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   A group that advocates for children says Oklahoma's high incarceration rate has led to one in every 10 children in the state having a parent imprisoned at some point in their lives.

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy highlighted a national report released Monday that details the toll of parental incarceration on children and families. The report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation indicates more than 96,000 Oklahoma children have a parent who has served time in prison.

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A bill that prohibits most municipal courts from handling drunken driving cases is one of more than two dozen measures signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin signed the Impaired Driving Elimination Act during a ceremony Monday, flanked by members of a commission she created to address drunken driving in the state. Fallin says the bill closes a loophole in existing law that allows drunk drivers to rack up multiple convictions that don't appear on their records.

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 A state senator from Claremore is the latest to seek the top leadership post in the state Senate.

Republican Sen. Marty Quinn said Monday he intends to run for president pro tempore of the Senate when the 39-member GOP caucus holds its election later this week.

Quinn will face Sens. Mike Schulz of Altus and Ralph Shortey of Oklahoma City in the closed-door, secret-ballot election on Wednesday.

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A judge has refused to dismiss a case against an ex-reserve deputy in Oklahoma who is on trial for second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.

A judge overruled a request Monday by attorneys for former Tulsa County sheriff's volunteer Robert Bates to dismiss the case on the fourth day of testimony.

Defense attorneys claimed prosecutors didn't call an expert who established that Bates' actions amounted to negligence. Bates says he confused his handgun and stun gun in the 2015 shooting of Eric Harris.

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Eastbound Interstate 240 is closed in Oklahoma City after a construction vehicle struck a bridge.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says the eastbound interstate was closed at Anderson Road just west of the Interstate 40 junction early Monday because of damage to the bridge. The transportation department says there is damage to the bridge's guardrail and a concrete barrier wall that was in place for an ongoing resurfacing project.

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 Forecasters say a severe weather outbreak is possible Tuesday with powerful, long-track tornadoes and enormous hail predicted in some central and southern Plains states.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the most dangerous weather is predicted for a 55,000-square-mile area stretching from northern Oklahoma to southern Nebraska, including the Oklahoma City area.

Forecasters say that area could see powerful winds, tornadoes and hail as large as baseballs or softballs on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A jury in Tulsa has recommended two life-without-parole prison sentences for a 26-year-old man convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in the 2014 slayings of two women.

The Tulsa World reports that Quantell Jamar Alverson was convicted on Friday in the Nov. 26, 2014, deaths of 26-year-old Amanda Drywater-Douglas and 37-year-old Jennifer Lynn Sudar.

 

Law enforcement officials in the Oklahoma Panhandle say arrests for marijuana trafficking have risen sharply since Colorado legalized marijuana in 2014.

The Oklahoman reports that county sheriffs and district attorneys across the far western Panhandle and western Oklahoma generally agree that most marijuana and marijuana products, such as candies, that are confiscated on their highways is in small amounts intended for personal use.

Most of those caught are commuting through the county where they were arrested, and most are headed to Texas.

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 Meteorologists are finding that it's easier to forecast stormy weather than it is to predict what goes on in the human mind.

As the nation's midsection braces itself for possible tornadoes Tuesday, researchers have yet to determine when to raise a general alarm. With too much notice, people might try to flee in their cars, putting them at greater risk.

DAVIS, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two maintenance workers were killed and a third injured in an accident at a wastewater treatment plant operated by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.

Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma spokesman Brian Hobbs called Friday's deaths tragic and said the priority is to care for the affected families and convention staff.

The deaths were initially blamed on methane gas, but details about the accident and the injured worker's condition were not immediately released.

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