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7:46 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Prisoner Found Dead at Oklahoma State Penitentiary

State prison at McAlester
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MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate was found dead at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Guards found the 55-year-old inmate dead Monday morning.

The TV station says the inmate was incarcerated on first-degree murder charge out of Cleveland County. His name wasn't immediately released.

Warden's Assistant Terry Crenshaw says the prisoner's death is under investigation. The man didn't have a cell partner at the time of his death and no staff injuries were reported.

Local & Regional
7:06 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Drought Drains Economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey suggests that the continuing drought and lessening export demand for U.S. products are among the drains on the economy in nine Midwest and Plains.

A report released Tuesday says August's Mid-America Business Conditions Index remained below growth neutral for a second month. It rose to 49.7 from 48.7 in July. June's figure was 57.2.

The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor.

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Local & Regional
11:36 am
Mon September 3, 2012

investigation into Dog's Death

Rogers County is red
KWGS News Map

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in northeast Oklahoma are trying to figure out who tied a dog to a vehicle and dragged it to death this weekend.

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton told the Tulsa World someone tied the Labrador retriever's legs with wire and dragged her with a vehicle for a little more than a mile before stopping on Saturday.

Walton says there was a trail of "flesh and fur" left behind on a road in Winganon, Okla.

The dog's owner, Melony Patton, says she was shocked that someone would savagely kill her 2-year-old dog named Jetta.

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Local & Regional
11:32 am
Mon September 3, 2012

New Center for Fire Victims at Drumright

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DRUMRIGHT, Okla. (AP) — A mobile disaster recovery center is slated to open near Drumright this week to help residents apply for aid after a devastating wildfire burned more than 90 square miles last month in Oklahoma's Creek County.

Officials say the center is slated to open at a church near Drumright on Tuesday.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management deputy director Michelann Ooten says the center will make it easier for people in the Drumright area to get face-to-face information about assistance.

Local & Regional
9:13 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Spat Between Agencies Leads to Eviction in Oklahoma

State Drug Bureau Chief Darrell Weaver
KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Records show that a dispute between federal and state agencies led to state drug agents being evicted from the Oklahoma office they shared with federal agents for a decade.

The Tulsa World reported Sunday that a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent told the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics director that the state agents had to leave the McAlester building they shared.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is now renting space in another McAlester office.

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Local & Regional
9:11 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Growing GOP Majority Poses Challenge in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With Republicans enjoying large and growing majorities in the Oklahoma House and Senate, GOP legislative leaders are being forced to wrangle with how to balance a broader spectrum of ideas and ideology among members.

Last week, four new Republicans secured posts in the Oklahoma Legislature with victories in primary runoffs in races that drew no Democrats.

Two of those new Republican members defeated better-funded, Chamber of Commerce-backed opponents in the Republican primary.

Local & Regional
9:09 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Small Earthquake Reported in Central Oklahoma

The quake was between Edmond and Guthrie.
USGS Map

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — A small earthquake has been reported in central Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the magnitude 2.5 earthquake Sunday morning about 6 miles north of Edmond.

A Logan County sheriff's dispatcher says there weren't any immediate reports of injuries or damage from the temblor.

Geologists say earthquakes with magnitudes of 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest felt by humans.

Local & Regional
10:01 am
Sun September 2, 2012

3 Arrested at Asher Gas Station on Drug Charges

Synthetic drug K2 or Spice has similar effects as marijuana.
K2 Drug Facts

ASHER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say three people have been arrested on drug charges after undercover officers reportedly bought synthetic marijuana at a Pottawatomie County convenience store.

Sheriff Mike Booth says authorities received a tip that the drug — also known as K2, spice or potpourri — was begin sold at a convenience store in Asher. He says two store employees and one customer were arrested on drug charges. All three had been released on bond by Friday.

Booth tells the Shawnee News-Star that deputies seized more than 50 bags of the synthetic drug.

Local & Regional
9:59 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Ceiling Collapses at Oklahoma Nursing Home

BETHANY, Okla. (AP) — Officials say no one was injured when the ceiling collapsed in the dining area of a Bethany nursing home.

Oklahoma City television station KWTV reports the ceiling fell in the dining area at Forest Glade Retirement Community during lunchtime Saturday.

Officials say 35 residents at the retirement home were in the dining area when the ceiling collapsed. Everyone was safely evacuated.

Fire officials say a sprinkler head broke, causing sheet rock in the ceiling to fall.

Local & Regional
9:45 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Oklahoma Fall Foliage in Limbo Due to Drought

The Talimena Drive in southeast Oklahoma.
State Impact-Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Summer-long drought conditions that have plagued Oklahoma and Arkansas have left in limbo the usual explosion of fall foliage colors that attract tourists to both states.

The Ozark and the Ouachita national forests that spread into both states are normally destinations for those who want to see the reds, greens and yellows of the tree leaves. But U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Tracy Farley says many leaves have already turned brown and are about to fall to the ground.

But foresters say it isn't too late for the colorful seasonal change to be saved.

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