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Police say a bomb squad has found hand grenades inside a recreational vehicle during a traffic stop in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma City police arrested 41-year-old Scott Michael Boden near an RV park early Friday after officers found five homemade grenades in his vehicle, which had Nevada license plates.

Police spokesman Master Sgt. Gary Knight says Boden will be booked into Oklahoma County jail on five complaints of manufacturing an explosive device. He says it's unclear what Boden planned to do with the grenades.

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Authorities say a man accused of driving a stolen truck while fleeing police and fatally hitting another driver told investigators he doesn't recall stealing the vehicle due to drugs.

The Tulsa World reports that Jerry Newman was charged Thursday in Tulsa County District Court with murder and leaving the scene of a fatal crash. He's being held at Tulsa County Jail without bail.

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The Oklahoma House has passed a $6.8 billion spending plan that protects the budgets of about 15 state agencies but cuts many others by about 5 percent.

It now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin for her signature.

The House approved the measure 57-42 Friday just hours before lawmakers are constitutionally required to adjourn the 2017 legislative session. The Senate passed the measure on Wednesday.

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 The Oklahoma House has passed a $6.8 billion spending plan that protects the budgets of about 15 state agencies but cuts many others by about 5 percent.

It now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin for her signature.

The House approved the measure 57-42 Friday just hours before lawmakers are constitutionally required to adjourn the 2017 legislative session. The Senate passed the measure on Wednesday.

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A colorful, mullet-wearing operator of an exotic animal park who ran as a write-in candidate for president is among a group of Libertarian Party candidates planning to run for Oklahoma's open governor seat in 2018. The Libertarian Party announced Thursday that Joseph Maldonado, a self-described actor and musician known as "Joe Exotic," will join a crowded field vying to become the state's chief executive. The 54-year-old Maldonado operates The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park.

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The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the death penalty of a man convicted of killing his girlfriend and her two children in 2010.

The court ruled Thursday that testimony by the victims' relatives saying Shaun Bosse should receive the death penalty shouldn't have been allowed, but was harmless error.

The court said "overwhelming evidence" proves the crime was heinous, atrocious or cruel.

 

A Kansas food distributor has recalled nearly 100,000 pounds of precooked sausage products that might contain metal.

The recall was announced Wednesday by Armour Eckrich Meats in Junction City.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service says the recall includes more than 8,000 cases of 16.6-ounce packages of "Eckrich Smok-y Cheddar Breakfast sausage, Naturally Hardwood Smoked." The labels have the case or UPC code and a "27815 17984" with a use-by date of Aug. 17. The products also have the number "EST. 3JC" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

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An autopsy report shows an inmate who died at an Oklahoma jail was hit more than a dozen times by pepper balls as officers tried to subdue him.

The Oklahoman reports 40-year-old Charlton Cash Chrisman died last month after two altercations with officers at the Oklahoma County jail.

The autopsy report lists the probable cause of death as "agitated delirium due to acute methamphetamine intoxication." It notes "multiple pepper ball injuries" contributed to his death. The report says the manner of death is unknown.

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Forecasters say potentially explosive thunderstorms packing large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes could develop this holiday weekend over parts of eastern Oklahoma and northern Arkansas.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says widespread severe storms are expected Saturday, stretching from parts of the central and southern Plains east to the mid-Atlantic coast.

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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says an inmate has escaped in southeastern Oklahoma.

The DOC says in a news release that 27-year-old Rhodrick Walden walked away from a work crew Wednesday in eastern McAlester.

The DOC says Walden was an inmate at the medium security Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester.

Online records show Walden was three year sentences for drug-related convictions in Oklahoma County.

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 A former accountant for the Oklahoma Beef Council has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2.6 million from the nonprofit organization.

Court records show 45-year-old Melissa Day Morton of Edmond pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of bank fraud and filing a false federal income tax return as part of a plea agreement in which prosecutors agreed not to pursue any other charges against her.

Morton's attorney has said she's remorseful and was selling her assets to repay the money.

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The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that would authorize paroles for medically frail inmates. The Oklahoman reports the bill that passed with an 81-15 vote Tuesday would allow inmates serving time for five specific offenses to be eligible for the parole program. Those offenses include concealing stolen property, embezzlement, first- of second-degree forgery, second-degree burglary or possession of a controlled or dangerous substance.

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Police have arrested a father and son after pipe bombs were allegedly found in a car outside a courthouse in a city southwest of Tulsa.

The men were booked into Creek County Jail early Wednesday on complaints related to making and possessing bombs, as well as conspiracy and burglary.

Police discovered the materials after a woman reported finding pipe bombs in her car Tuesday outside the Creek County courthouse in Sapulpa.

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Oklahoma Congressman Steve Russell says he wants to chair the U.S. House committee that has been poised to investigate President Donald Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey.

Russell said in a news release Tuesday that he wants to lead the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when current committee chairman and fellow Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah steps down.

Chaffetz announced last week that he will resign from Congress in June.

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 A white Oklahoma police officer acquitted of manslaughter after fatally shooting an unarmed black man will receive back pay after being on leave since September.

Tulsa spokeswoman Michelle Brooks said Tuesday that officer Betty Jo Shelby will be getting more than $35,000, minus taxes and other deductions. Shelby's attorney says the payment is being processed.

Shelby had been on unpaid leave since Sept. 22, when she was charged in the shooting of Terence Crutcher six days earlier.

Jurors acquitted Shelby last week in Crutcher's death.

