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Oklahoma Watch

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federally funded report says Oklahoma is among the lowest of the 50 states and the District of Columbia in funding for mental health issues.

The report funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says Oklahoma spends $56.22 per capita on mental health — less than every state and D.C. except Kentucky, Idaho, Florida, Arkansas and Georgia.

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SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a woman who fled a stopped ambulance was killed when she was struck by a vehicle on the Sand Springs Expressway.

Troopers told reporters that 47-year-old Kelly Nails was being taken to a hospital Friday when she began fighting with paramedics and the driver of the Emergency Medical Services Authority ambulance stopped on the expressway, which is also U.S. Highway 412. Troopers say Nails jumped from the ambulance and ran across eastbound lanes, then was struck while in the westbound lanes of traffic.

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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 four to 838.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 640 rigs were seeking oil, 197 explored for natural gas and one was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, with oil prices about double the prices now, 1,931 rigs were active.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained one rig. Texas lost two rigs in this week's tally, while Arkansas, North Dakota and Oklahoma each lost one rig.

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HOUSTON (AP) — Texas prison officials are helping Virginia carry out a scheduled execution next week by providing that state with the lethal drug pentobarbital that corrections agencies nationwide have had difficulty obtaining.

The disclosure, confirmed Friday by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, has surfaced in court documents in an Oklahoma death penalty case.

Lawyers for Oklahoma inmate Richard Glossip also said in a federal court filing Thursday that Texas is "compounding or producing pentobarbital within its department for use in executions."

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge has rejected legal challenges to the state's Unclaimed Property Act and legislation that funded state government for the last three years.

District Judge Thomas Prince handed down the rulings Friday, rejecting allegations in lawsuits filed by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent that the actions were unconstitutional. Fent says he plans to appeal each ruling.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An abortion rights group has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of an Oklahoma anti-abortion law that goes into effect Nov. 1.

The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of Dr. Larry Burns of Norman, who performs nearly half of Oklahoma's abortions.

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says its agents joined federal and local law officers in making several arrests as part of an investigation into cocaine trafficking in the Lawton area.

OBN spokesman Mark Woodward says agents began making arrests at 6 a.m. Thursday of individuals facing charges including trafficking controlled dangerous substances. Woodward says Lawton police, the Comanche County Sheriff's Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the U.S. Marshal's Service joined in the operation.


Trump: NAFTA trade deal a 'disaster,' says he'd 'break' it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he wants to be able to slap tariffs on U.S. companies that choose to make their products overseas, and he's willing to violate existing trade deals to do it.

"I like free trade," Trump told people at an Oklahoma City rally Friday night. "The problem with free trade is you need smart negotiators on your side. When you have stupid people like we do, free trade's no good."

Tulsa Police Department

Tulsa Police gets the green light to try out a regional police academy.

Two recruits from Sand Springs will join 19 TPD recruits Monday at the Tulsa academy. Sand Springs Police Chief Mike Carter said budget cuts left the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training about a year behind in certifying cops itself.

"That really puts us in a bind because state law allows you to work a police officer for a certain amount of time before you actually get them certified, but we as an agency have a policy against that," Carter said.

City of Tulsa

Dozens of Tulsa government and community leaders meet to plan the city’s path to resiliency.

The city is part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program. Mayor Dewey Bartlett said that means planning for a vast array of contingencies.

"The normal disasters, but also things that probably aren't normal, like financial downfalls, ... immigration issues," Bartlett said. "It could be immunization problems, disease problems, lack of adequate supplies of energy, for example, or even food."