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 State, local and federal officials have resumed assessing damage in north-central Oklahoma after a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck near Pawnee, just south of the Kansas state line.

Pawnee County Emergency Management Director Mark Randell said Sunday that emergency officials and the U.S. Geological Survey are examining the area and finding only minor to moderate damage.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation inspected roads and 180 bridges within a 30-mile radius of the epicenter and says all were found to be safe.


The 37 wastewater disposal wells to be shut down in north-central Oklahoma, where a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck this weekend, are just a fraction of the state's total number.
There are about 4,200 total wells across the state and about 700 in a 15,000-square-mile "Area of Interest" created by the commission to address earthquakes in the area that includes the epicenter of Saturday's temblor near Pawnee.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — D'Angelo Brewer ran for 164 yards and three touchdowns to help Tulsa roll over San Jose State 45-10 in the season opener for both teams Saturday night. Dane Evans threw for 198 yards and a TD, Keevan Lucas had 112 yards receiving, and James Flanders added 82 yards rushing for Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane held a 512-287 edge in total yards, and a 305-53 lead in rushing.


The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is requiring the shutdown of 37 wastewater disposal wells in the area around the epicenter of a magnitude 5.6 earthquake.

The mandate comes after the Saturday morning earthquake near Pawnee and includes 514 square miles under commission jurisdiction.

Commission spokesman Matt Skinner says another 211 square miles in Osage County is under Environmental Protection Agency jurisdiction and the EPA will decide what action to take there.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency in Pawnee County after a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck northwest of Pawnee.

The earthquake struck at 7:02 a.m. Saturday and was felt throughout the Midwestern United States, although no severe damage or serious injuries were reported.

The quake ties a 2011 earthquake for the strongest earthquake in recorded state history.

Fallin's order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases for disaster relief and is the first step toward asking for federal assistance, if necessary.

 A recently released report says Oklahoma has the eighth-highest adult obesity rate in the nation.

A report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says almost 34 percent of adults in the state are obese.

Louisiana is ranked number one, while West Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama tied for second place. Arkansas is ranked number six.

The rankings are based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

 The Cherokee Nation says it plans to purchase Sequoyah's Cabin and the more than 200 surrounding acres from the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Sequoyah is one of the most well-known Cherokee historical figures, having developed the Cherokee syllabary, or alphabet.

Sequoyah was born in Tennessee about 1778 and migrated to what is now Oklahoma in about 1818. The one-room log cabin was built in 1829.

The cabin and surrounding acres were bought by the historical society in 1936 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's two-term Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says he is strongly considering running for state treasurer in 2018.

The Republican from Cache said Friday he hasn't made a final decision, but plans to do so after the 2016 general election.

Both Jones and Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller are term-limited in 2018.

Jones is a cattle rancher, a certified public accountant and the former chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party. He was elected in 2010 as part of a Republican sweep of every statewide elected office on the ballot.



Tulsa investigators are looking for answers after the body of an assisted-living center resident was found on a bus.

The Tulsa World reports that 84-year-old Mary Schlecht was found dead Sunday evening inside a bus that was parked in the Brookdale Tulsa Midtown facility's lot.


 Leaders from some of Oklahoma's churches, nonprofits and Native American tribes are among those calling for changes to the state's payday loan industry that they say preys on low-income residents and keeps them trapped in a cycle of debt.

The nonprofit group Voices Organized for Civic Engagement held a news conference Thursday also urging Oklahomans to support proposed federal rules that would impose new restrictions on the industry.

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 No special session of the Oklahoma Legislature will be held after Gov. Mary Fallin was unable to reach agreement with lawmakers on a plan for a teacher pay raise and the redistribution of $140 million in surplus revenue to targeted agencies.

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An Oklahoma congressional candidate who demanded a recount after he lost a primary runoff election by just 40 votes has dropped his fight.

Oklahoma election officials say Democrat Tom Guild asked that the recount be stopped Wednesday after he lost three votes during a partial recount in his party's runoff for Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.

That means former state Sen. Al McAffrey will be the Democrat running in the heavily Republican district in November.

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An Oklahoma police department is investigating after an officer used pepper spray to subdue an 84-year-old woman in her home.

Footage from a police body camera shows an officer using the spray after Geneva Smith cursed at officers and refused orders to get down. Officers had kicked in her door looking for her son.

The video was released by the Muskogee Police Department. Spokesman Sgt. Ty Pickering says at least eight officers are part of an internal investigation into the Aug. 7 incident. All have returned to duty.

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 Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have risen slightly but still suggest slow or no economic growth ahead.

A report issued Thursday says the Mid-American Business Conditions index inched up to 47.8 in August from 47.6 in July.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says he expects the regional economy to underperform the national economy because of the region's heavy dependence on manufacturers linked to the weak sectors of agriculture and energy.

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AAA expects 411,000 Oklahomans to travel this Labor Day 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The AAA says about 411,000 Oklahomans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home this Labor Day weekend. That's the highest number of Labor Day travelers in the state in eight years.

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai says more than 95 percent of Oklahoma travelers will drive to their holiday destinations this year.



