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    Bill would end use of electric chair in Oklahoma executions

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Use of the electric chair in Oklahoma executions would end under a bill filed in the state House. The bill filed Thursday by Republican Rep. Harold Wright lists which execution methods would be used in the state. Lethal injection is first, followed by nitrogen hypoxia _ which causes death by depleting oxygen in the blood _ then firing squad and any form of execution not prohibited by the U.S. Constitution. Electrocution is currently listed third, but hasn’t […]

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    Report: Skull found in Pittsburg County belonged to fugitive

    CANADIAN, Okla. – Authorities say a human skull found more than a year ago in Pittsburg County belonged to a Broken Arrow man who was wanted on lewd molestation charges. The Tulsa World reports the state medical examiner’s office has identified the skull as belonging to Russell Ray Wilson. The skull was found in December 2015 in the Turkey Flat area of Arrowhead State Park. A report from the medical examiner says Wilson died from a gunshot wound, but examiners […]

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    Lawmaker proposes $10,000 pay raises for Oklahoma teachers

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma teachers would receive a $10,000 pay raise by 2021 under a bill filed by Republican state Sen. David Holt. The bill calls for a $1,000 raise this fall, followed by $3,000 raises for each of the following three years. Holt also introduced bills he says will pay for the raises, including eliminating the sales tax exemption for wind energy manufacturers and end the wind energy tax credit. Other bills would end sales tax exemptions for state […]

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    Donald Trump to be sworn in using Lincoln’s Bible and childhood Bible

    WASHINGTON – The Presidential Inaugural Committee says Donald Trump will be sworn in as president Friday using two Bibles — his own childhood Bible and the Bible that Abraham Lincoln used at his first inauguration. The oath of office will be administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Committee chairman Tom Barrack says Trump “is humbled to place his hand on Bibles that hold special meaning both to his family and to our country.” Trump’s Bible was presented to him by […]

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    Former Oklahoma House member avoids jail time after pleading guilty in travel scheme

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Prosecutors say a former Oklahoma Republican House leader has pleaded guilty to a felony count of perjury, admitting that he lied on travel reimbursement claims submitted to the state when he had already been reimbursed from his campaign account. Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland says 61-year-old Gus Blackwell received a five-year suspended sentence on Wednesday and was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Rowland says Blackwell avoided any jail or […]

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    Police: 2 children taken in 1985 found, parent arrested

    SCITUATE, R.I. – Rhode Island State Police say two children reported missing in 1985 have been located in the Houston area and their non-custodial mother has been charged with snatching them. Police said Tuesday an anonymous tip two days before Christmas led them to Kimberly and Kelly Yates, and their 69-year-old mother, Elaine. They said the mother had been living in Houston under the name Leina Waldberg. She was arrested without incident and faces arraignment Wednesday in Texas on a […]

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    Woman found shot to death along Oklahoma road

    CACHE, Okla. –  Authorities say a woman has been found shot to death along a road in southwestern Oklahoma. Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley tells KSWO-TV the woman was found about 11:30 a.m. Monday near the town of Cache. Stradley says the woman was dead at the scene with apparent gunshot wounds. Her name was not immediately released. The sheriff says it appears the woman was left in the road between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. when deputies were first notified.

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    2 Democrats won’t attend closed Oklahoma House investigation

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Two Democratic state lawmakers say they won’t participate in a closed meeting of a House panel that’s investigating sexual harassment allegations against one of them and a Republican lawmaker. Democratic Rep. Steve Kouplen of Beggs, a member of the Special Investigation Committee, says in a statement he will not attend Tuesday’s meeting because participants are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement. “I served on a previous investigation with basically the same rules and non-disclosure agreement, and did […]

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    2nd person of interest identified after teenager’s burned body found in Oklahoma

    WAGONER, Okla. – Authorities say a second person of interest has been identified in the death of a 15-year-old boy whose burning body was found near Wagoner. Brennan Davis’ body was found on fire last Wednesday in the Jackson Bay area near Fort Gibson Lake and his body was identified by the state medical examiner’s office using dental records. Sheriff Chris Elliot said Davis had been shot several times. The teen was reported missing on Jan. 12, the day after his […]

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    Police say man found shot to death in park in east Tulsa

    TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa police say a man was found shot to death in a park on the city’s east side. Sgt. Robert Rohloff told reporters the man was found in a parking lot at Norberg Park about 7 p.m. Sunday with apparent gunshot wounds to the head, chest, arms and sides. Rohloff says the man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The man’s name has not been released and no arrests have been announced. Rohloff […]

  • Candles  burn in front of the monument of Sobibor World War II Nazi German extermination camp on October 14, 2013 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the uprising in this camp. Philip Bialowitz, Thomas Blatt from USA and Jules Schelvis from Netherlands last insurgents participated in a memorial ceremony at the site of the Sobibor monument. AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI        (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Israel says Nazi camp excavations unearth link to Anne Frank

    JERUSALEM-  Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial says researchers excavating the remains of one of the most notorious Nazi death camps have uncovered a pendant that appears identical to one belonging to Anne Frank. Yad Vashem says Sunday it has ascertained the pendant belonged to Karoline Cohn _ a Jewish girl who perished at Sobibor and may have known the famous diarist. Like Frank, Cohn was born in Frankfurt in 1929. Researchers are trying to confirm whether they were related. The […]