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8:32 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Oklahoma Refinery Explosion Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Wynnewood Refinery
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WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (AP) — A sheriff says one person has died and another has been taken to the hospital by helicopter following an explosion at a refinery in Wynnewood.

Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes tells the The Oklahoman that the explosion Friday at Wynnewood Refinery was a unit used in the refining process. He wasn't sure if it was the boiler that exploded.

Red Cross Regional Director Ken Garcia said volunteers were sent to the area to provide water and snacks for the firefighters.

Local & Regional
8:05 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Local Woman Shares Human Trafficking Story

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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.

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Local & Regional
7:59 am
Fri September 28, 2012

DHS: Church Has Not Sought Review of Abuse Policy

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.

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Local & Regional
1:55 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Death Toll from West Nile Virus Up to 9 in Oklahoma

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.

Local & Regional
10:45 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Pastors to Deliver Petitions to Hobby Lobby

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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.

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Local & Regional
9:05 am
Thu September 27, 2012

One Dead, One Hospitalized in Tulsa Shooting

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.

Local & Regional
7:52 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Woman Found Dead in Keystone Lake, Car Crash Suspected

The body was found near the Keystone State Park
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SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a woman has been found dead in Keystone Lake near Sand Springs.

Lieutenant George Brown says it appears the woman was driving on Highway 151 when she ran off the road Wednesday afternoon and her car rolled on the rocky bank.

Brown says investigators believe the woman suffered a head injury — then got out of the car and staggered to the edge of the lake where she either slipped and fell in or collapsed and fell.

Local & Regional
7:46 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Classes Resume at Stillwater Junior High

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Classes resumed Thursday at an Oklahoma junior high school where a 13-year-old student fatally shot himself in a hallway, prompting a lockdown and evacuation of the building.

Stillwater Public Schools says its Board of Education held an emergency meeting Wednesday and determined that classes and all extracurricular activities will be held Thursday at Stillwater Junior High School.

Authorities say the eighth-grade student died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound before classes began Wednesday.

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Local & Regional
12:31 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Service Set for Claremore Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Army Private Jon Townsend
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CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — A funeral service is scheduled for a 19-year-old soldier from Claremore who was killed in an "insider" attack by police in Afghanistan.

Services with military honors are set for 10 a.m. Friday for Army Pfc. Jon Townsend, who was killed on Sept. 16.

The ceremony will be at First Baptist Church in Claremore. Rice Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Local & Regional
9:35 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Student Kills Self at Stillwater Junior High

The Stillwater Junior High School
Stillwater Public Schools

One student is dead after a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Stillwater Junior High School early this Wednesday morning, according to Captain Randy Dickerson of the Stillwater Police Department.

Authorities are attempting to notify the family of the victim, but have not released any more information on his or her identity.

The school is in the process of getting evacuated to the Cimarron Plaza. Parents will be able to pick up students there, according to Stillwater Public Schools. They sent a letter to parents earlier this morning:

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