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Wine bottles in The Spirit Shop in Norman
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State Question Could Bring Wine And Cold Beer To More Places, Change Oklahoma’s Alcohol Distribution

“There he is!” Bryan Kerr said with a laugh, as he greeted a customer at his liquor store in Moore. ”You’re always showing up at exactly the right time.” The customer navigated through rows of bottles at Moore Liquor, while Kerr slipped outside. He took a few steps to an adjoining storefront to another business he owns: Party Moore. “A lot of people mistake it for like a Party Galaxy or Party City. It is not that,” Kerr said as he cracked open the store’s door. “It is a party store that is...
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The Oklahoma City Fire Department responded to a deadly accident at a construction site in downtown Oklahoma City on Friday.

A construction worker fell 14 stories at the Bank of Oklahoma building that's under construction at the intersection North Walker Avenue and Sheridan Avenue.

FiveThirtyEight compared Oklahoma's fault line locations to wastewater disposal well sites to see if it helps explain why north-central portions of the state have seen a recent uptick in seismic activity.

Germany's Fabian Hambuechen, Britain's Nile Wilson, and United States' Danell Leyva celebrate during the medal ceremony for horizontal bar during 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 16, 2016.
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An Olympic hallmark since the 1932 games, the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro hosted University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics coach Mark Williams and his team this summer. Of all the spectacles he saw in Brazil, Williams found the facility one of the most striking.

“The Olympic village is just an amazing place. You can sit down and have lunch and have five different languages in your ear,” Williams said. “One day I just started to count, and I think I got up to 35 different countries represented within about 100 feet of me.”

Doors are closed at ITT Technical Institute’s campus inside 50 Penn Place in Oklahoma City.
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Earlier this week ITT Technical Institute immediately closed every campus across the country. Filings last year with the Securities and Exchange Commission show that affects nearly 45,000 sites, including two in Oklahoma.  – one in Oklahoma City, the other in Tulsa.

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Oklahoma on Saturday, prompting Gov. Mary Fallin to declare a state of emergency. On Wednesday, officials said it was the strongest quake in the state’s history.

The quake followed a string of thousands of smaller tremors that have raised questions about the impact of drilling for oil and gas, and the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

Mona Denney surveys earthquake damage inside her home near Pawnee, Okla.
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The U.S. Geological Survey is upgrading the strength of an earthquake that shook the state on Sept. 3 to 5.8 magnitude. That change makes the Labor Day weekend temblor the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Oklahoma. The quake is the latest in a seismic surge researchers say has largely been fueled by the oil industry practice of pumping waste fluid into underground disposal wells.

Midwest City-Del City Superintendent Rick Cobb walks through an unfinished classroom at Parkview Elementary School Wednesday.
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Oklahoma public schools issued hundreds of millions of dollars in debt last year through a risky financing scheme that may be unconstitutional.

Over the past dozen years, more Oklahoma schools have issued lease revenue bonds as a way to raise money for school construction and equipment. But finance experts told lawmakers on Wednesday that the state constitution doesn’t allow it.

 Robert Bever, second from left, and Michael Bever, third from left, are escorted into a courtroom for a hearing in Tulsa, February 23, 2016.
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Robert Bever will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the the grisly 2015 killing of five of his family members in their Broken Arrow home.

Bever entered guilty pleas during an arraignment Wednesday in Tulsa County District Court.

Parents April and David Bever, along with 12-year-old Daniel, 7-year-old Christopher and 5-year-old Victoria were found stabbed to death July 22, 2015. A 13-year-old sister survived the attack, and a 2-year-old was unharmed.

Willy Jones, one of the area organizers for Oklahomans for Health, holds a sign in support of medical marijuana during a petition drive outside a vapor shop in Oklahoma City, Thursday, July 3, 2014.
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An attorney representing a group trying to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the state Supreme Court.

The legal action challenges Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s rewritten ballot language for State Question 788, which will not go before voters this fall.

Oklahoma state Treasurer Ken Miller speaks during a news conference n Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 8, 2015.
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State treasurer Ken Miller says gross receipts to Oklahoma’s treasury declined for the 18th consecutive month, and Oklahoma’s unemployment rate is higher than the national number for the first time in 26 years.

“We keep scouring through the data to find signs of an impending turnaround, but it’s just not there,” Miller said in a statement. “Some aspects of the August report aren’t as negative as in prior months – a few revenue streams have ticked up slightly – but we can’t yet point to a positive trend.”

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