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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin's office says her request for federal assistance to individuals and businesses affected by a tornado that killed six in Woodward has been denied.

A news release on Friday said that Fallin will now ask the U.S. Small Business Administration for a disaster declaration for Woodward County.

The Sunday morning tornado left three girls 10 and younger and three men dead.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The remains of an Oklahoma soldier who was killed in Afghanistan have been returned to the state.

The body of 25-year-old Specialist James Dutton were flown to Davis Field in Muskogee on Friday and taken to Bradley Funeral Service in Muskogee.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Checotah.

The Department of Defense has said Dutton was killed March 31st in Afghanistan. Details of his death have not been released.

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US Airways Group Inc. says it has made deals with the three unions at American Airlines.

The contracts would cover American Airlines workers if there's a merger with US Airways. However, US Airways says no deal on a merger has been made.

American is reorganizing under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Its executives have said they want to emerge from bankruptcy as a stand-alone airline.

US Airways says the deals are with the Transport Workers Union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, and the Allied Pilots Association.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — House Speaker Kris Steele says the Republican caucus has decided in a closed-door meeting not to hear a so-called "personhood" bill that would have granted fertilized human eggs the rights and privileges of other Oklahoma citizens.

Steele says House Republicans voted Thursday not to hear the bill amid concerns that it could lead to a ban on certain forms of birth control and in-vitro fertilization. He says concerns also were voiced that passage of the bill could result in another potential legal challenge.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The daughter of one of the victims in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing says it's important to educate future generations about the attack that killed her mother and 167 others.

Morgan Merrell spoke at Thursday's ceremony on the 17th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. She was a toddler when her mother, Frankie Ann Merrell, died in the blast on April 19, 1995.

Gov. Mary Fallin also attended Thursday's ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, where 168 seconds of silence were observed at 9:02 a.m.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state representative is praising a Tulsa County judge's decision to allow children with certain disabilities to attend private schools on state-funded scholarships.

State Rep. Jason Nelson wrote the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Act and on Wednesday said District Judge Rebecca Nightingale's order issuing a stay until an appeal of her ruling is considered is the right thing to do.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading no contest in the death of his roommate. Michael Cypert entered his no-contest plea Tuesday to second-degree murder. He was initially charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 death of his roommate, 46-year-old Robert Nichols.

Police say Cypert poured vodka on Nichols, then set him on fire. Nichols died several days later at a Tulsa hospital.

Prosecutors dismissed a charge of first-degree arson against Cypert.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An alternative prison program for nonviolent female offenders with alcohol and drug addictions is set to honor its sixth and largest group of graduates.

Women in Recovery is an alternative to incarceration program that operates in Tulsa County. Its latest graduating class will be honored Wednesday during a ceremony at the State Capitol.

Gov. Mary Fallin, House Speaker Kris Steele and other state officials will attend.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state's highest court will review a recount that overturned the results in a special election for a state House seat from Tulsa.

Initial returns from the April 3 election showed Democrat Dan Arthrell three votes ahead of Republican Katie Henke. Henke requested a manual recount that found she won by one vote.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a stay to prevent any action on the recount after two ballots for Arthrell were found shortly after the Tulsa County Election Board certified Henke as the winner.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another bill to slash the state's personal income tax has moved through the state Senate over the objections of Democrats who say critical state needs will take a hit.

The Senate voted 31-15 on Tuesday for a measure that trims the top rate from the current level of 5.25 percent to 4.95 percent beginning in 2013. The bill also contains triggers to further reduce the income tax every year by one-quarter of 1 percent if certain revenue growth triggers are met.

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SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Sapulpa man on a first-degree murder complaint in connection with the shooting death of his stepfather.

Police found 54-year-old Ricky McClean fatally shot on Sunday night. Authorities arrested his stepson, Scott Edwards, on the murder complaint. They also arrested McClean's wife, 52-year-old Michelle McClean, on a complaint of accessory to murder.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state lawmaker has tried unsuccessfully to override a veto of his bill by Republican Governor Mary Fallin.

Democratic Representative Eric Proctor of Tulsa attempted the veto override on Monday, but his motion was tabled in the Republican-controlled House.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has voted to deny clemency to a death row inmate who is scheduled to be executed for killing a convenience store clerk nearly 37 years ago.

The board voted 4-1 Monday in the case of Michael Selsor, whose attorneys had asked members to commute his death sentence to life in prison.

Selsor is scheduled to be put to death May 1 for the Sept. 15, 1975, fatal shooting of 55-year-old Clayton Chandler during a robbery at a Tulsa convenience store.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Democrat whose three-vote lead in a special election for a state House seat was overturned in a recount wants the state Supreme Court to intervene.

Democrat Dan Arthrell will ask a court referee on Monday to recommend that the court take the case.

Arthrell lost four votes in the manual recount of votes in the Tulsa race and Republican Katie Henke was certified by the county election board as the winner by one vote.

Shortly after the certification, two uncounted ballots for Arthrell were found beneath a voting machine.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forecasters say it appears about 75 tornadoes touched down in four Great Plains states Saturday.

Meteorologist Greg Carbin at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman says most of the tornadoes were in Kansas, followed by Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska. The tornadoes hit during a 24-hour period from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday after forecasters warned of a "high risk" of severe weather.

At least six deaths are blamed on a storm that went through Woodward and destroyed more than 100 homes and businesses. Dozens of people were injured.

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CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Claremore police say a boy has died after he was struck by a train Sunday night.

Police say the incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. at a railroad crossing at Seventh Street and Missouri Avenue in Claremore.

Police described the victim as a juvenile boy but did not release his name or age. Police say the boy was taken to a Claremore hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say no one on the Union Pacific freight train was injured.

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SPARKS, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a 3.9 magnitude earthquake in Lincoln County.

The county sheriff's office says there have been no reports of injuries or damage.

The USGS reports the quake was recorded at 3:12 a.m. Monday between Sparks and Prague — about 45 miles east of Oklahoma City.

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

ELDON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a possible tornado destroyed two mobile homes, numerous trees and some outbuildings in eastern Oklahoma, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

The National Weather Service says the storm hit about 9:20 a.m. Sunday near Eldon in Cherokee County. A sheriff's dispatcher says no injuries were reported, but two mobile homes "are gone."

Tree damage also was reported about 6 miles east of Tahlequah and near Oklahoma Highway 51, where authorities say a barn and a shed also were damaged.

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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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