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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident near Wagoner.

The woman was struck about 3:15 a.m. Saturday on Highway 51.

The OHP said the woman appeared to have been walking on the eastbound shoulder of the highway when she was struck by a red vehicle.

The woman's name was not immediately released.

The highway was closed for about two hours while the scene was cleared.

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 The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Quinton man has drowned in Skiatook Lake.

The OHP says 30-year-old Nicolas William Birckel drowned in the lake Friday afternoon. The patrol initially reported that the drowning occurred Saturday.

An OHP report says Birckel jumped from a boat to swim, then went under water and did not resurface.

His body was recovered Saturday morning in about 25 feet of water.

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 A police chief in Oklahoma says the fatal shooting of a hammer-wielding man was "necessary."

Tahlequah police on Friday released a video of the Aug. 12 shooting death of 49-year-old Dominic Rollice of Park Hill by Lt. Brandon Vick and Officer Josh Girdner.

On the video, officers repeatedly tell Rollice to drop the hammer he's holding and each time he says no. Rollice then moved his arm backward with the hammer in his hand and police open fire.

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 The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports strong winds have blown over several tractor-trailer rigs on Interstate 40 in western Oklahoma and westbound lanes of the interstate is down to one lane of traffic.

No injuries were reported after the rigs were blown over near Sayre, about 25 miles east of the Oklahoma-Texas state line.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning in the area until 6 p.m. Friday and said winds of up to 60 miles per hour and penny-sized hail is possible.

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 A proposal to change Oklahoma's ballot initiative and referendum process has apparently fallen short of the number of signatures needed to go before voters.

Gov. Mary Fallin's office said in a news release late Friday that the secretary of state's office counted 59,981 signatures on State Question 787, short of the 65,987 needed.

SQ 787 would expand from 90 days to one year the amount of time allowed to circulate an initiative petition and would allow letter paper to be used for signature sheets in addition to legal paper.

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 Oklahoma's unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point in July to 5 percent and is now higher than the national rate, which held steady at 4.9 percent.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday that the overall labor force fell by nearly 16,500 and the number of people with jobs decreased by 18,150 while the number of those without jobs rose by just more than 1,700.

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Hillary Clinton says her "heart breaks" for the family of a man from Lebanon living in Oklahoma who police say was fatally shot by his neighbor.

Khalid Jabara's family says the neighbor, Stanley Majors, called them "dirty Arabs," ''filthy Lebanese," ''Aye-rabs," and "Mooslems," even though they are Christian.

Jabara was shot to death on his front porch Aug. 12. Police have arrested Majors on a first-degree murder complaint but prosecutors have yet to file formal charges in the case.

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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is asking that two wastewater disposal wells in the Luther and Wellston area be shut down following recent earthquakes.

The commission's letter released Friday also asks that volumes be reduced at 19 other wells in the area.

The commission cites magnitude 3.9 and 3.7 earthquakes reported by the Oklahoma Geological Survey on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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   An Oklahoma City attorney has filed a lawsuit over the issuance of bonds to fund construction of several turnpikes around the state.

Attorney Jerry Fent filed the lawsuit Friday with the Oklahoma City Supreme Court.

Fent maintains a state law passed in 1987 that authorizes the construction of turnpikes conflicts with a constitutional requirement that laws deal with only one subject. A hearing is set for next month.

A spokesman for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority said the agency has not seen a copy of the lawsuit and declined to comment.

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St-Anthony’s Orthodox Christian Church, near 6th and Columbia, is the scene of a funeral service for Khalid Jabara.

The 37-year-old was killed one week ago today during a dispute with a neighbor. There had been issues between Jabara and the suspect, 61-year-old Stan Majors.

Majors has been accused of hitting Jabara's mother with his car and accused of making racial slurs toward the Jabara family.

Prosecutors will decide if to file hate crime, in addition to murder charges,  in this case.

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