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11:19 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Oklahoma's Multicounty Grand Jury to Reconvene

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury is preparing to reconvene to investigate criminal matters.

The grand jury will reconvene Tuesday through Thursday at the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office in Oklahoma City.

The state's 13th multicounty grand jury is led by Assistant Attorney General Charles Rogers, chief of the AG's Multicounty Grand Jury Unit. Thus far, grand jurors have returned 17 indictments, in cases filed in Cleveland, Harper, McClain, Pittsburg and Oklahoma counties.

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10:28 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Lawyer for Mobster's Lover Asks for Leniency

Whitey Bulger
FBI

BOSTON (AP) — The lawyer for the longtime girlfriend of Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger is asking a judge to sentence her to 27 months in prison for helping him stay on the run for 16 years. Bugler is accused of a string of murders, including one in Tulsa.

Prosecutors have asked for a decade in prison for Catherine Greig, who faces sentencing on Tuesday.

Greig pleaded guilty in March to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud.

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7:09 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Thunderstruck: Oklahoma Goes Mad for Pro Basketball

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City has been thunderstruck by the success of its NBA franchise.

Oklahomans are, for the time being, forgetting their loyalties to their Bedlam rival and Golden Hurricane college teams.

The Thunder open the NBA finals against the Miami Heat at home on Tuesday.

The city is decked out in the blue-and-orange team colors, and one business has put up a giant beard on its facade as a tribute to Thunder guard James Harden.

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7:04 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Funds available to help Oklahomans cool homes

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services says it will have funding to help low income residents pay summer cooling bills.

DHS says it will be taking applications starting July 9 for assistance through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The agency says it will have about $22 million for this year's program.

Eligibility is based on the size and the monthly income of the household. The one-time payments are $200 for a one-person household and $250 for a home with two or more people.

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10:00 am
Sun June 10, 2012

Trial delayed for man charged in 1983 Oklahoma death

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — A new trial date has been set for a Canadian man charged in the 1983 killing of an Oklahoma college student.

Suhail Shanti's April trial was postponed and online court records posted Friday night show a September 10th trial date is now scheduled.

Shanti has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Mohamed Ayman Al-Zein.

Both men were students at what is now Carl Albert State College in Poteau at the time of the slaying. Shanti was free on bond when he didn't show up for his 1984 trial.

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9:32 am
Sun June 10, 2012

Miss Edmond LibertyFest wins Miss Oklahoma title

Miss Oklahoma- Alicia Clifton
Tulsa Kiwanis

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 20-year-old broadcast journalism major has won the 2012 title of Miss Oklahoma.

Pageant spokeswoman Mollie Collins says Alicia Clifton — who competed as Miss Edmond LibertyFest — was crowned Saturday night. Collins says Clifton is a junior at the University of Oklahoma who emphasized a platform of "lifelong volunteerism." The Oklahoma City resident won a $16,000 scholarship.

Miss Oklahoma State Fair, 24-year-old Damaris Pierce, was the first-runner up. She won $7,000.

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9:27 am
Sun June 10, 2012

Republicans, Democrats vie for Oklahoma's 3rd District

Frank Lucas
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas says his influence as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee is the prime reason he should be re-elected to an 11th term representing the state's 3rd Congressional District.

Lucas faces William Craig Stump for the Republican nomination in the June 26 primary.

Democrats Timothy Ray Murray and Frankie Robbins are competing for their party's nomination in the November general election. Independent candidate William Sanders of Stillwater will also appear on the general election ballot.

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9:25 am
Sun June 10, 2012

Tribal council supports 2 tribes water rights

Lake Thunderbird near Norman
State Impact-Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes has passed a resolution supporting the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations in their dispute with the state of Oklahoma over water.

The two tribes filed a federal lawsuit against the state in August — seeking to maintain control of the water in southeastern Oklahoma. The lawsuit has been stayed while the two sides work with a court-appointed mediator.

The Oklahoman reports that the council approved the resolution during a meeting Friday in Norman.

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7:55 am
Sat June 9, 2012

OKlahoma Prisoners Test Positive for Tuberculosis

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BOLEY, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials say two inmates have tested positive for tuberculosis and are being treated in isolation.

Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie told The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/MqQ9Nw) the two male prisoners from the John Lilley Correctional Center are being evaluated at Lindsay Municipal Hospital.

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7:49 am
Sat June 9, 2012

Amber Alert Canceled for Oklahoma Girl, 2, in Carjacking

SPENCER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma County Sheriff Office has issued an Amber alert for a 2-year-old girl who was inside a vehicle when it was carjacked. The girl was found safe about 2:30 Saturday morning. The search continues for the suspect.

In the alert sent to media organizations early Saturday, authorities say Taleah Hill was inside the Chevy when it was stolen and seen leaving a residence in Spencer around 11:20 p.m. Friday.

They say the suspect was 18 to 25 and last seen wearing a black t-shirt and a blue bandanna.

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