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9:04 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Lawsuits Over Fatal Softball Bus Crash Settled or Dismissed

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three lawsuits over an Oklahoma bus crash that killed four North Central Texas College softball players have been dismissed or settled; but the reasons for dismissal and terms of the settlement have not been released.

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8:52 am
Sun March 22, 2015

2 Found Dead in Vehicle in Seminole, Homicide Suspected

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SEMINOLE, Okla. (AP) — A man and a woman have been found dead inside a sport utility vehicle in a ditch in Seminole and homicide is suspected.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the bodies of 30-year-old Summer Gokey and 26-year-old Joseph Bounds were found about 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The OSBI says the bodies were discovered after a passer-by reported seeing the SUV in the ditch in northeastern Seminole.

The suspected causes of the deaths was not released.

The OSBI says the agency was asked by Seminole police to assist in the investigation.

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8:49 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Small Earthquakes Recorded near Perry in Northern Oklahoma

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PERRY, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded three small earthquakes near Perry in northern Oklahoma — including one measured at magnitude 4.0.

The Noble County Sheriff's Office says there are no reports of injury or damage.

The U.S.G.S. reports that a 4.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 5:08 a.m. Saturday; a magnitude 3.0 quake was recorded at 2:57 p.m. and a magnitude 3.5 temblor was recorded a minute later at 2:58 p.m.

The area is about 60 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

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Local & Regional
9:22 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Suspect in Murder of 5-Year-Old Identified

Byron Creech
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy was found dead in a Tulsa apartment where his father was during a 17-hour standoff with police.

Sgt. Shane Tuell says the standoff began about 5:30 p.m. Thursday at River Chase Apartments in south Tulsa and ended about 10:30 a.m. Friday when Bryon Creech walked out of the apartment and surrendered.

Tuell says officers then entered the apartment and found the boy dead. He said it wasn't immediately known how the boy died.

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9:17 am
Sat March 21, 2015

COO of BOK Financial Corp. Resigns to Return to Texas

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The chief operating officer of BOK Financial Corp. has resigned after 12 years with the company and will move back to Texas to pursue other opportunities.

The Tulsa World reports the company announced Dan Ellinor's resignation on Friday.

Before joining BOK Financial, Ellinor had a 20-year banking career in Texas. He maintains a house in that state and says he wants to return to be near family and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.

In 2013, the bank named Ellinor its chief operating officer.

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Local & Regional
12:54 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

No Tornadoes Reported Anywhere Across U.S. in March

A tornado last year in Quapaw.
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. appears to be locked in a tornado drought as meteorologists have recorded only about two-dozen twisters so far this year during a period when 100 or more are typical.

There also have been no reports of tornadoes during the month of March — a sometimes violent period for severe weather. The last time there were no tornadoes in March was 1969.

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9:30 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Child Found Dead After Standoff

Tulsa Police cars fill the parking lot at the River Chase Apartments near 81st and Riverside Drive.
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy was found dead in a Tulsa apartment where his father was during a 17-hour standoff with police.

Sgt. Shane Tuell says the standoff began about 5:30 p.m. Thursday at River Chase Apartments in south Tulsa and ended about 10:30 a.m. Friday when Bryon Creech walked out of the apartment and surrendered.

Tuell says officers then entered the apartment and found the boy dead. He said it wasn't immediately known how the boy died.

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8:54 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Woman Killed in Explosion at House in Amber

AMBER, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters say one woman was killed and another injured in an explosion at a house in the Grady County town of Amber.

Amber Fire Chief Mike Norman told reporters that the Thursday night explosion was likely due to a propane gas leak in the home.

Norman said the injured woman was taken to a local hospital with a broken leg. He said there were also children in the home who escaped with no apparent injuries.

No names have been released.

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8:49 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Tribal Council Votes No Confidence in Chief

Chief George Tiger
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OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Muscogee Nation National Council has voted in favor of a no-confidence resolution regarding the tribe's principal chief.

The vote marks the second time this month the council has shown it might have the necessary votes to remove George Tiger from office.

The Tulsa World revealed that Tiger signed a secret contract in 2009 with a developer of a Broken Arrow casino project, which would have competed with the Creek Nation's Tulsa casino.

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6:55 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Tribe Executive Urges Reauthorization of Funds for Housing

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A Cherokee Nation executive is urging Congress to reauthorize funding for Native American housing.

Gary Cooper, representing the National American Indian Housing Council, said Thursday the funding has given the Cherokees flexibility to restart a dormant housing program that has since built 120 homes for its citizens since 2012. The Tahlequah-based tribe also says 220 homes are under construction.

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