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Will Rogers Pike Crash Kills 2

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For the second weekend in a row, people are killed by a wrong-way driver on a Green County expressway. The latest incident happened on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Verdigris, Friday evening.

A 32-year-old Tulsa woman was driving the wrong way on the turnpike and plowed head-on into an oncoming  pick-up truck. The impact killed both drivers. Dead are 32-year-old Crystal Lopez, the driver of the car, and 40-year-old George Landing of Broken Arrow. Passengers were not injured.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma transportation officials say workers are preparing to start rock hauling at the site of a rockslide that has closed a portion of Interstate 35 between Oklahoma City and Dallas.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says contractors have almost completed removal of the unstable rock face in the Arbuckle Mountains. Over the next few weeks, trucks will haul about 14,000 tons of fallen rock away to a local quarry to be weighed and crushed. Officials say work is on schedule for all lanes of I-35 to be reopened by late August.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal labor officials have fined a Utah electrical contractor $376,300, saying the company illegally used child workers on construction sites in Utah and Oklahoma.

The U.S. Department of Labor said Friday that Hildale-based Reliance Electric Inc. used five workers under age 14, including a 13-year-old who operated a forklift, in the city on the Utah-Arizona border.

Hildale, Utah and its sister town of Colorado City, Arizona, are home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a polygamous sect.

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 874.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 664 rigs were seeking oil and 209 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,889 rigs were active.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained three rigs, Louisiana gained two and North Dakota, Ohio, Texas and Wyoming each gained one.

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NEW YORK (AP) — As drivers, shippers and airlines enjoy lower fuel prices, the oil industry is responding to much lower profits with sharp cuts in spending and layoffs.

Low oil and gas prices are good for the overall economy because they reduce costs for consumers and business. U.S. economic growth was higher in the second quarter, and economists say that was partly fueled by consumers spending some of their savings on gasoline at stores and restaurants.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — First-degree murder charges have been formally filed against two Oklahoma brothers accused in the stabbing deaths of their parents and three siblings.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler's office filed the charges Friday against 18-year-old Robert Bever and 16-year-old Michael Bever. Court records did not show whether the brothers are represented by an attorney.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A pair of earthquakes has rattled parts of northern Oklahoma previously shaken by a swarm of earthquakes.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblors were recorded Friday in Logan County, the first at 5:38 a.m. about 14 miles northeast of Crescent, located about 35 miles north of Oklahoma City. The magnitude 2.6 quake occurred at a depth of less than two miles.

Geologists say the second quake was recorded about eight miles north of Langston at about 8:30 a.m. The 3.1 magnitude earthquake occurred at a depth of about two miles.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Experts are citing higher costs behind a decrease in the number of test takers in Oklahoma for the GED high school equivalency test.

The Journal Record (http://bit.ly/1IutVDi ) reports that data provided by the state show that the number of test takers fell by 60 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year.

In January 2014, Pearson VUE began administering the GED, and once Pearson took over the test doubled in price to around $130. The new GED eliminated paper tests and only can be administered online.

City Gets New Human Rights Director

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Charges Filed Against BA Brothers

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Murder charges are filed against two Broken Arrow brothers accused of killing their parents and three siblings. The murders took place earlier this month. The Tulsa County District Attorney filed the charges today.

District Attorney Steve Kunzwieler declined a recorded interview, but did release the following statement: