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Authorities say a 16-year-old student has died after falling from the top of a stadium at the end of a high school football game in Oklahoma.

Officer James Koch of the Broken Arrow Police Department said via email Saturday that the fall happened about 10 p.m. Friday at the Broken Arrow High School stadium as a game with a rival team was ending. Koch says the student was taken by ambulance to a hospital with undetermined injuries.

Broken Arrow Public Schools identified the student as Jaymeson West, a junior who played saxophone in the school band.

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Jurors started deliberations Friday in the trial of a man charged with beheading a co-worker and trying to kill another at an Oklahoma food processing plant.

Prosecutors said during closing arguments that Alton Nolen, 33, knew right from wrong when he killed Coleen Hufford, 54, in September 2014 at Vaughan Foods in Moore. The company had suspended Nolen for racial remarks before the attack.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma will be receiving a funding boost of $16.5 million in federal funds to open and expand charter schools across the state.

The Oklahoman reports the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center will be receiving the grant from the U.S. Department of Education over the next five years.

The grant will be used to create more charter schools in the state that focus on serving educationally disadvantaged students.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVoss says the grant will create more education options for students.

The Environmental Protection Agency says four flights on noncommercial aircraft taken by Administrator Scott Pruitt were preapproved by ethics lawyers.

Documents show Pruitt and his staff chartered a private plane for an Aug. 4 trip from Denver to Durango, Colorado, to visit the Gold King Mine, site of a spill last year. The administrator also took three flights on government-owned planes to New York, North Dakota and a roundtrip between airports in Pruitt's native Oklahoma.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A hearing for a white former police officer who faces a fourth murder trial in Oklahoma in the 2014 fatal shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend has been postponed.

Attorneys say the hearing on former Tulsa officer Shannon Kepler's request to dismiss the case won't take place Friday as scheduled because the judge is ill.

Kepler's attorneys are trying to have the case dismissed on several grounds in the months since a mistrial was declared in his third trial.

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A white former police officer facing a fourth murder trial in Oklahoma in the 2014 fatal shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend is asking a judge to dismiss the case.

Attorneys for former Tulsa officer Shannon Kepler are expected in court Friday morning ahead of Kepler's Oct. 9 trial — his fourth in less than a year.

His attorneys have sought to have the case dismissed on several grounds since a mistrial was declared in Kepler's third trial.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal fraud and bribery scandal shaking college basketball has led to a key question of what will happen to recruits who received money linked to attending certain schools.

It could mean the permanent loss of college eligibility for some players for violating a core NCAA rule prohibiting improper benefits. But there's also the chance that some ineligible players could go through the NCAA's reinstatement process and eventually play after sitting out some games.

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Oklahoma State has fired Lamont Evans for cause after the top assistant to new coach Mike Boynton was ensnared in the federal investigation of basketball recruiting at seven universities.

The school announced that Evans was terminated in a one-sentence statement Thursday.

Evans is accused of accepting $2,000 a month in bribes to funnel athletes to certain agents, including "one and done" players that are talented enough to jump to the NBA after one season.

ENID, Okla. (AP) — Two Oklahoma school districts are investigating after junior high football players found a wire noose hanging in a locker room.

Players from Ponca City Junior High School discovered the noose in the visiting team's locker room prior to a game at the stadium at Enid High School on Tuesday night.

Enid Public Schools officials say the noose made from a USB cord was hanging in a shower stall.

One Ponca City parent says he had to explain to his 13-year-old son what a noose symbolizes. The noose has long been used as a form of racial intimidation.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican candidate for an Oklahoma state House seat said Thursday a campaign staffer's mistake led to the title of a bondage porn video being included on his campaign finance report.

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One of two men who have been charged in the beating death of a hogtied Oklahoma man is the father of the victim's girlfriend, who told detectives she asked them to beat up her boyfriend because he had been abusing her, police said Thursday.

The body of Anthony Pietrzak, 18, was found at around 2 a.m. Thursday just outside of Tulsa's city limits and about 3 miles from his and his girlfriend's home. An anonymous caller told police on Tuesday that a man known only as Anthony had been beaten to death and dismembered.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian internet trolls are exploiting the controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to stir up divisions in the United States, a Republican on the Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday.

Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma said paid social media users, or "trolls," were hashtagging "take a knee" and "boycott NFL" to amplify the issue.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City firefighters say a woman has been rescued after swift water overtook an SUV.

Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson says the woman was plucked from the vehicle shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday. She had been on a northwestern Oklahoma City roadway that flooded.

Fulkerson says as many as 30 firefighters, including divers, responded to reports that a vehicle had been pushed against a guard rail by rushing water. Heavy rainfall has swollen area lakes and streams.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is spending nearly $25,000 to provide Administrator Scott Pruitt something none of his predecessors have had — a custom soundproof booth for making private phone calls.

EPA did not respond to questions on Wednesday from The Associated Press about the government contract for the "privacy booth for the administrator" ordered last month, according to a summary of the contract listed in a federal procurement database. The contract for the booth, due for delivery by Oct. 9, was first reported by The Washington Post.

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health says it will furlough some employees and offer buyouts to others in order to cover an estimated $10 million budget shortfall.

Starting Oct. 30, employees will have to take an unpaid day off every two weeks unless they make $35,000 a year or less. The health department is also preparing voluntary buyout offers it will present to employees in the coming weeks.

