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Police Use Of Force Incidents On The Rise In Oklahoma City

Oklahoma leads the nation in the number of police killings per capita so far this year, according to an analysis by The Guardian. Oklahoma City police have been a part of seven fatal officer-involved shootings, which is more than any other department in the state in 2015. Officers from the police department in Tulsa -- the state’s second largest city -- haven’t shot and killed anyone in 2015, despite a higher violent crime rate. But Oklahoma City Police Captain Paco Balderrama isn’t surprised...
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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says a man on probation who disappeared after disabling his monitoring device has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a police chase through rural Pontotoc County.

Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins says 42-year-old Johnnie Lewis Hawkins II apparently shot himself in the head Friday after authorities disabled the stolen vehicle he was driving.

United States President Barack Obama meets with Stephen Harper in Ottawa.
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In the international arena, social dynamics and shared identities are as important in shaping relationships as they are among individuals.

“We can think about identities as shared systems of meaning that we use to interpret the world because the world is very chaotic, very messy,” says Georgia Institute of Technology political scientist Jarrod Hayes.

These shared systems of meaning are not only important in how we interact on an individual level, but also have a significant impact in international relations.

From right: US Attorney Danny Williams, Special Agent in Charge Madie Branch with the Dallas IRS office, FBI Special Agent in Charge Scott Cruse with the Oklahoma City office, OSBI Director Stan Florence.
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The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa announced Thursday formal federal criminal charges have been filed against State Sen. Rick Brinkley (R-Owasso). He also resigned his Senate seat, effective immediately.

Brinkley pleaded guilty to six federal charges Thursday morning, admitting to taking more than $1.8 million from the Tulsa Better Business Bureau when he served as its director. He was fired last spring from that post.

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Oklahoma City covers more than 600 square miles, and completely surrounds several communities. That can lead to lost or delayed revenue, which is becoming even more problematic with the rise of so-called “gig economy” businesses like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb.

During Tuesday’s city council meeting, Oklahoma City’s assistant treasurer Matt Boggs said Oklahoma City recapture $1.1 million in lost revenue during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

It wasn't all in your head — last month was hotter than ever before.

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report that July had the highest average temperatures in records since 1880.

And it's not just in the U.S. Average July temperatures around the world set heat records too, NPR's Kat Chow reports.

She tells our Newscast unit that:

"This confirms what NASA and a Japanese agency found using separate data.

A scene from 1967's "Son of Godzilla."
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This year’s El Niño might be the strongest ever. The phenomenon — marked by unusually warm waters in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America — means more precipitation could be on the way for Oklahoma. The state’s wheat farmers are hopeful, but know too much rain at the wrong time can be ruinous.

Mike Rosen runs a grain elevator near Kingfisher. He says Oklahoma’s wheat farmers can’t seem to catch a break.

Former President Jimmy Carter said he and his wife, Rosalynn, are going to "cut back dramatically" on their public schedule as he begins radiation therapy later today.

During a press conference in Atlanta, Carter said doctors found melanoma that had spread to his liver and his brain. Ninety-eight percent of that kind of cancer first shows up on the skin, he said. Two percent develops first inside the body.

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If you were late for work Thursday morning because you had to remember where you last put your jacket months ago, dig it out of the back of your closet, and brush off lint and pet dander, no one would blame you.

A strong cold front that arrived Wednesday and brought very pleasant afternoon conditions dropped temperatures to record lows early Thursday morning in Oklahoma City, Lawton, and Wichita Falls.

Thursday morning's 50-degree reading at Will Rogers World Airport shattered Oklahoma City's 65-year-old low August 20 temperature record of 56, set in 1950.

A semi along Interstate 35 between Norman and Moore after an early-morning fatality accident.
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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reopened the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 at 9:40 a.m. Thursday after a fatality accident shut down the highway for more than five hours.

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Interstate 35 northbound right at the border between Moore and Norman was shut down early Thursday morning due to a fatality accident involving a tractor-trailer rig.

Last year was a banner year for earthquakes in Oklahoma, but the state has recorded more magnitude-3.0 temblors in nine months than it did in 2014, Energy Wire’s Mike Soraghan reports.

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