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Former Oklahoma Uber driver accused of raping blacked-out customer

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:11:10 GMT

A 62-year-old former Uber driver in Tulsa is accused of raping a blacked-out woman at his residence rather than taking her home and dropping her off, according to court documents. David Knight is charged with first-degree rape, with the alleged encounter taking place on May 14. The victim contacted police on May 16. The victim, a 44-year-old woman, told officers she had consumed several alcoholic drinks at a bar on Cherry Street.

NASA may finally be getting a leader-Oklahoma pilot Jim Bridenstine

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:07:39 GMT

NASA may finally be close to getting some clarity about its leadership during the Trump administration. On Tuesday, NASA Watch reported that the President will nominate US Representative Jim Bridenstine , as administrator and Aerojet Rocketdyne Vice President John Schumacher as deputy administrator.

Oklahoma attorney general seeks to dismiss preapproval case

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:13:26 GMT

Oklahoma's attorney general has requested that state regulators dismiss a preapproval case for a utility that wants to build a $4.5 billion wind farm. The Oklahoman reports the motion against the Public Service Co.

Oklahoma woman arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot police officers who shot her pit bull

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:32:09 GMT

Around 8:20 p.m. Thursday, officers with the Enid Police Department were called to a home in the 900 block of E. Oklahoma after receiving reports of a dog chasing a boy. "The caller reported a vicious dog at 9th and Oklahoma chasing a little boy," Sgt.

Seismologists Say Oklahoma's Man-Made Earthquakes Can't Be Un-Made Any Time Soon

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:07:29 GMT

In this four-part mini-series, we'll unpack how large firms can get down to the grassroots level when it comes to engaging communities around health and wellness. In this editorial series in partnership with Covanta Environmental Solutions, we'll explore steps your company can take to edge closer to zero waste targets.

Oklahoma lawmakers waiting on court's decision to determine next budget move

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:58:04 GMT

After the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the 'cigarette fee' was unconstitutional, Oklahoma lawmakers say they are waiting to see what else the court decides regarding taxes and fees that were approved last legislative session. The justices' ruling cited the act "did not indicate the purpose of the $1.50 assessment was to reduce the incidence of smoking, nor did they mention any non-revenue-raising regulatory purpose," according to a written ruling obtained by NewsChannel 4 .

New Software Monitors Oklahoma Bridges Following Earthquakes

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:42:08 GMT

The ShakeCast software is the final stage in a two-year contract with the private firm Infrastructure Engineers Inc., The Oklahoman reported. The U.S. Geological Survey created the software, which automatically interprets data and compiles a list of bridges that should be checked for damage.

Oklahoma First Responders Train To Spot Strangulation Victims

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:15:03 GMT

Monday and Tuesday, first responders from around the state are in Oklahoma City learning how to spot when a person is the victim of strangulation with the hopes of stopping even worse crimes down the line. In the 1990s, a California prosecutor started to notice a connection - if a person attempted to strangle their partner, they were more likely to go on and commit a murder.

Aviation, Aerospace Industries Booming In Oklahoma, Study Finds

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:15:02 GMT

The industry is behind only oil in its economic impact - supporting more than 200,000 jobs statewide with an $11.7 billion annual payroll. "The footprint of aviation and aerospace is strong and growing in the state of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Agencies Train To Understand Dangers Of Strangulation

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:15:01 GMT

Oklahoma remains among the worst in the nation for the rate of women killed by men, but some new training for first responders and prosecutors may help save lives. International experts are hosting a CLEET-certified informational course at the Devon Boathouse Monday, Aug. 14 and Tuesday, Aug. 15 about the relationship between strangulation and homicides.

Oklahoma Murder Convict Escapes Death Penalty Citing Tribal Citizenship

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:01:23 GMT

A man convicted of first-degree murder will no longer face the death sentence after a federal appeals court ruled the state of Oklahoma can't prosecute him. The decision says that since the man is a member of the Muscogee Nation, and the murder happened in Indian Country, he can only be tried by the federal government.

University Of Oklahoma Creates New Medical Systems Entity

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:01:22 GMT

The Journal Record reports that regents voted unanimously Friday to take control of the hospital and clinic systems by forming an affiliation agreement with newly created nonprofit OU Medicine Inc. The new agreement was spurred by the breakup of the system's former operator, Tennessee-based Hospital Corp. of America Holdings Inc. OU Health Sciences Center Provost and Senior Vice President Jason Sanders says the integrated model will give the university more control. The agreement will last for 50 years and can be extended in 20-year terms.

Sheriff: Joplin Man Arrested For The Murder Of Oklahoma Prison Escapee

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:34:44 GMT

The Newton County Sheriff's Office in southwest Missouri has arrested a Joplin man on a second-degree murder complaint stemming from the death of a 57-year-old Oklahoma prison escapee. On Tuesday, August 8th, deputies found the body of Lanny Holman wrapped in a sheet in a road side ditch south of Joplin.

Sayre Man Arrested for Attempted Bomb Plot in Oklahoma City

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:34:43 GMT

Jerry Drake Varnell, 23, of Sayre, Oklahoma, was arrested early Saturday morning in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at BancFirst, 101 N. Broadway, in downtown Oklahoma City, announced Mark A. Yancey, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. According to a criminal complaint filed in the Western District of Oklahoma yesterday, the FBI arrested Varnell at approximately 1:00 am on August 12, 2017, after he attempted to detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van he had parked in an alley next to BancFirst.

Woodward Detective Arrested For Child Sexual Abuse

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:00:09 GMT

Agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation arrested 47-year-old Patrick Gandara Friday. He was booked into the Ellis County Jail.

Oklahoma student: All our schools deserve support

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:34:03 GMT

On Tuesday, Oklahoma's Statewide Virtual Charter School Board is scheduled to meet to consider the charter for the school where I am a 10th-grader. My brother, sister and I are students at the Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy.

Oklahomans gather to condemn racism, mourn Charlottesville victims

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:25:08 GMT

Young men hold signs Sunday during the Oklahoma Standing in Solidarity with Charlottesville Rally at the Capitol. [Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman] Linda Bell was "horrified" by the events Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where protesters clashed over the removal of a Confederate statue and white nationalists took to the streets.