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Authorities say a man who was found shot outside of a Broken Arrow store has died from his injuries, and a suspect is in custody.

Broken Arrow police say 27-year-old Dylan Todd Parker of Jenks died after he was shot Wednesday night near a Walmart Neighborhood Market store. Broken Arrow police say Parker had agreed to meet another man, identified as 25-year-old Caleb Lee, for an alleged drug deal.

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House Speaker Charles McCall says House Republicans want to reconsider a cigarette tax in special session to help close a roughly $215 million hole in the current year's budget.

McCall announced the proposal on Wednesday after Gov. Mary Fallin says she plans to call lawmakers back to the Capitol later this month for a special session to fix the budget.

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President Donald Trump's choice to head NASA is facing a contentious Senate confirmation over his past comments dismissive of global warming as a man-made problem.

Trump has tapped three-term Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma to oversee the space agency, a job that often goes to astronauts or scientists. If confirmed, Bridenstine would be the first member of Congress to lead the agency during its nearly 60-year existence.

Both Republicans and Democrats forecast a battle over the nomination.

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A former Oklahoma state senator who faces state child prostitution charges for allegedly hiring a 17-year-old boy for sex has been indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography and child sex trafficking charges.

Former Sen. Ralph Shortey, a Republican from Oklahoma City, is named in a four-count federal indictment that was unsealed Wednesday.

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Gov. Mary Fallin says she plans to ask lawmakers to return for a special session to adjust the budget after the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a proposed cigarette tax that resulted in a $215 million shortfall.

Fallin announced Wednesday she intends to call for a special session on Sept. 25 to make adjustments to the current fiscal year's budget. She said in a statement she would issue a formal call in the next few days.

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 The Quapaw Tribe plans an opening ceremony this week as it debuts its new, $5 million meat processing plant in northeastern Oklahoma. The tribe says the facility is the first USDA-inspected processing plant on a reservation that's owned and operated by a tribe.

The beef and bison processing plant is in Quapaw, about 185 miles (297 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City. The tribe plans a grand opening event Thursday.

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State health officials say Oklahoma has recorded its first death from West Nile virus this year.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the death occurred in Pottawatomie County. So far in 2017, instances of the illness have been reported in Bryan, Cleveland, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Tulsa counties.

According to health officials, most people are infected with the virus from June through September, with the number of infections peaking in mid-August. The illness is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes.

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The Tulsa Zoo says it's set a new attendance record with more than 705,000 visitors during the most recent fiscal year.

The zoo said Tuesday that it saw 705,332 visitors during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. That broke the previous attendance record of 669,928 visitors, which was set nearly 20 years ago.

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The Roman Catholic Church's beatification of an Oklahoma priest killed during a mission in Guatemala more than three decades ago will be broadcast live on the Global Catholic Network.

The Rev. Stanley Rother is scheduled to be beatified during a Sept. 23 ceremony at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. A documentary on Rother's life and the ceremony will be broadcast on EWTN Global Catholic Network.

Rother was killed in 1981 during Guatemala's civil war after spending 13 years on a mission in that country.

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Police say a 40-year-old man is being held on a murder complaint in connection with two hit-and-run crashes that investigators believe targeted homeless people in Tulsa.

Tulsa police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie says Jeremy Thacker was arrested Tuesday on complaints of first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon. MacKenzie says Thacker didn't speak to detectives, but that damage on his truck was consistent to both crashes.

It was not immediately clear if Thacker had an attorney.

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Tulsa police say two people were found shot to death at an apartment complex within five hours of each other.

Emergency crews responded early Tuesday after the shooting of a man who appeared to be in his late 40s. A woman in her late teens or early 20s was found later in her apartment. She was found while police investigated the man's death.

Police Sgt. Dave Walker wasn't sure the deaths were related. He told the paper there were too many differences to link the cases, but that they were too close to each other to say the deaths were coincidental.

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Here is The Associated Press' Oklahoma high school football poll with first place votes in parentheses, records, points and ranking in last week's poll, records through September 4. Points for classes A through 5A based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring. Points for 6A (Division I & II), classes B and C based on 5-4-3-2-1 scoring.

Class 6A Division ISchoolTotalPointsPrv1. Union (9)(2-0)4512. Owasso(2-0)3553. Norman North(1-0)2234. Westmoore(1-0)15NR5. Broken Arrow(0-2)114(tie) Mustang(1-0)11NR

Others receiving votes: Jenks 3.

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Attorneys for an Oklahoma man accused of beheading a co-worker at a Moore food plant in 2014 plan to use an insanity defense at his upcoming jury trial.

The Oklahoman reports court-appointed attorneys for Alton Alexander Nolen contend in court filings that he is so mentally ill that he did not know his actions were wrong.

Potential jurors are expected to gather Tuesday for the first time to fill out questionnaires.

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The growth of an Oklahoma school voucher program for disabled children is fueling the expansion of private schools that offer specialized education.

