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MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a magnitude 4.4 earthquake in north-central Oklahoma.

The U.S.G.S. says the quake was recorded at 3:46 a.m. Saturday at a depth of about four miles and was centered about four miles west of Medford in Garfield County — about 95 miles north of Oklahoma City.

The county sheriff's office says there are no reports of injury or significant damage.

COMMERCE, Okla. (AP) — Heavy rains have produced flooding in Oklahoma and numerous homes in the town of Commerce have water damage.

Commerce Emergency Management Director Ernie Shelby says there are no reports of injuries, but some streets were closed after about 4.3 inches of rain fell in a 30 to 45 minute period starting shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday.

Commerce is in Ottawa County — about 95 miles northeast of Tulsa.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A search warrant affidavit in the stabbing deaths of a Broken Arrow couple and three of their children indicates last month's slayings may have been recorded on video.

The affidavit first obtained by the Tulsa World says video cameras were in the home where 18-year-old Robert Bever and 16-year-old Michael Bever allegedly stabbed their parents and three siblings to death. The brothers have pleaded not guilty; both are charged as adults.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — She's been a judge, a state legislator, a state agency head, Oklahoma's lieutenant governor and her party's choice to serve as the state's chief executive.

Now, former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jari Askins may be facing her toughest challenge. Askins is overseeing implementation of a court-ordered plan to improve the state's foster care system to better protect the thousands of children in Oklahoma's child welfare system.

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ADA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says a man on probation who disappeared after disabling his monitoring device has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a police chase through rural Pontotoc County.

Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins says 42-year-old Johnnie Lewis Hawkins the Second apparently shot himself in the head Friday after authorities disabled the stolen vehicle he was driving.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group seeking to legalize the use of medical marijuana in Oklahoma has taken the first step toward putting the issue to a vote of the people in 2016.

Isaac Caviness with the group Green the Vote filed paperwork Friday with the Oklahoma Secretary of State's Office indicating their plans to have the question placed on the ballot.

Once the proposed language is approved, the group will have 90 days to gather about 124,000 signatures in order to qualify the state question.

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OWASSO, Okla. (AP) — A man wanted for the July death of a 10-month-old Owasso girl has been arrested in Kansas.

Owasso Police Chief Scott Chambless says the suspect was arrested Thursday in Hutchinson, Kansas. Court records do not show that formal charges have been filed.

Chambless says the infant was the daughter of the suspect's girlfriend. The child was taken to a hospital in Owasso on July 11 and transferred to a Tulsa hospital where she died on July 12.

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CHICKASHA, Okla. (AP) — Grady Memorial Hospital in Chickasha may have to farm out surgeries to other facilities for a while.

A recent review found higher than acceptable humidity in one of the facility's large air-conditioning units, which serves the surgical area. Officials say they hospital doesn't have the money to quickly make the needed corrections.

Most of Grady's surgeries are elective or non-emergency so they can be rescheduled.


ADA, Okla. (AP) — The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma has received the first-ever federal grant to support a foster grandparent program.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, has approved more than $1 million to support up to 75 Senior Corps Foster Grandparent programs over the next three years. The federal investment is projected to generate an additional $120,000 in local support.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — First death of the year in Oklahoma due to the West Nile Virus has been reported.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Thursday reported that a Carter County resident has died due to the virus that is spread by mosquito bites. The department reported a total of 16 cases of the virus statewide.

The death reported is the first in the state due to the virus since 2013 when eight people died. There were 18 confirmed cases in Oklahoma last year.