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Oklahoma Watch

So, you think you spend a lot for your medication?

Last year, the state of Oklahoma spent over $84-million on medication for inmates in the Oklahoma Department of Correction.  As in society, prison populations are aging.  Here in Oklahoma, 17% of the prison population is over the age of 50 and increasing annually.

Those older prisoners are costing the state more in medical expenses. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New research suggests the Oklahoma pharmacies that filled the most prescriptions for powerful painkillers for the state's Medicaid recipients weren't far from the counties with the most residents who died from those same drugs.

The Oklahoman newspaper reports the Oklahoma Health Care Authority crossed data from the medical examiner's office and its own system to see whether any trends existed.

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BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell ice cream is back.

Blue Bell Creameries has resumed selling its products in select locations Monday, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination.

Blue Bell ice cream is now available at stores in the Houston and Austin areas, including in the company's hometown of Brenham, plus parts of Alabama.

The company voluntarily recalled its products in April after they were linked to 10 listeria cases in four states, including three deaths in Kansas.


 CUSHING, Okla. (AP) _ The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the fatal shooting of a suspect by a Cushing police officer.  
 Authorities say in a statement that Cushing police officers were dispatched to the home around 3 a.m. Sunday on a report that an unwanted person was on the property.  
 When officers arrived, police say the suspect pulled out a handgun and pointed it at two people.  

 FORT GIBSON, Okla. (AP) _ A Tulsa man has drowned in Fort Gibson Lake after going under water and never resurfacing.  
 According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the body of 38-year-old David Villicana-Lopez was recovered around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say Villicana-Lopez jumped off a boat and into the lake shortly before 8 p.m. the day before.  
 According to troopers, witnesses say they saw the man struggle in the water, but attempts to rescue him were unsuccessful. 

In the local news:

  • Prison medical costs escalates as Baby Boomers gray behind bars.
  • A Tulsa man drowns at Fort Gibson.
  • Tulsa pushes to get the next generation of military jets stationed here.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Norman police say a man is hospitalized after being shot by an officer when the man pointed a hand gun at police.

Police say officers were called Saturday night to a home in far northeast Norman to investigate reports of a man with a gun who was threatening to kill people. Police say officers found a man outside the home and that an officer shot him one time when the man pointed a gun at an officer.

Police say the man was taken to a hospital in undisclosed condition.

The names of the man and the officer were not released.


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Police in Norman say a man who climbed the city's water tower and refused to come down for more than 5 hours, finally did come down and was hospitalized.

Lieutenant Brent Barbour says the man climbed down about 10 p.m. Friday and was not injured, but was being treated for heat exposure. The man's name was not released.

Police were called about 4:45 p.m. Friday when witnesses saw the man climbing the tower. Both Robinson Street and Flood Avenue in north Norman were closed while police and other agencies responded and talked with the man.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa are seeking a suspect in the shooting death of a man on the city's north side.

Police say the victim and the gunman were walking in opposite directions when they confronted each other and the gunman fired several times. Officers responding to the shooting found the 20-year-old victim with gunshot wounds and say he died later at a Tulsa hospital.

The name of the victim was not immediately released and police said they have only a sketchy description of the suspect.

State of Oklahoma

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and U.S. Representatives Jim Bridenstine and Markwayne Mullin were among those attending Requiem Mass for slain state Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

The service was held Saturday at Saint Monica's Catholic Church in Edmond.

Mourners began arriving before 8:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. service.

Costello was buried at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Edmond.

The 59-year-old Costello was stabbed to death last Sunday and his 26-year-old son — Christian Costello — is charged in the case.