunday when his vehicle was swept into the flooded creek. The car was recovered on Monday.

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6:57 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Oklahoma House Defeats Museum of Popular Culture Legislation

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that would authorize $25 million in bonds to build the Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa.

House members voted 49-44 Thursday against the Senate-passed bill. The House sponsor of the bill, Republican Speaker Jeff Hickman of Fairview, kept the measure alive by giving notice he may ask the House to reconsider its vote.

The bill would fund construction of a 75,000-square-foot museum, nicknamed OKPOP, and a parking garage in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa.

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2:46 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Health Officials Warn Oklahoma Travelers of Health Risks

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state Department of Health says Oklahomans who plan to travel overseas during the summer should be aware of any health risks at their destinations and take steps to stay healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides current information about common diseases, emerging health threats and food and water safety by country. Federal officials also post travel notices about outbreaks and preventive measures.

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2:39 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Student Loses Bid to Wear Eagle Feather on Graduation Cap

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa federal judge has ruled that an American Indian student at Caney Valley High School can't wear an eagle feather on her graduation cap.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell accepted a magistrate's recommendation to deny senior Hayden Griffith's request for a preliminary injunction that would allow her wear the feather during her graduation ceremony Thursday.

Frizzell said Griffith failed to demonstrate a violation of the state's Religious Freedom Act or her rights to free speech and religion.

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