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8:17 am
Sat December 20, 2014

OSU Receives Defense Department Grant for Study

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OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — An $875,000 grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense to Oklahoma State University's Institute of Technology.

OSU will use the grant to study the supply chain of the Oklahoma defense industry in partnership with the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission.

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8:15 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit on Oklahoma Execution Access

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by media organizations that sought greater access to the execution of Oklahoma death row inmates.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton dismissed the lawsuit on Friday. He rejected allegations that Oklahoma's execution protocols violate the First Amendment.

The lawsuit was filed in August by Oklahoma Observer and the Guardian US news organizations following the April 29th of inmate Clayton Lockett, who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began.

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8:11 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Tulsa Port of Catoosa says Shipping Up in November

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CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa Port of Catoosa says shipping activities last month jumped to the highest total since February as outbound agricultural commodities saw large increases.

The port says shipping for soybeans easily surpassed October's numbers as 50,000 more tons left the port in November than during the previous month.

Outbound fertilizer also showed big gains, with totals for that commodity leaving the port more than doubling October's figure.

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8:03 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Spiked Red Bull Leads to M&Ms on Oklahoma Road

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VINITA, Okla. (AP) — Police say a truck driver who spiked his Red Bull with liquor wrecked his rig on a northeastern Oklahoma highway, spilling M and M candies, hair products and baby wipes across the road.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Bertram says the driver was arrested on a complaint of drunken driving after the accident early Friday on U.S. 60 west of Vinita. The wreck triggered crashes involving another tractor-trailer rig and a pickup truck and prompted police to close an 11-mile stretch of the highway.

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1:50 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Neighborhoods Department Could Benefit From Public Safety Funding Proposal

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The City of Tulsa’s Working In Neighborhoods department may stand to benefit if Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s public safety funding proposal becomes a reality.

City councilors asked department head Dwayne Midget which functions impact public safety.

"Such things as investigating nuisances, zoning complaints, dilapidated structures and demolition [or] rehab of these dilapidated structures, drug house investigation, property maintenance, livability standards and rehab of properties with livability standards, and animal welfare and control," Midget said.

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1:42 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Salvation Army Gets a Few Surprises in Its Kettles

Salvation Army Maj. Jim Taylor holds the gold coins found in donation kettles Thursday night: Three $20 American coins from 1880 and one Krugerrand.
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It’s happened again — the Salvation Army gets a Christmastime gold coin donation in its kettles.

Maj. Jim Taylor says during collections last night, they found a folded and taped $2 bill. Inside was a gold $20 U.S. coin from 1880.

"Then as we continued to count the money that was in the other kettles, we pulled out two more $20, 1880 coins, also wrapped in $2 bills," Taylor said. "Then, later in the evening, in a plastic container, we pulled out the Krugerrand."

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11:41 am
Fri December 19, 2014

2 Dead in Explosion, Fire at Oklahoma Oil Rig

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COALGATE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma officials say two people have died of injuries suffered during an explosion and fire at an oil rig in the southeastern corner of the state.

The state Medical Examiner's office identified the dead as 26-year-old Gary Keenen of Ada and 27-year-old Kelsey Bellah of Tulsa.

Television stations KTEN in Ada and KWTV in Oklahoma City reported that the explosion occurred early Friday at a rig about 2 miles west of Coalgate. The area is 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

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7:02 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Texas Teenagers Arrested at Sapulpa Motel

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SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma authorities have arrested two Texas teenagers wanted in the fatal shooting of a 66-year-old woman.

Sapulpa police say the 17-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy surrendered without incident Thursday night at a motel. Authorities say they tracked the pair by using the victim's credit card.

The Lamar County, Texas, Sheriff's Office says the victim was found Thursday at a home near Paris, Texas. They say her cards and car had been stolen. The district attorney has issued warrants for the teens, who will be extradited back to Texas.

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6:58 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Ex-Tulsa Officer Ordered to Trial for Murder of Daughter's Boyfriend

Shannon Kepler
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Tulsa police officer has been ordered to stand trial on a charge that he killed his daughter's boyfriend.

The Tulsa World reported that a judge on Thursday bound 54-year-old Shannon Kepler over for trial on a first-degree murder charge, along with two counts of shooting with intent to kill.

Police say Kepler shot Jeremey Lake to death last August. Prosecutors say Kepler also fired shots at his own daughter, Lisa Kepler, and Lake's brother. Lisa Kepler had recently been kicked out of her house.

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6:56 am
Fri December 19, 2014

2 States Challenge Colorado Marijuana Legalization

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday that the states are seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing a measure that was approved by voters in 2012. Bruning says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is also a party to the lawsuit.

The complaint alleges that Colorado's Amendment 64 runs afoul of federal law.

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