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8:53 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Official: Oklahoma Beheading Suspect a Bit 'Weird'

Oklahoma City Muslims protested the Islamic State and beheadings the week prior to the incident at Vaughn Foods.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A spokesman for an Oklahoma City Islamic group says a man accused of beheading one woman and attacking another at a food processing plant from which he was fired was seen as "a little odd" and "a little weird" by those who attended the same mosque he did.

Saad Mohammed, director of information for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, said Saturday that 30-year-old Alton Nolen began worshipping at one of the group's mosques in May and that he has seen him there several times since.

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8:44 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Oklahoma Can Learn from Developing World Practices

The water tower in Norman
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An environmental researcher says Oklahoma could benefit by learning how developing countries address water security issues as demand grows and scientists warn of drier years ahead.

The Oklahoman reports that Jim Chamberlain, staff researcher at the University of Oklahoma's Water Technologies for Emerging Regions Center, spoke Friday at the center's annual Water Symposium.

Chamberlain says the water situation in Oklahoma has more in common with that in the developing world than might be obvious.

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8:42 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Underdog Dorman Seeks Name ID in Governor's Race

Joe Dorman leaving his office at the state capitol
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Eager to boost his name recognition in an uphill race for Oklahoma governor, Democratic state Representative Joe Dorman will take any publicity he gets — even from an attack ad launched by opposing forces.

The Republican Governors Association began airing ads on major network stations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa last week as part of a more than $200,000 ad buy hammering Dorman as "liberal Joe" and linking Dorman to President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

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4:13 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

4 Dead in Oklahoma Bus Crash

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released the names of the four members of a North Texas community college women's softball team who died when a tractor trailer collided with their bus. The crash occurred Friday night on Interstate 35 south of Davis, Oklahoma, which is about 70 miles south of Oklahoma City. According to the report released Saturday, three women remain hospitalized in Oklahoma City and Norman.

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9:21 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident in Tulsa

The intersection of 71st and Harvard in South Tulsa.
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An 82-year-old woman is dead after making a left turn in front of two cars apparently involved in some sort of road rage incident in South Tulsa.

The crash took place yesterday afternoon near 71st and South Harvard. Tulsa Police closed 71st Street as officers investigated the incident and took crime scene measurements. Authorities believe speed was a factor in the crash.

Killed was Emma Jean Bennett. The driver that hit Bennett's car was hospitalized.

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9:10 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Fallin Teams Up with Durant for Fit-Kid Event

Governor Fallin and Kevin Durant
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is teaming up with NBA star Kevin Durant as part of an initiative to battle childhood obesity

The Republican governor and Durant danced Friday before hundreds of Oklahoma students, parents and teachers on the north steps of the state Capitol to launch the governor's Get Fit Challenge.

A 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control shows Oklahoma is one of about ten states in which about 12 percent of children are obese. That's a decline from Oklahoma's ranking of 17 percent in 2011.

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9:04 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Another Call for Superintendent Barresi to Resign

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The president of the Oklahoma PTA has joined in calling for the resignation of state school Superintendent Janet Barresi.

Jeffery Corbett said Friday that Barresi "has continued to erode the relationship between the State Department of Education and the school boards, administrators, teachers and parents of Oklahoma's public schools."

Corbett's call comes a day after State Board of Education member Leo Baxter and Republican state Representative Jason Smalley both called for Barresi to resign.

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8:59 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Suspect in Workplace Beheading has Criminal Record

Alton Nolan
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MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Prison records indicate that the man suspected of beheading a co-worker at an Oklahoma food processing plant had spent time in prison and was on probation for assaulting a police officer.

Police say 30-year-old Alton Nolen is accused of stabbing two women Thursday at Vaughan Foods in Moore, an Oklahoma City suburb. One woman was killed, her head severed. The other is hospitalized.

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3:09 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Support Builds for Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility

M.e.t. Director Michael Patton presented an idea this week for a permanent hazardous household waste facility to a trash board committee and an area emergency planning committee.
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M.e.t. Director Michael Patton is gaining support early in a push for a permanent household hazardous waste facility in Tulsa.

Patton said one could be built for around $4 million. TARE board Chairman Paul White said it would allow citizens to dispose of chemicals and other waste year-round rather than every six months at collection events.

"I would definitely support the concept — we need to look at the specifics of a proposal and make sure it's affordable and doable, but as a concept, I'm fully supportive of it," White said.

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11:56 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Year-End Tests in Oklahoma Could Be in Jeopardy

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A delay by Oklahoma education officials in selecting a testing vendor could leave tens of thousands of high school students in the lurch if they're unable to complete end-of-instruction exams this winter.

Some school administrators worried Friday that there's no time left to solicit bids for a new vendor and even if one is approved, teachers won't have enough time to train on a new system.

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