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10 Most Charitable US States

Utah is for givers: WalletHub

(Newser) - Virginia is for lovers, but Utah is for givers, according to WalletHub . The site has named Utah the most charitable state in the country based on the number of people who volunteer their time, volunteering hours, percentage of income donated, and other factors. The top 10, with a score out... More »

Court: Botched Execution Was 'Innocent Misadventure'

Clayton Lockett's execution lasted 43 'horribly painful' minutes

(Newser) - In dismissing his family's lawsuit Tuesday, an appeals court called the 43-minute-long botched execution of Clayton Lockett—during which he regained consciousness and thrashed around—an "innocent misadventure," Tulsa World reports. Lockett, a convicted murderer, was executed in 2014 in Oklahoma. According to Slate , a drug meant... More »

Cops: Oklahoma Airport Murder Wasn't Random

Victim is the father of a Kansas City Chiefs player

(Newser) - Oklahoma City police investigators are trying to figure out why a man waited to gun down an airline employee outside Will Rogers World Airport in an ambush that prompted authorities to shut down the state's busiest airport for hours. Police Capt. Paco Balderrama says the suspected shooter was found... More »

Strong Quake Rattles 'Pipeline Crossroads of the World'

Parts of Oklahoma city cordoned off

(Newser) - A 5.0 magnitude earthquake centered near one of the world's key oil hubs brought down building facades and shattered windows, triggering fears the temblor may have damaged key infrastructure and rendered century-old buildings unsafe in Cushing, the latest Oklahoma town rattled by increasingly strong quakes . Cushing Assistant City... More »

Okla. Cops Release Dramatic Video of Shootout With Fugitive

Suspect broke through roadblock, fired at police

(Newser) - A state trooper fired dozens of rounds from an automatic rifle through the windshield of his cruiser at a fugitive as the two sped down a rural western Oklahoma roadway in a dramatic shootout depicted on videos released on Tuesday . The videos show Michael Vance, driving a stolen flat-bed pickup... More »

Cops: Felon Steals Cruiser, Live-Streams Ensuing Chase

The officer had left her keys in the car while getting coffee

(Newser) - No wonder more people are ditching cable for the internet. A 25-year-old felon allegedly live-streamed himself stealing a cop car and leading police on a high-speed chase Monday night in Oklahoma, NewsOn6.com reports. Police say John Pinney swiped the cruiser after an officer left her keys in it while... More »

Oklahoma Fugitive Killed in Shootout With Police

Death ends massive manhunt for suspected killer

(Newser) - A massive, weeklong manhunt for a suspect in a string of violent crimes , including the killing of two relatives, the shooting of two police officers, and multiple carjackings, ended on Sunday evening in a police chase and shootout that left the man dead in western Oklahoma, the AP reports. Federal... More »

Cops: Oklahoma Fugitive Isn't Done Killing

Michael Vance accused of shooting 2 cops, killing relatives

(Newser) - The Oklahoma County sheriff says Michael Vance, a man wanted since Sunday in a string of violent crimes including two homicides, has a hit list targeting several more people that he blames for child sexual abuse allegations against him. Sheriff John Whetsel told the Oklahoman on Tuesday that authorities are... More »

Okla.'s 'Oilfield Prayer Day' Gets a Tweak

People of all faiths, not just Christians, now welcome to pray for blessings of the industry

(Newser) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin plans to revise a proclamation inviting Christians to pray for the "blessings created by the oil and natural gas industry" to be more inclusive. Fallin spokesman Michael McNutt said Monday the proclamation, issued last month, declaring Thursday "Oilfield Prayer Day" will be revised to... More »

Tulsa Cop Had Odd 'Distortion' Before Shooting: Lawyer

Attorney says Betty Shelby went temporarily deaf before shooting Terence Crutcher

(Newser) - Betty Shelby's defense team tried (and failed) to get her a special early arraignment Thursday for the shooting death of unarmed black man Terence Crutcher , hoping to avoid the "utter chaos" of the media covering the high-profile case, the Tulsa World reports. Now Shelby is set to head... More »

