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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The mother of an infant and her boyfriend have been charged with child neglect following the child's death.

The Tulsa World reports that 23-year-old Anna Marie Hyden and 52-year-old Kevin Lee Crawford were charged on Friday in connection with the death of Hyden's 6-month-old son, Arrow Hyden.

Authorities responded to reports of an infant apparently in cardiac arrest on January 16th. The infant was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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OWASSO, Okla. (AP) — A suspended Owasso police officer accused of striking a motorist with a shotgun has entered a not guilty plea to a felony count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

The Tulsa World reports that 50-year-old Lieutenant Michael Dwain Denton entered the plea on Friday in Nowata County District Court.

Denton is charged in connection with the June 14th arrest of Cody Mathews of Glenpool. Mathews was apprehended just south of Nowata following a multicounty high-speed pursuit by authorities.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The suspect in a robbery in which an Oklahoma bank president was fatally shot had been released from a Texas prison by mistake.

The Oklahoman reports that records show Cedric Norris had been allowed to leave the Texas prison in March 2012 despite still needing to complete prison sentences of 60 years and 10 years in Oklahoma.

Norris died during a shootout with police following the robbery Thursday at the Bank of Eufaula in eastern Oklahoma.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers have more than 3,400 measures to consider when the 2016 session begins on Feb. 1, and that doesn't include dozens more bills that will be needed to build a state budget with a roughly $1 billion hole in it.

A total of 1,725 new House and Senate bills and resolutions were filed by a key legislative deadline last week on a wide variety of topics. There are another 1,700 bills that remain active from the 2015 session.

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The winter storm along the eastern seaboard is not having much impact on flights leaving Tulsa. However, if you are headed east, and have a connecting flight, into say Washington,  New York or Boston you could be marooned.

You are advised the carry a change of closes and needed medication in a carry-on bag, just in case you get stranded at a distant airport.

You can check the latest Tulsa in and outbound flights right here

LANGSTON, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State University Board of Regents has approved a gift from the Leon Polk Smith Foundation that will bring the influential work of an Oklahoma-born artist to the OSU Museum of Art.

The foundation is donating more than 750 works on paper to the art museum. The gift was formally accepted Friday during the board's meeting in Langston.


HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 13 this week to 637.

The Houston firm said Friday 510 rigs sought oil and 127 explored for natural gas amid depressed energy prices. A year ago, 1,633 rigs were active.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas declined by seven rigs, while Kansas and New Mexico dropped by two each. Oklahoma's rig count was unchanged.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal jury in Oklahoma has found two Los Angeles men guilty of drug charges that carry possible sentences of life in prison.

Acting Oklahoma City U.S. Attorney Mark A. Yancey says 23-year-old gang member Wesley Tavion Grant and 20-year-old community college student Larenzo Montel Gabourel were convicted Friday of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute PCP.

Yancey says Grant was also convicted of distribution of PCP, and Gabourel was found guilty of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A deputy commissioner for the state's mental health agency has been tapped as the new executive director of the Office of Juvenile Affairs.

OJA spokeswoman Paula Christiansen says the agency's governing board voted Friday to offer the position to Steven Buck for a salary of $150,000. Buck has served since 2007 as the deputy commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

He will replace T. Keith Wilson, who resigned as agency director effective December 31st.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections' former director has testified again before a multicounty state grand jury that is investigating problems with the state's last two scheduled executions.

Robert Patton testified for about 90 minutes Thursday. He first testified on Oct. 21.