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Politician Stabbed to Death at Restaurant; Son Charged

'I'm just numb right now,' says colleague

(Newser) - Oklahoma's state labor commissioner was stabbed to death last night in a gruesome scene at an Oklahoma City restaurant, reports KFOR, and Mark Costello's own son is being held in his murder. Sources say Christian Costello, reportedly 26 or 27, asked his parents to meet him at the... More »

Oklahoma Mom's Limbs Amputated After Tick Bite

6 days after a Grand Lake holiday trip, Jo Rogers' organs shut down

(Newser) - A Fourth of July hike to see waterfalls near Grand Lake, Okla., took a bad turn once Jo Rogers and her husband, Keith, got home. Soon after their return, Keith tells ABC News , Jo didn't feel well and suspected the flu. But as Jo got sicker and so lethargic... More »

Susan Sarandon Trying to Save Death-Row Inmate

Calls Oklahoma governor 'horrible person' for not intervening

(Newser) - Susan Sarandon is using her Hollywood clout to try to save an inmate on Oklahoma's death row. In an interview with Sky News , the actress called Gov. Mary Fallin a "horrible person" for not intervening in next month's scheduled execution of Richard Glossip. He is "clearly... More »

Cops: Teen 'Spontaneously' Gave Up Murder Plans

Investigator expects to find knives, swords, machetes in Broken Arrow home

(Newser) - One of two Oklahoma brothers charged in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings told police that plans for the attack were on a USB flash drive in a bedroom of the family's home in Broken Arrow, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed yesterday... More »

11-Month-Old With 'Super' E. Coli Faces Huge Battle

Little Oakleigh Nance has a GoFundMe page asking for help

(Newser) - An Oklahoma girl diagnosed with "super" E. coli is facing a life-or-death battle—and worse, she's only 11 months old. "With this strain of E. coli, it can get in her brain, it can get in her spinal cord, basically cause her to go into cardiac arrest,... More »

Restaurant Whose Kindness Went Viral Is Floundering

Okla. owner Ashley Jiron helps feed those in need and now needs help herself

(Newser) - As Ashley Jiron explains in a post on her Oklahoma restaurant's Facebook page , she's spent the past few weeks mulling over words that she really didn't want to say: "It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce P.B. Jams' permanent closing after... More »

Boy's Dying 911 Call May Have Saved at Least 2 Lives

Sister who survived stabbing spree identifies 2 brothers as assailants

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl who survived a stabbing attack that killed her parents and three of her siblings identified two brothers as the assailants, say police. Robert Bever, 18, and his unnamed 16-year-old brother are in custody, but authorities say they still have no idea what prompted the murder spree in... More »

Cops Believe Teen Brothers Killed 5 Family Members

2-year-old sibling was the only one unharmed

(Newser) - The people of Broken Arrow, Okla.—including seasoned investigators—are having trouble dealing with the horror that unfolded in a home in the Tulsa suburb late Wednesday night. Police say two teenagers arrested after five people were found dead in a home are brothers who are suspected of killing... More »

2 Teens Arrested After Their Family Is Found Dead

Cops say the incident in Oklahoma is 'almost unprecedented'

(Newser) - Police are calling a quintuple murder in the Oklahoma city of Broken Arrow "almost unprecedented." Authorities received a 911 call described as a hang-up around 11:30pm last night and responded to a home in the Tulsa suburb to find five people, including juveniles, stabbed to death, reports... More »

Okla. Gov to Court: Ten Commandments Monument Stays

Mary Fallin rejects state Supreme Court ruling to remove monument

(Newser) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has no plans to take down the 6-foot-tall stone Ten Commandments monument from state Capitol grounds—despite a state Supreme Court ruling ordering just that, reports Reuters . Fallin says her attorney general is asking the high court to reconsider its 7-2 ruling, saying, per Tulsa World ... More »

SCOTUS: Lethal Injection Drug Not Cruel, Unusual

Use of midazolam doesn't violate the Eighth Amendment

(Newser) - When the Supreme Court justices in April debated the constitutionality of lethal-injection drug midazolam, Elena Kagan likened the execution protocol to being burned alive. She joined three dissenters in today's 5-4 ruling that the first drug in a three-drug combination used last year in executions in Arizona, Ohio, and... More »

The 'Untold Story' of That Very Botched Execution

Jeffrey E. Stern explores the death of Clayton Lockett in 9K words

(Newser) - June's issue of the Atlantic packages Jeffrey E. Stern's 9,000-word piece on Clayton Lockett's botched April 2014 execution in Oklahoma as the "untold story" of what happened. And while many of the details have surfaced elsewhere—a September report by the Oklahoma Office of Public... More »

Oklahoma Troopers: Here's Why We Shot a Pastor

Nehemiah Fischer allegedly attacked trooper, had a gun

(Newser) - An assistant pastor killed during an encounter with Oklahoma troopers Friday night played a key role in his own demise, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. In a short press conference Monday, Capt. Paul Timmons said the shooting victim, Nehemiah Fischer, attacked a trooper and pushed him to the ground.... More »

Supreme Court: Abercrombie Discriminated vs. Teen's Hijab

Supreme Court finds for Muslim who was denied job

(Newser) - In a ruling that could have wide implications for job applicants who dress according to religious reasons, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 today that Abercrombie and Fitch violated the civil rights of a Muslim woman in Tulsa, Okla., by denying her a job because of her headscarf, Reuters reports. Samantha... More »

Cops: We Saved Pastor From Flood, Shot Him Dead

Okla. man's wife isn't buying police version of events

(Newser) - "It's not real clear how it all transpired," a Highway Patrol captain tells the AP , but for some reason, an Oklahoma man was shot dead by state troopers Friday night soon after the troopers were called out to save him from rising floodwaters. Police say there was... More »

Anheuser-Busch Stops Making Beer to Help Texas

One of its 12 breweries is canning water, not booze

(Newser) - An Anheuser-Busch brewery in Georgia began filling its cans with something other than beer late Wednesday night to help those affected by flooding in Texas and Oklahoma. "Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water," the Cartersville brewery manager told NBC News . The brewery—one of... More »

Texas Drowning in 'Relentless Wall of Water'

Flooding toll hits 8, including homecoming queen on way home from prom

(Newser) - Among the latest casualties as Texas endures stunning amounts of rain: Homecoming queen Alyssa Ramirez, who spent Saturday night dancing at her prom. While driving home in Devine, Texas, on Sunday, Ramirez's car stalled in high water and the cheerleader and star athlete was swept away by flood waters... More »

Firefighter Saves Kids at Party, Is Swept to His Death

Oklahoma, Texas battered by weather yesterday

(Newser) - Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest yesterday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes, and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes. A firefighter in Oklahoma was swept to his death: Fox23 reports Claremore Fire Capt. Jason Farley,... More »

Floods Roll Through Texas, Oklahoma

Heavy rains also force evacuations

(Newser) - Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma has led to numerous evacuations and rescues and the death of a firefighter. The heavy rains were pushing into eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma this morning. Rogers County Emergency Management spokesman Thomas Hudson says a firefighter in the northeast Oklahoma town of Claremore died early... More »

Man Pleads Guilty to Giving Deadly Wedgie

His stepfather was strangled by own underwear

(Newser) - It is likely the first fatal atomic wedgie on record but prosecutors won't have to try to reconstruct it in the courtroom. An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of his stepfather, who was found dead with his underwear pulled over his head, with... More »

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