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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.