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A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the brother of an Oklahoma death row inmate whose botched execution led to a moratorium while the state reconsidered its lethal injection protocols.

Convicted murderer Clayton Lockett was executed on April 29, 2014, in a procedure that took almost an hour instead of the minutes it should have taken. Lockett writhed on the gurney, mumbled and strained to lift his head before he was declared dead 43 minutes after the execution began.

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Oklahoma House Republicans have elected new leaders for the upcoming session, including reaffirming Atoka Republican Charles McCall as their pick for House speaker-elect.

House Republicans on Tuesday also voted for Rep. Harold Wright of Weatherford as the No. 2 leadership post in the House, Speaker Pro Tempore-elect.

After last week's elections, House Republicans now have a 75-26 majority, its largest in state history. The caucus includes 25 new Republican House members.

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Police say the man accused of fatally shooting an Oklahoma City airport employee used to work for Southwest Airlines and that the attack was likely in retaliation for circumstances that led to the attacker's 2015 resignation.

Capt. Paco Balderrama identified the shooter as Lloyd Dean Buie, of Oklahoma City.

He says Buie resigned from Southwest Airlines in April 2015 and that investigators believe he shot and killed 52-year-old Michael Winchester on Tuesday in retaliation for circumstances that led to Buie leaving the job.

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Oklahoma City police investigators are trying to figure out why a man waited to gun down an airline employee outside Will Rogers World Airport in an ambush that prompted authorities to shut down the state's busiest airport for hours.

Police Capt. Paco Balderrama says the suspected shooter was found dead inside a pickup truck on Tuesday from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. They believe he watched airport employees come and go before shooting and killing 52-year-old Michael Winchester, a Southwest Airlines employee.

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At least 1 person was shot near a parking garage at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport on Tuesday, prompting city officials to close the airport and order people inside a sprawling terminal to seek shelter.

Video from television station helicopters showed what appeared to be a pool of blood near the bottom of a ramp leading from the airport's departure area.

Capt. Paco Balderrama says police are searching for a possible second victim. He says he does not know the condition of the confirmed victim.

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Planned Parenthood is opening a new abortion clinic in the Oklahoma City area, the second new abortion provider to open in the state's largest city since September.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains announced on Tuesday that it was opening the new clinic in Warr Acres, a suburb in northwest Oklahoma City. Although Planned Parenthood operates several health clinics in Oklahoma, this new facility is the first that will offer abortion services.

 Data from the Oklahoma State Election Board shows the number of voters in the state who left their presidential ballot blank or wrote in a candidate nearly doubled in the 2016 election compared to the 2012 election.

The Oklahoman reports that about 15,930 voters did not vote for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or Gary Johnson for president compared to over 8,000 Oklahoma ballots that didn't include a vote for president in 2012.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a state trooper arrested a driver after clocking his speed at more than 200 mph.

The patrol says Trooper Ryan Smith pulled over the man Saturday on the Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City. Authorities say the man was driving a Ford Mustang and the trooper's radar clocked the car at 176 mph and then 208 mph.

 

Prosecutors say they intend to introduce testimony about alleged synthetic drug use by a Texas truck driver charged with causing a 2014 crash in Oklahoma that killed four members of a women's college softball team. Russell Wayne Staley is charged with four counts of first-degree manslaughter. The Oklahoman reports that Staley previously told investigators he was distracted by something in his cab. The trial hasn't yet been scheduled.

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 The average price of gasoline has fallen by nearly seven cents per gallon in Oklahoma during the past week to just less than $1.88 and is now the cheapest in the nation.

AAA Oklahoma said Monday that the price is down by 20 cents per gallon during the past 32 days and is the lowest in the state since April 13.

Prices in selected cities range from $1.75 per gallon in Bartlesville to $2.04 in Guymon. Drivers in Oklahoma City are paying $1.83 per gallon while those in Tulsa are paying $1.76.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has tapped Justice Douglas Combs as its new chief justice.

