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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 »

Girl's Rare Illness Keeps Her From Aging

Layla Qualls is among seven children worldwide with Syndrome X

(Newser) - Imagine having a 3-year-old child who still looks like a little baby—but when doctors look at her, they can't figure out what's wrong. That's what the Qualls family in Oklahoma has been experiencing for years, Fox News reports. "She's seen, it seems, like every... More »

Plains Tornadoes Trash Homes, Free Tigers

Severe storm system floods Oklahoma City

(Newser) - In what forecasters warn could be just the first day of several days of severe weather, storms lashed parts of the Great Plains region yesterday, bringing tornadoes and flooding. "This is a particularly dangerous situation," according to the National Weather Service, which says tornadoes have been spotted in... More »

Oklahoma: Yes, Fracking Causes Earthquakes

Wastewater injection 'very likely' responsible for record tremblors

(Newser) - Oklahoma's government is siding with science , confirming that yes, fracking is largely responsible for the small, daily earthquakes rattling the state. The state's energy and environment department yesterday put up a website describing key evidence, just as the Oklahoma Geological Survey said in a statement that "the... More »

Report: Tulsa Cops Told to Fudge Deputy's Training

Robert Bates may not have been as qualified as he claims

(Newser) - Questions have arisen about how qualified reserve deputy Robert Bates was for the job after he shot and killed Eric Harris in Tulsa, Okla., on April 2, claiming he mistook his firearm for his Taser. Bates' attorney has said his client, charged with second-degree manslaughter in Harris' death, had undergone... More »

Restaurant Owner's Reply to Dumpster Diver Is Praised

Ashley Jiron's kind gesture wins notice

(Newser) - "It hurt me that someone had to do that." That was Ashley Jiron's reaction to realizing someone had been going through her recently opened Oklahoma eatery's trash in search of food. The owner of P.B. Jams tells KFOR that earlier this month while taking out... More »

Cops: Deputy, 73, Shot Man Dead 'by Mistake'

Family accuses Tulsa insurance exec of being 'pay to play' cop

(Newser) - Yet another disturbing video of a police shooting has surfaced—this time involving a deputy that the victim's family say should never have been there. Reserve Deputy Bob Bates, a 73-year-old insurance executive, told police he thought he was reaching for his Taser when he shot Eric Harris in... More »

1 Killed as Long 'Tornado Drought' Ends

Deadly storm hit Tulsa-area trailer park

(Newser) - The first batch of severe weather in this year's tornado season has devastated an Oklahoma mobile home park, and storms across the area damaged buildings, tore off roofs, and left debris strewn across roads. One person was killed and several were injured. Tens of thousands of Oklahoma residents are... More »

During Botched Execution, Inmate Tried to Help

Tulsa World investigates all that went wrong in Clayton Lockett's lethal injection

(Newser) - At the end of the night of April 29, 2014, convicted murderer Clayton Lockett lay dead on a gurney, which is the outcome the state of Oklahoma sought. But the botched execution was a "procedural disaster" from the get-go, according to an investigation in the Tulsa World , based on... More »

Okla. Lawmakers Take Issue With AP US History Course

Curriculum leaves out American exceptionalism: legislators

(Newser) - Oklahoma lawmakers are taking aim at Advanced Placement courses—specifically, AP US history, which they say doesn't support the idea of American exceptionalism. The course, says Republican state Rep. Dan Fisher, focuses on "what is bad about America," the Tulsa World reports. He put forward a bill... More »

Oklahoma Quakes Raise Risk of 'Big One'

Earthquakes linked to fracking heighten the odds, study says

(Newser) - Southern Kansas and Oklahoma are experiencing small, daily quakes linked with fracking that make a larger and more destructive earthquake much more likely, according to a new, unpublished federal study. The risk remains low—about a 1 in 2,500 years' chance—but if true, it ranks the region among... More »

Oklahoma Debates Death by Nitrogen for Inmates

Rep. Mike Christian: executions with nitrogen gas deplete oxygen, are painless

(Newser) - Tennessee has brought back the electric chair ; Utah's considering reviving the firing squad . Now Oklahoma Republicans are making a push to build a $300,000 gas chamber in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, using nitrogen gas as a backup plan to lethal injection in executions, the AP reports.... More »

3 Executions on Hold Until Supreme Court Hears Case

Unless Oklahoma comes up with an alternative to controversial drug

(Newser) - Three death-row inmates in Oklahoma now have a much better chance of living long enough to see whether their court challenge to lethal injection is successful. The Supreme Court today ordered Oklahoma to put the executions on hold until the court hears their case in late April, reports NBC News... More »

Supreme Court Will Review Lethal Injection

Justices to hear appeal from death-row inmates in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Gay marriage won't be the only high-profile issue on the Supreme Court's docket: The justices today said they would take up the issue of lethal injection, reports SCOTUSblog . Death-row inmates in Oklahoma say the state's three-drug protocol amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, as evidenced by... More »

'My Body Is on Fire': Okla. Executes Charles Warner

State carries out first execution since botched one

(Newser) - Oklahoma executed a death row inmate last night in its first lethal injection since a botched one last spring , and it carried out the punishment with a three-drug method that Florida used for an execution the same night . Charles Warner's execution for the 1997 killing of an 11-month-old girl... More »

Okla. to Execute Man Today, First Since Botched Death

It's upped dose of midazolam, implemented training, better equipment

(Newser) - Nine months after a botched lethal injection ground capital punishment to a halt, Oklahoma plans to execute a death row inmate today with the same three-drug method Florida intends to use about an hour earlier. Oklahoma prison officials ordered new medical equipment, implemented more training for staff, and renovated the... More »

Could a 1981 Cable Repair Ticket Lead to Woman's Killer?

Possible clue released on what would have been Tracey Neilson's 55th birthday

(Newser) - Monday, Jan. 5, would have been Tracey Neilson's 55th birthday. It also marked the 34th anniversary of the day she was found dead by her husband of five months in their Moore, Okla., apartment. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation hopes that the 35th anniversary won't arrive with... More »

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