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Authorities say seven people have been injured in a flash fire at a Southeast Texas oil refinery.

It happened about 9 p.m. Friday at the Sunoco refinery, about 10 miles southeast of Beaumont, Texas.

A statement from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says four people were taken to hospitals by ambulance and three were taken by helicopter with burns. Deputy Marcus McLellan says there were no fatalities.

There's no word on what caused the flash fire, but the Sheriff's Office says there's no threat to the public.

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A lengthy Tulsa Police stand-off ends with the suspect arrested behind a tree at the Hardesty Library in South Tulsa.

Authorities say 61 year-old Stan Majors shot his neighbor Friday evening in the 9300 block of South 85th East Avenue. (southeast of 91st and Memorial). Police say the neighbor was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Police believed Majors retreated to his home. However, after several hours to trying to get him to come out, members of the department's Special Operations Team entered the house and found it to be empty.

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Multiple life prison sentences have been handed down to a 38-year-old man who was convicted in the deaths of four people, including a woman featured on the HBO series "Cathouse."

Oklahoma County District Judge Tim Henderson handed down the sentences Friday to Denny Edward Phillips.

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 Nearly a quarter-century after 14-year-old Tracy Pickett disappeared, her family is still waiting for closure.

The Joplin Globe reports that Thursday marked the 24th anniversary of Tracy's disappearance. The Joplin girl went to stay overnight at a friend's home in Webb City on Aug. 11, 1992, but never returned home.

Police believe Tracy was killed, and they think they know who did it. But her body was never found and police have been unable to find enough evidence to file charges.

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 Gov. Mary Fallin's top budget negotiator says he is working to develop several proposals for a teacher pay raise, including some plans that would not use a $140 million surplus that was left over at the end of the fiscal year.

Fallin's Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger said Friday that he's looking at several options for a teacher pay raise at or above $5,000 a year. Doerflinger says some of those proposals will use all or some of the $140.8 million surplus, but others will use none of it.

 

The US Geological Survey reports a 4.0 magnitude earthquake has stuck northwestern Oklahoma.

The USGS says the quake was recorded at 12:27 a.m., 12 miles northeast of Helena, about 85 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

There have been no reports of injury or damage.

The USGS says the earthquake was widely felt in central Oklahoma and as far north as Junction City, Kansas.

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It seems the City of Tulsa forgot something in its Vision plans.

Hiring 160 police officers and 65 firefighters with Vision funds will cost money besides their salaries, benefits and equipment — namely, ensuring city departments that directly support public safety can deal with 225 more employees.

Asset Management Director Mark Hogan estimated what he’d need to maintain 160 more vehicles a year: 1.6 additional technicians.

"I haven't figured out how to get a 0.6 technician yet, so that's maybe two people," Hogan said.

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Rogers County authorities say a man has been found shot to death along a road near Catoosa.

Sheriff's Maj. Coy Jenkins told reporters the body was found about 2 a.m. Friday just west of Catoosa.

Jenkins said it appears the man had been shot shortly before the body was found and that the body had several gunshot wounds.

Jenkins said there was no identification on the body and the man's identity was not immediately known. The body was sent to the state medical examiner's office.

 

TFD Gets Grant To Hire New Fire Fighters

Aug 12, 2016
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced this morning that the City of Tulsa has received a $2.7 million grant to hire 27 firefighters in the Tulsa Fire Department.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant is a FEMA administered, Department of Homeland Security program designed to increase the number of front-line, first responders in local communities.  

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Supporters of medical marijuana who want to let Oklahoma voters decide the issue in November say they aren't sure if they have the nearly 66,000 signatures they need to get the proposal on the ballot.

The group Oklahomans for Health dropped off several boxes of signatures late Thursday at the Secretary of State's office, hoping to qualify the petition for the ballot in November.

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