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A magnitude 3.8 earthquake has been recorded near Fairview in northwestern Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the earthquake was recorded at 12:13 p.m. Wednesday 19 miles northwest of Fairview, about 95 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management says there have been no reports of injury or damage.

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A new federal study shows the number of Oklahomans without health insurance has fallen by 6 percent since 2010, but the state still has one of the highest percentages of uninsured residents in the country.

The study released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau shows 13.9 percent of Oklahomans went uninsured in 2015, down from 18.9 percent in 2010. The decline means an additional 192,000 Oklahomans received health insurance coverage over the five-year period.

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 A former band instructor at Union Public Schools has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison after he admitted exchanging sexually explicit photos with a 12-year-old girl in Canada.

Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old James Russell Wilson of Tulsa was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in June to one count of receiving child pornography. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped charges of sexual exploitation of a child, possession of child pornography and transfer of obscene materials to a minor.

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Health officials say four cases of mumps have been confirmed this week in Garfield County and at least 34 more suspected cases are under investigation.

A statement issued Wednesday night by the State Department of Health says those affected range in age from less than 1 to 41 years old.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley says if parents observe symptoms of mumps in their child, the child should be kept at home for five days from the time the symptoms first appear.

Murder in Owasso; 1st of 2016

Sep 15, 2016
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Owasso records its first homicide of 2016. One man is dead and another is in jail this Thursday. 

Police in Owasso say they were called to a home near 112th Street and North Garnett just after midnight. When officers arrived, the found a man in the home had been stabbed to death.

Police canvassed the area and took 60-year-old David Ellis into custody. Police say Ellis is the only suspect in the case.

The victim's name has not been released.

In the local news:

  • A new sports complex could get help from the city.
  • Owasso has its first murder of the year.
  • The Mumps are back... at least in Garfield County.
City of Tulsa

Tulsa school districts in line for $10 million in Vision funding are changing their minds about the program it will support.

Jenks, Union and Tulsa Public Schools representatives are no longer envisioning the "live" component of the teacher recruitment program that came to be known as "Teach, Live T-Town."

"There were discussions back before the vote about the possibility of a teacher town or teacher village, which would be a redevelopment project," said City Manager Jim Twombly.

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City officials appear set to spend more than half a million dollars to improve access to a recently announced southwest Tulsa sports complex.

City councilors will consider using $550,000 in Improve Our Tulsa funds for work on 71st Street to benefit the Titan Sports and Performance Center. Plans for the 60-acre complex near Tulsa Hills only have an entrance on 81st Street, which is prone to flooding.

Titan Sports board member Danny Christner said they always wanted 71st Street access because of how many people may use the sports complex.

Election Boards Impersonated in New Email Phishing Scam

Sep 14, 2016
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Do not be fooled. If you receive and email from an Oklahoma State Election Board official containing a link, do not click on it.

Multiple Oklahomans have reported receiving emails impersonating state or county election boards. The emails claim the recipient's voter information needs updating or verifying, with a link leading to a malicious website.

Do not open any unsolicited emails claiming to be an election official. All communications regarding necessary changes to voter information are sent by U.S. mail, not via email.


A delay in approving new execution procedures means no lethal injections in Oklahoma for at least two years since the last execution. Opponents of the death penalty are glad to see the delay, but want the larger question of should the state still be implementing executions at all answered. Brady Henderson is Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. He says a hiatus in executions should help opponents get the word out about why the death penalty should be eliminated in Oklahoma.