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An armed man who held hostages inside an Oklahoma office building during a more than four-hour standoff has surrendered.

Police in Norman say 29-year-old Devin Rogers surrendered shortly after 4:45 p.m. Monday after holding a man and a woman hostage inside the building.

Police Capt. Tom Easley told reporters there were no injuries, but the two hostages would be medically examined as a precaution.

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Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins says an outgoing state senator from Valliant has been selected by the party as its candidate in a possible special election for the 2nd Congressional District seat in eastern Oklahoma.

Collins said Democratic state Sen. Jerry Ellis was picked Monday from a list of three candidates selected during a meeting of the party's central committee over the weekend. The 67-year-old Ellis served 12 years in the Oklahoma House and Senate.

Moore Norman Technology Center Superintendent Jane Bowen speaks during the 2014 Norman State of Schools luncheon.
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Norman community and business leaders heard presentations on the current state of affairs, growing challenges, and future plans for both Norman Public Schools system and the Moore Norman Technology Center during Friday’s annual Norman State of Schools luncheon at the Marriott Conference Center at NCED.

Moore Norman Technology Center Superintendent Jane Bowen cited statistics showing a growing gap between employer’s needs and workforce skill sets and preparation.  

Some forecasters call it an arctic front. Others say it's the good old polar vortex, or simply an "intrusion." By any other name, it'll be just as cold: Weather that hit Alaska last week is rushing down into the U.S., rapidly bringing a drop in temperature that won't end for days.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says it's assisting in a standoff at a workplace in Norman.

Lt. Betsy Randolph says troopers are assisting Norman police after a person with a gun held at least one person hostage inside of an office building Monday. Aerial footage from television news stations showed dozens of people leaving the Nextep building with their arms in the air and running across a parking lot to safety.

Norman police did not return calls for comment but said on Twitter that a "large number" of people were evacuated safely from the building.

National Weather Service

Oklahoma highway officials say they're preparing for a series of weather systems that forecasters predict will bring sub-freezing temperatures and a chance of snow to the state.

The National Weather Service says a cold front expected to move southeastward across Oklahoma Monday will be followed by much colder air, strong winds and plummeting wind chills.

On the same morning net neutrality demonstrators showed up at FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's house to protest a plan that could let broadband providers charge for "fast lanes" to the Internet, the demonstrators found unexpected support from the White House.

American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

The Oklahoma State Senate Education Subcommittee on Appropriations  is scheduled to hold an interim study at 9:30 a.m. Monday to discuss the future of the planned American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.

Construction on the project at the intersection of Interstates 35 and 40 began about seven years ago and approximately $95 million has been spent on the unfinished facility.

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When state Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) fought back his emotions and addressed friends and family in a standing-room only hotel conference room on Election Night, he urged Oklahomans to stay positive in the face of defeat.

“I don't want to see any tears. I don't want to see any sorrows," Dorman said. "We did a lot of good. We knew we were up against tough odds running against an incumbent. And I appreciate each and everyone one of you."

A 'Better Than Expected' Run

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports two more people have been hospitalized due to the flu.

The department says that 14 people have now been hospitalized as a result of the illness this season, which began Sept. 28.

There have been no deaths due to the flu this season, after a record 61 people died in the state due to flu last flu season.

The previous record of 46 flu deaths was recorded in the 2009 flu season — the year the state began tracking the statistic.

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