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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say a 2-year-old girl has died and that the child's mother was arrested for child neglect.

Police say in a news release that the child was pronounced dead at a Tulsa hospital after an ambulance was called to a home at about 4:30 a.m. Friday.

The department says the child was left in the care of a 13-year-old family member while the child's mother had left the home. Police say the 13-year-old eventually discovered the child unresponsive and left the house to get help.

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An ex-Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a restrained and unarmed man has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Defense attorney Clark Brewster told The Associated Press Friday that his client, Robert Bates, waived his right because the basic facts of the case are not in dispute. The former Tulsa County Sheriff's Office reserve deputy has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of Eric Harris on April 2.

Bates declined to comment outside of court Friday. He is next due in court July 6.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The four candidates looking to become the next principal chief of the Cherokee Nation are making a final push for votes this week.

Saturday's election will decide who leads one of the largest American Indian tribes that has some 320,000 citizens and 9,000 employees.

To win outright, a candidate would need to secure more than 50 percent of votes cast. With four contenders in the race, a July runoff is a strong possibility.

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Hearing delay for Oklahoman whose brother killed by police

 

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — A court hearing has been delayed for the brother of an Oklahoma pastor who was killed by a state trooper.

The hearing was scheduled for 41-year-old Brandon Fischer on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and threatening an act of violence. KOTV reports the hearing was delayed until August.

Meanwhile, video from a trooper's dash camera was released, showing the now dead pastor lunging at a trooper before both disappeared from the camera's view and shots are heard.

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OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health has announced plans for an emergency room expansion at the MCN Medical Center in Okmulgee.

According to a press release, the expansion will add about 7,400 square feet to the current emergency room space. The project, which was announced Thursday, will add 18 rooms for uses including trauma and fast-track treatment.

The release says the current facility operates in about 4,900 square feet of space with one large trauma room divided by a curtain.

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A judge will consider a request by the Tulsa County sheriff to toss thousands of signatures on a petition calling for a grand jury to investigate his office.

District Judge Rebecca Nightingale's clerk said Thursday a hearing on the request will be held Tuesday.

Sheriff Stanley Glanz wants the court to toss 6,647 signatures gathered to empanel a grand jury, saying the petition was misleading and made no specific allegations against his office.

A petition-drive organizer says all laws were followed.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Lottery says a Powerball ticket sold in Oklahoma City and worth $2 million remains unclaimed after nearly two weeks.

The lottery said Thursday that the ticket is from the June 13th drawing and matches the five white ball numbers of 41, 29, 52, 54, and 48 for a $1 million prize. The person who bought the ticket also purchased the Power Play option, which doubled the winnings to $2 million.

The ticket was sold at Hefner Stop on West Hefner Road in Oklahoma City.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma transportation officials estimate that up to 20,000 tons of fallen rock will have to be removed in order to fully reopen one of the state's busiest thoroughfares.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it brought in experts from Colorado to determine how to repair a portion of Interstate 35 in Murray County, which connects Oklahoma City and Dallas.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa International Airport spokeswoman says no injuries were reported and no flights were diverted after its air traffic control tower was twice evacuated due to noxious fumes.

The tower was evacuated around 2:30 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Alexis Higgins says contractors making repairs to the tower used an unspecified solvent that created the fumes. Employees reported feeling sick but none were taken to a hospital.

Air traffic controllers in Kansas handled Tulsa flights while the tower was vacated.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party says a top-level staffer who pleaded guilty three years ago to a domestic violence charge has resigned his position.

Chairman Randy Brogdon confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that Thomas Clint "T.C." Ryan submitted his resignation from his position as state political director for the party.

Governor Mary Fallin earlier in the day said she supported a resolution calling for Ryan's ouster, and Brogdon said Fallin's position weighed heavily in his decision to accept Ryan's resignation.

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