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The sheriff of Love County has submitted his resignation to avoid going through a trial seeking his ouster.

Sheriff Joe Russell submitted his resignation, effective Oct. 31, last week. He had faced a trial seeking his removal after the state's multicounty grand jury recommended he be removed from office for corruption and other alleged violations. He's pleaded not guilty to charges of maintaining a drug house and harboring a fugitive.

He had been suspended with pay since Aug. 1.


Oklahoma Natural Gas must pay more than $1 million in fines after a gas explosion destroyed one home and damaged about 50 others in Oklahoma City.

One person was burned and two people were treated for breathing problems in the Jan. 2 explosion.

ONG agreed Wednesday to pay $1.01 million to settle complaints by the Transportation Department of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The proposal says no money will come from customer rates and it must be approved by the commission.

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   The Oklahoma Supreme Court has heard arguments in an attorney's lawsuit over the issuance of bonds to fund construction of several turnpikes across the state.

The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent said in Tuesday's hearing that the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority's power to issue such bonds is unconstitutional.

Authority attorney Jered Davidson said such financing has been common as the turnpike system has expanded over the years. He said there is no legal prohibition against it.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City man charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his father - who was Oklahoma's labor commissioner - has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

An Oklahoma County district judge on Wednesday found 28-year-old Christian Costello competent for trial for the August 2015 stabbing death of Mark Costello at a fast-food restaurant.

Trial is set for April 3, 2017.

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 Oklahoma officials say the state collected a record $132 million in tribal gambling fees during the past year.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services released its annual report Wednesday on gambling compliance during the fiscal year that ended on June 30. It says collections were more than $3.6 million above collections during the previous fiscal year.


An Oklahoma House Interim Committee is hearing how appraisers are appointed for Sheriff's Sales in Oklahoma. Tulsa Democrat Regina Goodwin wants the process changed. She told committee members, too often people appointed to the posts lack any real estate knowledge and are paid thousands of dollars for their services. The appraisers set the value of foreclosed property to be sold at public auction.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out the death sentence for an Oklahoma man convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of a 25-year-old woman and her two children.


The nation's highest court ruled Tuesday that a judge should not have allowed relatives of the victims to tell jurors their opinions on an appropriate sentence for Shaun Michael Bosse

Bosse was convicted and sentenced to death for the July 23, 2010, deaths of Katrina Griffin and her children, 8-year-old Christian and 6-year-old Chastity.


The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says the government has rejected the state's request for an extension of time to comply with the federal REAL ID Act.

But the agency said Tuesday the U.S. Department of Homeland Security won't begin enforcing the act until after Jan. 29.

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 Oklahoma's medical examiner says an unarmed man shot dead by a Tulsa police officer last month had the hallucinogenic drug PCP in his system when he died. 

Terence Crutcher was shot Sept. 16 after his car broke down on a Tulsa street. Officer Betty Jo Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter after his death, with a prosecutor saying she reacted unreasonably after Crutcher disobeyed her commands.


The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled a law that shifted thousands of newly hired state employees into a new 401(k)-style retirement system was appropriately passed by the Legislature in 2014.

The state's highest court on Tuesday unanimously upheld a lower court ruling that the Legislature's passage of the bill did not violate a law that requires pension bills to follow certain guidelines.

The state's highest court, however, returned the case to the trial court to consider whether the new pension law amounted to an illegal expenditure of public funds.

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 County health departments in Oklahoma are offering the flu vaccine as the flu season approaches.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says flu vaccination is recommended each year for everyone over six months old. They say that the more people who are vaccinated, the less opportunity there is for flu to spread.

State Health Commissioner Terry Cline says vaccination is particularly important for pregnant women and newborn babies. Cline says flu vaccination is safe during pregnancy, after delivery and for breastfeeding women.


 The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.5 magnitude earthquake has shaken parts of Oklahoma.

Geologists say the earthquake was recorded at 3:27 p.m. Monday about eight miles north-northwest of Pawnee in Pawnee County. It was recorded at a depth of about three miles.

Earlier Monday, a 2.6 magnitude quake was recorded at 10:44 a.m. 20 miles northwest of Fairview in Major County. It was recorded at a depth of about six miles.


An anti-death penalty group is voicing its opposition to a state question on the ballot in November and the suggestion by Oklahoma's attorney general that the state consider using nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates.

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty held a press conference at the state Capitol on Monday to recognize the 14th annual World Day Against the Death Penalty.

Attorneys, legislators and members of the clergy were among those who spoke.

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Blue Bell Creameries is recalling all of its ice cream products that contain cookie dough from an Iowa-based supplier.

The move announced Monday night comes after Aspen Hills recalled cookie dough supplied to ice cream makers after finding potential listeria bacteria contamination.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin plans to revise a proclamation inviting Christians to pray for the "blessings created by the oil and natural gas industry" to be more inclusive.

Fallin spokesman Michael McNutt said Monday the proclamation declaring Thursday "Oilfield Prayer Day" will be revised to invite people of all faiths to pray for the industry.

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 AAA Oklahoma says the price of gasoline is inching higher in the state.

