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  • Oklahoma judge stabbed in the leg, daughter is charged

    TULSA, Okla. – The daughter of a Tulsa County district judge has been charged after allegedly stabbing her mother in the leg. Court records show 28-year-old Adrienne Smith was charged Friday with felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the March 2 stabbing at the home of her mother, Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes, in Tulsa. Smith has denied the allegation. Police say Smith initially told officers who went to the judge’s Tulsa home that she was […]

  • Apple Watch may spot heart problem but more research needed

    WASHINGTON (AP) – A huge study suggests the Apple Watch sometimes can detect a worrisome irregular heartbeat, but experts say more work is needed to tell if using wearable technology to screen for heart problems really helps. More than 419,000 Apple Watch users signed up for the study. An app would alert them if the watch spotted a heart rate problem that might signal atrial fibrillation, a condition that if untreated eventually can trigger strokes. Stanford researchers reported preliminary results […]

  • University of Louisiana at Monroe trumpeters provide ‘Taps’ for veterans’ funerals

    MONROE, La. – Ten trumpet students at a Louisiana university are offering to play Taps at veterans’ funerals, rather than leave the haunting farewell bugle call to a recording. Talons for Taps is a group named because the Warhawk is mascot of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. All of the students are taught by Assistant Professor Eric Siereveld. Siereveld said he suggested the volunteer program and explained the importance of acknowledging the sacrifices that service members make. Music education […]

  • Body found in Minnesota matches missing 2-year-old girl

    MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities say a body found in Minnesota matches the description of a 2-year-old girl whose mother was killed in Milwaukee this past week. Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension spokesman Bruce Gordon said Saturday the body has been preliminarily identified as Noelani Robinson. Gordon says the body was found in Steele County, Minnesota, south of Minneapolis. He says the Minnesota agency is waiting for formal identification and preliminary autopsy results from the medical examiner. Authorities had asked “the […]

  • Woman uses t-shirt cannon to launch contraband over prison fence

    SAYRE, Okla. – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections (ODOC) says a woman has been arrested after being caught launching drugs, cellphones, and other contraband over the North Fork Correctional Unit prison fence Sunday. “Eagle-eyed COs at NFCC in Sayre saw Kerri Hickman using a T-shirt cannon Sunday to launch contraband over the medium-security prison’s fence,” said officials with ODOC. Hickman remained jailed Friday in Beckham County on complaints of introducing contraband into a penal institution, conspiracy and drug trafficking. “Smuggling […]

  • 51 women sue USOC for failing to stop Nassar abuse

    DENVER (AP) – Fifty-one women are suing the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), its board members and a number of former high-ranking officials for failing to prevent their abuse at the hands of imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Denver, details abuse dating to the late 1990s. One of the victims was 8 years old. Most contend that because the were young and sexually inexperienced, they were not aware they were being abused at […]

  • “He’s not combative,” Family speaks out after fatal Oklahoma officer-involved shooting 

    SALLISAW, Okla. – Authorities say a knife-wielding Oklahoma man who was fatally shot by police had been reported as a possible escapee from a Missouri jail. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating after 27-year-old Shawn Taylor Watie, of Stilwell, was shot by two officers on Thursday when officials say he “came after” them with a knife. OSBI officials say the officers rendered aid on Watie until EMS arrived. He was then transported to the hospital where he later […]

  • Lawyer plans to ‘detail mental illness’ of man charged in parents’ murders

    EDMOND, Okla. –  An attorney for a 19-year-old man accused of killing his parents is being described as mentally incompetent, according to the Associated Press. Shortly after 2:30 a.m. on March 4, police received a 911 call about shots fired inside of a home near E Covell Rd. and N Bryant Ave. As authorities went inside the home, they found the bodies of 50-year-old Michael Logan Walker and 44-year-old Rachel May Walker. Both had been shot multiple times. Officials say […]

  • Bill that would restore 5-day school week in Oklahoma clears Senate

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A plan to force more Oklahoma school districts to return to five-day school weeks has cleared the Oklahoma Senate. Senate Bill 441 authored by Sen. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore passed by a vote of 31-17 on Thursday and now goes to the House. According to the state Department of Education, 92 of Oklahoma’s more than 500 school districts currently are operating on four-day school weeks. In those cases, instructional hours are extended each day to reach the required […]

  • Witness: Many dead in New Zealand mosque shooting

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – A witness says many people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. Police have not described the scale of the Friday shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors. Witness Len Peneha says he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror. He says he […]

  • Mabee-Gerrer Museum in Shawnee celebrates centennial in 2019

    SHAWNEE, Okla. – Oklahoma’s oldest art gallery is commemorating its 100th birthday with a series of special exhibitions and festivities. The Oklahoman reports the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee is launching its centennial festivities with the exhibition “Celebrating a Century: Treasures from the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art,” featured through March 24. Father Gregory Gerrer, the museum’s namesake, was a Benedictine monk with prominent artistic talent. Gerrer collected a variety of objects with artistic and ethnological value during his travels […]

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