The Oklahoman reports during last school year, 528 students used state funds for private school tuition through the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program, an increase of 73 students over the previous year.

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The Oklahoma National Guard is increasing its support of relief efforts in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

Guard officials said Saturday that about 500 soldiers are being deployed to Austin, Texas, in support of the relief operations.

At least 42 people were killed and tens-of-thousands were forced from their homes after Harvey made landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast on Aug. 25.

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Baker Mayfield passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns to help Number 7 Oklahoma roll past UTEP 56-7.Mayfield completed 16 straight passes to start the game. The Sooners rolled up 676 yards of offense in their first game under new head coach Lincoln Riley.

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An Oklahoma woman has pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud JE Dunn Construction of Kansas City.

Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Debi Jordan pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of mail fraud. She was ordered to pay $348,450 in restitution.

Jordan owned two job recruitment businesses based in Oklahoma and worked with a job recruiter for JE Dunn to find employees for the firm. She admitted in her plea deal that she took money from the company for employees who didn't work there, then paid kickbacks to the in-house recruiter.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have granted environmental permits for a Tulsa-based natural gas supplier's pipeline project.

The Tulsa World reports the Williams Partners pipeline project is a nearly $3 billion expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline. It'll be extended to connect Marcellus Shale gas supplies in northeastern Pennsylvania to markets in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern regions of the country.

Williams also received approval to put a portion of the project into operation early.

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The White House says President Donald Trump plans to nominate an Oklahoma congressman to serve as the next administrator of NASA.

Trump on Friday announced his pick of Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine to lead the nation's space agency.

The congressman is a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium. He was elected to Congress in 2012 and currently serves on House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

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The chairman of an Oklahoma House committee on criminal justice has launched a survey on violent and non-violent crimes as lawmakers consider changes to the state's criminal justice laws.

Republican Representative Scott Biggs, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice and Corrections, said Friday he sent a survey to 150 people across the state that asks which crimes are violent and nonviolent.

Explorer Pipeline

 

An Oklahoma pipeline company that halted transport of gasoline and other fuel after Harvey devastated parts of the Texas Gulf Coast hopes to resume deliveries this weekend.

Dolin Argo, vice president of operations and business development for Tulsa-based Explorer Pipeline, said Friday that the company closed its two main pipelines days ago. Argo says deliveries should resume this weekend if refined fuel products are available from Texas refineries.

Several refineries in the Houston area shut down as Harvey flooded area cities.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Sheriffs' Association says U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will speak to the group in October at an event in Oklahoma City.

The group's Executive Director Ray McNair said Thursday that the former U.S. senator from Alabama has agreed to speak on Oct. 19 during an event at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum.

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A former research executive who was sued by Oklahoma State University after being accused of fraud has now been charged with making a false statement to secure a federally guaranteed bank loan.

The Oklahoman reports that Daniel Keogh was charged Monday with making a false statement to acquire a $3.2 million loan from First Pryority Bank. Keogh is the former contract operator of university-owned Multispectral Laboratories.

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Oklahoma's prison system has grown by more than 1,000 inmates since April, topping 63,000 people in the system and setting another record.

State prison officials reported Thursday that there are more than 26,700 inmates currently incarcerated, with another 1,500 in county jails awaiting transfer to a state prison. Nearly 35,000 are under some form of supervision, like probation, parole or satellite monitoring.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has narrowly upheld the removal of a 1.25 percent sales tax exemption on vehicles sold in Oklahoma.

In a 5-4 decision Thursday, justices ruled that a bill adopted by the Legislature earlier this year is constitutional because it did not levy a new tax, but removed an exemption from an existing tax. The measure is expected to raise about $124 million a year.

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  Descendants of black slaves, known as freedmen, who were once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation have a right to tribal citizenship under a ruling handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan ruled Wednesday in a long-standing dispute between the Cherokee Freedmen and the second largest tribe in the United States.

Cherokee Nation Welcome Center

  Descendants of black slaves, known as freedmen, who were once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation have a right to tribal citizenship under a ruling handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan ruled Wednesday in a long-standing dispute between the Cherokee Freedmen and the second largest tribe in the United States.

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  The Oklahoma Department of Health says the percentage of adults who smoke in the state is the lowest ever recorded.

The health agency said Thursday the Centers for Disease Control found the rate of adults who smoke dropped from 22.1 percent in 2015 to 19.6 percent in 2016. The report also indicates obesity rates among adults in Oklahoma dropped for the first time since 2011.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says Oklahoma's Price Stabilization Act is in effect now that a disaster declaration has been issued to deal with the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Hunter said Wednesday that the price-gouging statute prohibits an increase of more than 10 percent for the price of goods and services after an emergency is declared. The act also allows the attorney general to pursue charges against those who engage in price gouging.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter wants a national advocacy group to stop sending letters to the state demanding removal of religious articles from a state university's chapel.

Hunter wrote a letter Wednesday to the Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State saying the state can't find common ground with it and that further communication "is a waste of time and money."

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