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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State leaders are claiming success in pushing some of their major initiatives past a key legislative deadline this week, but with a month left in the 2012 session it's clear not everyone is getting all they wanted.

Proponents for deep tax cuts and the ultimate elimination of the state's income tax, anti-abortion groups, district attorneys and anti-smoking advocates all have suffered setbacks so far this legislative session.

HARRAH, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office is searching for whoever spray-painted a yellow Labrador retriever from head to tail.

Authorities were called to a home in Harrah on Thursday. Once there, deputies found the 18-month-old lab had been spray-painted in a striped pattern with a blue-gray paint.

The sheriff's office says whoever responsible could face an animal cruelty charge. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal authorities say an Oklahoma City psychiatrist wanted for illegally distributing prescription medications — including to five people who died — has been arrested in Germany.

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma said Friday that Doctor Amar Bhandary (uh-MAR' ban-DAR'-ay) was arrested Thursday at Frankfurt International Airport after arriving on a flight from India. The prosecutor says efforts to extradite Bhandary back to the U.S. are under way.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an Oklahoma death row inmate's request for a stay of execution.

The nation's highest court handed down the decision Friday in the case of 57-year-old Michael Selsor. The inmate is to be executed Tuesday for the shooting death of 55-year-old Tulsa convenience store clerk Clayton Chandler during a robbery 37 years ago.

An order says the request for a stay presented by defense attorneys to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor was rejected by the high court.

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OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a portable methamphetamine lab exploded in a man's pants as he tried to run away from a state trooper during a traffic stop.

The incident happened shortly after midnight Friday in Okmulgee County. Authorities say the man tried to run away when the trooper asked him about a chemical smell.

Trooper Shiloh Hall says the man had an active meth lab in his pants that burst during a struggle with the trooper. The man was checked out by emergency personnel and booked in the Okmulgee County jail on a drug charge.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The 18 member House Native American Caucus has announced support of a planned American Indian Cultural Center along the banks of the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City.

Rep. Seneca Scott of Tulsa and a member of the caucus said Thursday it's the first time in recent years that the caucus, which includes Republicans and Democrats, has unanimously agreed to endorse a project.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Tulsa man in the shooting death of a man in a wheelchair.

The court rejected claims by 23-year-old Amos Adetula that he did not receive a fair trial, had ineffective legal counsel and that a co-defendant's confession was wrongly prohibited as evidence.

Adetula was convicted in December of second-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon in the 2009 shooting death of Norris Lynn Walton and wounding of another man at a Tulsa gas station.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. immigration officials say 40 people have been arrested in Oklahoma and Texas as part of a nationwide investigation into human trafficking that led to 637 arrests nationwide.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok in Dallas said Thursday that 25 were arrested in Dallas, 12 in Oklahoma City and 3 in the North Texas suburb of Carrollton, as part of an investigation that began in February.

The ICE office in Dallas covers all of Oklahoma and 128 counties in northern Texa

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed overhaul legislation that would allow the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service to avert immediate bankruptcy, giving it a cash infusion while delaying decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday delivery.

The bill passed on a 62-37 vote.

Under the measure, the postal service would get an $11 billion refund of over payments made to a federal fund to pay down debt and finance buyouts to 100,000 postal employees.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Additional charges have been filed against a man accused of shooting a sheriff's deputy and a bystander outside a Tulsa courthouse.

Court records indicate the Wagoner County District Attorney's office filed attempted escape from arrest or detention and assault and battery on a police officer counts against Andrew Dennehy. Wagoner County is handling the case because Tulsa prosecutors recused themselves.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sesame Street and other educational programs will continue to air on Oklahoma's television network, despite concerns from some conservative Republicans who think the state should cut off funding.

The GOP-led state Senate voted 38-7 Wednesday for a measure that allows the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, or OETA, to continue existing as a state agency until 2014. The bill now returns heads to the House.

There is growing opposition to the network, which provides free educational programming to residents across the state.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin is looking for some high-tech gurus willing to work around the clock this weekend to help design a new, tornado-ready city website.

What's been labeled the Joplin "hackathon" begins Friday afternoon at City Hall and continues through Sunday afternoon. The competition is sponsored by the city of Joplin and CivicPlus, a website development company based in Manhattan, Kan.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cooler temperatures are predicted Thursday for Oklahoma after areas in the southwestern part of the state crossed the triple-digit mark on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Norman says thunderstorms may develop near Interstates 40 and 44 on Thursday afternoon, mainly east of El Reno. Storms are possible throughout the state on Thursday and early Friday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin's plan to slash and phase out the state's income tax has passed the Senate, even though there is still no agreement on how much of a cut may be possible this year.

The Senate voted 30-16 on Wednesday for Fallin's bill that would cut the top personal income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 3.5 percent and then further reduce the rate by one-quarter of 1 percent each year that state revenue grows by 5 percent or more. Fallin's plan also gets rid of numerous personal and corporate tax exemptions to help offset the lost revenue.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The cost for evading tolls on Oklahoma roads is going down.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill on Tuesday that reduces the fine for second and subsequent toll violations to a flat $25 fee. Under current law, the penalty is $25 for the first violation, $50 for a second violation and $75 for a third violation.

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MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says an investigative audit of a Tar Creek trust authority is under way.

Jones told The Oklahoman the state Attorney General requested a probe of the Lead-Impacted Communities Relocation Trust to see if there are possible infractions involving a contract awarded for cleanup work.

