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WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer says a sixth person has died as a result of injuries suffered in a deadly tornado.

Lehenbauer said Monday that the man died Sunday night in an Amarillo, Texas, hospital where he was taken following the early Sunday morning twister that hit Woodward. The man's name and age were not released.

Two men and three children were also killed in the tornado that was part of a storm system that stretched from Texas to Minnesota and spawned more than 120 twisters.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly woman has been found dead inside her home in Tulslsa.

Officers were called to the house in east Tulsa about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Homicide detectives responded to the scene, after learning that the woman was wearing a trash bag like a poncho.

But detectives now believe no foul play was involved.

She may have died on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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LAMAR, Okla. (AP) — A small earthquake has been reported in east-central Oklahoma.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 3.0-magnitude quake struck about 12:35 a.m. Saturday 7 miles east-southeast of Lamar in Hughes County. Lamar is about 74 miles south of Tulsa.

A sheriff's office dispatcher said she wasn't aware of any injuries or damage being reported. Emergency Management Director John Roberts said the only reports he had received from the area were from the media.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say search and rescue crews are combing an area of northwest Oklahoma around the towns of Woodward and Tangier after a tornado just after midnight, local time, left five people confirmed dead and several others injured.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said early Sunday that state medical examiner's office had confirmed the fatalities in the Woodward area.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Pre-dawn tornado sirens have sounded in Oklahoma City. Forecasters say they're just an early signal of what could be a day of "life-threatening" weather in the nation's midsection.

The most dangerous conditions are projected for late Saturday afternoon between Oklahoma City and Salina, Kan. Forecasters say other areas also could see severe storms with baseball-sized hail and winds of up to 70 mph.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has nominated four people to serve on the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court.

Fallin has nominated Margaret Bomhoff of Edmond, Michael McGivern and Brad Taylor — both of Tulsa — and Carla Snipes of Oklahoma City.

All four are lawyers who have worked on workers' compensation law.

Each nominee requires Senate confirmation and — if approved — would serve eight year terms.

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A defense attorney says a man facing murder and hate crime charges in a Tulsa shooting spree that killed three people and terrorized the city's black community wasn't motivated by race.

Attorney Clark Brewster said Friday that he's agreed to represent 19-year-old Jake England, who is charged along with his roommate in the Easter weekend shootings. Police say England and 33-year-old Alvin Watts have confessed, England to shooting three people and Watts to shooting two.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Candidate filing has ended for this year's round of elections for Congress, the Legislature and other elective positions. The three-day filing period ended Friday with 275 candidates turning in paperwork to officials at the State Election Board to have their names placed on election ballots. Ten candidates filed for eastern Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District, including six Republicans, three Democrats and an independent. U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, the lone Democrat in the state's congressional delegation, is stepping down after four terms.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Officials say a tornado that touched down near the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman caused a few minor injuries and some property damage. The National Weather Service confirmed that a twister touched down Friday afternoon near the campus and a state highway. Norman Regional Hospital spokeswoman Kelly Wells says about 10 people were treated for "bumps and bruises." Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey says the tornado damaged several homes and buildings in the city of about 100,000 residents 20 miles south of Oklahoma City.

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Storm Prediction Center says a dangerous tornado outbreak is likely Saturday in parts of Kansas and Oklahoma as intense storms move into the southern Plains. Forecasters at the center in Norman, Okla., say there's a high risk of severe weather from Oklahoma City north to Salina, Kan. The severe storms are expected to strike Saturday afternoon and evening. They warn that baseball-sized hail could pummel some isolated areas and winds of up to 70 mph are possible.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democratic Senator Tom Adelson of Tulsa says he won't seek a final four-year term in office.

Adelson announced Thursday that he wouldn't run again after his District 33 in Tulsa's midtown area was moved to south Tulsa and Broken Arrow as part of redistricting. Adelson had been mulling a run against Republican incumbent Sen. Brian Crain, but apparently decided against it.

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McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ordered a stay of execution for an Oklahoma inmate to remain in effect while the full court considers the case.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 6-4 late Thursday that a stay of execution granted by a lower court will remain in effect for 56-year-old Garry Allen.

A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Attorney General's office says it has appealed the 10th Circuit ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court and expects a final ruling later Thursday.

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Broken Arrow police say a man was killed after a compressed natural gas tank exploded.

Police tell Tulsa television station KOTV that the man was working on a pickup truck that had a CNG tank. Broken Arrow Police Sgt. Ed Ferguson says someone driving past a business in an industrial park spotted the man's body at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Ferguson says it appears the tank exploded, killing the man.

Authorities say the explosion sent debris into the street and caused minor property damage.

State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Senate leader is acknowledging a cut in the state's income tax of more than three-quarters of 1 percent next year will be "very difficult" to achieve this legislative session.

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman told reporters Thursday he believes a cut in the state's top personal income tax rate will be somewhere between one-quarter and three-quarters of 1 percent next year. But Bingman acknowledged negotiations are ongoing and no final decision has been made.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office will appeal a man's stay of execution to the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The state Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday denied Garry Allen's plea to stop his execution. But U.S. District Judge David L. Russell issued a ruling Wednesday to give Allen time to litigate claims about his competency.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker wants a comprehensive study of a compensation plan for state workers who have not had a raise in six years.

