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A man accused of detonating a pipe bomb outside an Oklahoma military recruiting station has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Court records in Tulsa indicate a federal judge handed down the verdict Tuesday to 29-year-old Benjamin Roden. The former Air Force senior airman was indicted for destruction of government property after a pipe bomb exploded in front of an unoccupied Air Force recruiting station near Tulsa on July 10, 2017. No one was hurt.

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High school students in Oklahoma have organized and moderated a gubernatorial debate in hopes of getting other students interested in politics.

Democratic candidate Drew Edmondson and his Republican opponent Kevin Stitt answered students' questions Thursday at Oklahoma City Community College. Three high school students moderated the panel and asked the candidates about health care, education, prison reform, medical cannabis and the economy.

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Construction has begun on a new campus for juvenile offenders in Tecumseh that will serve as the state's main facility for housing both boys and girls.

Gov. Mary Fallin participated in a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday for the project that's being built on the grounds of the old Central Oklahoma Juvenile Facility. Tecumseh is Fallin's hometown.

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The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs plans to build a new veterans center in southern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoman reports that the agency announced on Wednesday that a new Ardmore facility will replace the city's existing center.

Doug Elliott is the department's executive director. He says the century-old Ardmore center needs to be replaced before it becomes more antiquated.

 

Friday is the deadline for Oklahomans to register to vote or update their registration ahead of the November general election.

Voters can pick up a voter registration form at any of the state's 77 county election boards or download it from the State Election Board website . It must be delivered in person or postmarked by Friday in order to qualify for election in the Nov. 6 general election.

Voters can also view a sample ballot or check their polling place online.

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A Washington state man who pleaded guilty to screaming at a flight attendant on a commercial flight and forcing it to make an emergency landing in Oklahoma has been sentenced to probation.

Federal prosecutors in Tulsa say 29-year-old Bolutife Olorunda of Vancouver, Washington, was sentenced Wednesday to three months of probation. Olorunda pleaded guilty to a federal assault charge in July and agreed to pay Delta Airlines $9,118 for the cost of diverting the aircraft.

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Five central Oklahoma law officers are on paid leave after fatally shooting a man suspected of stealing a pickup truck.

Canadian County Sheriff Chris West says the man was shot Monday when he got out of the truck with a handgun after crashing the vehicle near Okarche, about 30 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

The man's name has not been released.

West says the man was suspected of stealing a vehicle in Oklahoma City, then later abandoning it and stealing the truck.

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The U.S. Supreme Court will not take up the case of a Connecticut man who sent threatening messages to Tulsa, Oklahoma, police following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white officer.

The Oklahoman first reported that the high court on Tuesday, without comment, denied a petition by Jeffrey Stevens of East Lyme, Connecticut to hear his case.

Stevens was convicted of threatening to kill Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby and others after Shelby fatally shot Terence Crutcher, who had his hands up when she shot him in 2016.

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Steven Adams is invaluable to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He's also a reminder: Big Men in the NBA are still vital. The imposing 7-foot center from New Zealand is as critical to the Thunder's championship aspirations as Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Adams is also helping change the recent narrative that NBA centers are an endangered species, something that _ based on spending and drafting this summer _ is evidently not the case.

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State finance officials say collections to Oklahoma's main operating fund came in slightly below the official estimate last month and that Oklahomans shouldn't expect much of a financial windfall this year.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services announced Tuesday that collections to Oklahoma's General Revenue Fund in September were about 1.5 percent below the monthly estimate.

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The Oklahoma Board of Agriculture has temporarily halted processing new registrations for poultry feeding operations.

The Tulsa World reports that the moratorium announcement comes about a week after the first meeting of the Coordinating Council on Poultry Growth. Gov. Mary Fallin and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker announced the creation of the council last month to address residents' concerns.

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The National Weather Service reports that six small tornadoes from a single storm system hit Texas and Oklahoma overnight, including one that forced the closure of a state highway in northeastern Oklahoma for more than six hours.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says minor injuries and downed power lines were reported Sunday night after a tornado struck the town of Fairfax, leading to the closing of Highway 18 until early Monday morning.

 

The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa on Tuesday.

 

Williams today announced that its Transco interstate pipeline has executed binding, 15-year commitments with Seneca Resources Company, LLC and Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation for 100 percent of the 580 million dekatherms of firm transportation capacity under its proposed Leidy South expansion project.

 

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has received nearly 7,330 license applications for patients and 600 applications for dispensaries.

The Tulsa World reports that the statistics released Monday show that Oklahoma's ratio of medical marijuana patients to dispensaries would be about 12 to 1 if each business has its application approved and manages to open.

The figures could signal the beginning of a competitive marketplace with light regulations. But industry leaders disagree on whether the business landscape will be sustainable in the long run.

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Oklahoma has fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops after the Sooners struggled to stop Texas in their first loss of the season.

The Sooners said Monday that Ruffin McNeill, the assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach, will be the defensive coordinator for the rest of the season.

The No. 11 Sooners (5-1) lost 48-45 on Saturday, allowing 501 yards to the Longhorns in Dallas.

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Littoral Combat Ship Tulsa  successfully completed acceptance trials after a series of in-port and underway demonstrations for the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey. Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the U.S. Navy. During trials, the U.S. Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the future USS Tulsa, intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling abilities and auxiliary systems.

