Associated Press

REDBIRD, Okla. (AP) — Wagoner County authorities say a woman who was picking up cans has been attacked and killed by a pack of dogs.

 A witness who saw the woman get attacked in the community of Redbird Friday and managed to chase the dogs away and call for help. But the Sheriff's Office says the woman died from her injuries before emergency personnel could arrive.

Deputies say the dogs mauled the woman's face and ripped her clothes apart. Authorities are attempting to identify the victim and additional details were not immediately available.

Oklahoma Historical Society

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma History Center has opened a Depression-era exhibit of 20 black and white photographs from the Farm Security Administration taken between 1935 and 1945.

The exhibit, "Photographing the Plains: Farm Security Administration, 1935-45," is being displayed in the Chesapeake Events Center Monday through Saturday.

Wikipedia

DENVER (AP) — An order of nuns wants the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling letting their employees receive birth control from a third party under the health care law.

An appeals court found last week that the law accommodates religious nonprofits by letting them seek an exemption.

But attorneys for the Little Sisters of the Poor and four Oklahoma Christian colleges say arranging for someone else to provide contraceptives amounts to a permission slip. A lawyer representing the nuns says they "consider it immoral to help the government distribute these drugs."

Oklahoma Air National Guard

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Air National Guard unit is beginning a transition to a Special Operations Wing with the arrival of its first MC-12W aircraft.

The first of 13 of the MC-12W aircraft was delivered earlier this month to the 137th Air Refueling Wing at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City.

Military officials say the aircraft's arrival marks the return of flying operations to the guard base for the first time since 2007.

Oklahoma State

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican state senator at the center of an embezzlement investigation at the nonprofit agency where he once worked has asked a judge to file under seal a request to stay proceedings in a civil suit.

Sen. Rick Brinkley is asking a Tulsa district judge to let him file the request to put the proceedings on hold. If he's allowed to file the request under seal, it wouldn't be made public.

The Better Business Bureau of Tulsa filed a civil suit against Brinkley June 5 alleging he embezzled more than $1 million over 15 years.

Lankford

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Senator James Lankford is introducing a bill to end all taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood unless the organization stops performing all abortions.

Lankford announced Wednesday he has introduced the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which would impose a one-year moratorium on federal funding to the organization unless it stops providing abortions.

Planned Parenthood provides a variety of non-abortion health services, including health screenings, family planning and adoption referrals at several clinics in Oklahoma.

AG Office

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A recently issued executive order by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin grants the state attorney general's office more authority over state boards that regulate some industries.

The order issued Friday is an attempt to stave off potential antitrust lawsuits.

Under the new order, state boards that consist mostly of members of the professions they regulate are required to submit "all proposed licensure or prohibition actions" to the attorney general for review and written analysis regarding potential legal violations.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma legislators will explore creating a central state bank that could potentially loan money to students to attend college or help finance projects for schools or municipalities.

Republican state Rep. John Montgomery of Lawton requested an interim study on the proposal and it's been assigned to the House Banking Committee. A hearing on the plan has not been scheduled.

Montgomery said a constituent approached him with the idea, and he thought it was worth exploring. One other state — North Dakota — has a state bank that would be used as a model.

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Now that a grand jury is assembled to investigate Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz, how it operates is private. That includes which room it meets in, what witnesses it calls, when it meets and for how long.

A petition drive calling for the grand jury was prompted by the April 2 fatal shooting of a man by ex-volunteer deputy Robert Bates.

The jury will investigate whether Glanz neglected his duties and whether reserve deputies who gave gifts to the agency were given special treatment.

Karen Goodnight

The Chickasaw Nation is accepting nominations for the 2015 Dynamic Woman of the Year Award.

Established in 2006, the award honors Chickasaw women who have made significant contributions to the Oklahoma-based tribe, served as role models to other Chickasaw women and have made a difference in the lives of Chickasaws and other citizens.

Women considered for the award are distinguished pioneers in their professional field, have championed other women and women's issues and have upheld Chickasaw values, culture and traditions.

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