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A man charged in the fatal shooting of another man in Tulsa has been found guilty.

21-year-old Keelan McDuffie was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Jorge Zuniga. A jury has recommended a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Authorities say Zuniga was found dead in a wrecked vehicle with a gunshot wound on March 7, 2015 outside the St. Thomas Square apartment complex.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law a bill that expands the use of an oil derived from marijuana.

Fallin on Friday signed the bill that expands the medically supervised use of cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating derivative of marijuana. Supporters say the oil effectively treats people who experience epileptic seizures. Previously, its use was limited to children under 18. The bill Fallin signed removes the age restriction.

It also allows its use to treat spasticity due to multiple sclerosis, paraplegia and symptoms of chronic wasting disease.

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There’s renewed interest in putting Tulsa’s utility lines underground, but it will take a lot of work.

To start, nothing requires utility companies to work together. So, if Cox gets a right of way to bury its lines, it doesn’t have to let AT&T in later.

"It does encourage operators to share underground and overhead facilities, but it does note in there that leasing of that space is really between those parties," said Streets and Stormwater Director Terry Ball, referring to city ordinances.

Contested plans for a CVS at 15th and Utica got initial approval this week from Tulsa’s city council.

Developers have made substantial changes to bring the site more in line with a small area plan covering the intersection.

"Some of the neighbors still don't feel like it's gone far enough, and I think especially two of the three planning commissioners that dissented in the motion to recommend approval really expressed those same concerns," said INCOG Director of Land Development Services Susan Miller.

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A judge has delayed until next month a hearing to determine who should pay for an expert witness for the defense of woman charged with crashing into a crowd at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade and killing four people.

The judge on Friday requested more information before ruling on whether the state should pay for a psychologist for Adacia Chambers.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for June 1. Chambers has pleaded not guilty to four counts of second-degree murder and 42 counts of assault and battery in the Oct. 24 crash.

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A Midwest City man charged with murder and kidnapping in the 1997 disappearance of an 8-year-old girl has waived his preliminary hearing.

Anthony Palma waived the hearing Friday and formal arraignment was scheduled for June 24.

The 57-year-old Palma was arrested in October and charged with kidnapping and killing Kirsten Hatfield. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Pope Francis has named David Konderla as the bishop-elect for the Diocese of Tulsa.

Konderla will replace Bishop Edward Slattery, who is retiring after turning 75 last August.

The 55-year-old Konderla is expected to be ordained and installed in late June as the fourth bishop of Tulsa. Konderla is a native of Bryan, Texas, and has served at parishes in Austin, Temple, Houston and College Station.

He entered the seminary in 1985 and was ordained in 1995.

 

 

 Oklahoma lawmakers have moved forward on proposed revenue increases that would plug one-tenth of the state's estimated $1.3 billion shortfall in next year's budget.

Two joint committees passed bills intended to alleviate next year's budget situation by eliminating $97.3 million in state income tax deductions, cutting $29 million in tax credits and raising $15 million by issuing new license plates. The measures now head to the House and Senate floors for final consideration.

In the local news:

  • Solar Impulse 2 lands in Tulsa.
  • lawmakers find $274 million toward filling a $1.3 billion hole.
  • A City Councilor questions cuts at the 911 center after votes approved more staffing.
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 A solar-powered airplane has made it to Oklahoma on the latest leg of its around-the-world journey.

The aircraft touched down at Tulsa International Airport around 11:15 p.m. Thursday.

The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 had taken off from Phoenix Goodyear Airport around 3 a.m. Next, the plane is expected to make at least one more stop in the U.S. before crossing the Atlantic to Europe or Africa.

View video of the landing.

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