AAA said Monday the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Oklahoma is $2.07 per gallon, two cents higher than a week ago and five cents above the mark recorded just two weeks ago.

AAA spokesman Chuck Mai says the national average gas price has increased for 12 of the past 14 days, reaching Monday's price of $2.26 per gallon. That's three cents more than one week ago and eight cents more than one month ago.



 Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she's "disappointed and offended" by the comments Donald Trump made about women in 2005, but she didn't pull her endorsement of the Republican presidential candidate.


 Authorities have released the name of a man who was killed while unloading industrial equipment in Yukon.

City spokeswoman Jenna Roberson told reporters that 23-year-old Taylor Borth died Thursday when he was pinned between a large truck and a trailer.

Borth was dead at the scene.

Roberson says the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.


 Three years after passage of sweeping legislation that revamped Oklahoma's workers' compensation system, courts are scrapping significant parts of the law in decisions that say the regulations violate the state constitution and do not provide adequate protection to workers.

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 The state medical examiner's office has identified the burned body of a man that was found in a fire pit at an RV park near Chandler.

The body was identified Friday as that of 52-year-old Jeffrey Piotrowski, who lived in the park. A suspected cause and manner of his death has not been determined.

Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty told reporters the body was found last Sunday by three children who were looking for their cat.

Dougherty said the body was badly burned with only the legs below the knees being recognizable.

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The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded four small earthquakes in northern Oklahoma.

No injuries or damage are reported.

A magnitude 3.1 quake was recorded at 6:10 a.m. Saturday 16 miles northwest of Fairview, 93 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. A magnitude 2.9 temblor was recorded at 7:08 a.m. 9 miles northwest of Pawnee, 70 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. Magnitude 1.4 and magnitude 2.2 quakes were also recorded near Pawnee.


 The spokesman for the Oklahoma Republican Party has resigned following the revelation of lewd comments made in 2005 by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Brett Farley told The Associated Press that he resigned Saturday because the party has refused to repudiate Trump and to call for him to step down as the GOP nominee.

Many Republicans have called for Trump to step down after recorded comments of him bragging about his aggressive actions toward women.

Trump has apologized, but refused calls to leave the race.


 The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder conviction and life sentence of a man charged with helping plan an armed robbery at a south Oklahoma City pharmacy in which a teenage accomplice was shot to death by a pharmacist who was also convicted of first-degree murder.

The court on Friday unanimously upheld the conviction of 38-year-old Emanuel "E man" Mitchell. Mitchell's original 2011 conviction was overturned.

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 Officials say a Tulsa County Jail inmate has been found dead in a segregation cell.

The Tulsa World reports that a detention officer and nurse found 30-year-old Caitlin Lynn Lewis around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday when they went to give her medication and found her in need of assistance. Jail staff performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

Lewis was pronounced dead approximately 15 minutes after she was found. An investigation into Lewis' death is ongoing.

 The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Pawhuska man was killed when the pickup truck he was riding in collided with a tractor-trailer rig near Pawnee.

The OHP says 24-year-old Andrew Thomas died in the crash Thursday on State Highway 18.

An OHP report says the semi was northbound when the driver made a left turn into a convenience store parking lot and the southbound pickup crashed into the trailer of the rig.

The driver of the pickup and another passenger were both hospitalized in critical condition while the driver of the semi was not injured.

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An attorney for an Oklahoma teenager charged along with his older brother in the stabbing deaths of their parents and three siblings may seek an insanity defense in his client's case.

Seventeen-year-old Michael Bever has pleaded not guilty in the July 2015 killings of their parents, 52-year-old David Bever and 44-year-old April Bever in suburban Tulsa. Twelve-year-old Daniel, 7-year-old Christopher and 5-year-old Victoria were also killed. Two other siblings survived.

Police say a 14-month-old boy has drowned in a swimming pool at his home in Claremore. Police say the boy apparently sneaked outside the home Wednesday and either fell or jumped into the family pool. Police Chief Stan Brown told reporters that the boy's mother was preparing to go to a bus stop and pick up another child when she realized the child was missing and found him in the pool. No names have been released.

Police say a 14-month-old boy has drowned in a swimming pool at his home in Claremore. Police say the boy apparently sneaked outside the home Wednesday and either fell or jumped into the family pool. Police Chief Stan Brown told reporters that the boy's mother was preparing to go to a bus stop and pick up another child when she realized the child was missing and found him in the pool. No names have been released.

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Oklahoma's treasurer says state revenue fell again last month, continuing a 19-month decline in the broad measure of the state's economic activity.

Treasurer Ken Miller said Thursday receipts to the state treasury in September dropped almost 10 percent compared to the same month last year.

National Hurricane Center


Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are warning that large waves pushed by Hurricane Matthew could threaten lives and property hours before the Category 4 storm's eye nears the shore.

Jamie Rhome is leader of the storm surge team at the hurricane center in Miami. Rhome says levels were up to a foot higher than normal as far north as Jacksonville on Thursday as a strengthening Matthew tore through the Bahamas toward Florida.