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7:52 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Mental exam Ordered for Man Accused in Workplace Beheading

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a Moore food processing plant last year.

The Oklahoman  reports defense attorneys for Alton Alexander Nolen had asked for the evaluation. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley approved their request, and her order was filed Wednesday.

An expert from the state Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Department will examine Nolen. The findings will then be reported to the judge.

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3:56 am
Thu March 26, 2015

One Dead, More Injured as Tornadoes Slice Tulsa County

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Severe storms were bearing down on the Tulsa area, ending a quiet start to the nation's tornado season.

Tornado warnings were issued and sirens blared for a time Wednesday night as a pair of storms moved across the area.

After the first storm passed, amateur radio operators reported damage in the Sand Springs community west of the city. That is where the fatality took place. A second storm passed through the city a half-hour later, prompting another tornado warning.

Sand Springs and Tulsa Schools are closed today because of power outages.

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12:13 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Oklahoma Student Who Led Racist Chant to Meet Black Leaders

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state lawmaker says a former University of Oklahoma student caught on video leading a racist chant plans to meet with black civic leaders to personally apologize.

Sen. Anastasia Pittman says the student, Levi Pettit, called her to apologize and asked to meet. The Oklahoma City Democrat, who leads the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus, says she arranged for Pettit to meet Wednesday with leaders from Oklahoma's black community.

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12:10 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Wagoner Woman Dies in Crash with Construction Vehicle

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WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — A Wagoner woman was killed when the sport utility vehicle she was driving collided with a state of Oklahoma construction vehicle.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that 38-year-old Deborah Crider died in the crash on Oklahoma 51 west of Wagoner.

An OHP report says Crider was eastbound when her SUV crashed into the rear of the construction vehicle that was also eastbound while working on the center line of the highway. The driver and a passenger in the state vehicle were not injured.

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7:02 am
Wed March 25, 2015

AG Announces Bust-up of Stores Selling Synthetic Marijuana

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says authorities have dismantled a criminal operation involving three metro stores for allegedly selling and distributing synthetic marijuana, known as K2 or Spice.

Pruitt's office announced the bust-up Tuesday, saying 18 arrest and search warrants had been executed across four Oklahoma counties that netted six arrests.

Authorities say the investigation of the three Mr. Coolz stores followed complaints from citizens about the danger of the narcotics allegedly sold at the stores.

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12:09 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Oklahoma Senate Panel Approves Nitrogen Gas Executions

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that authorizes the use of nitrogen gas to execute Oklahoma death row inmates has been approved by a state Senate committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-0 Tuesday for the House-passed measure and sent it to the full Senate for a vote.

Under the bill, lethal injection would remain the primary method of execution, but nitrogen gas would be an alternative if lethal injection is declared unconstitutional or if the drugs are unavailable.

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9:47 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Edmond Man Denied Car Tag Supporting Gay Community

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Edmond man says the Oklahoma Tax Commission denied a vanity license plate that supported the LGBT community.

John Patrick Keefe II says he wanted a personalized license plate that read "LGBTALY," which is an abbreviated version of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ally.

Keefe said he received a letter from the commission in December rejecting his request. He said he was told the phrase was sexual in nature when he asked why his plate was denied.

Local & Regional
7:00 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Oklahoma Chief Investigator Allegedly a Fake Police Officer

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The chief investigator for the Oklahoma Veterans Affairs Department has been fired and is facing prosecution after authorities said that they found that he is an ex-convict and not a state-certified law enforcement officer.

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6:54 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Cherokees to Give $4 Million from Car Tag Sales to School Districts

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation is distributing checks totaling $4 million from tribal car tag sales to 106 school districts later this week.

The checks will be handed out Friday at the Tahlequah-based tribe's annual Public School Appreciation Day at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Each year, the tribe allocates 38 percent of tax revenue from the sale of the tags to help school districts fund teacher staffing, buy new technology or other needs. School districts have total discretion on how to spend the funds.

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6:49 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Prescription Drug Monitoring Bill Passes Oklahoma Committee

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prescription drug monitoring legislation that is one of Gov. Mary Fallin's top priorities for the 2015 Legislature has been sent to the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 8-1 for the measure Monday and sent it to the full Senate for a vote. The bill was previously approved by the Oklahoma House.

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