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11:22 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Bill Boosts Reimbursement for Trooper Equipment

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers would have their equipment allowance doubled for things like uniforms and practice ammunition under a bill approved by the Oklahoma House.

The House voted 84-3 for the bill on Monday that would boost the amount from $150 to $300 a month. It would also increase the equipment allowance for cadets from $100 to $200 per month.

The House author of the bill, Rep. Steve Vaughn, says the measure is among several to help increase pay for troopers.

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Local & Regional
12:54 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Gov. Fallin's Daughter Defends Headdress Photo

Christina Fallin wearing a headdress in a publicity photo for her band.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The daughter of the governor of Oklahoma is defending herself after she posted a photo wearing a Native American headdress on social media sites.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Gov. Mary Fallin's daughter, Christina Fallin, says that with age, she feels a "deeper and deeper connection to the Native American culture."

The 26-year-old posted a photo of herself on her Instagram account and the Facebook page for her band on Thursday evening.

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Local & Regional
12:13 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Prelim Set in Cold Case

Grover Prewitt.
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BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma man charged as an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder in the 1992 disappearance and deaths of two women and a girl is scheduled for a preliminary hearing.

Grover Prewitt Jr. is slated to appear in court Friday in Bristow. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prewitt was charged after the bodies of Wendy Camp; her 6-year-old daughter, Cynthia Britto; and Camp's sister-in-law, Lisa Kregear, were found buried last April on land that he and his late mother owned at separate times in the early 1990s.

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Local & Regional
11:29 am
Wed March 5, 2014

3.9 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded in Edmond

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EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.9-magnitude earthquake has been recorded in the Lake Arcadia area in Edmond.

Police say there are no reports of damage or injury but that there were several calls from people who felt the quake.

The quake was recorded at 8:17 a.m. Wednesday in the Oklahoma City suburb and comes after a series of smaller quakes ranging from magnitude 2.1 to 2.9 were recorded overnight in the Stillwater area about 50 miles to the north.

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Local & Regional
11:14 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Tulsa Offering Online Safe Room Registration

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The city of Tulsa is offering free, voluntary online registration for safe rooms located within the city limits.

The registration will help emergency responders in case a severe weather event occurs in Tulsa and residents who took shelter in the rooms need assistance.

Weather officials say even though Tulsa hasn't been hit by a tornado recently, the city is located between two cities that did — Moore and Joplin, Mo.

People can register their safe room online or by calling the city's Customer Care Center at (918) 596-2100.

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Local & Regional
11:49 am
Fri February 28, 2014

UCO Encourages Health in National Nutrition Month

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EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The University of Central Oklahoma plans to encourage healthy lifestyles with a series of events in March for National Nutrition Month.

The observance is a nutrition and education information campaign from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It encourages making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

UCO's "Color Me Healthy" campaign will highlight the importance of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption among the campus community.

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Local & Regional
11:45 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Death Row Inmate to Ask Parole Board for Clemency

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A convicted killer is scheduled to ask the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to commute his death sentence to life in prison.

Clayton Lockett is to appear via video before the board on Friday and ask for clemency.

The 38-year-old Lockett is scheduled to be put to death March 20 for the 1999 death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman near Tonkawa. Authorities say Lockett shot Nieman twice then watched as she was buried alive.

Two co-defendants are serving life in prison for the crime.

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Local & Regional
11:43 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Three State Troopers Cleared After Fight

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have been cleared of wrongdoing after the arrest of a hearing-impaired man involved in a hit-and-run accident.

The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater cleared troopers Eric Foster, Kelton Hayes and Jason Owens.

Prater says statements made by the troopers concerning the arrest of Pearl Pearson Jr. matched Foster's dash cam video and witness statements.

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Middle East
12:01 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 12:45 am

The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.

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Around the Nation
11:40 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 2:21 am

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.

Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.

Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.

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