In keeping with its constitutional requirement to select a chief justice and vice chief justice every two years, the state's highest court on Monday elected Combs to the two-year term. He will replace outgoing Chief Justice John Reif.

Combs will be replaced as Vice Chief Justice by Noma Gurich.

Both new positions become effective on Dec. 1.

Both Combs and Gurich are appointees of former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry.

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Former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts is no longer president and CEO of the Oklahoma City-based charity Feed the Children.

The charity said in a statement Monday that Watts plans to pursue other interests and that Chief Operations Officer Travis Arnold will serve as interim CEO.

Watts was announced as the head of the charity in January and took over the role on Feb. 1.

 

 A newspaper and an advocacy group that have waited more than two years for public records from the Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's office are asking a court to order the governor to release the documents immediately.

Attorneys for The Oklahoma Observer newspaper and nursing home watchdog A Perfect Cause filed a motion for summary judgment on Monday in Oklahoma County District Court.

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Oklahoma City police have shot and killed a man on the city's southwest side.

Sgt. Gary Knight says two officers investigating reports of gunshots at an apartment complex about 12:30 a.m. Sunday were confronted by an armed man who was shot by the officers.

No names have been released.

Knight said he didn't know if the man fired at the officers and said he can't comment on whether a weapon was recovered.

Knight said neither officer was injured and that both are on paid leave pending an investigation into the shooting.

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 The estate of Oklahoma City energy industry magnate Aubrey McClendon is rejecting a Tulsa man's $500,000 claim as a forgery.

Retired Tulsa businessman Thomas Quinn says he loaned McClendon the money in 1991 and filed a promissory note saying full payment was due Dec. 1, 2015. Quinn says in a January 2016 letter to McClendon that he had no objection to extending the deadline by a year.

Quinn sued after estate attorneys rejected the claim. A response to the lawsuit filed earlier this month says the contract is a forgery.

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Oklahoma agencies are expressing concern about an uptick in the strength of marijuana showing up in Oklahoma. The state narcotic bureau’s Mark Woodward says often the stronger pot is being created legally in other states like Colorado.

While the pot is legally produced in another state, it is illegal to bring any marijuana into Oklahoma. Woodward says interstate commerce does not apply to pot.

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Musician Leon Russell, a top session player in the 1960s and '70s who later had a successful solo career with such hits as "Tight Rope" and "Lady Blue," has died. He was 74.

An email from Leon Russell Records to The Associated Press says Russell died in Nashville "last night." The email cites Russell's wife as the source of the information. Russell had heart bypass surgery in July and was recovering from that at the time of his death.

The musician's website says that he died Sunday.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy quarterback Will Worth rushed for 122 yards and scored three times as the Midshipmen beat Tulsa 42-40. Navy could earn a spot in the AAC championship game and have now won 15 straight at home.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield threw for 300 yards and two scores, running for a third as the 9th-ranked Sooners beat No. 25 Baylor yesterday, 45-24. Joe Mixon rushed for 187 yards and Samaje Perine added 100 along with two touchdowns.

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 The Democratic challenger in the Delaware County sheriff's race says he's asking for a recount after unofficial results show him losing by seven votes.

Mike Shambaugh told the Tulsa World Friday that he's asking for the recount in his race against incumbent Republican Sheriff Harlan Moore.

The Delaware County Election Board said the manual recount will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Complete but unofficial returns from Tuesday's election show Moore defeated Shambaugh by a count of 7,797 to 7,790.

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 A college student in Oklahoma has been temporarily suspended amid racially charged outbursts at schools and universities across the country following Donald Trump's presidential election.

The Associated Press and other media outlets identified more than 20 reports of racist incidents at schools since Tuesday, including a group chat aimed at black freshmen at Trump's alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.

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 Oklahoma voters last week approved two state questions aimed at curbing the state's rapidly growing prison population, a decision likely to provide momentum for further changes to the state's criminal justice system.

