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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A swarm of thousands of bees sent a pair of Oklahoma City workers running for cover, and both were stung in the process.

The Oklahoman reports the city workers were cleaning up brush and trees Wednesday when the insects were disturbed.

Fire Department spokesman Capt. David Macy says one of the workers was stung about 15 times and the other just a few as they jumped into a truck. Macy says both workers were evaluated on scene and that their injuries didn't require a trip to the hospital.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An abortion-rights group says billboard along busy interstates in the Oklahoma City area that say God and people of faith support women who have had abortions are supported by two Jewish rabbis and ministers of several non-denominational churches.

The Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice says the messages went up Monday. Spokeswoman Emma Newberry-Davis says the billboards will be up for a month and weren't timed to correspond with any political activity, but noted they coincide with confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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An Oklahoma City man has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for a child pornography charge and for falsely reporting to authorities that his ex-wife wanted to blow up a county courthouse.

Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Robert Shane Apgar was sentenced Tuesday to 235 months in prison after pleading guilty to the charges last year. Prosecutors say he'll also be required to register as a sex offender.

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Oklahoma is seeing a shortage of beer as convenience and grocery stores move toward switching to stronger beer in October.

Stores are balancing the arrival of new beer products with the need to clear their shelves of 3.2 percent beer while meeting demand. Retailers are trying to sell as much of the 3.2 product they have on hand because distributors won't buy them back.

QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh says the company anticipated a shortage after distributors informed them they wouldn't bring additional 3.2 percent beer starting Sept. 1.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials are distributing about $1.4 million appropriated to improve the Illinois River more than a decade ago to applicants who want to implement practices to keep the river clean.

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission will give the funding to the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, a nonprofit in Cave Springs dedicated to improving the river's water quality.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma candidates have spent $33 million running for state offices so far in this election cycle, with nearly half of the money going toward the governor's race.

About $2 million of the total has flowed through outside groups, and most of that money has been designated for the Republican races for governor and attorney general, the Oklahoman reported. Candidates are seeking money from individual donors and special interest groups, but in many cases are also tapping their own bank accounts.

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A former Republican state senator in Oklahoma has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on a child sex trafficking charge.

Ralph Shortey was sentenced Monday in federal court in Oklahoma City. He had faced a sentence of up to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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An Oklahoma oil company owner is facing up to 250 years in prison after being convicted of defrauding investors in his company.

Federal court records show 52-year-old Wieck Oil Company owner Kevin Wieck of Cromwell was convicted Friday on 10 counts of wire fraud and five counts of money laundering in the case.

Wieck had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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A Texas man has pleaded guilty in a Tulsa federal courtroom for his role in a scheme that defrauded investors of more than $875,000 that was used to promote his country music career ambitions.

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores says 31-year-old Timothy Paul Hamilton, Jr. admitted during a court hearing Friday he promoted false investment opportunities for various companies that claimed to produce and market sportswear and nutritional supplements.

Hamilton, from Dallas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He was living in Oklahoma at the time of the scheme.

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Sentencing is scheduled for a former Oklahoma state senator on a child sex trafficking conviction.

Ralph Shortey is due in federal court in Oklahoma City Monday where he faces a minimum of 10 years in prison.

Shortey pleaded guilty in November as part of a plea deal in which he said the deal was in the best interest of both him and his family.

The 36-year-old Shortey was arrested in March 2017 after police found him about 1 a.m. in a suburban Oklahoma City motel room with a then-17-year-old boy. He resigned shortly after the arrest.

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The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has again adopted a rule to prohibit elected officials and state agency heads from becoming state lobbyists until they're out of office for at least two years.

The commission voted 5-0 Friday for the same rule it adopted in February, which was rejected by both the state House and Senate.

Gov. Mary Fallin said the commission overstepped its authority with the previous rule.

The rules will go into effect at the end of the 2019 regular legislative session, unless legislators again vote to reject them.

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Kyler Murray threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns and fifth-ranked Oklahoma held off Iowa State 37-27 in the Big 12 opener for both teams. Marquise Brown had 191 yards receiving and a TD for the Sooners, who extended the nation's longest road winning streak to 17 games while avenging a stunning home loss to the Cyclones a year ago.

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Demari Medley picked off a Luke Skipper pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown as Arkansas State held off Tulsa to earn a 29-20 victory on Saturday night.

A week after being routed by Alabama, the Red Wolves put up 415 yards of offense on the road.

Justice Hansen completed 20 of 33 passes for 191 yards and ran for another 80 yards, including an 18-yard run for a touchdown.

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Demari Medley picked off a Luke Skipper pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown as Arkansas State held off Tulsa to earn a 29-20 victory on Saturday night.

A week after being routed by Alabama, the Red Wolves put up 415 yards of offense on the road.

Justice Hansen completed 20 of 33 passes for 191 yards and ran for another 80 yards, including an 18-yard run for a touchdown.

A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the drowning of his 21-month-old daughter in southeastern Oklahoma.

The McAlester News Capital reports the Pittsburg County jury deliberated about five hours Thursday before finding 23-year-old Devin Sizemore of Krebs guilty in the July 2016 death of Emily Sizemore.

Police testified they found the girl floating face down in a pond with Sizemore nearby after searching for the two much of the previous day. Police say after the girl was recovered, Sizemore ran into the water and fought with officers who were arresting him.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has been asked to decide whether a sheriff will go to trial over the death of an inmate who spent more than two days in a restraint chair.

