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CHEROKEE, Okla. (AP) — An earthquake has shaken parts of northern Oklahoma near the Kansas border.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.1 magnitude temblor was recorded at about 4 a.m. Tuesday about eight miles northeast of Cherokee in Alfalfa County. Cherokee is about 15 miles south of the Kansas border and 130 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

Bird Family Seeks Civil Action in Death

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A Tulsa family is seeking civil action against a security guard who shot—and eventually killed Monroe Bird III.

Attorney Mario Solomon-Simmons says toxicology reports show the guard had been using marijuana prior to the shooting. Solomon-Simmons says in states that allow marijuana the guard would be is considered intoxicated.

Bird was shot in a car at an apartment complex last February. The guard said at the time, Bird was trying to back over him; claims the family disputes. Bird died four months later

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says gasoline prices in the state and nation are declining.

In Oklahoma, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.48 Tuesday, with some stations in the Oklahoma City area selling fuel at or near $2 per gallon. The state hit its 2015 high price of $2.65 on July 22.

AAA Oklahoma says the national average stands at $2.64 per gallon, down six cents from last week and 13 cents from one month ago.

Testing to be Trimmed in TPS

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Superintendent Deborah Gist announced a reduction of the amount of time students at Tulsa Public Schools spend on district-required tests by 54 percent. Dr. Gist made the announcement at a TPS Board of Education meeting, which was attended by teachers who served on the district’s Assessment Study Group. Dr. Gist accepted the group’s recommendations to curb over-testing by reducing the frequency of some tests, eliminating one entirely and by removing the district requirement to implement others. This cut the overall time spent on testing in the district by half.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint in Tulsa and leading police on a pursuit.

According to Tulsa police, a 24-year-old man pointed a shotgun at his former girlfriend Sunday night and forced her into his vehicle following a disturbance at a residence. Officers say they later spotted the suspect's vehicle on the L.L. Tisdale Expressway and tried to stop him. The suspect led police on an 18-minute chase before he was taken into custody.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Experts say many of Oklahoma's rural hospitals are struggling financially, with several of the facilities putting the blame on a requirement to convert to an electronic medical records system.

Hospital consultant Val Schott says a high number of the state's rural hospitals are struggling to pay their expenses. He estimates that a dozen or so have less than 10 days' cash on hand to pay operational expenses.

Schott says the loss of a local hospital hurts the economy, because it's often one of the community's largest employers.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she's opposed to President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions at Oklahoma power plants because it will likely increase electricity costs for consumers.

Fallin said Monday Obama's "Clean Power Plan" represents one of the most expansive and expensive regulatory burdens ever imposed on U.S. families and businesses. She says the Environmental Protection Agency rule will have little environmental benefits but will lead to significant increases in utility costs across the nation.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is imposing new guidelines on oil and natural gas disposal well operations in response to a rise in earthquake activity in northern Oklahoma and southern Logan counties.

The commission that regulates the oil and gas industry announced the new rules Monday. Under the guidelines, the amount of wastewater a disposal well can handle from oil and gas operations is being reduced.

In the local news:

  • A 'Not Guilty' plea for the Bever Brothers.
  • Testing will be cut in the Tulsa Schools.
  • The EPA's clean power plan is facing opposition in Oklahoma.

Tulsa County leaders recognize the effort to end homelessness in the area, especially among veterans. Several groups are involved in ‘Project Zero 2016’. Mike Brose is Director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma. He says in the first 30 days of the effort, 32 homeless veterans and 19 chronic homeless people were moved off the streets and out of shelters into permanent housing.