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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Heavy Weather Pounds Central Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service warns that flash flooding is likely in the Oklahoma City area Wednesday morning, while severe thunderstorms are possible in much of southern and central Oklahoma.

Wednesday's forecast comes after storms dropped enormous hail on the Oklahoma City area Tuesday night. The National Weather Service received preliminary reports of softball-sized hail or larger in the Kingfisher area.

No deaths were reported but authorities say a handful of people were injured by the large hailstones.

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Local & Regional
11:24 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Broken Arrow Mayor Resigns Amid Casino Dispute

Mike Lester
City of Broken Arrow

The mayor of Broken Arrow says he'll step down amid criticism of a proposed Indian casino.

Mayor Mike Lester says he'll resign as mayor but retain his seat on the city council. Lester says he does not want good news in Broken Arrow to be overshadowed by the casino controversy.

Last week, the National Indian Gaming Commission said the site for a proposed casino in Broken Arrow can't be used for gambling. The Kialegee Tribal Town hoped to build the Red Clay Casino there.

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Local & Regional
7:09 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Oklahoma Treasurer Announces College Savings Contest

Ken Miller
State of Oklahoma-File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two students will win money for higher education as state leaders launch a contest to celebrate National 529 College Savings Day.

State Treasurer Ken Miller and two Oklahoma City Thunder Girls will read to second-graders Tuesday morning at Capitol Hill Library in Oklahoma City. The event is part of the state's Think Big! Save for College! Sweepstakes.

Local & Regional
7:05 am
Tue May 29, 2012

2 Killed in Motorcycle-SUV Crash in Grant County

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MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed in Grant County when an SUV crashed into their motorcycle on Memorial Day.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the crash happened Monday night on Oklahoma Highway 11 near Medford. Authorities say a man was driving east on the highway and tried to turn onto County Road 910.

Authorities say the driver did not see an oncoming motorcycle and crashed into it. Killed in the collision were 60-year-old Craig Beavers and 49-year-old Leisa Beavers. Both were from Alva.

The three people in the SUV were not injured.

Local & Regional
5:18 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

New end-of-year Tests block Diploma for 2K Seniors

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The new end-of-year testing that's required for Oklahoma high school students to graduate has kept about 2,000 seniors from getting their diplomas, even though they've passed all their classes. The class of 2012 is the first class required to meet the new requirements, which stipulate that students have to pass at least four of seven end-of-year exams. The Oklahoman reports ( ) that students who were denied their diplomas can appeal, but the process can take more than two months.

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Local & Regional
9:32 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012: Oklahoman Killed in Afghanistan


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —The Department of Defense announced Sunday that Hospitalman Eric Warren died Saturday of wounds he received when an improvised explosive device detonated in the Sangin District of Helmand Province. His age wasn't listed in the news release, and the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office didn't immediately return a call seeking additional information on Sunday.

Warren, of Shawnee, was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Local & Regional
9:28 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Lawton Man Drowns in Southwestern Oklahoma Lake

SNYDER, Okla. (AP) — A young Lawton man has drowned at a lake in southwestern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 22-year-old Jose Garcia was wading in the Tom Steed Lake Swim Beach area about 3:15 p.m. Sunday and started swimming north from there.

Troopers say he wasn't seen after that.

A crew using side-scan sonar and a drag tool located his body and pulled him out around 8:20 p.m. Sunday evening.

Garcia was the second person to drown in an Oklahoma lake this weekend.

Local & Regional
9:24 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Governor Strikes Out on Top Goal

Governor Fallin
State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Despite having strong GOP majorities backing her up in the House and Senate, Governor Mary Fallin ended this year's legislative session without the income tax cut she has championed.

Fallin entered the session with an ambitious plan to deeply slash the state's income tax.

However, Republicans in the Legislature started chipping away at the plan, first by balking at eliminating the numerous deductions and exemptions that were to be used to help offset the cost of the plan.

Some even began to wonder aloud if the time was right to cut taxes at all.

Local & Regional
9:21 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Inhofe Pushes for Highway Funding

Jim Inhofe
File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is trying to persuade members of his own party to support legislation that would fund transportation projects.

The Oklahoman reports that the Republican U.S. Senator spent part of last week calling freshman House members affiliated with the tea party to convince them to back a bill that would stabilize transportation funding for several years. He says if Congress can't agree on a long-term policy, the uncertainty will cause serious problems for critical projects.

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Local & Regional
8:35 am
Sun May 27, 2012

FBI and Police Looking for OKC Bank Robber

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police and the FBI are looking for the person who robbed a bank in southwest Oklahoma City.

Authorities say a man walked into the MidFirst Bank about 9:05 a.m. Friday, demanded money and then jumped on top of the teller counter with a revolver in his hand. The man took an undisclosed amount of cash from the teller drawer and walked out toward S.W. 45th Street.

No injuries were reported.