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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal courthouse in Oklahoma City is to be dedicated next week to honor the longest sitting judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Oklahoma.

The February 12th ceremony for Judge William J. Holloway, Junior will be held in the ceremonial courtroom of the renamed courthouse.

Holloway died in April 2014 after suffering from a short respiratory illness. He was 90.

President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Holloway to the 10th Circuit in 1968. Holloway served as chief judge from 1984 to 1991 and attained senior status in 1992.


TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Ten candidates vying to become Tulsa County's next sheriff will meet in several debates scheduled throughout February.

Nine Republicans and one Democrat candidate are in the race. The winner will become the county's fourth sheriff since ex-Sheriff Stanley Glanz was indicted by a grand jury in September.

The debates begin Sunday, when candidates will speak at a forum sponsored by the Tulsa chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The event starts at 2 p.m. in the Hardesty Regional Library.

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ADA, Okla. (AP) — A Florida-based technical support business says it's committed to creating 100 new jobs and preserving more than 150 positions held by employees at the company's Ada location.

Executives at iQor signed an agreement this week to expand the company's Oklahoma operations. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, the company provides business process outsourcing and product support services. It has 32,000 employees in 17 countries.

As part of the agreement, iQor extended its lease through 2021 for the building.

McAlester Public Schools

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The McAlester school board has fired the district's superintendent amid allegations she spent school money on personal items.

The McAlester News-Capital reports the panel said late Saturday that it was dismissing Marsha Gore because of violations of policy regarding credit card usage and personal spending. The vote was 4-0.

Attorney Bill Ervin, who represented the district, says "the evidence justified the board's decision." The newspaper says Gore and her attorney, Joe E. White, declined comment after the decision.

State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The power and frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma have been increasing, but the Legislature has done little to try to curb the temblors that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas drilling wastewater.

That could change this year, as angry residents have been packing town hall meetings and legislative hearings to call for state leaders to address the problem.

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MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — Seven earthquakes have rattled Oklahoma, including a 3.8-magnitude temblor that struck near the town of Medford.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the 3.8 quake hit Saturday around 2:40 p.m. Four of the seven quakes occurred near the town of Langston and had magnitudes of 3.5, 3.2, 2.9 and 2.6

The final two hit Saturday near the towns of Perry and Cherokee.

No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A 17-year-old and a 19-year-old have been charged with first-degree murder after police say they attempted to retaliate against people who robbed marijuana from them.

The Norman Transcript reports that Anthony Bing Alexander Mundell and a 17-year-old were charged Thursday in the death of 41-year-old Kenneth Keeling on December 14th.

Court documents say the pair told a friend they found the people who they thought robbed them. Mundell told police their friend started shooting in the people's direction.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court has affirmed the life prison sentence for a 38-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder for the beating death of his 78-year-old grandmother.

The Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Friday in the case of Antione Jermaine Jackson. Jackson was convicted by a Tulsa County jury of the January 29th, 2013 death of his grandmother, Arlevia Jackson.

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CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) — A former Lincoln County judge has pleaded guilty to embezzling money from his private legal clients.

Records indicate former Associate District Judge Craig S. Key pleaded guilty Friday to 24 counts in 11 cases. Key was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of probation. He also must pay more than $527,000 in restitution.

Key was indicted by Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury in 2013 for stealing cattle and a trailer and embezzling from his clients. He worked as an attorney before surrendering his law license after being indicted.

Lankford's office

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma will be a featured speaker next month at an annual gathering of conservatives in suburban Washington.

The first-term Republican from Edmond has been invited to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC. The event is March 2nd through 5th in National Harbor, Maryland.

He will join several GOP presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.