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The Oklahoma medical board has suspended a Muskogee doctor after complaints that a number of his patients died from overdoses.

A complaint filed with the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision says that 14 of Scott Gregory Lilly's patients had died from overdoses. The Oklahoman newspaper reports that Lilly will be banned from prescribing opioids and other potentially dangerous drugs. He also must serve a six-month suspension from practicing medicine.

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Excessive heat warnings are in effect for parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas as triple-digit temperatures are recorded across the region.

The National Weather Service says heat warnings will remain in effect through Sunday night for northeastern Oklahoma and northeastern Arkansas as hot and humid conditions continue. Heat advisories are in effect elsewhere in the two states.

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An Oklahoma lawmaker is seeking an interim study on how much the state spends to defend its newly passed laws in court.

Democratic Sen. Kay Floyd says she wants taxpayers to know how much it costs when the state is repeatedly brought to court to defend its laws.

The Journal Record reported that for 2017 the state attorney general's office will defend four bills from constitutional challenges.

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A former Oklahoma legislator has served only 10 days in jail after reaching a plea agreement in a felony case accusing him of embezzlement.

Bryan County Jail officials say 52-year-old Terry J. Matlock's jail term was reduced because he was a well-behaved inmate. The Oklahoman reports that Matlock was also sentenced to 10 years of probation.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate remained at 4.3 percent in June, slightly better than the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.4 percent.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that Oklahoma's unemployment rate has been steady at 4.3 percent since March. Oklahoma's unemployment rate was 5 percent in June 2016.

The commission says the state added 3,700 jobs last month. Seven employment sectors added jobs in June with professional and business services posting the largest monthly gain with 2,600 jobs.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff forced a former high-ranking sheriff's official to "take the hit" and resign following the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white reserve deputy whose qualifications subsequently came under heavy scrutiny, a federal lawsuit claims.

According to the lawsuit filed Thursday, former Tulsa County Sheriff's Maj. Tom Huckeby says then-Sheriff Stanley Glanz went so far as to issue a veiled threat against Huckeby's son, who also worked at the agency, and told the elder Huckeby that he should keep that in mind before deciding whether to resign.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker is seeking an interim study on how much the state spends to defend its newly passed laws in court.

Democratic Sen. Kay Floyd says she wants taxpayers to know how much it costs when the state is repeatedly brought to court to defend its laws.

For 2017, the state attorney general's office will defend four bills from constitutional challenges.

Floyd says the study will show that the costs aren't rare because the state has seen about 20 cases in the past decade. She says that also includes years when Democrats held the majority.

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 A rare baby Amur tiger cub that was neglected by its mother after its birth at the Philadelphia Zoo this month is being sent to Oklahoma to integrate with a tiger cub litter there.

The Philadelphia Zoo says 10-year-old Koosaka gave birth July 10 to a litter of five cubs. Two were stillborn, and one was accidentally injured by the mother and died. The zoo says the mother never showed maternal behavior toward the remaining cubs, and they were moved to the zoo's animal hospital, where the fourth died.

 

Authorities say a woman has died and her 14-year-old son was critically wounded in a suspected home invasion and shooting in western Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says 36-year-old Tammi Thomas died at an Oklahoma City hospital where she was taken following the shooting early Thursday at a home in Cordell, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City.

The son's name has not been released.

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A federal appeals court has upheld the life prison sentences of an Oklahoma man convicted in the fatal shootings of three people in 2004.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal handed down the decision Thursday to 55-year-old David Magnan, who was convicted in federal court in the deaths of James Howard, Karen Wolf and Lucilla McGirt.

Prosecutors say Magnan shot the victims as they lay in bed in a house near Seminole. McGirt identified Magnan as the gunman before she died.

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Two former Oklahoma jail officials allege a physician routinely delayed or denied medications to incoming inmates.

Former Capt. Billy McKelvey and former Maj. Shannon Clark of the Tulsa Jail filed testimonies Friday in a former inmate's civil rights lawsuit against Armor Correctional Health Services.

The suit alleges "deliberate indifference" to the medical needs of 39-year-old Catherine Lee Freeman. Freeman says she suffered seizures and was put on mechanical ventilation after the Armour physician halted her prescribed medications in 2014.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's finance secretary says cash-strapped state agencies will receive $34.6 million in leftover cash from the previous year.

The revenue had not been allocated when the previous fiscal year ended on June 30. The funds will replenish spending cuts triggered at state agencies in February when revenue estimates indicated collections would fall below estimates.

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 Authorities say a fire has destroyed a dock and at least 20 boats at a marina on Lake Texoma.

Texas Game Warden Capt. Steve Stapleton tells KTVT-TV in Dallas that the fire spread from one vessel to another Wednesday and also destroyed a dock at the lake, which serves as a border between Texas and Oklahoma.

Photos show large flames consuming the boats and black smoke rising from Highport Marina.

Fire crews prevented flames from spreading to nearby docks at the marina located near Pottsboro, about 70 miles north of Dallas.

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The preliminary FBI investigation has determined that an explosive found in the apartment of a man accused of setting off a pipe bomb outside an Oklahoma military recruiting office had unusual features more common outside the U.S.

The Tulsa World reports that a pipe bomb allegedly found in Benjamin Roden's apartment utilized two 9-volt batteries and magnets. A government affidavit says the device's features were "unusual for Oklahoma" and "typically seen in other parts of the world."

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A Democratic member of the U.S. Senate committee that conducted confirmation hearings for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says Oklahoma's former attorney general presented "inconsistent and contradictory statements" to the panel.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island made the comments in a letter Tuesday about an ethics complaint against Pruitt being investigated by the Oklahoma Bar Association.

