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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The police shootings of unarmed black men in Tulsa and Ferguson, Missouri, played a role in this year's changes to Oklahoma's Open Records Law regarding the public's access to police videos.

The Legislature had amended the law in 2014 to give the public access to videos from dashboard cameras, with certain exceptions.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A July survey suggests there will be slow to no economic growth over the next three to six months in nine Midwest and Plains states.

A survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index slumped to 50.6 in July from 53.0 in June.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says businesses tied to agriculture and energy "continue to report pullbacks in economic activity, and this is spilling over into the broader regional economy."

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PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — The Osage Nation is closer to opening its first ever tribally-managed health care facility.

The transition from the federally managed Pawhuska Indian Healthcare Center to tribal governance of the facility begins October 1st.

Tribal officials say the self-governance model allows American Indian nations to determine the types of services they want to offer and full management and quality control.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge has entered not guilty pleas for two brothers charged with stabbing their parents and three siblings to death at their Oklahoma home last month.

Eighteen-year-old Robert Bever and his 16-year-old brother, Michael, appeared in court Monday via video.

A judge entered not guilty pleas on their behalf and scheduled an Oct. 28 preliminary hearing.

Lawyers for the two declined comment, saying it was too early to talk about the case.

In the local news:

  • The Bever boys head to court this morning for killing their family at Broken Arrow.
  • A proposed federal transportation bill could impact Oklahoma banks.
  • A traffic crash in west Tulsa County kills an Owasso man.

Boat Wreck on Lake Keystone

Aug 2, 2015
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A woman is taken by medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital following a late evening boat wreck on Keystone Lake.  The crash took place near the Pier 51 Marina.

One boat was stopped in the water when another boat crashed into it.  The woman was in the stalled boat. Her injuries could prove to be fatal. She is believed to be in her early 20s.

The man driving the stalled boat was arrested for intoxication. The OHP Marine Division is handling the investigation.

City of Broken Arrow

Oklahoma suburb searching for answers after fatal stabbings

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — More than a week after five members of a family were stabbed to death, neighbors in a quiet Tulsa suburb are still coming to grips with how such brutality could happen here.

Some here are also trying to recall any signs that might have pointed to the July 22nd rampage, which left David and April Bever and three of their young children dead.

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The Oklahoma Mesonet weather network reports much of the state saw above-average rainfall in July. Coming on the heels of the second-wettest spring on record, the extra rainfall has put the state on track to break a 58-year-old record for the most rain in a single year.

The Oklahoman reports that as of Friday, Oklahomans saw a statewide average of 5.78 inches of rain in July, nearly 3 inches more than usual. Oklahoma state climatologist Gary McManus says that puts the month in the top 10 wettest Julys on record.

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MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — An earthquake has shaken parts of northern Oklahoma near the Kansas border.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 3:28 p.m. about 11 miles south-southwest of Medford in Grant County. Medford is located about 85 north of Oklahoma City and 17 miles south of the Kansas border.

Geologists say the temblor occurred at a depth of about three miles.

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EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation says agents have arrested a Checotah police officer on a complaint of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud.

The OSBI says 35-year-old K9 Officer Matthew Benton LaMasters was arrested on Friday following an investigation by the OSBI and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

Investigators say the chief of the Checotah Police Department asked OSBI to investigate the disappearance of drugs about a month ago.