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7:28 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Oklahoma Republicans Oust Party Leader Despite their Success

Randy Brogdon of Owasso
Credit Brogdon campaign

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Republican Party ousted its chairman on Saturday. The move came despite the party's November election success in increasing its majority control of both chambers of the state Legislature, winning every statewide elected office, all five U.S. House and both U.S. Senate seats.

The party elected 61-year-old former state Senator Randy Brogdon as its new chairman, replacing Dave Weston. Party spokeswoman Courtney Blossey said Brogdon defeated long-time GOP activist Pam Pollard in a runoff after Weston was earlier eliminated from the race.

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7:04 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Fort Sill Command Sergeant Major Convicted of 'Stolen Valor'

Entrance to Fort Sill
Credit Fort Sill

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A command sergeant major at Fort Sill has been convicted of wearing unauthorized military insignia, including a Ranger Tab and the Pathfinder Badge.

Command Sergeant Major Perry McNeill was convicted last week by a military judge who sentenced McNeill to a demotion to sergeant first class, a letter of reprimand and to forfeit $500 in pay per month for 10 months.

The sentence must be approved by the fort's commanding general.

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7:02 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Ponca City Woman Dies in 2-Vehicle Collision in Kay County

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PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) — A 21-year-old Ponca City woman has died of injuries she suffered in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 60 just west of Ponca City.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Bridgette Alexis Coleman died late Saturday night following the crash that occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday.

An OHP report says Coleman was a passenger in a pickup truck that failed to stop at a stop sign at an intersection and was struck in the passenger side by a westbound pickup truck on U.S. 60.

The drivers of the two trucks were both injured in the crash.

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7:48 am
Sat April 11, 2015

No New Flu-Related Deaths in Oklahoma, Season May be Ending

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A record-breaking flu season in Oklahoma may be winding down.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports no additional deaths in the past week after 107 people died and about 2,200 were hospitalized due to the virus since the season began September 28th.

The previous record of 72 deaths set last year was broken in February.

Health Department epidemiologist Laurence Burnsed said Friday that flu cases typically decrease in April and have been doing so the past few weeks.

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7:45 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Fallin Vetoes Second Bill by Broken Arrow Republican

The Governor's office at the State Capitol
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have required state agencies to disclose to legislators the authority they have for various agency operations.

Fallin vetoed the bill by Republican Senator Nathan Dahm of Broken Arrow, saying it creates "an unnecessarily complicated administrative process."

The bill would have established a process for legislators to seek from state agencies their legal authority for various functions. Agency directors would have 10 days to respond or be subject to removal from office.

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7:42 am
Sat April 11, 2015

State Rep. David Dank Dies at Oklahoma City Home

David Dank
Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican state Representative David Dank has died at his home in Oklahoma City.

The 76-year-old Dank had represented a western Oklahoma City district since 2007, when he was elected to succeed his wife, Odilia Dank, who was term-limited. He was currently chairman of the House Revenue and Tax Subcommittee.

Dank's legislative assistant, Charlotte Maughan, told the Associated Press that Dank was found dead in his home Friday. Other details were not released.

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2:39 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

U.S. Oil and Gas Rig Count Drops by 40

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HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 40 this week to 988 amid depressed oil prices. It was the first time the weekly count was below 1,000 since September 2009.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 760 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,831 rigs were active.

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11:57 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Grave, Human Remains Found in Rural Area Near Wellston

WELLSTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have found a shallow grave of human remains in Oklahoma during an investigation prompted by the discovery of a human skull on Easter day.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation discovered the remains in a rural area southwest of Wellston on Thursday. The State Medical Examiner's Office said the skull showed signs of trauma, and the skull appears to be that of a male.

The owner of the land said he found the skull while looking for turkey tracks.

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11:49 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Oklahoma Diversity Chief Says He Faced Discrimination There

Jabar Shumate
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's new chief of diversity programs says he's right for the job after a racist video roiled the school last month.

Jabar Shumate  says he was discriminated against while attending there in the 1990s.

The black former state senator remembers the fliers with his picture on them tacked up during his campaign for student body vice president: "Do you want this person living in your house? Vote the other ticket."

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9:13 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Chickasaw Nation Launches Program for Fighting Child Hunger

Chickasaw Governor Anoatubby and Audrey Rowe, USDA Food and Nutrition Services Administrator
Credit Chickasaw Nation

ADA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma-based Chickasaw Nation is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a program to feed hungry children — becoming the first tribal organization and second medical facility in the nation involved in the program.

The USDA says the other medical facility is Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

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