A state investigation into reported misconduct within the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office will soon be handed off to prosecutors.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown says the report will be forwarded to the Okmulgee County District Attorney's Office for review and possible charges.

The Tulsa World reports that the OSBI had been waiting on the outcome of former Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz's indictment on two misdemeanor charges.

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A science teacher at Durant High School has been named Oklahoma's Teacher of the Year for 2017.

State Schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said Tuesday that Jon Hazell was named Oklahoma Teacher of the Year after extensive interviews with 12 finalists by a 28-member panel.

A graduate of Durant High School, Hazell has taught anatomy, biology and environmental science for 33 years in the Durant Independent School District. In addition to teaching, he is the lead pastor at United Church of Tishomingo.

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More than State regulators say more than 450,000 gallons of gasoline containing three times the acceptable level of ethanol was delivered to retailers across the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and one station in Tulsa over the last week.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reported Tuesday that they were notified by Magellan Midstream Partners that the problem resulted from an equipment failure at its Oklahoma City fuel distribution terminal.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's Route 66 Commission holds its 1st meeting.
  • Tainted fuel is delivered to stations across Oklahoma.
  • Election hacking worries in Oklahoma.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma woman accused of killing her daughter by forcing a crucifix down her throat told police she believed the 33-year-old woman had been possessed by the devil.

KFOR-TV reports that police went to the suspect's Oklahoma City home Saturday afternoon and found Geneva Gomez dead on the ground with a crucifix placed on her chest. Officers say they found Gomez's body arranged in the shape of a cross.

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Two earthquakes have rattled parts of northern Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 12:53 p.m. Monday about 17 miles west-southwest of Perry in Garfield County and a 3.0 magnitude quake was recorded in the same area two minutes later. No damage or injuries were immediately reported.

Geologists say damage is not likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4.0 and that earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are the smallest that can be felt by humans.


 The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has released a list of projects that are candidates for use of $200 million in bond money authorized by the state Legislature.

The Oklahoman reports that there are 18 projects listed and three of the projects are in Oklahoma County. One project is in Tulsa County and the rest are located throughout the rest of the state.

Department executive director Mike Patterson says the bond money was authorized earlier this year and replaces a portion of the $367 million in budget cuts the agency had to absorb.

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The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office says two teenagers were shot and killed outside a rodeo in Spencer.

Sheriff's spokesman Mark Opgrande said Sunday that 17-year-old Brandon Beiner was dead at the scene on the outskirts of Oklahoma City and 14-year-old Mark Carter was pronounced dead at a Midwest City hospital.

Opgrande said the shooting occurred in a parking lot just before 11 p.m. Saturday while the rodeo was underway with 500 to 1,000 people attending.

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Oklahoma State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is voicing concern over school districts holding four-day school weeks.

The districts took the action to avoid laying off teachers during drastic state budget cuts.

Hofmesiter worries that students will be impacted by the longer days and then more days away from the classroom.

150 school districts, nearly 1/3 of the districts in the state, have converted to the four-day week to save money. 

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The owner and finance manager of a used car lot have pleaded guilty to bank fraud in connection with the 2014 failure of an area bank.

Federal prosecutors say Timothy Jay Williams and Stephen L. Butz entered their pleas during hearings this week. Williams owned Lindsey Street Motors in Norman and Butz was the finance manager.

Prosecutors say they obtained a line of credit from The Bank of Union in return for granting the bank a secured interest in all used cars, proceeds and other products.

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A judge has set a $250,000 bail for a 70-year-old suburban Tulsa woman accused of fatally shooting her ex-husband.

The Tulsa World reports that Tulsa County District Judge William Musseman set bail Friday for Broken Arrow resident Judith Gayle Nix.

Nix has been held without bond since March on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 69-year-old Kenneth Nix.

If Judith Nix makes bail, she will be required to wear an ankle monitor, surrender her passport and stay within Tulsa County unless she gets permission from the court.

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A petition to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma is unlikely to go before voters in November.

Advocates plan to challenge the attorney general's rewording of the ballot title, which is certain to push the measure beyond the election.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the group didn't submit its voter signatures to qualify with enough buffer time for legal challenges and for the state's Election Board to print and send ballots to counties, military members and overseas voters.

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The state's top law enforcement agency has released the names of two women found dead inside a vehicle in southeast Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the bodies of 24-year-old Totinika Elix and 23-year-old Emily Morgan were discovered Friday in Pittsburg County. Bache is near the town of McAlester.

The OSBI is assisting the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office in the investigation. Authorities say no suspects are in custody.

The state Medical Examiner's Office will determine how the women died.



An exclusive exhibition featuring the works of Henri Matisse and other influential artists will be on display in Oklahoma through the middle of next month.

The exhibit, "Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris," closes its run Sept. 18 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

The museum is the only venue in North America to host the display and the only one outside Europe.


A retired university professor who trailed his opponent by just 40 votes in a Democratic runoff election for an Oklahoma congressional seat is seeking a recount in the race.

Democrat Tom Guild filed a petition for recount in his race against former state Sen. Al McAffrey, who led by 40 votes out of more than 16,000 cast.