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Water has been restored at an Oklahoma prison that had to bring in bottled water for inmates to use after a line break nearly a week ago.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says water was fully restored late Friday at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy.

A pipe at the prison broke on June 25, leading the agency to import water for about 1,200 inmates to drink and giving them buckets of water to fill their toilets.

The agency also called in the Oklahoma National Guard and several emergency management agencies after the waterline break.

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 Authorities are investigating after a man remodeling a house north of Inola was killed when the structure's roof apparently collapsed and caused a chimney to fall on him.

Rogers County Sheriff's Office Lt. Robert Norman tells the Tulsa World the man was killed Saturday morning after a load-bearing wall was cut. Norman says the victim was working on a construction project inside the house.

Authorities haven't released the man's name.

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 A group supporting a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund education is asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to dismiss a challenge by an anti-tax group seeking to keep the proposal off the November ballot.

The Yes for SQ 779 campaign filed the brief Friday with the court. The group supports an initiative petition that would generate about $615 million annually for public education.

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 The state agency that oversees state lands for the benefit of public schools says it distributed a record $102 million to Oklahoma school districts during the most recent fiscal year.

Gov. Mary Fallin said Friday that the Commissioners of the Land Office passed the previous high of $97 million distributed to K-12 schools in 2015. Fallin chairs the commission.

The agency also distributed $32 million to Oklahoma colleges and universities during the fiscal year that ended Thursday.

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Oklahomans will be paying more for in fees at the courthouse, and lawbreakers will get squeezed for more court costs, under some of the dozens of new laws taking effect this week.

Some new education-related laws and bills implementing the new state-appropriated budget also are among the 60 bills passed by the Legislature that take effect on Friday.

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 An evacuation of the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office in Oklahoma City was lifted after a suspicious device found on a body was determined not to be a bomb or a threat.

Police Sgt. Gary Knight said the device found about 10:30 a.m. Friday appears to be a flare.

Knight said the body is that of a man killed in an auto crash Thursday. He said there are "a number of possibilities" how a flare would wind up with the body, but he didn't want to speculate on a specific scenario.

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An elderly Depew couple is killed in a crash on Highway 75  near the town on Winchester.  The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a car, driven by 82-year-old Alvin Cooper of Depew pulled out in front of an oncoming tractor trailer rig.

The impact closed the roadway at 241st West Avenue. 82-year-old Elvie Cooper was also killed in the crash. The truck driver was not injured.

Fire Out at GRDA Power Plant

Jul 2, 2016
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Lightning is to blame for a fire at the Grand River Dam Authority's power generation station just east of Chouteau.

Lightning hit a device that lubricates the turbines at the Highway 412 facility. That shut off  lubricants flowing to the turbine. The big motors kept turning and over heated. That, in turn, started the fire at the plant.

The GRDA says no one was injured and no one lost power because of the fire.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State investigators are looking into a possible case of voter registration fraud in Murray County.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown confirmed the investigation on Thursday, but declined to discuss details while it was ongoing.

She says the Murray County District Attorney's Office requested the probe last month

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Regents have approved increases in mandatory tuition and fees for the state's public colleges and universities.

The panel voted unanimously on Thursday to increase the costs for undergraduate students by an average of 8.4 percent statewide.

The tuition and fee increases for undergraduate students ranged from 3.7 percent at Langston University to about 13 percent at Rose State College.

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