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2:04 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Tulsa Inmate Killed at Stringtown

Deshawn Reed
Credit Department of Corrections

STRINGTOWN, Okla. (AP) — Corrections officials say an inmate at a southeast Oklahoma prison has been stabbed to death by three other inmates.

Mack Alford Correctional Center warden's assistant Trent Griffin says 23-year-old Deshawn Reed was pronounced dead shortly after the attack Thursday. Griffin tells the McAlester News-Capital that three inmates used homemade knives to attack Reed in a cell.

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Local & Regional
1:39 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Changes at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Governor Fallin
Credit State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce is stepping down.

Gov. Mary Fallin announced Friday that executive director Dave Lopez will resign from that post, but will continue to serve as secretary of commerce in Fallin's cabinet.

Fallin announced that the agency's deputy director, Jonna Kirschner, will replace Lopez as executive director, effective Dec. 1.

A retired telecommunications executive, Lopez says limiting his work to the cabinet position will allow him more time to develop and promote economic development policies.

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Fri November 2, 2012

DHS Panel Votes to Close Facilities for Disabled

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services has voted to close two state facilities for Oklahoma's most severely developmentally disabled residents. The decision drew a bitter reaction from parents and guardians of the more than 200 residents who live at the two centers.

The nine-member commission voted 6-3 Thursday to shut down the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley by April 2014 and the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center at Enid by August 2015.

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Local & Regional
1:33 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Survey Suggests Economic Slump Looming in Midwest

Dr. Ernie Goss
Credit File Photo

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic index report suggests an economic slump over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states.

The Mid-America Business Conditions index dropped to 46.5 last month from 50.4 in September.

The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor.

The overall index figure was 49.7 in August, 48.7 in July and 57.2 in June.

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Local & Regional
9:35 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Tats for Tots? Tahlequah Man Accused of Tattooing Young Children

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A Tahlequah man is in jail after prosecutors accused him of tattooing his 10-year-old and 5-year-old cousins.

Authorities say 23-year-old Rocky Gritts was charged with two counts of felony child abuse by injury for allegedly giving permanent tattoos to the two boys. The Muskogee Phoenix reports that a school resource officer notified authorities after the 10-year-old showed up at school with tattoos on his hands.

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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Open-Carry Law Takes Effect Today

Gun in a holster
Credit Copyright-Glock Talk

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans with a license to carry a concealed firearm are now able to carry their handguns out in the open.

The state's much-debated open-carry law went into effect Thursday after being approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin earlier this year.

It allows the estimated 141,000 Oklahomans with a license to carry a concealed firearm to also carry their weapons openly in a holster or belt. State officials say they've seen a 40 percent increase in license applications this year.

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Local & Regional
12:52 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Hearings for 5 Church Employees Postponed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Hearings for five employees of a Tulsa megachurch accused of waiting more than two weeks to report the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl have been rescheduled.

Victory Christian Center employees John Daugherty, Charica Daugherty, Paul Willemstein, Anna George and Harold "Frank" Sullivan, face allegations that they didn't report the complaint in a timely manner.

Prosecutors say the girl told employees Aug. 15 she had been raped, but police weren't notified until Aug. 30

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Election
12:43 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Absentee Ballot Deadline is Here in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Wednesday marks the deadline for Oklahoma voters to request an absentee ballot for next week's general election.

Absentee ballots must be requested by 5 p.m. Wednesday. The completed ballots must be submitted to the county in which a person is registered to vote.

State election officials said last week that they'd mailed more than 66,000 absentee ballots to Oklahoma voters, with requests from registered Republicans outpacing Democrats.

Early voting begins Friday in Oklahoma and continues Saturday and Monday.

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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Wed October 31, 2012

3 arrested in burglaries with at least 16 victims

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Three suspects are jailed in what authorities say was a burglary ring operating in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Jasper County sheriff's Capt. Derek Walrod says authorities have identified 16 victims. He says most of the property was recovered last weekend from a storage unit and a house in Joplin.

The Joplin Globe reports the stolen property was linked to burglaries in Jasper, Newton and Barton counties in Missouri, Cherokee County in Kansas, and Ottawa County in Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
7:42 am
Tue October 30, 2012

TU Professor Stuck in NY by Sandy

Elana Newman
Credit University of Tulsa

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A University of Tulsa psychology professor who is in New York City for a conference on how the media covers natural disasters is now stuck there because of  Superstorm Sandy.

Elana  Newman says  she feels safe in Manhattan — where she was eating dinner with colleagues and friends at what she said was one of the few diners remaining open.

Newman said she could see strong winds — but that cabs were still in operation and she could see people on bicycles making deliveries.

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