OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A truck driver is killed as the result of winds from severe thunderstorms in northeast Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 70-year-old Jimmy King of Ash Grove, Missouri was driving on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Afton Friday when straight-line winds flipped his semi onto a cement barrier wall and trapped him inside. Troopers say King was pinned in the wreckage for nearly three hours and died at the scene of massive injuries.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —Governor Mary Fallin is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider its decision to deny individual assistance to victims of wildfires that swept across the state last month.
Fallin filed a formal appeal on Thursday on behalf of wildfire victims in Oklahoma, Cleveland and Payne counties.
Wildfires in July and August damaged nearly 300 homes in those three counties, including 270 that were destroyed. Fallin says an estimated 85 percent of those homes were uninsured.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials say five more West Nile virus cases have been reported in Oklahoma.
According to statistics posted on the Oklahoma State Department of Health website Thursday, 123 cases have been reported. That's up from Tuesday's count of 118, which set a record for the number of West Nile cases in a single year in Oklahoma.
The state Health Department says seven people have died from the virus so far in 2012.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Exceptional drought has expanded in parts of Oklahoma.
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows about 40 percent of the state is mired in exceptional drought, the worst in the monitor's classification system.
A map indicates exceptional drought stretching from central Cimarron County in the Oklahoma Panhandle eastward into Osage County near Tulsa. Another swath stretches south from Ellis County to the Red River and then north and east into McClain County in central Oklahoma.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican congressional candidate who has railed against federal spending has been awarded around $370,000 in federal stimulus money distributed through a pair of Oklahoma Indian tribes.
A review of stimulus spending by The Associated Press shows companies owned by Markwayne Mullin received the money under contracts with the Cherokee and Muscogee (Creek) nations.
The payments were for plumbing at tribal housing projects and funded through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Republican candidate running for Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District says he won't release copies of back tax returns, or his military and academic records as his Democratic opponent has recently done.
A spokesman for Republican Jim Bridenstine says the candidate has an exemplary record and has already filed the required statements of financial interest with the U.S. House Committee on Ethics.