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9:07 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Obama Praises Oklahoma's Response to Fraternity Video

The now closed SAE house at OU
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he was "heartened" by the University of Oklahoma's swift response after video surfaced of fraternity brothers chanting about lynching.

Two students who had participated were immediately expelled.

Obama says what happened there won't be the last time a fraternity member does something stupid but that what's different from 30 or 40 years ago is the reaction.

Back then, Obama says, there might have been more tolerance for that type of chant.

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9:04 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Lawsuits Over Fatal Softball Bus Crash Settled or Dismissed

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three lawsuits over an Oklahoma bus crash that killed four North Central Texas College softball players have been dismissed or settled; but the reasons for dismissal and terms of the settlement have not been released.

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8:52 am
Sun March 22, 2015

2 Found Dead in Vehicle in Seminole, Homicide Suspected

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SEMINOLE, Okla. (AP) — A man and a woman have been found dead inside a sport utility vehicle in a ditch in Seminole and homicide is suspected.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the bodies of 30-year-old Summer Gokey and 26-year-old Joseph Bounds were found about 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The OSBI says the bodies were discovered after a passer-by reported seeing the SUV in the ditch in northeastern Seminole.

The suspected causes of the deaths was not released.

The OSBI says the agency was asked by Seminole police to assist in the investigation.

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8:49 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Small Earthquakes Recorded near Perry in Northern Oklahoma

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PERRY, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded three small earthquakes near Perry in northern Oklahoma — including one measured at magnitude 4.0.

The Noble County Sheriff's Office says there are no reports of injury or damage.

The U.S.G.S. reports that a 4.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 5:08 a.m. Saturday; a magnitude 3.0 quake was recorded at 2:57 p.m. and a magnitude 3.5 temblor was recorded a minute later at 2:58 p.m.

The area is about 60 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

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Local & Regional
9:55 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Another Rural Hospital Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

File photo of the Craig General Hospital at Vinita.
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The 62-bed Craig General Hospital in Vinita files for bankruptcy. The Tulsa World reports the hospital filed for Chapter 9 protection late last month in U.S. Federal Court in Tulsa.

Over 300 people are employed at the facility. It is the latest rural hospital to file for bankruptcy protection. In northeast Oklahoma, Fairfax, Prague, Drumright and Stigler have also filed for bankruptcy.

The hospital was struggling with retirement payments and reduced reimbursement rates from government.

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9:30 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Children Find Mother Dead in East Tulsa

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Tulsa Police are stopping just short of calling it a homicide. A woman's body was found inside an SUV last night by her children. The vehicle was in an apartment complex parking lot some two miles from her home.

The discovery was made about 11:00 p.m. Friday night at the Stone Creek Apartments. The complex is located near 41st and 139th East Avenue.

The woman was 34-years-old and police say there was no obvious signs of trauma to the body. They are calling the death "suspicious"

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9:22 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Suspect in Murder of 5-Year-Old Identified

Byron Creech
Credit Tulsa County Jail Booking photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy was found dead in a Tulsa apartment where his father was during a 17-hour standoff with police.

Sgt. Shane Tuell says the standoff began about 5:30 p.m. Thursday at River Chase Apartments in south Tulsa and ended about 10:30 a.m. Friday when Bryon Creech walked out of the apartment and surrendered.

Tuell says officers then entered the apartment and found the boy dead. He said it wasn't immediately known how the boy died.

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9:17 am
Sat March 21, 2015

COO of BOK Financial Corp. Resigns to Return to Texas

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The chief operating officer of BOK Financial Corp. has resigned after 12 years with the company and will move back to Texas to pursue other opportunities.

The Tulsa World reports the company announced Dan Ellinor's resignation on Friday.

Before joining BOK Financial, Ellinor had a 20-year banking career in Texas. He maintains a house in that state and says he wants to return to be near family and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.

In 2013, the bank named Ellinor its chief operating officer.

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Local & Regional
12:54 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

No Tornadoes Reported Anywhere Across U.S. in March

A tornado last year in Quapaw.
Credit Joshua Kirby

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. appears to be locked in a tornado drought as meteorologists have recorded only about two-dozen twisters so far this year during a period when 100 or more are typical.

There also have been no reports of tornadoes during the month of March — a sometimes violent period for severe weather. The last time there were no tornadoes in March was 1969.

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9:30 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Child Found Dead After Standoff

Tulsa Police cars fill the parking lot at the River Chase Apartments near 81st and Riverside Drive.
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy was found dead in a Tulsa apartment where his father was during a 17-hour standoff with police.

Sgt. Shane Tuell says the standoff began about 5:30 p.m. Thursday at River Chase Apartments in south Tulsa and ended about 10:30 a.m. Friday when Bryon Creech walked out of the apartment and surrendered.

Tuell says officers then entered the apartment and found the boy dead. He said it wasn't immediately known how the boy died.

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