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1:08 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Board Denies Clemency for Condemned Inmate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has denied clemency for a death row inmate scheduled to be executed next month.

The five-member board voted 3-2 Friday against commuting the death sentence of James Lewis DeRosa. He faces a June 18 execution for the stabbing deaths of 73-year-old Curtis Plummer and 70-year-old Gloria Plummer in 2000.

During the hearing, DeRosa expressed remorse for the LeFlore County couple's death and took responsibility for the killings.

Four members of the Plummers' family urged the board to deny clemency.

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1:05 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Okla. Lawmakers Near Passage of DNA Testing Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Convicted criminals who maintain their innocence would have a way to seek DNA testing in their cases under a bill that is nearing final passage in the Legislature. The bill's passage would eliminate Oklahoma's dubious distinction as the only state in the nation without such a program.

The Oklahoma House voted unanimously on Thursday for the Postconviction DNA Act, which allows those convicted of violent felonies or who have been sentenced to 25 years or more in prison to file a motion in court to request forensic DNA testing in their case.

Local & Regional
1:02 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Man Bound Over for Trial on Murder Charge

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — An eastern Oklahoma man has been bound over for trial in connection with a 1997 killing.

Sequoyah County Special Judge Larry Langley ruled Friday that Rex Robbins III should be bound over for trial in the beating death of 28-year-old Mitchell Nixon. The Southwest Times Record reports that Robbins was bound over on a first-degree murder charge and an alternate charge of first-degree felony murder.

He was also bound over on a robbery charge for allegedly taking Nixon's pickup.

Local & Regional
12:59 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Plans to Fund Pop Culture Museum Still Alive

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Backers of a museum devoted to Oklahoma popular culture say they're still hopeful state lawmakers will approve $40 million to help build it.

A proposal to divert the money over four years for the so-called OKPOP Museum in Tulsa narrowly passed a Senate budget committee by a 13-12 vote on Thursday.

The measure now heads to a similar committee in the House, where plans for the museum fell apart last year.

Local & Regional
12:58 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Dips to 4.9 Percent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State officials say Oklahoma's unemployment rate dipped below 5 percent in April.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the state's unemployment decreased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.9 percent last month. That remains well below the national unemployment rate of 7.5 percent.

The commission says nonfarm employment rose by 1,800 jobs in April in Oklahoma. The professional and business services sector saw the greatest increase at 1,300 jobs, while leisure and hospitality jobs dropped by 2,000.

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12:55 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Tulsa Man Says Machete Attack Was Self-defense

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A police report says a Tulsa man arrested in the death of a 20-year-old woman told authorities he was acting in self-defense when he struck her with a machete.

Joshua Andrew Reynolds was arrested on a first-degree murder complaint in Thursday's death of Melissa Lemery. Police found Lemery's body in the backyard of a Tulsa home.

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8:06 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Survivors, Family Members Remember OKC Bombing Victims

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City bombing survivors and victims' family members are set to observe the 18th anniversary of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.

A ceremony is planned Friday near the former site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building for the 168 victims of the terrorist attack. Gov. Mary Fallin and U.S. Rep. James Lankford are scheduled to speak.

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7:52 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Roads, Schools Closed Due to Storm Damage

SPAVINAW, Okla. (AP) — Dozens of homes and buildings are damaged but no serious injuries were reported after possible tornadoes touched down in northeast Oklahoma.

Mayes County Emergency Management Director John Janzen says the storm downed trees and damaged several homes in Spavinaw early Thursday. He says one person suffered a minor injury.

Spavinaw Public Schools are closed for the rest of the week after several school buildings sustained damage.

Emergency managers say damage was also reported in Delaware and Rogers counties in northeast Oklahoma.

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10:16 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Abandoned Truck Prompts OKC City Hall Evacuation

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police have ordered the evacuation of City Hall and nearby buildings after a stolen U-Haul truck was discovered outside the building.

Police Capt. Dexter Nelson says a five- to six-block area was cordoned off Wednesday while the city's fire department and bomb squad investigate the truck.

Nelson says the evacuations were ordered as a precaution and that there was no evidence that suggested there might be a bomb in the truck.

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6:03 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Oklahoma City Marathon to Go Forward

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The 13th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is scheduled for April 28 and Mayor Mick Cornett says it's scheduled to go forward as planned despite a bombing at the end of the Boston Marathon.

Oklahoma City police say there is always increased security for the marathon and the level of security for this year's race is being assessed.

More than 80 Oklahomans were registered to run in the Boston Marathon, where two explosions rocked runners and spectators near the finish line after the race.

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