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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Debate in the Oklahoma House over a plan to expand beer and wine sales in Oklahoma turned testy when a legislator opposed to it said it will disproportionally affect Native Americans.

The plan calls for a statewide vote on proposed constitutional changes needed to allow wine and strong beer sales in grocery and convenience stores.

During debate Thursday on the bill, Republican Rep. Todd Russ of Cordell said Native Americans process alcohol differently than other races and are "predisposed to alcoholism."

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County deputy has testified that he saw a now-former volunteer deputy apparently sleeping shortly before shooting and killing an unarmed man during an undercover gun-sale sting.

Deputy Ricardo Vaca testified Thursday in the second-degree manslaughter trial of 74-year-old Robert Bates. Bates has pleaded not guilty in the April 2015 shooting death of Eric Harris and said he thought he was pulling his stun gun when he pulled his revolver and shot Harris while deputies were subduing him.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — University of Oklahoma President David Boren was flanked by teachers, students and other education supporters as he helped deliver more than 300,000 signatures of Oklahoma voters in support of placing a penny sales tax on the November ballot.

Boren and supporters of the tax increase for public education delivered the signatures Thursday to the Secretary of State's office.

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The Tulsa County deputy who led an undercover operation that ended with the shooting death of the unarmed suspect by a former volunteer deputy testified that he was turning away when the fatal shot was fired.

Deputy Lance Ramsey testified Thursday in the second-degree manslaughter trial of ex-volunteer Robert Bates.

Bates has pleaded not guilty in the April 2015 shooting death of Eric Harris. Bates has said he thought he was pulling his stun gun when he pulled his revolver and shot Harris while other deputies were subduing him following an undercover gun-sale sting.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than a dozen candidates who filed for political office in Oklahoma last week have officially withdrawn their names from consideration, including an Oklahoma City attorney who planned to run for U.S. Senate.

Attorney Steve Perry filed as a Democrat to run against Republican Sen. James Lankford, but acknowledges he changed his registration to independent several months ago, making him ineligible to run as a Democrat. Perry says he's content that another Democrat challenged Lankford.

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A 23-year-old male sea lion has died at the Tulsa Zoo.

Zoo officials say Dorsey was euthanized on Tuesday after being diagnosed with bone cancer.

Officials say zoo staff had been monitoring changes in Dorsey's mobility since late last year. Through testing, its animal health team confirmed the existence of the cancer throughout the large bone of the upper flipper.

The zoo said Wednesday that experts ultimately determined Dorsey's quality of life had become significantly compromised.

The 10-Commandments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment that asks voters to return a Ten Commandments monument to the Oklahoma Capitol grounds has been approved by the Oklahoma Senate.

Without debate, the Senate voted 39-5 Wednesday for the House-passed measure. It's similar to a measure already approved by the Senate.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters would get to decide whether to give the governor more power in how certain judges are selected under a bill approved by the state Senate.

The Senate voted 33-13 on Wednesday to approve the plan and send it to the House for consideration.

The bill applies to how vacancies are filled on the Supreme Court and Oklahoma appellate courts. Currently, the governor selects judges from a list of three finalists forwarded from the Judicial Nominating Commission.

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The second-degree manslaughter trial of a former Tulsa County volunteer sheriff's deputy is under way, although the courtroom was locked.

Robert Bates has pleaded not guilty in the April 2015 shooting death of Eric Harris during an undercover gun-sale sting.

Following opening statements Wednesday, Judge William Musseman called a recess, and during the recess the courtroom was locked.

Bates Jury Seated

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 A 12-person jury and two alternates have been seated for the second-degree manslaughter trial of a former Tulsa County volunteer sheriff's deputy.

Jury selection ended about noon Wednesday and opening statements took placein  the trial of Robert Bates. 

The 74-year-old Bates has pleaded not guilty to the charge in the April 2015 shooting death of Eric Harris during an undercover gun-sale sting. Bates has said he mistook his handgun and stun gun when he shot Harris, who was on the ground and being restrained.

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