Tulsa Teacher Posts Poignant Essay After Police Shooting

'Tragedy lives and breathes' among classmates of Terence Crutcher's daughter

(Newser) - A teacher at a Tulsa charter school attended by the daughter of an unarmed black man killed by a white officer says the tragedy "lives and breathes" among her students in a moving essay she posted on Facebook detailing her experience helping students cope. Rebecca Lee is a teacher... More »

Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed Man in Oklahoma Charged

Betty Shelby has been charged with manslaughter

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Tulsa, Oklahoma, filed manslaughter charges Thursday against the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man on a city street , the AP reports. District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler filed the charges against officer Betty Shelby, who shot and killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16. Dashcam and... More »

Cop in Okla. Shooting Has No Marks on Record

Protesters say white officer should be arrested for shooting unarmed black man

(Newser) - A 42-year-old white female police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in Oklahoma on Friday has a clean record with the Tulsa Police Department, a police official tells the Tulsa World . Officer Tyler Turnbough was IDed by Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan as the cop who initially used... More »

World's Longest Lightning Bolt Traveled Nearly 200 Miles

Another record-setting bolt lasted more than 7 seconds

(Newser) - Even among lightning, these two bolts shone bright. For the first time ever, the World Meteorological Organization has added official records for lightning to its list of notable temperatures, winds, and rains, USA Today reports. That means we now know the longest traveling lightning bolt was over Oklahoma in June... More »

Mom, Daughter Charged With Incest After Marrying

Patricia Spann had already married her son a few years earlier

(Newser) - A woman and her daughter are facing incest charges after authorities learned the pair were legally married in Oklahoma this year, and that the mother had married her son a few years earlier, the AP reports. The motivation behind the March marriage was unclear Wednesday, when 43-year-old Patricia Ann Spann... More »

EPA Shuts 17 Fracking Wells After Okla.'s Strongest Quake

Wells were on tribal land; dozens of others will also close

(Newser) - Federal regulators have shut down 17 wastewater disposal wells in the Osage Nation of northeastern Oklahoma following a weekend earthquake that matched the state's strongest on record, state officials confirmed Tuesday. Because the wells are located on tribal land, Oklahoma regulators have no jurisdiction over oil- and gas-producing facilities... More »

Strong Oklahoma Quake Felt Across Midwest

5.6 quake shook area from Nebraska, Texas

(Newser) - One of the largest earthquakes in Oklahoma history rattled the Midwest on Saturday from Nebraska to North Texas, and likely will turn new attention to the practice of disposing oil and gas field wastewater deep underground, the AP reports. The United States Geological Survey said a 5.6 magnitude earthquake... More »

Mayor Doing Mammogram PSA Finds Out She Has Cancer

'It saved my life,' Oklahoma's Gina Noble says of new 3D technology

(Newser) - A news conference in Stillwater, Okla., on Wednesday was meant to announce new 3D mammography equipment at a local medical facility. Mayor Gina Noble had another surprise announcement to offer, the Tulsa World reports. As part of a PSA spot for the new machinery, Noble agreed to go on camera... More »

Skydiving Student Found Dead With 'No Harness'

'She came completely out of whatever and dropped to the ground'

(Newser) - Sheralynn Neff took part in at least five skydives over the weekend, so her last on Sunday should have been routine, reports the Hutchinson News . Instead, the 26-year-old's parachute landed without her. Crews in Cushing, Okla., searched for 16 hours before discovering the body of the Kansas woman—whom... More »

Car Rental Worker Goes Extra Mile for Mom of Twins

Babies' mom wants everyone to #BeAJohn like John Goodlett

(Newser) - Coty Vincent's car was smashed last week after a hit-and-run accident, so she lugged her twin boys to a rental car company, CNN reports. But the Oklahoma mom didn't find only a vehicle at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Tulsa: She also found a young man she says is "... More »

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