Rep. Leslie Osborn of Tuttle said Tuesday the study would help determine if a market-based compensation plan could be adopted for all state workers. The plan would bring state worker salaries closer to private-sector pay.

VINITA, Okla. (AP) — A 73-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly running a major marijuana drug operation out of her northeast Oklahoma home.

Sheriff Jimmie Sooter says a drug task force serving a search warrant late Monday seized several pounds of pot, about $277,000 in cash and guns from Darlene Mayes' home near Vinita.

The retired Department of Human Services worker was booked into jail on complaints that included possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A recount of votes in a special election for a seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives is scheduled for Wednesday.

The recount was requested by Republican candidate Katie Henke after unofficial returns from the April 3 election showed Democrat Dan Arthrell winning by three votes in the District 71 race. The district runs along the Arkansas River in central Tulsa.

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WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Officials in Woodward County say softball-sized hail caused an estimated $250,000 in damages after severe storms swept through the area Monday night, injuring three people.

Woodward County Emergency Manager Matt Lehenbauer says an infant was injured by glass from a shattered car window and another person was hit in the face by a softball-sized hail stone that broke through a car window.

Lehenbauer tells the Woodward News the storms caused at least a quarter-million dollars in damages to buildings and vehicles.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two bills targeting feral hogs are among 16 measures signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin signed the bills on Monday, including one that specifically authorizes a "Judas pig tagging system" for wiping out feral hogs. The system allows hunters to outfit a feral hog with a radio collar, then track it down after it returns to the main herd.

Wild hogs have become a nuisance across the state, rooting up fields and crops, destroying fences and spreading diseases to livestock.

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WELLSTON, Okla. (AP) — A small earthquake shook parts of Lincoln County on Easter.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 2.6-magnitude quake was recorded late Sunday 3 miles west of Wellston.

Lincoln County officials didn't receive any reports of injuries or damage.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest felt by humans.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police documents say the two suspects arrested in a shooting spree that terrorized the city's black community have both confessed. The documents given to The Associated Press on Monday say 19-year-old Jake England confessed to shooting three people and 32-year-old Alvin Watts confessed to shooting two.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least one possible tornado has touched down and hail the size of softballs has damaged windows in northwestern Oklahoma. According to the National Weather Service, a tornado was spotted about 3 miles south-southwest of Woodward about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Hail ranging in size from an inch to 4.25 inches pounded the town, breaking out windows. There was no immediate confirmation of injuries. Woodward and seven other counties are under a tornado watch until late Monday.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Friends say a suspect in a series of shootings that left three dead in Tulsa began coming unglued after his father died two years ago.

Nineteen-year-old Jake England and 32-year-old Alvin Watts were arrested Sunday in the Easter weekend slayings.

Court records say England's father died two years ago after being shot during a struggle with a black man. All the victims of the recent shootings were black.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education has identified six state schools as low-performing and director the Department of Education to work with the schools to improve student performance.

The board delayed action on a seventh school — Santa Fe South Middle School in Oklahoma City — that was recommended to be added to the list.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Members of an anti-death penalty group are asking Gov. Mary Fallin to commute the sentence of Oklahoma death row inmate Garry Allen to life in prison.

Members of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty met Monday with Fallin's general counsel, Steve Mullins.

Fallin denied clemency for Allen on March 13 and set his execution date for Thursday. The anti-death penalty group wants Fallin to reconsider that decision.

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. natural gas market is bursting at the seams.

So much natural gas is being produced that soon there may be nowhere left to put the country's swelling surplus. After years of explosive growth, natural gas producers are retrenching.

The underground salt caverns and depleted oil fields that store natural gas are rapidly filling up after a balmy winter depressed demand for home heating.

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma Indian tribe could partially open a casino in Broken Arrow by the end of the month -- despite protests from thousands of residents and a pending state lawsuit.

The Kialegee Tribal Town began bulldozing the 20-acre site near the heavily-trafficked Creek Turnpike late last year. In recent weeks, it has trucked in several pre-fabricated buildings to temporarily house the Red Clay Casino.

Opponents of the project say the casino site is too close to schools and churches and will hurt property values and attract crime to the area.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa have arrested two men in a shooting rampage that killed three people, terrorizing the local African-American community, and said one suspect might have been trying to avenge his father's shooting two years ago by a black man.

Police arrested 19-year-old Jake England and 32-year-old Alvin Watts about 2 a.m. Sunday at a home north of Tulsa. Police said Sunday both suspects are white and all five victims in the early Friday were black.

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A Fort Smith-based poultry company plans to hire 182 people as part of a $7 million expansion of its processing facilities.

OK Industries officials said Friday the company wants to hire 110 employees in Fort Smith and another 72 in Heavener, Okla. Company spokeswoman Donna Miller says priority in hiring will be given to those who were laid off last year.

Officials say the majority of added jobs will be in deboning plant positions, which use both mechanized and hand-cutting methods.

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