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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans are paying the lowest gasoline prices for this time of year since 2004.

AAA Oklahoma says Tuesday's statewide average of about $2.46 per gallon for regular gasoline is nearly 12 cents below the average posted only seven days ago and puts the state among the 10 states with the largest week-over-week pump price declines.

AAA spokesman Chuck Mai says a sharp drop in crude oil prices has pushed the price of gasoline down to a national average of about $2.58, down almost 23 cents from the 2015 high of $2.80 recorded on June 15.

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SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of sexually assaulting three women during traffic stops when he was an Oklahoma state trooper has asked for some of the charges against him to be dismissed.

Eric Roberts was due in court Tuesday to be arraigned on charges of second-degree rape, sexual battery, forcible sodomy, seeking a bribe and embezzlement.

Before the hearing, Roberts' attorneys filed motions seeking to dismiss most of the charges. A judge set a hearing on those motions for Sept. 17.

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Slumping oil prices have fueled thousands of job losses in big energy states like Oklahoma, which is “gripped by a mini-recession,” economist Mark Snead tells the Journal Record‘s Kirby Lee Davis:

“The notion that Oklahoma has diversified away from oil and gas is, at this point, many, many years away,” he said.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge has denied bond to an Oklahoma man accused in the weekend stabbing death of his father, who was the state's labor commissioner.

Special Judge Russell Hall decided the matter Tuesday during Christian Costello's initial court appearance in the Sunday night killing of his father, Mark Costello, at an Oklahoma City fast-food restaurant.

Christian Costello appeared at the hearing via a video link from jail. The 26-year-old didn't say anything aside from giving the judge his name.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An earthquake has rattled parts of north-central Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded at about 8 a.m. Tuesday about 6 miles southwest of Stillwater in Payne County. It occurred at a depth of less than 2 miles.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported. Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage is not likely in quakes below magnitude 4.0.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An earthquake has rattled parts of north-central Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded at about 8 a.m. Tuesday about 6 miles southwest of Stillwater in Payne County. It occurred at a depth of less than 2 miles.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported. Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage is not likely in quakes below magnitude 4.0.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The family of Oklahoma's slain labor commissioner has issued a statement thanking members of the public for their prayers and support and asking for privacy.

In a statement issued Monday through family spokesman Joshua Harlow, Mark Costello's family says it can't adequately express the "shock and sadness" it has experienced since his stabbing death Sunday.

Authorities arrested Costello's 26-year-old son, Christian Costello, on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder. They say he attacked his father with a knife at a fast-food restaurant.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa minister has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing a teenage girl.

Gregory Ivan Hawkins was sentenced Monday in Tulsa County District Court after pleading guilty in June to two counts of child sex abuse and no contest to five additional counts of child sex abuse. He was sentenced to seven life terms with the sentences to be served at the same time.

The 56-year-old Hawkins apologized in court. He will be eligible for parole in 38 years.

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OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — An Okmulgee High School student has been arrested after bringing a gun to school.

According to Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice, the 16-year-old was arrested Monday after bringing a handgun and a loaded magazine in his backpack.

School administrators called police around 10:20 a.m. after a student reported the gun to a teacher. Police say the student has been released to the Office of Juvenile Affairs.

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An Oklahoma City man accused in the deadly stabbing of his politician father at a  Braum's  Ice Cream and fast-food restaurant is scheduled to appear before a judge.

Christian Costello is expected to appear before Special Judge Russell Hall for a bond hearing on Tuesday via a video link from the Oklahoma County Jail. Hall's bailiff Linda Wyaco says it's likely Hall will deny Costello bond because of the seriousness of the crime.

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