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Voters living in five Tulsa County school districts are being asked to go to the polls Tuesday for school bond and school board elections.

Bixby residents will vote on the district's largest bond issue ever. Of the $142.4 million at stake, $139 million is for school renovations and three entirely new schools. District spokeswoman Dee Harris said they built the ninth-grade center during the district’s last bond issue.

"That building was pretty much full when we moved in," Harris said. "It's going to be a bad situation if the bond does not pass."

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Forecasters say much of Oklahoma is at a high risk for wildfires on Monday, particularly in the southwestern part of the state.  
 A red flag warning is in effect from noon until 6 p.m. Monday for nine counties in southwest Oklahoma. The National Weather Service says the Oklahoma Forestry Services requested the red flag warning for the area on Monday because of gusty winds and low humidity.  
 Forecasters say any fires that develop will likely spread quickly, and outdoor burning is discouraged.  

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy charged with second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man is due in court.

The hearing on Monday is expected to be the last for ex-Tulsa County Sheriff's Office volunteer deputy Robert Bates before his April 18 trial.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Freedom of Information Oklahoma is accepting nominations for its annual awards program which recognizes individuals and organizations that promote the First Amendment.


TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say a man who was shot outside a Tulsa bar has died and that a suspect who was arrested for the shooting will be charged with murder.

Sergeant Dave Walker says 27-year-old Nathan Brooker died Sunday after being shot several times during an argument outside Mama T's Big Easy on Saturday.

Walker says a suspect in the shooting was arrested for shooting with intent to kill and the charge will be upgraded to murder.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thousands of Oklahoma state employees received pay raises last year and thousands more were hired despite warnings of an approaching budget shortfall and a personnel freeze ordered by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The Oklahoman reports in a copyright story that the freeze included exceptions when justification could be shown.


KETCHUM, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say four members of one family have died in a fire at a home in northeastern Oklahoma.

Assistant state Fire Marshal Sam Schaffnitt told reporters that the victims of the early Sunday morning are a 66-year-old woman, her son who was in his 30s, and her 12- and 14-year-old grandchildren. No names were immediately released.

Schaffnitt said the four lived in a mobile home north of Ketchum and that the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived about 1:30 a.m.

In the local news:

  • The budget shortfall with further hamper the delivery of mental health services.
  • A mobile home fire at Ketchum kills four.
  • C-Diff is diagnosed in a BA student.