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8:59 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Cancer Group Seeks Tanning Spa Restrictions

Tanning bed in use
Credit Wikipedia

The American Cancer Society will try to persuade Oklahoma lawmakers next year to pass a law prohibiting minors under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning facilities.

Paula James Warlick, Oklahoma grassroots manager of the ACS Cancer Action Network, said passage of a tanning salon bill is at the top of the organization’s legislative priority list for 2014.

A bill that would have required parental consent for tanning salon customers under the age of 18 was passed by the Oklahoma Senate in 2013. But it failed to win House approval.

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8:51 am
Sat October 25, 2014

'Devil Made Me Do It!' Man Confesses To Destroying Momument

Governor Fallin meets with reporters near the monument site.
Credit Chris Benge-Facebook

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal authorities have detained a man who they say admitted to driving a car into a disputed Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building, smashing it to pieces.

Secret Service agent David Allison says the man was detained Friday after he showed up at a federal building in Oklahoma City, rambling and making derogatory statements about the president.

Allison says the man admitted to destroying the monument and claimed Satan told him to do it.

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8:46 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Father of Country Star Reba McEntire Dies

Clark McEntire 1927-2014
Credit Susie McEntire-Facebook

COALGATE, Okla. (AP) — The father of country music star Reba McEntire has died in Oklahoma.

A post on the singer's verified Twitter account Friday says Clark McEntire passed away Thursday night in Coalgate.

The director of Brown's Funeral Service in nearby Atoka confirmed the death, saying McEntire had been in declining health since suffering a stroke a few years ago. He was 86.

A post on the country star's Instagram account says her father was "born and bred a cowboy," and she's thankful he's no longer suffering.

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8:29 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Oklahoma Court Resets Execution Dates for 2015

The Oklahoma State Prison at McAlester
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma court has rescheduled the execution dates of three death row inmates until 2015 after the state said they needed more time to secure the necessary drugs and train the execution team on new protocols.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday reset the execution date for Charles Warner to Jan. 15, Richard Eugene Glossip to Jan. 29, and John Marion Grant to Feb. 19. The court also on Friday set the execution date for a fourth inmate — Benjamin Robert Cole — on March 5.

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8:27 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Sweat Attacks Lawyer, Then Gets Life

Kevin Sweat
Credit OSBI

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors say an Oklahoma inmate attacked his attorney with a razorblade moments before he was to be sentenced in the killings of two young girls and his fiancee.

District Attorney Max Cook says Kevin Sweat somehow smuggled the weapon into the courthouse in Okemah, about 70 miles east of Oklahoma City. He says the attorney only suffered "slight" wounds to the neck in Friday's attack and that he wasn't taken to a hospital.

The attack caused a delay of about an hour.

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11:37 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Driver Breaks All 10 Commandments at Once

Credit State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating after a driver crashed into a monument of the 10 Commandments at the state capitol.

"This person or persons drove onto the capitol grounds, struck the monument — destroying it — and then fled the scene," said Capt. George Brown.

It happened around 7 p.m. Thursday, and the suspect left the car on the north lawn. OHP has the car in impound.

Brown said anyone with information that could lead to an arrest should contact local authorities or call OHP's public affairs office at 405-425-7709.

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8:50 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In Tulsa local news:

  • TPD tells the city's public safety task force they need more officers — but aren't sure how many more.
  • Oklahoma's first flu cases of the season are confirmed.
  • Candidate Joe Dorman calls out Gov. Mary Fallin on raises for state executives.
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7:04 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Broken Arrow PD Captures Prison Escapee

Broken Arrow Police find and arrest a state prison escapee.

An officer questioned a man and a woman in a vehicle stopped in a hotel parking lot at 2600 N Aspen Ave. around 6:45 a.m. Thursday.

The man initially gave a false name, but a second officer identified him as Robert Schesny. Schesny was reported as a Department of Corrections escapee from the Union City correctional facility.

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6:55 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Public Employee Retirement System Names New Director

OKLAHOMA CITY — The governing board of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System has selected a longtime attorney as its new executive director.

The board of trustees for OPERS on Thursday named Joseph Fox as its new executive director effective Nov. 1. Fox is the longtime general counsel for OPERS and has been serving as interim executive director.

Fox is filling a vacancy left after Tom Spencer resigned to become the director of the Oklahoma Teachers' Retirement System.

Fox previously served as legal counsel for the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Local & Regional
6:53 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Chickasaw Tribe, State Sign License Plate Compact

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin sign the license plate compact.
Credit Chickasaw Nation

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin and Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby have announced a compact between the state and the tribe for Chickasaw Nation license plates to members of the tribe.

The compact says Chickasaw tags will be sold exclusively at state-licensed tag agencies in Oklahoma. Chickasaws who want to purchase the tags will present their Chickasaw Nation citizenship card and pay the same fees and taxes as any other Oklahoman for a tag.

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