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8:45 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Escapee Captured South of Bixby

Keith Smith
Okfuskee County Booking Photo

STONE BLUFF, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say the last of three men to have escaped from the Okfuskee County Jail has been arrested.

Okfuskee County Sheriff's Department says 45-year-old Keith Dewayne Smith was captured on Friday near Stone Bluff, which is south of Bixby.

Two other men, Gerald Adams and Tanner Hicks, were captured earlier in the week.

The Oklahoman reports the men escaped from the jail on Monday.

 

(Information in the following story is from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com)

Local & Regional
8:42 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Ruling Soon on B.A. Casino

Casino site at 129th East and 111th South
KWGS News-File photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal judge could decide whether a little-known Indian tribe of 350 members can legally build a casino in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow.

Oklahoma's attorney general has sued the Kialegee Tribal Town in federal court, asking for an injunction to halt building at the site. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Tulsa before U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell.

Opponents of the casino say the tribe doesn't have the authority under federal law to operate a gaming facility.

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Local & Regional
8:37 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Oklahoma Wheat Farmers Rejoice! 2012: A Bumper Crop

Oklahoma wheat shaping up for bumper harvest

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma winter wheat farmers are starting to harvest, and agriculture officials say good weather has made for a much stronger crop this year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts that Oklahoma will harvest 154.8 million bushels over 4.3 million acres. Oklahoma on average produces 110 million bushels per year.

The harvest began several weeks earlier than usual, with the mild spring providing ideal conditions for wheat to grow and ripen.

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Local & Regional
9:26 am
Sat May 12, 2012

Plane From Tulsa Crashes in Kansas; Kills 4 from ORU

Entrance to Jones Airport near Jenks
KWGS News

CHANUTE, Kan. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says four people died when a small plane crashed in southeastern Kansas. All the people on board the plane had ties to Tulsa's Oral Roberts University.

NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson  says five people were aboard the twin-engine Cessna 401 when it went down around 4:30 p.m. Friday northwest of Chanute. Knudson says the eight-seat plane caught fire after the crash. It had apparently taken off earlier in the afternoon from the Jones-Riverside Airport in  Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
9:20 am
Sat May 12, 2012

Cause Ruled in Fatal Fire

Fire that killed Okla. woman, adult son accidental

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Investigators have concluded that a fire that killed a Boynton woman and her son was accidental.

Fifty-seven-year-old Clarence Crane and his 82-year-old mother, Mary Jane Love, died in the blaze early Wednesday.

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Local & Regional
9:15 am
Sat May 12, 2012

Cause of Students' Illnesses at Tulsa Jail Unknown

Tulsa Jail
KWGS News-File photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials haven't determined what caused a group of Tulsa elementary school students to get sick during a visit at the Tulsa County jail.

Fifty-four students and five adults from Bell Elementary School were on a tour at the facility Thursday when the students began complaining of headaches and nausea. Officials say 30 students fell ill.

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Local & Regional
9:09 am
Sat May 12, 2012

Oklahoma Tribe's Accounts to Remain Frozen

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes spokeswoman says officials are disappointed with a federal judge's decision to keep the tribe's accounts at a bank frozen until an internal leadership dispute is resolved.

Lisa Liebl told The Oklahoman for a story in Friday's edition that tribal employees are working a reduced 32-hour work week because about $6.4 million in funds were frozen at Clinton-based First Bank and Trust Company.

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Local & Regional
8:35 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Woodward Tornado Center to Close

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — A center set up to help victims of last month's tornado in Woodward is closing.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says its Disaster Outreach Center will shut down Wednesday.

The agency opened the center to help residents and business owners who were affected by the April 15 storm apply for assistance. The storm killed six people and damaged 224 homes and businesses.

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Local & Regional
8:00 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Open-carry Firearms Bill Headed to Oklahoma Governor

A gun in a holster example of open-carry
Copyright-Glock Talk

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to allow Oklahomans who receive a concealed carry permit to openly carry holstered firearms is heading to Gov. Mary Fallin.

The Senate voted 33-10 on Thursday to approve the bill over the objections of some Democrats who say it could pose problems for law enforcement officers. The bill now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin, who has indicated her support of an open carry law. If she signs it, the bill will become effective Nov. 1.

Local & Regional
7:57 am
Fri May 11, 2012

2 Small Temblors Detected in Central Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two small earthquakes have been detected in central Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 2.9 quake rumbled just before 2 a.m. Friday near Dibble, about 25 miles south of Oklahoma City. A magnitude 2.7 quake gave Lincoln County a mild shake at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Lincoln County quake was near Sparks, where a magnitude 3.9 quake shook the largely rural area about 50 miles east of Oklahoma City at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

No damage has been reported from the earthquakes.

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