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9:47 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Missouri Man Dies after Being Run Over by Train in Oklahoma

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FAIRLAND, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Missouri man was killed when he was run over by a train that he apparently had fallen off of near Fairland.

The OHP said Saturday that 33-year-old Jesse Lloyd Bingaman of Springfield, Missouri, was found lying between two sets of tracks after being spotted by the crew of a train headed east.

The patrol says it appears Bingaman had been riding on a westbound train that had passed through the area earlier and that he apparently fell off and underneath the westbound train.

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9:39 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Father, Son Escape Injury when Boat Explodes on Lake Texoma

Lake Texhoma
Credit Lake-Texhoma.net

DURANT, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a man and his young son escaped injury when the boat they were on exploded on Lake Texoma in southern Oklahoma.

The OHP says 35-year-old Eric Henry and 2-year-oild Huck Henry — both from Caddo — were thrown from the vessel when it exploded in more than 40 feet of water on Friday afternoon.

The patrol says both were wearing flotation devices and were rescued from the water by another boater.

Investigators say the cause of the explosion has not been determined.

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9:36 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Oklahoma Measles Patient Went Through Will Rogers Airport

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A person in Oklahoma with measles traveled through Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and may have exposed others to the virus.

The state Health Department said Friday the infected person lives in Stillwater and has the first confirmed case of measles in Oklahoma since 1997.

The airport said in a news release that the person was a passenger on a United Airlines Flight from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport that arrived at 9:30 p.m. on March 12th. The person went to the United baggage claim area.

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9:21 am
Sun March 29, 2015

2 Found Drowned after Pickup Pulled from Creek

Muskogee County
Credit KWGS News Map

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a man and a woman have been found drowned after a pickup truck was pulled from a creek in southern Muskogee County.

The OHP says 56-year-old Wade Kellogg of Fort Gibson and 63-year-old Emma Reece of Webbers Falls drowned in the apparent accident.

The patrol says the truck was discovered Friday and that one victim was found inside the pickup and the second was found downstream. Troopers did not reveal which victim was in the truck and which was in the water.

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Local & Regional
9:29 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Colorado Defends Pot Law Challenge by Oklahoma

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DENVER (AP) — Legal weed in Colorado isn't hurting its neighboring states. That's according to a Supreme Court filing Friday that marks the first time Colorado has defended legal marijuana in writing.

Colorado sent the argument to the nation's highest court as a defense against a lawsuit from Oklahoma and Nebraska, which have asked the court to stop pot regulation.

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9:26 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Oklahoma Oil Jobs Evaporating Because of Low Crude Price

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's mining and logging sector, which includes the oil and gas industry, lost an estimated 2,400 jobs in February as the state's overall jobless rate remained steady.

The Tulsa World reports that the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the job losses Friday. According to the OESC's chief economist, Lynn Gray, the job decline matches that of the worst month for the industry since 1990.

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Local & Regional
9:20 am
Sat March 28, 2015

University of Oklahoma Unveils Racist Chant Probe Findings

David Boren addressing reporters
Credit KGOU

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's president says members of a recently disbanded fraternity apparently learned a racist chant during a cruise four years ago sponsored by the fraternity's national leadership.

OU President David Boren said Friday that the school interviewed more than 160 people during its investigation into the racist chant by members of the school's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter. The chant was captured on video and posted online.

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Local & Regional
9:18 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Superintendent: No Development Credits for Teacher Rally

Joy Hofmiester
Credit Department of Education

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is warning school districts that teachers will not be able to receive professional development credit for attending an education rally Monday at the Capitol.

In a letter to Hofmeister on Friday, Attorney General Scott Pruitt wrote that districts are prohibited from using any professional development funds from the Legislature on programs that aren't approved by the Board of Education.

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Local & Regional
9:13 am
Sat March 28, 2015

KWGS Honored By Oklahoma Broadcasters

KWGS' John Durkee and Matt Trotter
Credit Kendall Griffith

The University of Tulsa's KWGS radio was honored Friday evening with two "Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting" Awards from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.  The awards were presented at the end of the Association's annual convention in Oklahoma City.

KWGS reporter Matt Trotter was cited for his coverage of the botched execution of Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett at the state prison at McAlester, while KWGS news director and Morning Edition local host John Durkee was honored for a feature on the works of the Tulsa Salvation Army.

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12:03 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Chief of Staff Named for Oklahoma Department of Education

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has announced the selection of a retired Oklahoma National Guard lieutenant colonel as chief of staff for the state Department of Education.

Hofmeister on Friday announced the appointment of Lance Nelson of Stillwater to the post and said he began working at the department on Monday.

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