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Will Rogers World Airport

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Updated Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Oklahoma City police say the suspect in a shooting Tuesday at the Will Rogers World Airport was a former employee at Southwest Airlines, and resigned his position in April 2015.

Police allege 45-year-old Lloyd Dean Buie shot and killed Michael Winchester on Tuesday shortly before 1:00 p.m. in the airport parking lot. Winchester was leaving work when Buie allegedly shot him with a rifle from a range of approximately 50 yards.

Winchester also worked at Southwest Airlines.

An electron micrograph of the measles virus
Cynthia S. Goldsmith / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A person in Oklahoma with measles traveled through Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and may have exposed others to the virus.

The state Health Department said Friday the infected person lives in Stillwater and has the first confirmed case of measles in Oklahoma since 1997.

The airport said in a news release that the person was a passenger on a United Airlines Flight from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport that arrived at 9:30 p.m. on March 12th. The person went to the United baggage claim area.

U.S. Airways Express jet
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New nonstop flights to Charlotte, N.C., are coming this summer to Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.

The new service will be operated by US Airways Express and regional partner Mesa Airlines. US Airways merged with American Airlines in December, forming American Airlines Group Inc.

The airlines say the new flights will begin July 2. The service includes two departures and two arrivals daily to and from Charlotte. The Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft seats up to 70 passengers and includes nine first-class seats.

Flights will be open for sale beginning Saturday.

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The last refuge for smokers at Will Rogers World Airport is slated to close this year.

The Oklahoman reports the Oklahoma City Airport Trust voted unanimously last week to shut down the smoking room at the airport on September 1st.

Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney says the smoking lounge sparked complaints from travelers as well as airport workers.

After the lounge is closed, smokers at the airport will have to go outside.

Smoking at Will Rogers also is banned up to 175 feet away from the entrance areas.