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7:05 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Chairs of Oklahoma Senate Committees Named

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Bingman has announced the appointment of chairs and vice chairs to the Senate's 16 committees.

Each committee chair and 15 of the vice chairs are Republicans, as is Bingman. The GOP holds a 40-8 majority in the state Senate.

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7:02 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Suspected Killer Back in Custody

Robert Long
Credit Oklahoma-DOC

DURANT, Okla. (AP) — A suspected killer who escaped a state prison is now back in custody.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie told the Lawton Constitution that 28-year-old Robert Long was recaptured Thursday night after being found on a train in Durant.

Long had disappeared from the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester before a 10 p.m. head count on Tuesday. Massie says Long pushed a window screen out and walked away from the minimum-security facility where he was serving time for drug and weapons convictions.

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6:59 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Investigation Over, Power Cord Blamed for Fatal Fire

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CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) — An old power cord is being blamed for a house fire that killed an 8-year-old girl in Catoosa.

Catoosa Fire Chief Denus Benton told that the fold cord started the fire that killed Lauren Creel early Friday morning. Investigators say the girl was trapped in a bedroom and unable to escape.

Her teenage sister and her mother were able to escape the flames and were hospitalized. Their conditions were not released.

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6:49 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Winners of Mobile App Competition

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The first phase of Oklahoma State University's Mobile App Competition is complete, and the winning ideas are "Drive to win!" and "Fitness Telematics."

The contest is sponsored by the OSU Mobile App Center along with AAA Oklahoma and CSAA Insurance Group. And the winners emphasize various mobile technologies that apply to insurance or "Insurance Telematics," the theme of this year's contest.

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6:46 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Oklahoma State Star Tyreek Hill Arrested

Tyreek Hill
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) —Tyreek Hill's 92-yard punt return for a touchdown made him the hero of Oklahoma State's comeback victory over Oklahoma and earned him a spot on highlight shows nationwide.

Less than a week later, he was in jail after being arrested and charged with punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend. On Friday, he was dismissed from the football and track teams.

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6:38 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Oklahoma House Speaker Appoints Committee Chairs

Jeff Hickman
Credit State Impact-Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — House Speaker Jeff Hickman has restructured the House committees and appropriation subcommittees and announced the various chairs and vice chairs.

Hickman named longtime ally Earl Sears of Bartlesville to replace Norman Rep. Scott Martin as chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Martin takes over as chairman of a new appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for education.

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6:36 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Price Drop Slowing Exploration

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HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 27 this week to 1,893.

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report 1,546 rigs were exploring for oil and 346 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,782 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, California, Kansas, Ohio and West Virginia each gained two rigs and New Mexico gained one.

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1:28 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Tulsa Group Erects Nativity Scene at Governor's Mansion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) €” Gov. Mary Fallin is having a nativity scene erected on the lawn outside the governor's mansion.

A Tulsa woman who formed the Nativity Committee of Tulsa requested the scene be displayed at the Capitol, but Fallin offered to have it put up on the mansion lawn.

Kathie Jackson of Tulsa says she reached out to the American Nativity Scene Committee, which is dedicated to displaying the scenes at every Capitol in the country.

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1:18 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Attorneys for Condemned Inmate Seek Clemency

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys for an Oklahoma inmate scheduled to die for stabbing a prison worker to death in 1998 are asking a state board to recommend sparing his life.

A clemency hearing is scheduled Friday for 53-year-old John Marion Grant, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death for killing corrections worker Gay Carter, who was stabbed 16 times at Dick Connor Correctional Center in Hominy.

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7:07 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Firefighter: 1 Dead in Catoosa House Fire

CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa-area firefighters say one person has died in a house fire.

Firefighters say a neighbor pulled one person to safety before responders arrived Friday morning. They say one adult and two children were in the home when the fire broke out. Fire crews rescued the third person.

The identity of the victim hasn't been released. No other injuries were reported.

Firefighters say the home is a total loss. They say battling the blaze was difficult because there aren't hydrants in the rural neighborhood.

The state fire marshal is investigating.

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