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A mobile recovery center opens this week in Okmulgee to help county residents whose homes or businesses were damaged during a month of severe weather.

"It's kind of a one-stop shop where you can get assistance from state officials, federal officials will be there, the [Small Business Administration]," said Okmulgee County Emergency Management Director Tim Craighton. "I wouldn't swear to it, but I think a Red Cross person will be there, also."

The mobile center will be at Green Country Technology Center, 1100 OK-56 Loop east of Highway 75.

State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A report filed this month shows that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin spent more than $1 million on events for her second inauguration earlier this year.

The inaugural committee reported raising almost $900,000 from donations and nearly $120,000 from event sales. The committee also used more than $89,000 leftover from Fallin's first inauguration to help cover expenses.

Oklahoma Ethics Commission rules give committees formed for special events up to six months to report contributions and expenditures.

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Tulsa police say the death last month of a 2-year-old girl who had been left with a young family member while the child's mother left the house will be classified as a homicide.

Police Sergeant Dave Walker says the girl's death was the city's 33rd for the year. A drive-by shooting on Friday that killed a 16-year-old girl was the 34th.

Police say the 2-year-old was left in the care of a 13-year-old family member on June 26th while the child's mother left the home. Police say the 13-year-old eventually discovered the child unresponsive and left the house to get help.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After a deadly shooting at a military installation in Tennessee, Gov. Mary Fallin is authorizing the state's adjutant general to arm full-time Oklahoma National Guardsmen at military facilities in Oklahoma.

Fallin issued an executive order on Friday granting Maj. Gen. Robbie Asher the authority to arm National Guard soldiers and airmen with whatever weaponry he deems necessary to adequately provide for their safety and security.

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

Police say a woman was rescued in Tulsa after being kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend.

According to Tulsa police, Broken Arrow police attempted to pull over a vehicle with two occupants early Sunday, but the driver refused to stop. After a pursuit, authorities say the vehicle crashed on a highway on-ramp within Tulsa city limits.

Jared Mann, 23, was arrested, and the victim was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Police say the woman told officers she had kidnapped.

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A medical examiner's report shows that a Tulsa pastor who was fatally shot by a state trooper in May had alcohol and a sedative in his system when he died.

The report was released Friday by the agency and found that Nehemiah Fischer had a 0.14 blood alcohol concentration and zolpidem, a drug commonly used as a sleeping aid.

Fischer was shot after troopers responded to a call of a vehicle stranded in floodwaters. Video from a dash camera shows troopers ordering Fischer and his brother out of the water and Fischer lunging at a trooper.

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Police are searching for a suspect after a 16-year-old girl was fatally shot in what authorities say is a gang-related incident.

Police Sgt. Dave Walker says the girl was a passenger in a car driven by an 18-year-year old Friday afternoon on the city's north side when a van pulled up alongside it. Walker says the van's door opened and a man began firing into the car before driving away.

Authorities found both teenagers shot and took them to a local hospital, where the girl died.

Walker says the car hit by gunfire on Friday had also been shot at in June.

In Tulsa news this morning:

  • Grand jurors convene to begin an investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.
  • Gov. Mary Fallin issues order to allow the state's full-time guardsmen to carry weapons.
  • City councilors are working on a Vision renewal, but what if they just let the sales tax expire in Tulsa?   
City of Tulsa

Tulsa city councilors are trying to come up with a Vision sales tax renewal package, but what if they just let the tax expire?

Tulsa resident George McFarlin said when Vision expires at the end of next year, don’t renew it, and let the city’s sales tax fall to 7.917 percent.

"City taxpayers will have more money to spend, which is a problem for the city as you see your sales tax collections atrophy, flat line," McFarlin said. "They're not growing like the suburban cities."

He believes it would give Tulsa a competitive advantage over its neighbors.

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Attorneys begin work on a Tulsa ordinance to spell out how the city will handle offenses under Oklahoma’s new ban on texting behind the wheel.

City Prosecutor Bob Garner said the local penalty should mirror the state law. That would be a $100 fine.

"For those that want to fight it, then they can come in and plead 'not guilty,' and they'll be entitled to their day in court," Garner said. "And the city must prove they are guilty of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt."