OKLAHOMA RUNOFF-ABSENTEE DEADLINE
Absentee ballot deadline nears for runoff
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Wednesday is the deadline for Oklahoma voters to request an absentee ballot for next week's runoff election.
Voters must request the ballot by 5 p.m. Wednesday for the Tuesday runoff, which will feature two statewide races for Democratic voters and runoffs for both parties in the 5th District U.S. House contest.
Early voting begins Thursday and continues Friday and Saturday.
Democrats will choose nominees in a U.S Senate contest and for the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Several state House and Senate contests will also be on the ballot.
Dorman tops Fallin in fundraising period
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman raised slightly more money in his campaign for Oklahoma governor than incumbent Republican Gov. Mary Fallin in the most recent campaign reporting period, but Fallin still maintains a huge fundraising lead over her challenger.
Campaign contribution and expenditure reports filed with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission indicate Dorman raised $267,310 between June 10 and Aug. 11. That's more than $27,000 more than the $239,677 raised by Fallin during the same period.
But the reports also indicate Fallin has raised a total of almost $3.3 million for her campaign and had almost $1.14 million in funds remaining at the end of the reporting period. Dorman's campaign report indicates his campaign has raised a total of $654,026 and had $142,423 remaining at the end of the period.
Slaughterville residents worry over oil drilling
SLAUGHTERVILLE, Okla. (AP) - Some residents in a central Oklahoma town say they are concerned about a company that wants to start oil drilling in the area.
The Norman Transcript reports a Tulsa-based business wants to drill an oil well in Slaughterville.
Some residents told the Slaughterville Town Hall board on Tuesday night they worry drilling could contaminate ground water in the community. Resident Herbert Rowsey says he is worried about soil contamination.
Town administrator Marsha Blair says the company has drilling permits and a million-dollar insurance policy.
An oil and gas inspector says the company would inspect the well every six months.
Oklahoma city closes 2 public storm shelters
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - A central Oklahoma city says it will no longer use its city hall and a fire station as public storm shelters.
Shawnee's emergency management director recommended the city commission vote to stop using the buildings, citing potential dangers and an increase in private shelters.
The Shawnee News-Star reports the Shawnee city commission approved the measure 5-2 on Monday night.
Lynch says he estimates up to 700 shelters have been registered in Shawnee. He says residents usually wait right before a storm hits to travel to a public storm shelter. He says that puts them in harm's way.
Lynch also noted Norman, Midwest City and Edmond have closed some of their public storm shelters.
Officials say Fort Sill boosted Oklahoma business
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - Some officials say a southern Oklahoma city saw economic benefits from a facility that processed children who entered the country unaccompanied.
Federal officials say more than 1,800 unaccompanied immigrant children came through Fort Sill in southwestern Oklahoma before the facility closed earlier this month. It opened in June.
A 2008 law requires that unaccompanied child immigrants from countries that don't border the U.S. be handed over to federal officials within 72 hours of being apprehended.
CEO and president Barry Albrecht of the Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corp. tells The Journal Record that Lawton saw a significant bump to its businesses from Fort Sill workers.
But an Oklahoma Tax Commission spokeswoman says it's too early to say what the economic impact was in Lawton.
Woman gets 20 years in plot to kill ex-boyfriend
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - A Muskogee woman convicted of attempting to arrange the killing of her ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The Muskogee Phoenix reports 31-year-old Kenna Lee Morrison was sentenced Tuesday for solicitation of first-degree murder. A jury found Morrison guilty in June.
Prosecutors had argued Morrison recruited three others in a plot to kill her ex-boyfriend, who was not harmed. They say Morrison asked them to kill her ex-boyfriend, because he had kicked her out of the home they shared.
Her former boyfriend had testified on her behalf. He says he doesn't think she should receive a prison sentence.
Morrison has been in jail since February, and she will receive credit for the time served.
SAVANNA POLICE-ASSISTANT CHIEF
Savanna assistant police chief resigns
SAVANNA, Okla. (AP) - The assistant police chief in Savanna has resigned after being accused of providing beer to three underage girls.
The McAlester News-Capital reports 27-year-old Bo Munholland has been charged with three felony counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor. He's also been charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and obstructing an officer.
Munholland has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Pittsburg County Court Clerk's office says its records don't show an attorney for Munholland.
Savanna's police chief says Munholland resigned Monday.
Munholland is accused of giving beer to two 20-year-olds and an 18-year-old in McAlester on Saturday.
Police say he crashed a vehicle he was driving. They say he attempted to obstruct McAlester police investigating the single-vehicle wreck by telling the girls to run away from the scene.
OKC archbishop sues over 'black mass'
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The archbishop of Oklahoma City has sued to try to stop a group of Satanists from staging a "black mass" next month at a civic center, arguing that the group is using a communion wafer stolen from the Catholic Church.
Archbishop Paul Coakley filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court. Coakley alleges that the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu and leader Adam Daniels unlawfully obtained the consecrated host to be used in the mass.
A consecrated host is a wafer of bread that Catholics believe is the body and blood of Jesus.
According to the lawsuit, only ordained Catholic ministers or extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion can handle the consecrated host.
Daniels refused to say how he obtained the communion wafer and said he would sue Coakley for defamation.
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