TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police documents say the two suspects arrested in a shooting spree that terrorized the city's black community have both confessed. The documents given to The Associated Press on Monday say 19-year-old Jake England confessed to shooting three people and 32-year-old Alvin Watts confessed to shooting two.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least one possible tornado has touched down and hail the size of softballs has damaged windows in northwestern Oklahoma.
According to the National Weather Service, a tornado was spotted about 3 miles south-southwest of Woodward about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Hail ranging in size from an inch to 4.25 inches pounded the town, breaking out windows.
There was no immediate confirmation of injuries.
Woodward and seven other counties are under a tornado watch until late Monday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education has identified six state schools as low-performing and director the Department of Education to work with the schools to improve student performance.
The board delayed action on a seventh school — Santa Fe South Middle School in Oklahoma City — that was recommended to be added to the list.
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma Indian tribe could partially open a casino in Broken Arrow by the end of the month -- despite protests from thousands of residents and a pending state lawsuit.
The Kialegee Tribal Town began bulldozing the 20-acre site near the heavily-trafficked Creek Turnpike late last year. In recent weeks, it has trucked in several pre-fabricated buildings to temporarily house the Red Clay Casino.
Opponents of the project say the casino site is too close to schools and churches and will hurt property values and attract crime to the area.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa have arrested two men in a shooting rampage that killed three people, terrorizing the local African-American community, and said one suspect might have been trying to avenge his father's shooting two years ago by a black man.
Police arrested 19-year-old Jake England and 32-year-old Alvin Watts about 2 a.m. Sunday at a home north of Tulsa. Police said Sunday both suspects are white and all five victims in the early Friday were black.
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A Fort Smith-based poultry company plans to hire 182 people as part of a $7 million expansion of its processing facilities.
OK Industries officials said Friday the company wants to hire 110 employees in Fort Smith and another 72 in Heavener, Okla. Company spokeswoman Donna Miller says priority in hiring will be given to those who were laid off last year.
Officials say the majority of added jobs will be in deboning plant positions, which use both mechanized and hand-cutting methods.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A longtime state legislator has lost her long battle with ovarian cancer.
Homer Tibbs said Saturday his wife, Representative Sue Tibbs of Tulsa, died about 9:30 p.m. Friday. She was 77.
Homer Tibbs says his wife of 57 years had surgery in 2008 and underwent chemotherapy treatment but the treatment stopped working. At that point, Homer Tibbs said his wife told him she was through fighting.