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 Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are complaining about how two budget panels approved a $6.8 billion spending bill shortly before midnight that slashes spending to most Oklahoma state agencies.

Rank-and-file legislators were given few details ahead of Tuesday night's vote on the spending plan that cuts funding for most state agencies by nearly 5 percent. Public schools were spared from cuts, and a handful of state agencies were given spending increases, but the final version of the bill did not include funding for a teacher pay raise.

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Route 66, the historic American roadway that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program.

A federal law authorizing the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is set to expire in two years and with it would go millions of dollars in grants for reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns.

Landmarks Illinois director Frank Butterfield says small communities could miss out on much needed economic development funding.

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Meteorologists say seven tornados that occurred in northeast Oklahoma last week have received preliminary damage ratings. The Tulsa reports tornados near Wagoner, Red Bird and Porter reached estimated wind speeds of up to 105 mph and uprooted trees, damaged houses and destroyed buildings, damaged boat docks, and snapped power poles. The National Weather Service has not yet assessed reports of tornadoes in Peggs, Hulbert and two near Muskogee.

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Despite a constitutional prohibition on passing revenue bills in the final week of session, the Oklahoma House approved a plan to generate about $100 million by limiting the amount of itemized deductions Oklahoma taxpayers can claim on their tax returns.

The bill approved Monday caps deductions at $17,000 per year, excluding charitable deductions. It passed on a 56-40 vote and now heads to the Senate for approval.

The bill faced bipartisan opposition from lawmakers who said it would affect those with catastrophic medical expenses or the loss of a home.

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Romanian border police said Turkish authorities canceled the passport of Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, who was briefly detained at a Romanian airport.

Spokesman Fabian Badila told The Associated Press on Monday that Kanter arrived Saturday at about 1 p.m. from Frankfurt at Bucharest's Henri Coanda Airport, traveling on a Turkish passport.

"My colleagues discovered ... that the passport had been canceled by Turkish authorities, and legally he is not allowed to enter Romania," Badila said.

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 Officials say a man working on the roof at the Oklahoma Capitol as part of a renovation project suffered an ankle injury when the platform he was on collapsed.

Oklahoma City Fire Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson says the man was not seriously injured in the Monday morning fall, but was unable to walk and was carried down a steep and narrow staircase by firefighters using webbing and a harness. Fulkerson says the man fell 10 to 12 feet when the scaffolding collapsed shortly before 8 a.m.

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 A second issue has been raised about a new state law intended to extend the time a child sexual abuse victim can file a lawsuit.

Attorney Cameron Spradling told The Oklahoman that it will be more difficult to sue employers for negligence if their employees sexually abuse a child. The change requires civil lawsuits against employers to show gross negligence, rather than general negligence.

Critics of another change made by the law say it changes centuries-old legal practice by requiring the losing party to pay all legal fees in civil cases.

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 No state Democratic party has been more hapless in recent years than Oklahoma's. It holds only a small minority of seats in the overwhelmingly Republican Legislature and has been repeatedly defeated in elections for statewide office.

But the worst budget crisis in recent state history presents an opportunity for a possible Democratic comeback. If negotiations break down and Republicans are forced to make even deeper cuts, the effects could drive more voters to support Democrats in 2018.

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 Talks have broken down yet again between Oklahoma lawmakers meeting for a rare weekend session to find ways to close a nearly $880 million budget hole.

Legislators are bound by the state's constitution to pass revenue-raising measures by Sunday or be forced to call a special session to complete work on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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Senators from Maine and Oklahoma are calling on their colleagues to consider ways to ease the regulatory burden on small community banks.

Sens. Angus King, a Maine independent, and James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican, say small banks and credit unions are saddled with increasingly high compliance costs that are the result of outdated rules. They have asked the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee to hold hearings on a proposal they believe would bring relief.

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Talks have broken down yet again between Oklahoma lawmakers meeting for a rare weekend session to find ways to close a nearly $880 million budget hole.

Legislators are bound by the state's constitution to pass revenue-raising measures by Sunday or be forced to call a special session to complete work on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

One sticking point during Saturday's negotiations was a proposal by Democrats to increase the gross production tax on oil and natural gas wells from its current 2 percent level up to as much as 5 percent on a sliding scale.

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Oklahoma City's fire chief is set to become the next U.S. fire administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency

. President Donald Trump announced his intent Thursday to appoint Keith Bryant to the post. Bryant has served as fire chief for the Oklahoma City Fire Department since 2005.

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The Williams Companies announced that Stephen W. Bergstrom has been elected Chairman of the Board, effective immediately. Mr. Bergstrom will replace Dr. Kathleen B. Cooper who will become Chair of the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee. Dr. Cooper has served on the Williams Board since 2006.

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A civil rights lawsuit filed against an Oklahoma police chief and two state investigators is part of a nearly six-year legal fight with a police lieutenant who was twice fired amid excessive force allegations.

The Tulsa World reports Owasso Lt. Mike Denton was fired in 2011 and in 2015 for using excessive force with suspects. He was reinstated in both instances.

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Three students have been injured at an end of school celebration in northeastern Oklahoma after winds topping 50 mph carried an inflatable play area through the air.

The Miami News-Record reports that five eighth-graders were inside an inflatable at a Commerce Middle School party Wednesday when the play area lifted from the ground and struck a tree.

Superintendent Jim Haynes says four students were taken to a local hospital. Two students were released without injuries, and two students required further medical attention.

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