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Oklahoma lawmakers have passed a bill to ban abortion by revoking the license of any physician who performs one.

On deadline day, House members passed Senate Bill 1552, which adds performing an abortion to a list of actions constituting "unprofessional conduct," which will get a doctor's license taken away.

SB1552 has no exceptions for rape, incest or severe abnormalities. Rep. Emily Virgin said Thursday she knows three women who aborted when they found their babies had serious defects and would die shortly after birth.

Crash Kills BA Man, Injures Woman

Apr 25, 2016

A Broken Arrow man is dead following a dirt bike crash in Creek County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 58-year-old John Cason was killed last evening, at dusk, after he lost control of his bike. 

The crash took place along 91st at Highway 97. A woman, riding on the dirt bike with Cason, was injured. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The patrol says they were not wearing helmets.

Fatal Fire at Bixby

Apr 25, 2016
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Fire investigators and law enforcement are sifting through the debris of a west Bixby home. A man, living in the home was found dead inside the house this morning.

The home is in a rural area, west of Bixby, near 161st and South Harvard. Neighbors say the man lived alone inside the house. Officials are trying to find out what caused this fire. The man apparently lived alone in the house.

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Eastbound Interstate 240 is closed in Oklahoma City after a construction vehicle struck a bridge.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says the eastbound interstate was closed at Anderson Road just west of the Interstate 40 junction early Monday because of damage to the bridge. The transportation department says there is damage to the bridge's guardrail and a concrete barrier wall that was in place for an ongoing resurfacing project.

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 Forecasters say a severe weather outbreak is possible Tuesday with powerful, long-track tornadoes and enormous hail predicted in some central and southern Plains states.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the most dangerous weather is predicted for a 55,000-square-mile area stretching from northern Oklahoma to southern Nebraska, including the Oklahoma City area.

Forecasters say that area could see powerful winds, tornadoes and hail as large as baseballs or softballs on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

In the local news:

  • Forecasters are concerned about a severe weather outbreak tomorrow.
  • The Robert Bates trial resumes this morning.
  • Mayor Bartlett is putting the finishing touches on his city budget.

Utica Square Stores Come Down

Apr 24, 2016
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Miss Jackson's is a mess and the Petty's Fine Foods is no longer fine.  The two iconic, but closed, stores at Utica Square came down overnight. Crews rolled into the upscale shopping center last evening and tore down the building they shared overnight. Both stores closed earlier this year.

Construction crews took down the building and began hauling it off while the shopping center was mostly closed. The Center's management has not said what business or businesses will go into the space. The building was among the oldest in the 65 year-old center

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A jury in Tulsa has recommended two life-without-parole prison sentences for a 26-year-old man convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in the 2014 slayings of two women.

The Tulsa World reports that Quantell Jamar Alverson was convicted on Friday in the Nov. 26, 2014, deaths of 26-year-old Amanda Drywater-Douglas and 37-year-old Jennifer Lynn Sudar.


Law enforcement officials in the Oklahoma Panhandle say arrests for marijuana trafficking have risen sharply since Colorado legalized marijuana in 2014.

The Oklahoman reports that county sheriffs and district attorneys across the far western Panhandle and western Oklahoma generally agree that most marijuana and marijuana products, such as candies, that are confiscated on their highways is in small amounts intended for personal use.

Most of those caught are commuting through the county where they were arrested, and most are headed to Texas.


 Meteorologists are finding that it's easier to forecast stormy weather than it is to predict what goes on in the human mind.

As the nation's midsection braces itself for possible tornadoes Tuesday, researchers have yet to determine when to raise a general alarm. With too much notice, people might try to flee in their cars, putting them at greater risk.