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McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A judge has ruled against an Oklahoma death row inmate whose attorneys were seeking to halt his upcoming execution for the 2002 killing of his 9-month-old daughter.

District Judge James Bland denied the request by Benjamin Cole's attorneys on Friday. They wanted Bland to order the prison warden to find that Cole is insane.

Cole's attorneys claim he's not sane enough to be executed. They are expected to appeal the judge's ruling to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.

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HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by eight to 877.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 675 rigs were seeking oil and 202 explored for natural gas. A year ago, with oil prices nearly double the prices now, 1,914 rigs were active.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained three rigs.

Louisiana lost six rigs, New Mexico was down by two and Colorado, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania each decreased by one.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say a woman has been found dead inside a car that was stopped on a city street on the city's east side, near 4th and Memorial.

Police say the body of 33-year-old Juanita Engarcia Ibarra was found shot to death Friday in the car by officers responding to reports of a woman injured in a car.

Police say Ibarra was not the owner of the car — but knew the owner. Officers say the owner has been questioned, but no arrests have been made. Police say it appears Ibarra was shot from outside the driver side door.

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YALE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a trooper shot and wounded a man who was leading officers on a chase that began in Pawnee County and ended in Noble County.

OHP Captain Paul Timmons says the trooper shot 40-year-old Brandon Wooten Thursday night while Wooten was driving a suspected stolen pickup truck on a county road at State Highway 15. Timmons says Wooten is hospitalized in Tulsa in stable condition after being shot an unknown number of times.

The trooper's name was not immediately released.

State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state lawmaker says he's withdrawing his request for an interim study on civil asset forfeiture laws in Oklahoma and instead plans a panel discussion on the issue.

Republican Sen. Kyle Loveless of Oklahoma City said Friday the study was scheduled to convene on Tuesday at the Tulsa Police Academy — a location that had drawn criticism from the public, committee members and the media. Instead, Loveless says he will host a panel discussion Tuesday at the State Capitol.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The widow of slain Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello has requested protective orders against their son, 26-year-old Christian Costello, and his girlfriend.

Oklahoma County court records indicate Cathy Costello asked a judge for protection from her son on Friday. She filed for a similar order against his girlfriend, 48-year-old Ginger R. Rogers, on Thursday.

Night Light Tulsa

City councilors resolved a permit problem Thursday threatening a weekly event to help the homeless.

Volunteers with Night Light Tulsa have gathered under a highway bridge at Maybelle Avenue and Brady Street for nearly two years, giving food and essentials like soap to the homeless. The organization started getting city permits a few months ago to establish a formal relationship.

September's permit was in jeopardy after the Oklahoma Department of Transportation took issue.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge in Tulsa has agreed to delay the trial of a former Tulsa County sheriff's deputy who's charged with sexually assaulting at least two women while he was on duty.

Gerald Nuckolls was to go on trial Monday on sexual battery and indecent exposure charges, but District Judge William LaFortune agreed Friday to postpone trial until Oct. 12 because of an illness in the defense attorney's family.

Nuckolls resigned from the sheriff's department shortly after his arrest. He's pleaded not guilty and declined to comment on the case Friday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request for a new hearing for an Oklahoma death row inmate scheduled to die next month.

The nation's highest court handed down the order Friday to 52-year-old Richard Eugene Glossip, who is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Sept. 16.

More Emergency Certification from the State

Aug 28, 2015
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The State School Board approves over 500 additional emergency teaching certificates in response to a teacher shortage across Oklahoma.

The certificates allow applicants who yet to completed basic higher education training to enter the classroom right away.

The board’s action follows its July meeting where it approved 182 certifications.