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Oklahoma veterans can get help tomorrow filing for benefits they may not know they’ve earned.

Danny Oliver with the state’s Disabled American Veterans group said many veterans don’t think they’re entitled to benefits simply because they didn’t see combat or go overseas.

"An injury incurred in service, if there's residual effects from that and there's documentation for all that, could result in a service-connected disability, which would then entitle medical treatment and financial compensation," Oliver said.

VIDEO: Water Vortex at Lake Texhoma

Jun 22, 2015

The Lake Texhoma dam operates much like a large bathtub drain as water is released from the dam.. Watch this video from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

 

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The election board is counting and certifying signatures on a petition to investigate the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Glanz released a statement saying he has questions about the process protestors used, and will likely bring a challenge forward when the court gets the matter. He says there are precise requirements to the grand jury process, and he isn’t sure they were followed.

We the People Oklahoma turned in petitions last Friday with more than eight thousand signatures. Five thousand legal signatures are needed to call a grand jury.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations have asked a judge to order federal agencies to provide greater transparency in how they have managed tribal trust assets.

The Oklahoman reports that they filed a lawsuit nearly 10 years ago, claiming the U.S. government mismanaged valuable tribal timber lands. The government, serving as a trustee for the tribes, had sold large amounts of the groups' land during the first half of the 1900s.

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The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents will consider raising tuition and fees by an average of about 5 percent at OU during its regular meeting on Wednesday.

The regents also will consider tuition hikes at two other universities it governs — Rogers State University in Claremore and Cameron University in Lawton.

The items were placed on the board's agenda, which was posted on Monday.

For a resident student at OU taking 15 credit hours, the flat rate of tuition and fees will increase about $185, from $3,847 to $4,032.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman is facing a manslaughter charge after police say she killed a man driving a 1920 Model A car.

Forty-one-year-old Whitney Wheeler was being held at the Tulsa County jail Monday morning. She faces the manslaughter charge and three traffic violations.

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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.

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