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DURANT, Okla. (AP) — Transportation officials have reopened part of a highway connecting Oklahoma and Texas that was closed because of high water along the Red River.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation on Sunday reopened southbound and one northbound lane at the Red River Bridge along U.S. Highway 69 in Bryan County. The bridge connects the states near Lake Texoma and was completely closed for more than an hour earlier in the day.

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SALINA, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters have recovered the body of a 7-year-old boy who went missing in northeast Oklahoma.

The Grand River Dam Authority Police Department says the body was found Saturday night from Lake Hudson. Authorities say the boy had been swimming in the Saline Creek arm of the lake when he went under the water but didn't resurface.

The child's identity hasn't been released.

It's unclear if anyone else was swimming with the boy. Authorities haven't released additional information.

 

 

DALLAS (AP) — The Williams Cos. is rejecting a $48 billion buyout offer from Energy Transfer Equity, but may still be looking to put the natural-gas pipeline company up for sale.

Its stock jumped 26 percent in premarket trading.

Williams said ETE's bid is significantly undervalued, but that it was exploring other strategic options.

ETE confirmed Monday that it had offered $64 per share, a 32 percent premium to the Williams's closing price Friday. It put the deal's total value at $53.1 billion, including debt and other liabilities.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say a man was shot and injured at a mall parking lot while two young children were in his car.

Corporal Will Dalsing says the victim was found Saturday night at the Woodland Hills Mall with a gunshot wound to the neck. He says a toddler and a child who is about 5 or 6 years old were found uninjured in the back of the car.

Dalsing says someone shot the 25-year-old victim through the passenger-side window and that the victim isn't fully cooperating with police. He says officers are reviewing surveillance footage from the mall.

In the local news:

  • In addition to the rain, a labor shortage is impacting Oklahoma's spring harvest.
  • I-35 is reopen between OKC and Ardmore following a rock slide.
  • Tulsa's  Williams Companies offered an unsolicited buy-out.
KFOR TV/Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Longtime Oklahoma sportscaster Bob Barry Jr. is dead after a vehicle crash in Oklahoma City.

KFOR-TV, where he worked, announced his death in a video on its website Saturday evening.

"It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague Bob Barry Junior," the station said. "Bobby died earlier this afternoon in a car crash not far from his home."

EMSA Issues Tulsa Metro Heat Alert

Jun 21, 2015
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EMSA is issuing a HEAT ALERT for Saturday, June 20th, 2015. EMSA issues an alert when we receive five or more heat-related calls in a 24-hour period,

 Since midnight to 7 p.m. Saturday, EMSA has responded to eight heat-related calls. Of those six, four people transported to a local hospitals.  Ages of the patients ranged from 28 to 90, and included symptoms ranging from heat exhaustion to chest pains. EMSA is encouraging everyone to take precautions. 

Tips for staying healthy in the heat:

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The following highways are closed due to high water. Updates will be issued as conditions change. Do NOT drive into high water. Drivers are cautioned to heed warning signs and to not drive around barricades.

 

Carter County

 

US-70 is narrowed to one lane in each direction in Wilson

 

Cherokee County

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials are cautioning drivers to avoid Interstate 35 in the southern portion of the state after severe flooding caused a rockslide that blocked the highway this week.

The agency urged drivers instead to take US-81 or US-69 as alternate routes while construction continues.

Officials say southbound I-35 is narrowed to one lane at the rock slide location at the Arbuckle Mountains. While construction continues, the agency says drivers should expect heavy congestion and delays for the upcoming weeks.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A and M Colleges has voted to increase tuition across all of OSU's five branch campuses.

The hike was approved during a regents meeting Friday in Tulsa. The increases, along with a proposed operating budget of $1.3 billion for the OSU system, now goes to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for approval.

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