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 A former Tulsa church that Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Tulsa native Leon Russell converted into a recording studio could be nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Oklahoma Historic Preservation Review Committee is to vote Thursday on whether to nominate Tulsa's Church Studio to the list.

Oklahoma History Center architectural historian Lynda Ozan told the Tulsa World that the connection to Russell is the reason the building is being considered for nomination.

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Some Oklahoma lawmakers are questioning the state Department of Human Services for making program cuts that total almost $30 million after receiving an 8 percent boost in appropriations.

The Oklahoman reports the department says years of chronic underfunding forced it to reduce services for children and vulnerable adults.

House Speaker Charles McCall says the cuts show that the agency needs to be audited. He says he was surprised by the cuts because the Legislature diligently worked to help meet the agency's needs.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says three people were killed and four others injured in a crash on Interstate 35 in central Oklahoma.

The crash happened Monday afternoon in Purcell, about 30 miles  south of Oklahoma City. The highway patrol has not yet released details about what led to the crash, which involved an SUV and a tractor-trailer. The wreck shut down northbound lanes of I-35 for several hours Monday.

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New assessments and a school accountability system in Oklahoma has led to the omission of a U.S. history state test in the upcoming school year and high school juniors taking a new science test.

The Tulsa World reports that educators were told about the changes that will delay test score results and school report cards at the recent Oklahoma State Department of Education's annual conference called EngageOK.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 4-year-old boy has drowned while swimming in a lake in southwestern Oklahoma.

The highway patrol says the death happened Sunday at Tom Steed Reservoir in Kiowa County. According to a preliminary report, the boy was floating on an inflatable raft shaped like a duck when winds pushed the raft out of the shallow swimming area.

The highway patrol says the child jumped off the raft into the deeper water and never resurfaced. The boy's body was recovered Sunday night.

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Residents of Oklahoma and Arkansas are bracing for some of the hottest temperatures so far this summer. The National Weather Service says high temperatures during the upcoming work week will rise to above normal levels for this time of year, with the hottest conditions expected near the end of the week. Forecasters say a ridge of high pressure will shift east across the Southern Plains, setting up a typical mid-summer heat wave and creating hot and humid conditions in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

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A man who pleaded guilty to shooting and seriously wounding an Oklahoma police officer has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The Oklahoman reports that 27-year-old Cory Lee Hartsell of Midwest City pleaded guilty to assault and battery with a deadly weapon for shooting Valley Brook Officer Brian Southerland in south Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation says badly burned human remains discovered in a vehicle in western Oklahoma have been identified as those of an 86-year-old man.

Investigators said Friday that the remains of Billy Wayne Wilson of Clinton were discovered in a burned vehicle on March 3 in Washita County. The remains were identified by DNA analysts at the OSBI Forensic Science Laboratory.

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The results of an internal investigation into a white Oklahoma police officer recently acquitted in the fatal shooting an unarmed black man may not be known now that the officer has resigned.

A lawyer for Officer Betty Shelby says Friday her client sent a letter of resignation to the Tulsa police department. Shelby's resignation is effective Aug. 3.

Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter in May in last year's shooting death of Terence Crutcher.

Oklahoma universities and colleges have increased tuition, cut programs, faculty and staff in an effort to make up for those cuts.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved tuition increases in June at 25 of the state's 27 public colleges and universities.

The study found that appropriations for Louisiana, West Virginia, Alaska, Kentucky, Arkansas and Kansas have also decreased over the last five years.

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Researchers running highly detailed simulations using satellite images, radar and ground-based weather stations were able to predict a specific violent storm 90 minutes before it hit a western Oklahoma town and killed a man two months ago.

The National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, said Friday the still-experimental forecast system could give emergency planners up to three hours' notice of upcoming bad weather. Such notice is key for places where large crowds gather.

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A man accused of setting off a pipe bomb outside an Air Force recruiting office in Oklahoma has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.

The Tulsa World reports that U.S. Magistrate Frank McCarthy ordered the evaluation Friday for 28-year-old Benjamin Roden after defense attorneys questioned whether he can assist in his own defense.

Noting his recent apparent mental decline, McCarthy says Roden may be suffering from a mental health issue that has rendered him incompetent to prepare for trial.

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An Oklahoma lawmaker who is holding an interim study on a ballot question that would legalize medical marijuana wants to discuss what policies the state would implement if the initiative passes.

Republican Rep. John Paul Jordan of Yukon says  he wants to make sure voters are informed and that the Legislature is ready for whatever voters decide.

Jordan says he wants to know which agency would oversee the law's implementation, if marijuana sales should be taxed, and if the state needs new policies on workers' compensation and banking.

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Authorities have allowed residents to return to homes evacuated after about 50,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a cut underground pipeline in Central Texas.

Cleanup crews worked all day Thursday to clean up the oil spilled after a contractor accidentally cut the Longhorn pipeline near Bastrop. That's about 30 miles east of Austin.

A spokesman for Magellan Midstream Partners of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bruce Heine (hyn), says no one was injured by in the spill.

About 15 households were displaced by the spill.

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President Donald Trump plans to nominate an Oklahoma judge to a position as a federal judge.

The White House announced Thursday that Trump will nominate U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Barnes Goodwin to fill a position on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Goodwin has served as a magistrate judge in Oklahoma's western district for the past four years and presides over initial proceedings in felony cases as well as overseeing civil and misdemeanor cases.

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