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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An 18-year-old male Tulsa high school student accused of sexually assaulting another student off campus has been arrested.

Tulsa police Cpl. Eric Leverington said that police were called to Nathan Hale High School just before 1 p.m. Thursday, and were told that a 17-year-old student had reported that she had been sexually assaulted by another student near campus.

The suspect later turned himself in to police later that day and he was arrested on complaints of first-degree rape and forcible sodomy.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group that supports the sale of strong beer and wine at Oklahoma grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores is launching a petition drive to place the issue on the November ballot.

The group Oklahomans for Modern Laws filed an initiative petition on Wednesday with the Oklahoma secretary of state's office. The proposed language for the ballot now must be reviewed by the attorney general, and if approved, the group can begin gathering signatures.

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SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer charged with sexually assaulting three women during traffic stops is due in court Thursday. Eric Roberts has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges, including second-degree rape, indecent exposure and sexual battery. Roberts was suspended in July 2014 and resigned two months later following his arrest.




TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma county's third sheriff in four months says the fate of the agency's reserve deputy program is still undecided after a member fatally shot an unarmed man last year.

Interim Tulsa County Sheriff Michelle Robinette says the future of the roughly 120-member reserve corps will be determined after a firm completes its outside review of the agency.


SCHULTER, Okla. (AP) — An Okmulgee County deputy who was investigating an accident involving a tractor-trailer rig shot and killed a man at the scene of the crash near Schulter.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the deputy shot the man about 2 p.m. Wednesday after the man pulled a weapon.

No names were released.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City-based SandRidge Energy Inc. is laying off 440 employees.

SandRidge CEO James Bennett told The Oklahoman layoffs are due to continuing low prices for oil. Bennett said the affected employees are being given undisclosed severance packages.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.




OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. James Lankford is pushing for an end to a federal tax subsidy for the production of electricity through wind power.

The first-term Republican from Oklahoma introduced an amendment Tuesday that would not allow any more companies to qualify for the tax credit after 2019. The amendment was proposed to the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, which is being debated in the Senate this week.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A gas utility has said bad workmanship was the cause of a Jan. 2 pipeline explosion that obliterated a northwest Oklahoma City home, damaged dozens of others and severely injured a man.

Oklahoma Natural Gas cited a 3.5 inch crack in a polyethylene pipe and a lack of fusion in a weld seam as the cause of the blast in an incident report filed with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Monday.

An Oklahoma Natural Gas says the utility didn't have any additional comment.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Opposition already has surfaced to several bills to rein in state tax subsidies, sending a signal to lawmakers that taking them away will be no easy task.

Gov. Mary Fallin and Republican state legislative leaders all have endorsed repealing or reducing various tax exemptions and deductions as a way to help close a $900 million hole in the state budget.

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday killed one bill that would have prohibited companies from taking advantage of two separate tax incentive programs at the same time.

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — An inmate at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility has died less than a half hour after being booked.

The Muskogee Phoenix reports that 42-year-old Marvin Allen Rowell was brought into the jail at 4:40 a.m. Saturday on a public intoxication complaint.

Sheriff Charles Pearson says the inmate was in custody for about 16 minutes and appeared to be intoxicated. He says a jail employee was walking down the hall from the booking area with Rowell when the inmate fell and hit his head on the concrete floor.