OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A record temperature has been set again in Oklahoma.
According to the National Weather Service, the temperature peaked at 112 degrees in Oklahoma City and Tulsa Thursday afternoon.
For Oklahoma City, the high temperature broke a record of 110 degrees set in 1980. The 112-degree reading equaled Wednesday's daytime high and is one degree cooler than Oklahoma City's all-time high of 113.
In Tulsa, the daytime high tied a record that was set in 2011.
GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Officials had to close part of a bridge in Guthrie after it buckled because of the extreme heat.
Department of Transportation officials shut down Oklahoma Highway 33 near downtown Guthrie Wednesday night and is expected to remain closed Friday afternoon.
Transportation spokeswoman Terri Angier told The Oklahoman two panels expanded at the joint, pushed against each other and came up a few inches on the roadway. She says extreme heat causes older bridges and older pavement to buckle.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials say crews have contained a large fire at a Tulsa oil refinery that caused a loud explosion overnight and that could be seen from miles away.
Refinery owner HollyFrontier Corp. says all workers are accounted for and no one was injured in the early Thursday blaze. Neighbors told local news outlets they were woken by a loud explosion before 3 a.m.
The company says the fire started in the diesel hydrotreater unit at its Tulsa East refinery. It says its emergency response team contained the fire and that the community isn't at risk.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation's attorney general says he'll appeal a federal decision to place casino land of a rival tribe into trust, a move that recognizes the parcel as Indian land.
Attorney General Todd Hembree says Monday's decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place roughly 2 acres into trust is not supported by law. The decision will keep the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees' namesake casino open in Tahlequah.
A federal judge had given the tribe, which claims about 15,000 members, until the last day of July to win the status.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa preservationists say honoring the site of the city's 1921 race riot with a listing on the National Register of Historic Places will teach future generations about what atrocities happened here and how they can learn from them.
The Greenwood Historic District, which encompasses about 36 city blocks in north Tulsa, could make it on the federal register as early as December, if the city's 94-page nomination is approved.