Coming off consecutive years of roughly $1 billion state budget shortfalls, state lawmakers cut the health department's budget 2.8 percent this year.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed an assistant district attorney as the new district attorney for District 27 in northeastern Oklahoma.

Fallin said Wednesday that she's appointing Jack Thorp as prosecutor for Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties.

Thorp replaces Brian Kuester, who resigned after being appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

Thorp has served as Kuester's top assistant and previously was an assistant district attorney in Tulsa County and was deputy prosecuting attorney in western Arkansas.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sam Presti has evolved with the times.

Oklahoma City's general manager is perhaps best known for drafting Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Over the years, instead of adding big-name free agents and making blockbuster trades, he has added relatively inexpensive players around his stars and built through the draft.

His plans have mostly worked. The Thunder have played in the Western Conference Finals four times and the NBA Finals once since Presti took the job in 2007, and both Durant and Westbrook have won MVP awards.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada cattleman and state's rights figure Cliven Bundy is due before a federal magistrate judge to say whether he intends to represent himself during his upcoming trial stemming from a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents.

The Wednesday hearing comes after Bundy's defense attorney, Bret Whipple, filed documents last week saying that Bundy wants him off his case.

Whipple says he doesn't know if Bundy has another lawyer or intends to serve as his own lawyer.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities have filed charges in a prostitution investigation that included undercover police work at a network of illicit massage parlors in Oklahoma City and Lawton.

Oklahoma County court records show pandering and conspiracy charges were filed Sept. 21 against two men and two women from Oklahoma City. Authorities say in an affidavit of probable cause that one of the men has links to businesses in Houston and the nearby suburb of Spring, Texas, and that the man wired cash on two different occasions to China.

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NEW YORK (AP) — In one of the biggest crackdowns on the corrupting role of money in college basketball, 10 men — including a top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches — were charged Tuesday with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes' choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, financial advisers, even tailors.

Some of the most explosive allegations appeared to involve Louisville, one of the college basketball's biggest powerhouses.

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The Oklahoma City School Board will not gather public input before deciding whether to rename three schools that are named for Confederate generals.

The board on Monday adopted an agenda for its next meeting that doesn't include a recommendation from Superintendent Aurora Lora to survey parents, students and others on whether to rename Lee, Jackson and Stand Watie elementary schools.

Board Chair Paula Lewis told The Oklahoman that board members consistently hear from the community and that the board's job is to lead.

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A group of drug companies have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Oklahoma attorney general that accuses the companies of fueling the state's opioid epidemic through fraudulent marketing.

About a dozen pharmaceutical companies filed a legal brief Friday saying they've complied with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's requirements to warn the public about potential risks that come with using their drugs.

The brief also says the companies can't be blamed for all the state's opioid-related problems.

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VALLIANT, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says one man has been arrested and a second is sought in the fatal shooting of another man in southeastern Oklahoma.

The OSBI says 18-year-old Christyan Boswell was shot to death at an intersection Saturday night during an apparent drug transaction.

The agency says 20-year-old Cody Hilderbrand was arrested at the scene.

Hilderbrand is now jailed on a first-degree manslaughter charge. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

The OSBI says a second suspect remains at large.

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A 1-month-old baby found on the side of an Oklahoma interstate in a car seat stuffed with $5,500 in cash and a birth certificate was in state custody Monday as authorities continued to investigate why the boy was abandoned.

Oklahoma City police said a church group returning from an amusement park spotted the child Saturday about 10 feet from the shoulder of Interstate 40. Sgt. Gary Knight said Monday that officers also found a Social Security card with the baby.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who has yet to sign a contract extension, said Monday that Oklahoma City is where he wants to be and he is "happy" about the offseason additions of superstars Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.

"I love it here," he said. "I like where I'm at, and I like where our team is at."

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tulsa attorney Gary Richardson says he's putting $1 million of his own money into his race for the Republican nomination for Oklahoma governor in 2018.

Richardson said in a news release during the weekend he's making the personal loan to his campaign in part because he refuses to be "beholden to the special interest groups."

Richardson also is seeking to stand out in a crowded GOP field that includes several prominent Republican leaders, including Oklahoma City Mick Cornett, state Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dozens of protesters marched in downtown Oklahoma City to call for justice days after a 35-year-old deaf man was fatally shot by a police officer.

Activists from groups including Black Lives Matter Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Association of the Deaf marched Sunday afternoon from City Hall to police headquarters in the "Justice For Magdiel Sanchez" rally.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Rob Nigh, a defense attorney who represented Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and witnessed his 2001 execution, died Sunday after a battle with cancer, former colleagues said. He was 57.

Known for his encyclopedic legal knowledge, work ethic and intense preparation on every case he handled, Nigh also defended those accused of committing some of the state's most egregious crimes. Nigh died about three months after stepping down as Tulsa County's chief public defender for serious health issues.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will return to the state Capitol Monday for a special legislative session to try to fill a $215 million shortfall in the state budget and look for long-term solutions to chronic budget shortfalls that have forced deep cuts to state agencies and services for three consecutive years.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony won't be at Knicks training camp after all. He'll be in Oklahoma City, joining Russell Westbrook and Paul George in a loaded lineup.

The Knicks agreed to trade Anthony to the Thunder on Saturday, saving themselves a potentially awkward reunion next week with the player they'd been trying to deal since last season.

New York will get Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.