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Welfare Check Turns Up Woman's Body, Puppy Mill

Oklahoma woman faces murder charges

(Newser) - An Oklahoma woman was charged Monday with second-degree murder and more than 100 counts of animal cruelty after investigators performing a welfare check at her property this month discovered a human body and a suspected puppy mill, KFOR reports. Karen Jean Pritchard, 49, was arrested Feb. 13 after authorities received...

Released Early, Felon Cut Out Woman's Heart, Cooked It: Cops

Lawrence Paul Anderson accused of killing 3 in Oklahoma, including 4-year-old girl

(Newser) - A repeat felon released early from prison in January has admitted to cutting out the heart of a neighbor before authorities say he killed the uncle and aunt he'd been staying with, along with that couple's 4-year-old granddaughter. Only the aunt survived. This comes from a request for...

5 Kids Gone After 'Heartbreaking' Mass Shooting

Adult male was also killed overnight in Muskogee, Okla.: police

(Newser) - A man opened fire on seven family members—ultimately killing five children and one man—inside a home in Muskogee, Okla., early Tuesday before emerging with a gun in front of police. Called to the scene around 1:30am, an officer fired a shot at the suspect, who wasn't...

Lawmaker Trying to Create Bigfoot Hunting Season

Oklahoma lawmaker suggests $25K bounty

(Newser) - Unusually tall and hirsute people might want to stay out of the woods in Oklahoma in October. A state lawmaker has filed a bill directing the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Division to establish a Bigfoot hunting season, KFOR reports. Republican Rep. Justin Humphrey, who comes from a district in southeast Oklahoma...

Trump Pardons Included Elderly Moonshiner

Oklahoma man pleaded guilty in 1952

(Newser) - President Trump's wave of pre-Christmas pardons has included high-profile allies like Roger Stone along with lesser-known names like Alfred Lee Crum, who was busted for making hooch almost 70 years ago. Crum, who received a full pardon Tuesday, was 19 in 1952 when he pleaded guilty in Oklahoma to...

Police Officer Rushes Into Burning House for His Sons

The boys weren't hurt, but their father is hospitalized

(Newser) - An Oklahoma police officer says he'd have run into a burning house to save anybody. But it wasn't just anybody who was trapped by flames on Friday—it was his two children. Anthony Louie, a police officer in Seminole, was on duty when he got a call about...

GOP Senator Says He'll Go to Bat for Biden on Intel Briefs

James Lankford of Okla.: I'll 'step in' if president-elect isn't given access by Friday

(Newser) - President Trump still hasn't conceded to Joe Biden, and the president-elect still hasn't been given access to transition funding and intelligence briefings. In pushing to get those resources, it looks like Biden will have a new ally come Friday: GOP Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma says he'll...

Newly Elected Lawmaker Just Pulled Off a Bunch of Firsts

Mauree Turner is first openly nonbinary state lawmaker, first practicing Muslim in state House

(Newser) - America's first openly nonbinary state lawmaker has been elected in the Bible Belt. Mauree Turner, a 27-year-old criminal justice advocate, won Oklahoma's 88th state House district on Tuesday, achieving her goal of making the state legislature more diverse. Not only does the Democrat—who uses the pronouns she/her...

Cheerleader Injured in Freak Goalpost Accident

Jenessa Taylor was hit in the head when structure collapsed

(Newser) - An Oklahoma cheerleader has made what her family says is a miraculous recovery after a metal goalpost fell on her head after a team practice at Cyril High School on Monday. Jenessa Taylor had stayed on the ground with the cheer coach while other members of the cheerleading squad climbed...

America Is Smashing Coronavirus Records
COVID Records
Broken in 6 States

COVID Records Broken in 6 States

And across the world

(Newser) - President Trump has said the coronavirus will soon disappear —but according to the latest numbers, "soon" isn't here yet. The World Health Organization announced that 350,766 new infections were counted Friday worldwide, beating the previous record from earlier this week by almost 12,000. Forbes notes...

'He Plugged in the Coffee Pot ... and the House Blew Up'

Devastating blast kills teen girl in Oklahoma City

(Newser) - Authorities say a propane log lighter is likely responsible for a devastating blast that on Thursday morning leveled an Oklahoma City home and left a young girl dead. Berkley Maguire, 14, was killed when her home exploded; her brother and parents were also injured, KOCO reports. Officials believe a propane...

Teacher Deaths Heighten Worries Over COVID

At least 6 since school year began, but transmission not necessarily related to schools

(Newser) - At least six US teachers have died from coronavirus complications since the start of the school year in what the Daily Beast sees as "an ominous sign of what's to come as students return to classrooms across the country." There is no clear evidence, however, that the...

Lawsuit Filed Over Century-Old 'Massacre in Slow Motion'

105-year-old leads plaintiffs in demanding reparations for destroying 'Black Wall Street'

(Newser) - Lessie Benningfield "Mother" Randle was just a child when the Greenwood area of Tulsa, Okla., (aka "Black Wall Street") was attacked by a white mob and burned down in the spring of 1921, killing an estimated 300 Black Americans. Now a lawsuit led by Randle, 105—who...

These Are the Biggest Slacking US States

North Dakota isn't one of them

(Newser) - Despite massive unemployment right now across the nation, WalletHub finds that Americans work pretty darn hard—whether it's because they want to, have to, or have the perception they have to. To find out which states really roll up their sleeves, the site looked at all 50 states across...

Current Owner of Tiger King Zoo Gets More Bad News

Jeff Lowe just saw his animal exhibitor license suspended by the USDA

(Newser) - In June, a judge gave control of the Oklahoma zoo once run by "Joe Exotic" of Tiger King fame (real name: Joseph Maldonado-Passage), and now owned by Jeff Lowe, to the two men's nemesis, Carole Baskin. Now, more bad news for Lowe: The Department of Agriculture this week...

Boy Asks to Be Adopted, and Thousands Respond

'I hope one of y'all pick me,' says 9-year-old Jordan in Oklahoma

(Newser) - When a 9-year-old boy named Jordan was interviewed by station KFOR in Oklahoma, he had a simple request. "I would just like to have a family to call mom and dad, or just mom, or just dad. I don't really care," said Jordan, who has been in...

Kanye Was Supposedly Out. One State Says Otherwise

Rapper has filed necessary forms to qualify for general election ballot in Oklahoma

(Newser) - As with many things Kanye, the latest Kanye West development is mired in confusion. After reports this week that the 43-year-old rapper and producer appeared to be dropping his 2020 presidential run, Business Insider reports he has officially been given the thumbs-up to be on the ballot in at least...

First State Governor Tests Positive for Virus

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is self-isolating

(Newser) - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that he is the first governor in the United States to test positive for the coronavirus and that he is isolating at home. Stitt, 48, said he mostly feels fine, although he started feeling "a little achy" on Tuesday and sought a test....

Court: Half of Oklahoma Is On Native American Land

Neil Gorsuch sides with liberals in 5-4 ruling that will affect criminal prosecutions

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has news for people who reside in what is roughly the eastern half of Oklahoma: They are living on an American Indian reservation. In a 5-4 ruling Thursday, the court ruled that the land, including Tulsa, falls within the Muscogee (Creek) Indian Reservation, reports the Wall Street ...

Health Official: Trump Rally 'Likely' a Factor in COVID Surge

Tulsa has seen a dramatic increase in new COVID cases

(Newser) - President Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa in late June that drew thousands of participants and large protests "likely contributed" to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday. Tulsa County reported 261 confirmed new cases on Monday, a one-day...

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