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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police believe a man arrested at a protest of recent police-involved shootings wanted to cause mass panic using eight smoke bombs he was carrying in a bag.

Police spokesman Capt. Paco Balderrama said Monday that 24-year-old Brandon Lara was arrested Sunday on felony counts of attempting a terrorism hoax and possessing an explosive or incendiary device. Police also cited misdemeanor counts of disturbing the peace and being masked or disguised in public.

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A mobile exhibit featuring black history artifacts dating from slavery to present day is in Tulsa this week.

Around 150 pieces of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum’s 5,000 artifact collection are on display at the Greenwood Cultural Center through Saturday. Museum founder Khalid El-Hakim said there are important civil rights figures other than Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Junior and Malcolm X.

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EMSA had an unexpectedly busy weekend, and not just because of the heat.

They were called to respond to a Denver-bound Delta flight from Atlanta diverted to Tulsa International when several passengers felt ill.

EMSA spokesman Adam Paluka said they evaluated everyone on board — 152 people — and were ready for such an incident.

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Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett is overseas this week banging the drum for Tulsa’s aviation industry.

His first stop is near London for one of the world’s biggest air shows.

"What's interesting is there's a very, very large number of companies that manufacture and sell and operate drones, and that's a real, real up-and-coming business that we've been trying to get interest in coming to Tulsa," Bartlett said. "I think that that'll come and bear fruit here, one of these days."


A Tulsa bank on Brookside is robbed. Police Officer Jeannie MacKenzie says a man walked into the Bank of Oklahoma branch at 31st and Peoria Monday morning, implying he had a gun. The teller complied with his demands, and he fled the scene northbound. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a white male, late 30’s or early 40’s, 5’11” to 6’ tall, 175 to 185 pounds, wearing a ball cap, a dark short sleeve shirt, and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers.

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The average full-time college student spends around $1,300 a year on books and supplies, according to the College Board.

Tulsa Community College has joined a partnership to drastically reduce those costs for students.

TCC will use materials from OpenStax, a Rice University—based nonprofit. Associate professor Jennifer Kneafsey started using their textbooks last year and says the price difference for printed books is incredible.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A published report indicates that the Oklahoma attorney general's office is investigating a group of laboratories involved in the state's booming urine testing industry.

While not officially confirmed, documents obtained through an open records request show the agency's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is looking into some urine testing laboratories doing millions of dollars in business with Oklahoma health care providers.

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An advocacy group says an Oklahoma congressman who recently appeared to backtrack on a pledge to leave office after three terms already broke a promise he made five years ago to support an amendment calling for congressional term limits.

Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin signed the pledge in 2011 while campaigning for the 2nd Congressional District seat, promising to co-sponsor and vote for imposing limits.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of killing his mother and another person in Arkansas has been fatally shot by police in Oklahoma.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 40-year-old Andre Johnson was shot by police on Saturday in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, after leading officers on a car chase.

Robert Gentry, a spokesman for the Sevier County, Arkansas, sheriff's office, says Johnson had bailed out of his car and started shooting at law enforcement officers who pursued him. Gentry says Johnson died from his gunshot wounds.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A series of earthquakes has shaken parts of Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 2.8 magnitude temblor was recorded at 12:38 p.m. Sunday about seven miles south-southeast of Blanchard in Grady County in central Oklahoma. The earthquake was recorded at a depth of about five miles.

It was the second earthquake recorded near Blanchard on Sunday. The first occurred in the same area at about 2 a.m. at a depth of about three miles.