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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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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Sat May 5, 2012

2 Dead in Last 6 1/2 months at Narconon Arrowhead

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state medical examiner's office wants to take a deeper look at the deaths of two people at a drug rehabilitation center that uses saunas and vitamins as part of an intensive cleansing regimen.

Last month, 21-year-old Hillary Holten died at the Narconon Arrowhead center at Canadian. Last October, 32-year-old Gabriel Graves died. The rehab facility uses techniques developed by Scientology founder and science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard and is the training center for Narconon International. Health officials in Quebec closed a Narconon facility last month.

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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Governor Signs Storm Shelter Liability Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that would provide legal protections to businesses and individuals that allow residents to take shelter on their premises during tornadoes and other severe weather has been signed into law.

Governor Mary Fallin on Friday signed House Bill 2419, which takes effect immediately.

In a statement, Fallin said no one should fear being sued for opening their home or business to someone seeking shelter during severe storms.

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Local & Regional
6:38 am
Sat May 5, 2012

1 Hurt as Severe Storms, Hail Pound SW Oklahoma

1 hurt as severe storms, hail pound SW Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least one person received a minor injury and homes and vehicles were damaged when severe thunderstorms dropped hail the size of baseballs on parts of southwestern Oklahoma.

Tillman County Emergency Management Director Jeffrey Rector said Friday a couple and their grandchild were trying to escape the storm when hail smashed one of the vehicle's windows, injuring one of the occupants.

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Local & Regional
8:48 am
Fri May 4, 2012

New Funding Found for Community Service Programs

Governor Fallin
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill that provides a new revenue stream to help fund county community service programs.

Fallin signed the Safari McDoulett Community Service Act on Thursday. The bill is named after an Oklahoma County staffer who died in a car accident earlier this year in Norman.

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Local & Regional
8:42 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Oklahoma Streams are getting Cleaner

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma conservation officials say 11 state streams are being removed from the Environmental Protection Agency's impaired waters list.

Officials say state monitoring also has shown that more than 150 other streams and stream segments are clean enough to stay off the list due largely to good conservation practices being implemented on the land.

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