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Twin Toddlers Drown in Their Backyard

Oklahoma tragedy leaves 18-month-olds dead

(Newser) - Firefighters responded to an unimaginable scene Thursday morning at an Oklahoma City home: A mother had pulled her 18-month-old twins, a boy and a girl, out of the family's backyard swimming pool and was performing CPR on them. They were rushed to a nearby hospital but did not survive,...

Video Shows Police Captain Asking Officer to Turn Off Bodycam

Oklahoma City sergeant declined to do so during DUI traffic stop

(Newser) - Bodycam footage of an Oklahoma City traffic stop shows a police captain repeatedly asking the sergeant who pulled him over to turn his bodycam off. Sgt. Chris Skinner declined to do so and ultimately arrested Captain James "Matt" French on suspicion of DUI after French lost his balance multiple...

After Vote on School Discipline: 'It's 1880 in Here'

Bill in Oklahoma House on barring corporal punishment against disabled students fails

(Newser) - It was a close vote in the Oklahoma state House this week, but a measure to bar teachers and staff from using corporal punishment against kids with disabilities failed. Despite GOP Rep. John Talley's best efforts to advance HB1028, which would've kept educators from hitting, spanking, paddling, or...

Oklahomans Head to Polls for a Single Issue
Oklahomans Head to
Polls for a Single Issue

Oklahomans Head to Polls for a Single Issue

State voted no on legalizing recreational pot

(Newser) - It's a "no" from Oklahoma voters on the question of legalizing recreational cannabis. State Question 820 was rejected by more than 60% of voters Tuesday, losing every single county in the state, the Oklahoman reports. The state's current cannabis laws will remain unchanged for now, with only...

This Is the Best US State for Women

Vermont is No. 1, while Oklahoma comes in last in WalletHub's rankings

(Newser) - It's Women's History Month , and what better way to celebrate the occasion than to offer some leads on tracking down the best places for women to live. WalletHub has done much of the legwork, looking at more than two dozen metrics for all 50 states and DC in...

Cops: Suspect Dead After Hobby Lobby Shooting

Man allegedly killed manager at Oklahoma City distribution center

(Newser) - A man who allegedly killed his manager at a Hobby Lobby distribution center in Oklahoma City on Wednesday afternoon died after a police chase, authorities say. Police say the suspect crashed a red Dodge Charger on Highway 33 northwest of Oklahoma City and barricaded himself inside the vehicle, KFOR reports....

After 2 Drinks at Starbucks Drive-Thru, He Was Out $4.5K

Jesse O'Dell was charged for a gratuity he didn't authorize, and getting the money back was a pain

(Newser) - An Oklahoma man's visit to his local Starbucks drive-through put him out not only the cost of the two venti drinks he purchased—he was also charged nearly $4,500 for a gratuity he didn't authorize. KOKI and NBC News report that Jesse O'Dell's Jan. 7...

Judge: Taking Guns From Pot Smokers Unconstitutional

Jared Michael Harrison wins his federal case in Oklahoma

(Newser) - A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled that a federal law prohibiting people who use marijuana from owning firearms is unconstitutional, the latest challenge to firearms regulations after the US Supreme Court's conservative majority set new standards for reviewing the nation's gun laws. Lawyers for Jared Michael Harrison...

Remains Found in Search for Missing 4-Year-Old
Remains Identified as
Missing 4-Year-Old

Remains Identified as Missing 4-Year-Old

Prosecutors say Athena Brownfield was beaten to death on Christmas Day

(Newser) - Authorities in Oklahoma have confirmed that a body found last week is that of missing 4-year-old girl Athena Brownfield. She was reported missing on Jan. 10, when a postal worker found her 5-year-old sister wandering unattended outside a home, but prosecutors say she was beaten to death on Christmas Day...

Here Are the Worst States in America for Drivers

And the best, per WalletHub's ranking, which puts Hawaii in last place

(Newser) - Whether we get behind the wheel for leisurely cruising, for our daily commutes, or to take care of errands, American drivers have long contended with traffic, potholes, fluctuating gas prices, and the other annoyances. WalletHub wanted to see which states were better to drive in than others, and it looked...

