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8:06 am
Sat April 18, 2015

McVeigh Defense Archive Shows Bomber Viewed Blast as Failure

Timothy McVeigh
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Timothy McVeigh considered the Oklahoma City bombing a failure because he left the building standing and once suggested the government should pay his defense attorneys $800,000.

Documents revealing those things are among the more than 1 million pages the convicted bomber's former lawyer donated to the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas. The school began assembling the collection in 1998 but it only became fully organized late last year.

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8:00 am
Sat April 18, 2015

1 Dead after Being Struck by Train in Norman

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Norman police say one person is dead after being struck by train in Norman, but authorities were not sure if the person was already dead when struck.

The person's name and other information were not released.

Police Capt. Tom Easley said in a news release that the body was being sent to the state medical examiner's office and that Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials are assisting in the investigation.

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7:56 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Tulsa Protesters Want Sheriff's Resignation, Investigation

People attend a protest in downtown Tulsa Friday evening
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Protesters have called for Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz to resign over how he has handled the case of a 73-year-old reserve deputy who fatally shot a suspect while the unarmed man was being held down by two others.

At least 200 people gathered late Friday near the county courthouse to protest the April 2 death of Eric Harris by the volunteer deputy, Robert Bates. Protesters then marched to the sheriff's office, calling on Glanz to step down.

A spokesman for the sheriff's office declined to comment Friday on the calls for Glanz's resignation.

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3:58 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Governor Signs Bill Allowing Nitrogen Gas Executions

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A bill giving Oklahoma another option for executions is signed into law.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1879 today. It allows the state to execute prisoners through nitrogen hypoxia if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or becomes unavailable.

The execution would be performed by placing a mask over the prisoner's face or a bag over the prisoner's head and administering nitrogen gas until he or she loses consciousness and dies from a lack of oxygen.

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3:33 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

LGBT Tulsans Approved as Protected Class in Fair Housing Ordinance

Tulsa’s city council approved adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the fair housing ordinance.

Councilor Blake Ewing sparred with one speaker who opposed the move on religious grounds but identified housing as one of our most basic needs.

"So, in consideration of that, if someone's track record of sin is now a qualifier or disqualifier of whether they should be approved for housing, then none of us should be approved for housing," Ewing said.

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3:27 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Booker T. Washington Students Observe Day of Silence

Students hung several signs promoting Day of Silence in the hallways of Booker T. Washington High School. The event brings attention to the bullying many LGBT students face.
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Dozens of Booker T. Washington High School students took a vow of silence for the day.

They participated in the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence.

"It's kind of like a silent protest ... for, like, reverence to the people who are actually silenced by people constantly harassing them, people having to hide who they are, people who — people who aren't safe to be themselves," said senior Logann Little.

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3:16 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Oklahoma Teen Convicted in Slaying of Australian Baseball Player

Australian Christopher Lane was shot and killed in 2013 while jogging in Duncan, Okla. He was here on a baseball scholarship.
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DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — A 17-year-old has been convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Australian college baseball player in Oklahoma.

A Stephens County jury found Chancey Allen Luna guilty on Friday of killing 22-year-old Christopher Lane by shooting him in the back in August 2013 while Lane was jogging in Duncan. The jury recommended that Luna be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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12:12 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Tulsa County Volunteer Deputy Disputes Claim He Lacked Training

Bob Bates, his family and attorney on NBC's Today Show
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa has countered criticism of his qualifications.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the April 2 shooting, Robert Bates told NBC's "Today" show that characterizations of himself as a wealthy donor paying to join the force are "unbelievably unfair."

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8:41 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Kansas Seeks Court Order to Block Quapaw Tribe Casino

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has asked a federal court to temporarily block the Quapaw Tribe from expanding its Downstream Casino in Oklahoma into southeast Kansas.

The request for a preliminary injunction filed Thursday contends the state will suffer irreparable harm if the tribe's casino goes forward. It notes the tribe has already moved in construction equipment.

The state says it is considering proposals for a southeast gaming casino and the tribe's competition lowers the value of the state's facility.

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8:38 am
Fri April 17, 2015

National Weather Service Confirms Tornado near Sayre

SAYRE, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado has touched down in western Oklahoma.

Meteorologist Ryan Barnes says the Weather Service doesn't yet know the strength of the tornado that struck Thursday evening near Sayre. He says it doesn't appear the twister hit any major structures.

The Beckham County Sheriff's Office had no reports of injuries or damage late Thursday.

Tornadoes were also reported in Texas and Kansas as severe storms pushed across the region.

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