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1:23 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Fire that Killed Two Midwest City Boys Claims Mother

Fire officials in Midwest City say a woman injured in a fire that killed her two young sons has now died.

Officials told reporters Monday that the woman died at an Oklahoma City hospital where she was taken following the Sunday fire that killed her 2- and 4-year-old sons. The names of the three were not immediately released.

Maj. David Richardson says the cause of the fire has not been determined -- but said that it began at the edge of a hallway and living room and was reported just before noon Sunday.

Local & Regional
10:31 am
Mon May 7, 2012

5-Year-Old Boy Falls from a Moving Oklahoma School Bus

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VANOSS, Okla. (AP) — A Vanoss family says a 5-year-old boy wasn't seriously injured when he fell out of a moving school bus.

But the parents of Trenton Barger are questioning why their son was sitting on the front steps of the bus as the vehicle traveled down a paved county road last week.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Trenton somehow fell through the front doors of the bus as it rounded a curve.

Superintendent Janet Blocker says the incident is under investigation and that the driver involved is a certified employee who's had no prior incidents.

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7:10 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Body Found after man Disappears in Grand Lake

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Body found after man disappears in Grand Lake

FAIRLAND, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a body found in Grand Lake near Fairland has been turned over to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and identification.

Authorities had been searching the water for 32-year-old Mitchell Ray Cunningham. Witnesses told authorities that Cunningham jumped off a boat dock into floodwaters at Twin Bridges State Park on Grand Lake.

A spokesman for the Grand River Dam Authority says waters were very swift when Cunningham disappeared last Wednesday.

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Local & Regional
7:03 am
Mon May 7, 2012

EMSA to Change Statements Sent to Patients

EMSA Headquarters on North Lansing
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The chief executive officer of Emergency Medical Services Authority says the ambulance service will change the statements it sends to patients.

The change comes after EMSA was criticized by patients and city officials in Tulsa for billing patients who paid a monthly fee of $3 to $4 a month with their utility bills as part of a program to provide ambulance service at no additional charge.

EMSA CEO Steve Williamson says that the new statements should be in place by July 1st.

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Local & Regional
4:28 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

Field Down to Two for DHS Chief

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two people have emerged as top candidates to become director of Oklahoma's Department of Human Services.

The Oklahoman reports in a copyrighted story that former U.S. ambassador to South Africa Eric Bost and retired Tennessee DHS deputy commissioner Ed Lake will be interviewed this week.

Commissioners are searching for a successor to Howard Hendrick — who resigned as director earlier this year.

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Local & Regional
4:24 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

Officials Unsure Why Flu Season was So Mild

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The 2012 flu season in Oklahoma is ending with fewer than half the number of confirmed cases as in 2011 and nearly two-thirds fewer deaths.

State health officials say the reason for the declines is difficult to pin down.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 316 hospitalizations and nine deaths due to the flu in 2012. There were 872 hospitalizations and 26 deaths a year ago.

Local & Regional
7:25 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Baby's Death Suspicious

COMMERCE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the suspicious death of an 8-month-old boy.

OSBI officials say the Commerce Police Department requested their assistance in investigating the death of Randy Kirk the Third, whose mother found him and called for help around noon Friday. The baby was dead when emergency crews arrived.

OSBI agents and Commerce officers began searching the child's home for any evidence of what caused the child's death and agents plan to interview those inside the home when the baby died.

Local & Regional
7:23 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Report Finished: Damage Cause by Six Twisters

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least six tornadoes may have touched down in northern Oklahoma earlier this week.

National Weather Service crews surveyed damage in Craig, Nowata and Osage counties, and assigned a preliminary damage rating of EF-1 to three storms and EF-2 for another.

A tornado damaged trees and power poles Sunday near Fairfax in Osage County, and trees and barns were damaged near Childers on Monday and Nowata on Tuesday in Nowata County.

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Local & Regional
7:16 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Wreck Closes Turner for Several Hours near Kellyville

BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — An auto accident on eastbound lanes of the Turner Turnpike shut down traffic just east of Bristow for nearly two hours.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the collision at mile marker 208 in Creek County caused the shutdown of eastbound traffic on the turnpike — which is also on Interstate 44 — for one hour, 53 minutes late Saturday afternoon.

The crash occurred about 3:50 p.m. and the lanes were reopened about 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

The patrol did not immediately release details about the accident and whether there were any injuries yesterday.

Local & Regional
6:47 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Thieves Steal Miss Oklahoma's Crown, other items

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Someone has stolen the pageant crown and other items from the reigning Miss Oklahoma.

Police say the items were taken April 22 from the backseat of Betty Thompson's car as she was moving to Stillwater. The vehicle was open and unattended as she and her family carried her belongings up to her apartment.

Her family waited to see if the items were taken as a prank or would be returned before reporting the theft several days later.

Thompson won Miss Oklahoma in June and was first runner-up in the Miss America pageant in January.

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