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11:07 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Oklahoma Senate Supports Limiting Access to Police Videos

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has approved Open Records Act legislation that would limit access by the public and media to audio and video recordings obtained from equipment attached to a law enforcement officer or vehicle.

The Senate voted 46-0 for the House-passed bill Tuesday and sent it to a joint House-Senate conference committee for more work. Its Senate author, Republican Sen. David Holt of Bethany, says lawmakers are working with law enforcement and media representatives to fashion the bill's final form.

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6:57 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Berkshire Hathaway Buys Group of Small Oklahoma Newspapers

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company is adding a group of small Oklahoma newspapers near Tulsa to its growing group of more than two dozen small and medium-sized newspapers.

Berkshire Hathaway Media Group said Monday that it had acquired six weekly newspapers and the daily Tulsa Business and Legal News from Community Publishers Inc.

Berkshire Hathaway Media CEO Terry Kroeger says the new papers should complement the company's existing publications, which include the Tulsa World.

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6:55 am
Tue April 21, 2015

HUD awards Nearly $360K to Help Oklahoma Homeless Veterans

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs have awarded nearly $365,000 in Oklahoma to help homeless military veterans find permanent homes.

The $364,335 in awards will be shared among the cities of Tulsa, Muskogee, Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency.

The funding is to be used as both rental assistance from HUD, with case management and clinical services provided by the VA.

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6:52 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Blue Bell Creameries Issues Recall of All Products

Credit Blue Bell

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries has issued a voluntary recall for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for the potentially deadly bacteria listeria.

Blue Bell's chief executive Paul Kruse says the company "cannot say with certainty" how the bacteria was introduced to its facilities.

Blue Bell's recall includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks distributed in 23 states and international locations.

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1:57 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Lexington Teenager Killed in Collision with Church Van

NOBLE, Okla. (AP) — The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office says a 17-year-old Lexington girl has been killed when the vehicle she was riding in collided with a church van near Noble.

The sheriff's office says Morgan Smith was pronounced dead at a Norman hospital following the Sunday afternoon collision at an intersection on the western edge of Noble.

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12:13 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Search Continues for 2 Missing Boaters on Lake Eufaula

An OHP helicopter
Credit KWGS News

EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a search will continue this week for two boaters who were reported missing on Lake Eufaula.

Twenty-three-year-old James Giles and 41-year-old Sean McDonald were last seen between 11 p.m. and midnight Saturday leaving the Holiday Cove area on the lake in a canoe.

Troopers said a search began shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday after they were alerted that the men were missing.

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12:04 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Tulsa Sheriff: Volunteer's Training Record Wasn't Falsified

Sheriff Glanz meets with reporters
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County sheriff says he doesn't believe training records were falsified in connection to a volunteer deputy who fatally shot a man after mistaking his handgun for a stun gun.

Sheriff Stanley Glanz said Monday he's known the volunteer, insurance executive Robert Bates, for about 25 years.

Bates is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Eric Harris, who was shot after running from officers during a sting investigation.

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7:45 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Miniature Catfish has Big Cost for Oklahoma Bridge Project

COMMERCE, Okla. (AP) — The spawning cycle of a rare miniature catfish is delaying the construction of a $5.2 million bridge in Ottawa County.

The Oklahoman reports that crews had worked for more than a year demolishing the Stepps Ford Bridge, a 114-year-old wooden deck, single lane bridge near Commerce. But Ottawa County Commissioner John Clarke says problems associated with the endangered tiny Madtom catfish were discovered.

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7:42 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Tulsa Reserve Deputy's Attorneys Release Training Records

Robert Bates
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Defense attorneys have released some of the training records for a 73-year-old volunteer sheriff's deputy charged with second-degree manslaughter in an unarmed suspect's shooting death in Oklahoma.

The records for Tulsa County volunteer deputy Robert Bates include certificates showing what training he received, job evaluation reports and weapons training and qualification records dating to 2008.

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8:55 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Remembering the Bombing

The victim chairs at the OKC Memorial
Credit OKC Memorial and Museum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Several hundred people have gathered at the former site of the Oklahoma City federal building to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terrorist bombing there that killed 168 people and injured many others.

Survivors of the April 19, 1995, attack and relatives of some of the dead are among those attending Sunday's memorial service. The service is set to begin at 9:02 a.m., which was when the bomb detonated, with a 168-second moment of silence followed by a reading of the names of those killed.

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