Jones says the audit is nearing completion and should be presented to the attorney general within a month.

Trust officials declined to comment about the audit's specifics.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says the average price of a gallon of gas has fallen 8 cents in the state during the past week.

AAA said Tuesday that the statewide average for a gallon of self-serve regular is $3.59 — down from $3.67 a week ago. The average is 9.5 cents lower than a month ago and is down 11 cents per gallon from a year ago.

The average price in Tulsa is just below $3.47 per gallon while drivers in Oklahoma City are paying an average of $3.55.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An anti-abortion group is urging House leaders to bring a so-called 'personhood' bill to the House floor for a vote and vows to paint any lawmaker who refuses to support the move as what they call "pro-abortion."

A group of ministers and anti-abortion advocates made the comments Tuesday after the House approved a non-binding resolution that grants personhood rights at "all stages of human development."

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says the state has reached an agreement with Public Service Company of Oklahoma and the Environmental Protection Agency on federal air quality rules for PSO's two coal-fired power plants in Oologah.

The Attorney General's Office sued the EPA in May to allow more time for the state to craft a solution. The agreement allows PSO to comply with EPA rules while protecting Oklahoma consumers and ratepayers.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say a man died after an accident at an oil rig in southeast Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City television station KWTV reports that the accident happened at about 10 p.m. Monday in the 3400 block of Southeast 59th Street.

Authorities say the man was pinned beneath metal at the oil rig. Authorities say coworkers freed the man and performed CPR, but they weren't able to save him.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not yet released his name.


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WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Apache Corp. has donated $350,000 to replace the tornado warning system in Woodward, where six people were killed this month by a twister that struck shortly after midnight.

The oil and gas company announced the donation Monday. Woodward officials say lightning knocked out electricity to the town's warning system, and few residents heard the sirens as the storm approached on April 15.

Six people died, 30 were injured and more than 200 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

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NEW YORK (AP) — American Airlines is arguing "a restructured job is better than no job at all," as it seeks approval of a federal bankruptcy judge for its restructuring plan.

After losing more than $10 billion in the decade leading up to its declaration of bankruptcy last November, the airline says that its union contracts must be changed to make the company financially stable. It wants to eliminate 13,000 union jobs or about one in every four union workers. It's also looking to freeze or terminate pension plans, curb health benefits, reduce time off, and impose many other cuts.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be alert and cautious in road and bridge construction zones.

State highway officials are observing Work Zone Awareness Week by reminding motorists that the men and women who work on the state's highways are mere feet away from high-speed traffic with often only a cone or barrel that mark construction zones separating them.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say a man is in jail after a four-hour standoff near the University of Tulsa campus.

Police say the man allegedly threatened two people with a machete then barricaded himself inside an apartment near campus. The  incident began Sunday night at about 11 p.m.

Police accuse the man of trying to attack his brother and a woman with the machete. The two were able to escape the home unharmed.

Police say the standoff ended at about 3 a.m. Monday, when officers fired pepper balls into the apartment to force the man out. No one was injured.

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OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A judge has delayed a hearing for an Okmulgee man facing separate murder charges for the death of his girlfriend and the deaths of two young Weleetka girls.

Kevin Sweat was due in court Monday for a preliminary hearing in the death of his girlfriend, Ashley Taylor. Sweat is also charged in the June 2008 shooting deaths of 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker.

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — The Broken Arrow City Council has voted to fire the city manager, who was criticized by a neighborhood group for how the city handled a proposal to build an American Indian casino in the Tulsa suburb.

Officials say David Wooden will receive six months of severance pay, or about $71,750 plus benefits.

Wooden wasn't present when council members terminated his employment late Friday, but in a statement he said he has enjoyed his career.

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Fire marshals are investigating what caused a house fire that killed a man.

Firefighters responding to calls about 11 p.m. Thursday found the man in the hallway of the residence. Officials were waiting for the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office to release the man's name.

A police spokesman didn't immediately return a call on Saturday.

Family members say the man who lived there was disabled and wheelchair-bound. One of two sons who lived with the man had been gone less than an hour when the fire erupted.

WELLSTON, Okla. (AP) — A small earthquake has been recorded in central Oklahoma.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 2.9-magnitude quake occurred about 7:45 a.m. Saturday 8 miles south of Wellston in Lincoln County. The sheriff's office received no reports of injury or damage with the temblor.

A 2.6-magnitude quake was reported April 10th near Wellston.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Residents in a north Tulsa neighborhood are left with more doubts than hopes the crime-ridden area will improve after a shooting spree.

Authorities describe the shootings earlier this month as racially motivated. Three people were killed and two more wounded.

All of the victims were black.

The shootings happened not far from one of the nation's worst race riots more than 90 years ago, where as many as 300 blacks died. Some residents still consider this northeastern Oklahoma city of 391,000 divided.


Federal, state officials arrest 30 on drug counts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The FBI has announced the arrest of 30 people in Oklahoma and California as part of a three-year-long investigation into drug trafficking between the two states.

The agency said in a news release Friday that arrests were made Thursday in Oklahoma City, Del City, Norman and Tulsa, Oklahoma and in Sacramento, San Francisco and Stockton, California. The FBI says two men — Tyrone Tanner of Tulsa and Darnell Banks of Oklahoma City — are still being sought.