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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Freedom of Information Oklahoma is accepting nominations for its annual awards program which recognizes individuals and organizations that promote the First Amendment.

 

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say a man who was shot outside a Tulsa bar has died and that a suspect who was arrested for the shooting will be charged with murder.

Sergeant Dave Walker says 27-year-old Nathan Brooker died Sunday after being shot several times during an argument outside Mama T's Big Easy on Saturday.

Walker says a suspect in the shooting was arrested for shooting with intent to kill and the charge will be upgraded to murder.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thousands of Oklahoma state employees received pay raises last year and thousands more were hired despite warnings of an approaching budget shortfall and a personnel freeze ordered by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The Oklahoman reports in a copyright story that the freeze included exceptions when justification could be shown.

 

KETCHUM, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say four members of one family have died in a fire at a home in northeastern Oklahoma.

Assistant state Fire Marshal Sam Schaffnitt told reporters that the victims of the early Sunday morning are a 66-year-old woman, her son who was in his 30s, and her 12- and 14-year-old grandchildren. No names were immediately released.

Schaffnitt said the four lived in a mobile home north of Ketchum and that the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived about 1:30 a.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal courthouse in Oklahoma City is to be dedicated next week to honor the longest sitting judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Oklahoma.

The February 12th ceremony for Judge William J. Holloway, Junior will be held in the ceremonial courtroom of the renamed courthouse.

Holloway died in April 2014 after suffering from a short respiratory illness. He was 90.

President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Holloway to the 10th Circuit in 1968. Holloway served as chief judge from 1984 to 1991 and attained senior status in 1992.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Ten candidates vying to become Tulsa County's next sheriff will meet in several debates scheduled throughout February.

Nine Republicans and one Democrat candidate are in the race. The winner will become the county's fourth sheriff since ex-Sheriff Stanley Glanz was indicted by a grand jury in September.

The debates begin Sunday, when candidates will speak at a forum sponsored by the Tulsa chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The event starts at 2 p.m. in the Hardesty Regional Library.

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ADA, Okla. (AP) — A Florida-based technical support business says it's committed to creating 100 new jobs and preserving more than 150 positions held by employees at the company's Ada location.

Executives at iQor signed an agreement this week to expand the company's Oklahoma operations. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, the company provides business process outsourcing and product support services. It has 32,000 employees in 17 countries.

As part of the agreement, iQor extended its lease through 2021 for the building.

McAlester Public Schools

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The McAlester school board has fired the district's superintendent amid allegations she spent school money on personal items.

The McAlester News-Capital reports the panel said late Saturday that it was dismissing Marsha Gore because of violations of policy regarding credit card usage and personal spending. The vote was 4-0.

Attorney Bill Ervin, who represented the district, says "the evidence justified the board's decision." The newspaper says Gore and her attorney, Joe E. White, declined comment after the decision.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The power and frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma have been increasing, but the Legislature has done little to try to curb the temblors that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas drilling wastewater.

That could change this year, as angry residents have been packing town hall meetings and legislative hearings to call for state leaders to address the problem.

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MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — Seven earthquakes have rattled Oklahoma, including a 3.8-magnitude temblor that struck near the town of Medford.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the 3.8 quake hit Saturday around 2:40 p.m. Four of the seven quakes occurred near the town of Langston and had magnitudes of 3.5, 3.2, 2.9 and 2.6

The final two hit Saturday near the towns of Perry and Cherokee.

No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

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