Caretaker of Missing 4-Year-Old Is Arrested

Search continues for Athena Brownfield around Cyril, Oklahoma

(Newser) - Oklahoma police are searching for a 4-year-old girl who was reported missing Tuesday after her 5-year-old sister was found wandering alone in Cyril. A postal worker spotted the 5-year-old and called police, who charged 31-year-old Alysia Adams with two counts of neglect on Thursday. Police say the two girls were...

Oklahoma Executes Man Who Killed Elderly Couple in 2003

Anti-death penalty spiritual adviser was allowed in chamber for Scott Eizember execution

(Newser) - Oklahoma executed a man Thursday who was convicted of killing an elderly couple and committing other crimes 20 years ago before authorities caught up to him in Texas after a manhunt. Scott James Eizember, 62, received a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester and was pronounced dead...

Oklahoma to Allow Anti-Execution Minister in Death Chamber

U-turn will prevent delay to execution of Scott Eizember, officials say

(Newser) - Oklahoma prison officials said Wednesday that they will allow an anti-death penalty minister with a history of protest-related arrests inside the execution chamber for Thursday's lethal injection of death row inmate Scott Eizember. Department of Corrections Director Steven Harpe said he reversed his earlier decision not to allow the...

Man Allegedly Demanded $300K Before Killing 4 Pot Farm Workers

Wu Chen was charged Friday, and prosecutors are arguing for no bond

(Newser) - The man charged with "executing" four people at an illegal pot farm in Oklahoma last month first held workers at the farm at gunpoint and demanded they give him $300,000, which he referred to as a return on his investment in the industrial-scale grow operation, prosecutors say. Wu...

Country Singer, 37, Dies in His Sleep on Wedding Night

Oklahoma's Jake Flint looked happy and healthy hours earlier

(Newser) - Country music singer Jake Flint got married Saturday on what was arguably the greatest day of his life. It was also the last. The 37-year-old Oklahoma native simply didn't wake up Sunday. "I don't understand," his bride and widow Brenda Wilson wrote on Facebook, where she...

After 4 'Executions' on Pot Farm, an Arrest

Police in Oklahoma say victims were Chinese citizens

(Newser) - Police say the suspect in the killings of four people at a marijuana farm in Oklahoma has been arrested in South Florida. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday evening in a post on Facebook that Wu Chen was taken into custody without incident in the afternoon by officers...

Cops: 4 People 'Executed' at Oklahoma Marijuana Farm

All 4 were Chinese citizens, authorities say

(Newser) - Four people killed at an Oklahoma marijuana farm over the weekend were "executed," state police said Tuesday. Investigators also said the dead were Chinese citizens. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said three men and one woman were slain on the 10-acre farm west of Hennessey, about 55...

'Today's a Day for Adam,' Child's Killer Says at Execution

Oklahoma executes Richard Stephen Fairchild for 1993 murder of 3-year-old

(Newser) - Oklahoma executed a man Thursday for the torture slaying of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son in 1993, the third of four scheduled executions in the US over a two-day stretch. Richard Stephen Fairchild, who turned 63 on Thursday, received a lethal three-drug combination at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester....

Tornadoes Wreak Havoc in 2 States
Tornadoes Wreak
Havoc in 2 States

Tornadoes Wreak Havoc in 2 States

At least one person is dead and dozens hurt in Texas, Oklahoma after bout of extreme weather

(Newser) - Tornadoes tore through parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Friday, killing at least one person, injuring dozens of others, and leaving dozens of homes and buildings in ruins. Tornadoes hit hard in McCurtain County, Okla., in the southeastern corner of the state. Cody McDaniel, the county's emergency manager, confirmed...

8 Found Dead in Burning Oklahoma House

Homicide suspected in Broken Arrow tragedy

(Newser) - Eight people were found dead Thursday in a burning Tulsa-area house in what was being investigated as multiple homicides, police said. The fire was reported about 4pm Thursday in a quiet residential area of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, 13 miles southeast of Tulsa, the AP reports. Broken Arrow police said that...

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