SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A small plane has crashed in Missouri, killing the owners of two businesses and three children.
Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Jason Pace told the Springfield News-Leader that the plane went down about 12:30 a.m. Saturday near the town of Willard.
He says the plane appeared to have been headed toward the Springfield airport when it crashed. Troopers are securing the scene until investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration arrive.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court judge's rebuke in an Oklahoma death penalty case has sparked renewed debate over the constitutionality of a common practice in state courts — allowing murder victims' relatives to recommend to jurors whether the death penalty should be imposed.
Veteran Oklahoma prosecutors defend the practice. They say jurors who must decide whether a defendant in a first-degree murder case is sentenced to die should have all of the evidence and testimony they can.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Ja'Terian Douglas rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns on just five attempts, Cody Green threw for two more scores and Tulsa took control early and coasted past Nicholls State 66-16 on Saturday in the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Most of Douglas' yardage came on two plays: a 67-yard touchdown run to open the scoring and a 73-yard scamper later in the first quarter that set up one of Alex Singleton's two rushing TDs for the Golden Hurricane (2-1). Zach Langer also ran for two scores, and Trey Watts had one.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Navy will christen the Joint High Speed Vessel Choctaw County — which is named for counties located in Oklahoma, Mississippi and Alabama.
The ceremony will be Saturday in Mobile, Ala.
The vessel is a 338 foot-long aluminum catamaran that will provide rapid transportation of troops, military vehicles, supplies and equipment. The JHSV's also have a flight deck for both day and night air vehicle launch and recovery operations.
The ship can also be used in humanitarian operations and for disaster relief.
HOUSTON (AP) — Oklahoma's oil patch added two rigs this week.
That's according to Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated. The company reported Friday that 1,413 rigs were exploring for oil and 448 were searching for gas in the U.S. Three rigs were listed as miscellaneous.
West Texas intermediate crude closed the week at $99 a barrel on Friday as President Barack Obama announced that he was sending warships and Marines to Libya, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed on Tuesday.
HARRAH, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say several Harrah Junior High School students were taken to a hospital after apparently ingesting the drug Diazepam.
Police say none of the students appeared to be seriously injured after taking the drug Friday. Diazepam is a generic form of Valium and used to treat anxiety and seizures — a side effect can be cardiac arrest.
Officer Phil Stewart told reporters that the drug was distributed by a student who was among those hospitalized. Stewart said the student will be arrested.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Documents show that companies owned by a congressional candidate critical of federal stimulus spending were on notice that work done for the Cherokee Nation was part of the government program — despite the candidate's claim that he had "not a clue" about the funding source.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Tulsa Board of Trustees chairman says the firing of TU President Geoffrey Orsak after 74 days on the job was "unavoidable."
Duane Wilson said in statement late Thursday afternoon that he can't discuss specific reasons why Orsak was fired Wednesday. Wilson said the firing has raised "intense" questions and interest and that he wants to offer assurance that TU is prepared for a "smooth course forward."