HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped this week by 11 to 1,848.
Texas-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated reported Friday that 1,410 rigs were exploring for oil and 435 were searching for gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, Baker Hughes listed 1,991 rigs.
Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Oklahoma lost nine rigs, Louisiana and Pennsylvania dropped by two and California, New Mexico and West Virginia were each down by one.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Muskogee police say a city worker saw a dog carrying a human arm and police found the rest of the body about four blocks away.
The worker saw the dog early Friday afternoon on North 12th Street and called police.
The Tulsa World reports the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office is working with police to identify the badly decomposed dead person. They're also working to determine whether the death was the result of foul play.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Sand Springs woman's gripping tale of becoming a child prostitute at age 11 captivated a legislative panel exploring ways to deal with what police say is a growing problem of human trafficking in Oklahoma.
Jeannetta McCrary told lawmakers how she went from a straight-A cheerleader to a life of sexual exploitation and prostitution as a victim of child trafficking in the 1980s.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — More than a week after a Tulsa church promised to ask Oklahoma's Department of Human Services to review how it handles child abuse allegations, DHS says it has yet to hear from the ministry.
Victory Christian Center made the pledge last week, after five workers were charged for not quickly reporting the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl on the church's campus.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials say another person has died of the West Nile Virus in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health indicated on its website Thursday that the number of West Nile Virus deaths in the state had risen to nine and the number of reported cases in the state had increased to 154.
At least 88 people have been hospitalized for treatment of the mosquito-borne illness.
In Oklahoma, the West Nile Virus season runs from May to November, and people are at greatest risk of exposure to infected mosquitoes from July through October.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Christian pastors plan to deliver petitions to Hobby Lobby officials in protest of the Oklahoma-based company's lawsuit challenging health care guidelines that require the coverage of the morning-after pill.
The pastors plan to deliver the petitions Thursday to the Oklahoma City headquarters of the arts and crafts chain. More than 80,000 people signed petitions launched by the national organizations Faithful America and UltraViolet.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say one man is dead and another injured in a late-night shooting at an apartment complex.
Police say the shooting happened shortly after midnight Thursday at the Fairmont Terrace Apartments. Tulsa officers responded to the shooting call and found one man dead and a second man wounded inside a third-floor apartment.
Police say the injured man is expected to survive.
Capt. Travis Yates says police are looking for three people who reportedly forced their way into the apartment and opened fire. No one has been arrested.