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7:53 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Trooper: 3 Dead After Car Hits Group of Motorcyclists

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TRYON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in central Oklahoma say three motorcyclists have been killed after a head-on collision with a car.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a car traveling on U.S. 177 Sunday night in Lincoln County crossed over the center line and struck a 49-year-old motorcyclist. Troopers say a 20-year-old motorcyclist struck the first bike and a 36-year-old motorcyclist slid off the road to avoid the crashes.

The three men died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Troopers didn't identify the car driver or passenger because of their age.

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7:50 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Oklahoma Isn't Alone in Race-Related Fraternity Incidents

The closed Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at OU
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Many colleges are clamping down on campus fraternities after their reputations are sullied by race-tainted incidents.

Even with a school's sometimes swift and hard action, episodes such as the racist chants by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma still surface.

In recent years, numerous other fraternities have been suspended and students expelled from school for racially tinged parties or behavior. Actions have included hanging nooses and shouting racial profanities.

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7:02 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Oklahoma Legislature Considering Online Voter Registration

A polling place sign in south Tulsa
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than a third of Oklahoma's eligible voters aren't registered, so lawmakers are considering allowing online registration to make the process more convenient and renew interest in elections.

State Election Board statistics show that more than 2.1 million people were registered to vote in January 2005. Ten years later and about 10 percent more residents, 119,280 fewer Oklahoma residents were registered to vote.

Last year's general election drew less than 30 percent of Oklahoma's eligible voters.

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6:59 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Oil Storage Complex Nears Operational Capacity

Welcome to Cushing sign
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CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — The massive oil storage complex at Cushing is nearing its operational capacity as oil inventories nationwide continue to rise.

The Oklahoman reports that as of March 6th, Cushing's sprawling tank complex held more than 51.5 million barrels of oil.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says oil inventories have grown for eight consecutive weeks as of February 27th. The buildup has averaged 7.7 million barrels a week over the eight-week period, marking the largest such increase since at least 1982.

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6:51 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • QT or senior housing? The TPS wants your input on who to sale a vacant school lot too.  A meeting is set for tonight.
  • Crews plan to remove a crashed medical helicopter in McIntosh County.
  • There is an elevated fire threat today in northeast Oklahoma.
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7:44 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Court Revives Lawsuit of Nazi Stolen Art Displayed at OU

Shepherdess Bring in Sheep
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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York has given new life to a claim that the University of Oklahoma is harboring a Camille Pissarro painting stolen by the Nazis during World War Two.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has directed a lower-court judge to consider whether the lawsuit she tossed out should be transferred to Oklahoma.

Holocaust survivor Leone Meyer's lawsuit alleges Pissarro's 1886 "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep" was taken by the Nazis when German forces moved across France.

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7:38 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Sunshine Week: Oklahoma Law Requires 'Prompt, Reasonable' Access to Records

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Open Records law requires prompt and reasonable compliance with requests from the public, but the act doesn't define exactly what "prompt and reasonable" means.

While some agencies can comply with requests within hours, other state entities have taken months to respond.

Records requests submitted to the governor's office and several state agencies by The Associated Press over last April's botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate have yet to be filled.

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7:37 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Senator Lankford visits Guantanamo Bay with 4 Fellow Senators

Senator Lankford (in peach colored shirt) along with other members of the senate and military leaders at Gitmo
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Senator James Lankford has returned from a visit to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility that he took with four fellow freshman Republican senators.

Lankford joined Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas; Joni Ernst of Iowa; Thom Tillis of North Carolina; and Mike Rounds of South Dakota who returned Friday night from the trip that included seeing detention operations and meeting with military commanders.

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7:36 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Investigation Underway into Chopper Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has arrived on the remote scene of last Thursday night's EagleMed helicopter crash and have started the investigation into what cause the helicopter to go down.

The chopper crashed near Lake Eufaula in McIntosh County. The area is so remote that it is only accessible by foot or an All-Terrain Vehicle. Even with an ATV, the crash site is a half-hour ride into the woods.

The pilot, Matt Mathews died in the crash. Two other crew members were injured. The helicopter was in route to its base at McAlester, from Tulsa, when it went down.

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7:26 am
Sun March 15, 2015

UConn Tops TU

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Ryan Boatright scored 21 points and UConn overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to beat Tulsa 47-42 and advance to the finals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Rodney Purvis added 11 points and Daniel Hamilton pulled down 12 rebounds for the defending national champions (20-13), who will have a chance Sunday to secure a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Shaquille Harrison had nine points and Rashad Ray finished with eight for Tulsa (22-10), which led 38-28 with 6:35 to play.

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