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2 Dead in Separate Boat Crashes

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Emergency crews responded to a boating accident at Duck Creek on Grand Lake. A news release from the GRDA says one person was killed and a three more were taken to a hospital in Grove. A fifth person was treated and released at the scene.

There was a separate boating accident on Lake Hudson. It was near the Highway 82 Bridge and involved only one boat. The GRDA says one person was killed in that incident as well.

Oklahoma is writing new academic standards in math and English that in some ways go beyond the current standards and the now-repealed Common Core goals, according to a review of initial drafts by Oklahoma Watch.

The drafts show, for example, that elementary-school students would have to write research papers and over years learn the use and concepts of American currency. High school students would be expected to grasp the "whys" behind math formulas.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma troopers say a high school cheerleader is in critical condition following a rollover crash that injured two other girls and two adults who were leaving a Fourth of July parade.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons says troopers arrived to the single-vehicle accident around 11:15 a.m. Saturday. It's unclear what caused the SUV to overturn as the group was going home from the Edmond Fourth of July parade.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision to order a Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds has so angered conservatives in the Legislature that some Republicans are calling for justices to be impeached. Others want to amend the Bill of Rights in the 108-year-old state constitution.

The outcry immediately followed the court's 7-2 decision Tuesday that the monument violates the Oklahoma constitution's ban on using public property to benefit a religion.


MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says two people from Missouri have died after they were hit by a semitrailer following a separate accident.

Troopers say three vehicles were traveling east on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Miami on Saturday morning when a truck broke down. They say 44-year-old Howard Shelton and 45-year-old Celeste Shelton of Miller, Missouri, were in a car that struck the disabled truck.

Troopers say the pair exited their car before the semitrailer crashed into them. They died at the scene.

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BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma and federal authorities are searching for a man who they saw walked off with more than $75,000 after tricking Wal-Mart employees into thinking he was an armored truck driver.

Bristow Police Detective Kevin Webster says the suspect entered the Wal-Mart around 10:30 a.m. Saturday dressed similarly to a Loomis armored transport employee. He says the suspect strolled to the cash office, signed for the deposit and casually walked out of the store.

Wal-Mart employees called police after the real Loomis employee arrived about 45 minutes later.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City official says more than three dozen cows and calves have been seized after the owner failed to comply with ordinances designed to prevent animal cruelty.

Julie Bank, the city's animal welfare superintendent, says the animals appeared to be malnourished and injured after they were left to stand in floodwater without shelter or hay for weeks. After several weeks of noncompliance from their owner, The Oklahoman reports that a judge granted an order for the city to enter the property and seize the cattle.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says a third case of West Nile virus this year has been confirmed in the state.

The department says a resident of Ellis County in western Oklahoma has contracted the virus. The person's name and gender were not released. The department said Thursday that the person is between 18- and 50-years-old.

Two other confirmed cases were reported in June in McIntosh and Okfuskee counties in the eastern half of the state.

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PERRY, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two small earthquakes in north-central Oklahoma.

The largest was a 3.8 magnitude quake that was recorded at 12:19 a.m. Friday 12 miles west of Perry, about 55 miles north of Oklahoma City. The second was a magnitude 3.1 quake at 5:43 a.m. 11 miles southeast of Medford, about 85 miles north of Oklahoma City.

No injuries or damage were reported.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage is not likely in quakes below magnitude 4.0.

Freedom Fest Tonight

Jul 4, 2015
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Visible for miles around, an estimated 80,000 spectators will view the Folds of Honor FreedomFest 2015 presented by QuikTrip Corporation from Veterans Park, and along the Arkansas River. 

Staged from center of the Arkansas River, a myriad of  colorful fireworks will be launched to heights of over 800 feet.   In a blaze of light and sound, spectators will enjoy a carefully-orchestrated precision display reminiscent of the early battles of the American Revolution 238 years ago!