The Oklahoman reports that special prosecutor Chris Boring asked the court Wednesday to decide on a trial for Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles. Niles has pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the June 2016 death of Anthony Huff.

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Oklahoma medical professionals will get more money for treating Medicaid patients for the first time in nearly a decade.

The Oklahoman reports that the 3 percent rate hike comes after years of cuts from budget shortfalls. Medical professionals saw their Medicaid reimbursements rates fall by nearly 3.3 percent in 2010, by almost 7.8 percent in 2014 and by 3 percent in 2016.

The last time the rate increased was in 2009.

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A northeast Oklahoma school district has canceled classes after what school and police officials say was a bogus threat of a school shooting.

Kansas Public School Principal Phil Isom says the threats began on social media after a fight between two girls on Monday, leading to low attendance that led to the decision to cancel Friday classes at the district, which is about 65 miles east of Tulsa.

Both Isom and Kansas Police Chief Mike Wilkerson say the alleged threat has been investigated and found to not be credible.

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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says a man serving a life sentence for the hate-crime killing of his Lebanese neighbor has died.

Department spokesman Matt Elliott said Thursday that 63-year-old Stanley Majors was found dead Wednesday in his bed at Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Majors was in the prison infirmary. No information about his condition has been made available.

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The United States may have reclaimed the title of the world's biggest oil producer sooner than expected.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday that, based on preliminary estimates, America "likely surpassed" Russia in June and August after jumping over Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

If those estimates are right, it would mark the first time since 1973 that the U.S. has led the world in output, according to government figures.

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The United States may have reclaimed the title of the world's biggest oil producer sooner than expected.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday that America "likely surpassed" Russia in June and August after jumping over Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

The agency says that conclusion is based on preliminary estimates.

If those estimates are right, it would mark the first time in decades that the U.S. has led in output.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former Environmental Protection Agency chief, denied on Wednesday that he had obtained any extraordinary gifts or income as a result of his Cabinet-level post, and dismissed allegations he received perks ranging from sport tickets to a job for his wife.

The EPA on Wednesday released Pruitt's financial disclosure report for 2017. The report required Pruitt to disclose sources of income and gifts received because of his government work.

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An arrest warrant for a gymnastics coach facing sex abuse charges in Texas and Oklahoma alleges he put his hands inside girls' leotards.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Oklahoma warrant accuses 51-year-old Skipper Glenn Crawley of molesting 8- to 10-year-old girls as they stretched. Crawley also is accused of instituting a "hug line" at the end of practices at Tulsa World Gymnastics during the 1990s and requiring girls to embrace him.

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A convicted killer already serving life in prison in Oklahoma has been sentenced to an additional 20 years in federal prison for running a drug ring from inside the prison.

Court records show 36-year-old Slint Kenneth Tate was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Tulsa after pleading guilty in June to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Tate admitted in a plea agreement that he used cellphones that were smuggled to him in prison to run the drug operation.

Six co-defendants previously pleaded guilty to charges in the case.

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A Cherokee Nation official says medical marijuana won't be legal on the Oklahoma-based tribe's property even though the state's voters approved use of the plant.

The Cherokee Phoenix reports Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo says the tribe must adhere to its own laws as well as federal regulations, and that Oklahoma law does not apply. Nimmo says possession and sale of cannabis remain illegal under tribal and federal law.

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Oklahoma residents looking to invest in the state's upcoming medical marijuana industry are anxiously awaiting the passage of business regulations.

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has received nearly 1,300 business licenses as of Sept. 5. Those applications include 452 for dispensary, 662 for cultivation and 184 for processing.

Would-be business owners and startup companies want to get an early foothold in the medical marijuana industry. That means investing in groundwork and business plans despite no state standards set in stone yet.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Collections to Oklahoma's main state operating fund exceeded the official estimate by nearly 7 percent in August, buoyed mostly by better-than-expected individual income tax collections.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services released figures on Tuesday that show collections to the General Revenue Fund totaled $455 million last month. That's an increase of 6.6 percent from the monthly estimate and nearly 10 percent over collections during the same month last year.

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PERRY, Okla. (AP) — Two earthquakes recorded within less than one minute of each other have rattled an area of northern Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says each of the earthquakes was recorded Tuesday about 16 miles west-southwest of Perry.

Geologists say a 3.3 magnitude earthquake that was recorded at 11:11 a.m. was preceded by a 2.7 magnitude temblor in the same area about 30 seconds earlier. The earthquakes were recorded at a depth of about 2 miles.

No injuries or damages were reported. Geologists say damage is not likely in quakes below magnitude 4.0.

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A federal grand jury has indicted a Missouri man accused of having a pipe bomb at an apartment in northeastern Oklahoma.

Prosecutors said Monday that 36-year-old Richard C. Cole of Joplin, Missouri, was indicted by a grand jury in Tulsa with possession of an unregistered destructive device.

Authorities say Delaware County sheriff's deputies were called to Cole's apartment in Afton after the landlord discovered a suspected improvised explosive device.

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Construction crews are preparing to replace the Oklahoma Capitol's copper roof, which officials consider to be the biggest unexpected expense so far in the building's years-long restoration project.

The Oklahoman reports that replacing the 45,000 square feet of copper will cost the state $9.3 million. Project manager Trait Thompson says he doesn't plan to ask lawmakers for more money because the restoration plan has built-in funds for unforeseen expenses.

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