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 According to multiple reports, No. 11 Oklahoma is parting ways with defensive coordinator Mike Stoops after the Sooners' struggled to stop Texas in their first loss of the season.

KREF sports radio in Norman first reported Stoops was out Sunday night, citing unidentified sources. Oklahoma athletic department spokesman Michael Houck said Sunday he could not confirm the reports.

The No. 11 Sooners (5-1) lost 48-45 on Saturday, allowing 501 yards to the Longhorns in Dallas.

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Oklahoma's top election official says voter registration is surging prior to the Nov. 6 general election.

Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said Friday almost 2.1 million people were registered to vote in the state at the end of September. Ziriax says more than 76,000 people have registered to vote since Jan. 15. The deadline to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 12.

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A former North Texas pain management doctor accused of prescribing painkillers that contributed to the deaths of at least seven people in two states has pleaded guilty to federal drug distribution charges.

Federal prosecutors say 57-year-old Howard Gregg Diamond pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and other charges. Diamond will serve 20 years in federal prison.

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Oklahoma lawmakers are exploring whether schools should start the school year later to cut utility costs.

CNHI Oklahoma report s lawmakers launched a legislative study Wednesday where Oklahomans for School Calendar Reform said school districts spend money on cooling schools that could be appropriated to classrooms.

The group says electricity bills peak in July and August when many districts start classes. Supporter Barbara Bowersox estimated Oklahoma school districts pay a combined $80 million a year on electricity.

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An Oklahoma judge has apologized for using the private information of jurors who served in his courtroom to send them a campaign mailer asking for their support in his re-election bid.

The Tulsa World reports that Tulsa County District Judge James Caputo acknowledged in a letter that the decision to send the mailers "did not inspire confidence in the judiciary."

The state Code of Judicial Conduct says judges and judicial candidates cannot require court staff to assist in a campaign or use court resources to further political activities.

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Oklahoma health officials have appointed an internal candidate to head up the state's new Medical Marijuana Authority.

Oklahoma State Department of Health Interim Commissioner Tom Bates announced Thursday that Adrienne Rollins will lead the division overseeing medical pot. Rollins has been with the agency since 2012 and has been working since April on implementing the program in Oklahoma.

Rollins previously worked for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

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  D'Eriq King threw for three touchdowns and ran for two scores, helping Houston beat Tulsa 41-26 on Thursday night.

Houston, trailing 26-17 early in the fourth quarter, scored 17 points in 91 seconds — during a 24-0 spurt. Dalton Witherspoon kicked a go-ahead, 27-26, field goal with 7:51 to go and the Cougars led by 15 points seven plays later.

Houst Emeke Egbule recovered a fumble, leading to Romello Brooker's 9-yard touchdown catch for a 34-26 lead. Tulsa's next offensive play ended in Deontay Anderson's interception and Marquez Stevenson scored on a 6-yard grab.

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A 7,000-gallon tank containing an unknown substance is on fire and billowing thick, black smoke at an Oklahoma City power plant. Fire officials have evacuated the immediate area, citing the dangerous and volatile situation.

Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson says fire crews have retreated half a mile  from the tank and are monitoring the fire that began Thursday morning at an Oklahoma Gas & Electric plant west of downtown.

Authorities aren't certain what the tank contains. Fulkerson says spraying water on the tank made the fire worse.

 

Williams today reported that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the Company’s request to place its Atlantic Sunrise project into full service. The Company plans to place the project into full service on Oct. 6, 2018.

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Teachers have been making their mark in the U.S. midterm elections, running in what may be unprecedented numbers and empowered by the successful #RedForEd protests for higher teacher pay and increased school spending.

After years of dense education debates over teacher evaluations and the Common Core standards, analysts say the teachers' complaints about outdated textbooks and teacher shortages are resonating.

Teacher candidates from both major parties are on ballots from school board to governor, though most are Democrats.

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Dozens of prisoners serving no-parole sentences for killings they committed as juveniles are expected to one day get a chance for release, including the Oklahoma teenager sentenced in the shooting of a college baseball player from Australia.

District Attorney Jason Hicks told a state House committee on Tuesday he likely can't meet the new legal threshold for the life-without-parole sentence given to Chancey Luna, who was 16 when prosecutors say he shot and killed Chris Lane while the Australian was jogging down a street in Duncan, Oklahoma.

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Authorities have captured an escaped Oklahoma prisoner who wrecked a stolen truck in Missouri before fleeing on foot.

The Newton County, Missouri, Sheriff's Office says 24-year-old Walter Blount was arrested Wednesday morning. He was among three suspects who were caught with stolen items a week ago, more than 200 miles away in Moore, Oklahoma, at the scene of a car break-in. Police there say he managed to dive through the window of a patrol car and steal a bike and then a truck.

 

Oklahoma State athletics has reported several secondary NCAA violations during the past year.

The Oklahoman reports that a football player received $65 to place a female student and her friend on the pass list for last season's homecoming game against Baylor. The player told the school he initially refused the request and returned the $65 the next day. The football team received additional rules training, while the player made a $65 donation to charity and lost complimentary passes for two games.

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