State Question 780, which reclassifies drug possession and property crimes under $1,000 to misdemeanors, passed with more than 58 percent of the vote. A companion measure that would reinvest any savings into substance abuse and mental health treatment, State Question 781, was approved with more than 56 percent of the vote.

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University of Oklahoma police say a body has been found inside a vehicle on the OU campus.

Police told reporters the body was found Friday morning inside a vehicle in the parking lot of Dale Hall on the southwestern corner of campus.

OUPD Maj. Bruce Chan told The Oklahoma Daily that a dog was also found in the vehicle and is alive.

The person's identity and a suspected cause of death have not been released. An OU spokesman says the person who died does not appear to have any connection to the university.

A southwest Oklahoma man has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of a 3-month-old girl.

KSWO-TV reports that Billy DeWayne Allen is charged in the Sept. 20 death of Mame Neta Attocknie. Allen is described as the girl's foster father.

He has pleaded not guilty.

A spokesman for SandRidge Energy Inc. says the Oklahoma City-based company is planning more layoffs.

David Kimmel told the Journal Record Friday that employees have been told that layoffs will occur soon, but he declined to say how many employees would be affected or when the layoffs would take place.

Kimmel said low commodity prices make the layoffs necessary for the long-term success of the oil and natural gas producer.

The announcement comes just more than a month after SandRidge emerged from bankruptcy and after it laid off 172 employees in February.

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 Oklahoma City Police are searching for a classic car valued at $175,000 that was stolen from a local business.

Police say the 1955 Chevy Bel Air was stolen late Wednesday or early Thursday from a business on an Interstate 35 service road. Also taken in the burglary were three ATVs, a motorcycle and 16 rims with tires.

Oklahoma City police posted photos of the classic car on Facebook Thursday in hopes of locating the vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call Oklahoma City police.

 

 

 A series of earthquakes has rattled parts of Oklahoma just days after a magnitude 5.0 earthquake damaged homes and businesses in Cushing in north-central Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was recorded at 9:50 a.m. Friday seven miles east-northeast of Luther in Oklahoma County in central Oklahoma. It was preceded by another 3.0 magnitude quake at 5:12 a.m. about 10 miles northwest of Medford in northern Oklahoma and a 3.3 magnitude quake at 2:54 a.m. about 10 miles east-southeast of Geary in west-central Oklahoma.

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A state senator from Tulsa says a tax credit for the wind industry that is costing the state more than $100 million annually poses a threat to the state budget and should be ended.

Outgoing Senate Finance Chairman Mike Mazzei made the comments Thursday during a meeting of the Incentive Evaluation Commission. The panel is exploring the costs and benefits of various tax credits and making suggestions to lawmakers on how they should be changed.

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 Gov. Mary Fallin says she hasn't spoken to President-elect Donald Trump since his stunning victory on Tuesday and downplayed suggestions that she might play a role in Trump's administration.

Fallin said Thursday that she would be willing to listen if Trump asked her to serve in his administration, but that she thinks she could help him most by "being a good governor."

 

A Joplin woman has been charged with helping to plan a home invasion in which a man was killed.

Forty-eight-year-old Tomi Jo Stanley is jailed in McDonald County on a second-degree murder charge in the 2014 killing of 35-year-old Rodney Frederick. No attorney is listed for her in online court records

The Joplin Globe reports that three men were sent to prison this year for bursting into Frederick's home near Jane, expecting to find a large cache of marijuana. Two others were tied up before Frederick was fatally shot.

 

Public school teachers across Oklahoma expressed shock and disappointment on Wednesday after the resounding defeat of a state question that would have imposed a 1 percent statewide sales tax to help fund public education. Meanwhile, public school supporters sought to allay those concerns by pointing to key victories in state House and Senate races and assuring teachers that the push for a pay raise will resume in earnest during the legislative session that begins next year.

 

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