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 An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the suspension and fine levied by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission against a horse trainer whose animal tested positive for a banned drug after winning a race at Oklahoma City's Remington Park racetrack.

The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals handed down the ruling Wednesday against Gerardo Ochoa-Pena, who received a one-year suspension and $2,500 fine after a horse under his supervision tested positive for a banned drug.

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A judge in Oklahoma has refused to accept a guilty plea from a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a food processing plant in 2014.

Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley ruled Wednesday that she wouldn't accept the plea from Alton Nolen, who has said he wants the death penalty for the attack at Vaughan Foods in Moore.

KFOR-TV reports that Walkley said Nolen was not mentally competent to make the plea and ordered another mental evaluation.


A former insurance agent in northeastern Oklahoma has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering.

Gary Edward Hibbing was also ordered to pay more than a half-million dollars in restitution to his former clients. Hibbing owned Grand Lake Investments and Insurance in Grove.

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One person is in custody after a bomb scare closed a major Tulsa street during the morning rush on Thursday. 

Tulsa Police got a call shortly before daybreak about a man standing on an apartment complex dumpster. He was telling anyone who would listen he had a bomb.

When police arrived, the man repeated his claim of being armed with an explosive device. Taking no chances, police sealed off the area. That meant closing down South Lewis Avenue near 5th Street.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa teachers prepare for the start of the new school year.
  • A corrections reform state question would make major changes to Oklahoma's penal codes.
  • A Tulsa woman is shot at church.

Water OK at Pawhuska

Aug 17, 2016
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The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has announced that the boil order for Pawhuska, located in Osage County, has been lifted. The water is now safe for human consumption.

The following water system purchases water from Pawhuska, and therefore the boil order is also lifted for this water system:

• Osage County Rural Water District #18 

The order to boil water was due to E.coli. State and federal regulations require that customers be notified if, at any time, public drinking water is determined to be unsafe.

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Authorities are investigating after someone turned off the main gas valve serving a small town in northeastern Oklahoma.

Afton Mayor Bill Harrison says about 300 residents and businesses are served by the gas line in the Ottawa County town. The Miami News-Record reports that someone shut off Afton's valve on Monday night, cutting off service to the town.

Teachers Hold Back To School Workshop

Aug 17, 2016
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Tulsa Public Schools teachers start the 2016-2017 school year with two days of professional learning during the Tulsa Teacher Institute on August 17 and 18. 

Today, all 2,800 teachers in the district gather at the Cox Center in Downtown Tulsa to focus on creating strong school cultures by building relationships and implementing best practices for classroom management. 

Judge Dismisses Challenge to State’s Voter ID Law

Aug 17, 2016

A more than four-year legal challenge to overturn Oklahoma’s voter identification law was rejected this week by a state district court judge, who upheld the constitutionality of the measure.

Oklahoma County District Court Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons dismissed the case Monday after hearing arguments from lawyers representing the Oklahoma State Election Board and Tulsa resident Delilah Christine Gentges. Gentges’ attorney said he plans to appeal the decision.

4.3 Quake Hits near Oklahoma City

Aug 17, 2016
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The U.S.G.S confirms it was a 4.3 earthquake that shook the Oklahoma City metro area this morning. The quake hit about 8:30. The government says the quake was centered near Luther in Oklahoma County. It was felt over a wide area, including east of Tulsa.

This is the largest quake, in a recent new round of shakers, to hit central Oklahoma. There have been no reports of injuries associated with this quake.