Oklahoma

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First, the Siren. Then the Calm. Then Came the Twister

At least 2 killed as tornado roars through Okla. town, leveling mobile home park, motel

(Newser) - A likely tornado killed at least two people as it destroyed a motel, roared through a mobile home park and caused significant damage in the Oklahoma City area, officials said Sunday. El Reno Mayor Matt White said that "there have been two fatalities at this point in time,"... More »

This State Ranks No. 1 Above the Rest

Washington tops overall in 'US News' ranking, while Louisiana is last

(Newser) - What's the best state? In the eyes of US News & World Report , that distinction belongs to Washington state. The magazine ranked eight factors—health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime, and natural environment—for its new ranking of all the states. As it turns out, Washington... More »

Man Pulled Over With Dead Wife in Passenger Seat

'Cause why stop the road trip?

(Newser) - A 70-year-old man told police his wife died on a road trip, so he strapped her in their car's passenger seat and continued on. The explanation came Monday as Rodney Puckett of Oklahoma was pulled over for a traffic violation along Interstate 10 in Arizona, reports the Arizona Republic... More »

He Tried to Open Door. Then, a White Flash and Screaming

The snake didn't like visitors, apparently

(Newser) - Footage from a doorbell camera on a porch in Lawton, Okla., is circulating, and USA Today reports that Jerel Heywood is the unfortunate star. CNN reports Heywood went to visit his friend Rodney Copeland on Sunday, and the video shows what happened as he tried to enter Copeland's... More »

His Neck Was Sore. What He Did for Relief Caused a Stroke

Oklahoma's Josh Hader suffered major stroke after neck-popping tore arteries

(Newser) - A sore neck that was nagging an Oklahoma man for weeks prompted him to try some stretching for relief—which led to an accidental popping of it, with unexpected and serious consequences. Josh Hader, 28, pressed down a little too hard on March 14 as he was applying his hand... More »

He Was Suspected of Robbing a Pizza Hut. Now, 3 Kids Shot

Children injured during shootout with robbery suspect in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Three children were wounded in a police shooting Friday in Oklahoma when an officer fired, per state investigators. Brook Arbeitman, a rep for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said gunfire broke out when detectives with the Hugo Police Department in southeastern Oklahoma were trying to approach the suspect, 21-year-old... More »

Police: Woman Admits to 4-Week Racist Graffiti Spree

Police say Allison Johnson of Oklahoma spray-painted slurs, threats over a 4-week period

(Newser) - A 45-year-old Oklahoma woman is accused of going on what Fox 25 refers to as "a hate-filled crime spree" over a period of four weeks in Norman and Oklahoma City. Racist and anti-Semitic slurs, including swastikas and Nazi symbols, and threats of violence to non-white people, were spray painted... More »

Man Accuses Ex-Senator of Sexual Misconduct

Former Jess Eddy makes statement about David Boren

(Newser) - A former University of Oklahoma student alleges he was touched and kissed inappropriately by former university President David Boren on several occasions almost a decade ago when the man worked as a teaching aide for the onetime governor and senator, the AP reports. The allegations by Jess Eddy, now 29,... More »

For OxyContin Maker: $270M Settlement, Potential Bankruptcy

Purdue Pharma settles suit with Oklahoma for $270M

(Newser) - The maker of OxyContin has agreed to pay $270 million to resolve claims in Oklahoma that it helped fuel the opioid crisis and thereby contributed to thousands of overdose deaths, multiple news outlets are reporting. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, who sued 13 opioid manufacturers for promoting opioids as safe... More »

Fugitive's Insane Escape Tale Takes a Tragic Turn

During manhunt for Travis Lee Davis, a man mistaken for him is killed

(Newser) - This much is clear: Travis Lee Davis should be in jail, but he's not, thanks to two hard-to-explain escapes by the 30-year-old. Davis, last seen in Oklahoma, remains on the lam, while a man who resembled him was killed in a confrontation with police. And all that doesn't... More »

'Bomb Cyclone' Could Hit 70M Americans

Hunker down—heavy snow, strong winds expected

(Newser) - Some 70 million residents of the central US may soon come face-to-face with a "bomb cyclone." The rare weather system—the Conversation has a helpful explainer—arrives Wednesday and could bring with it blizzards, tornadoes, and floods. Per CNN , "more than [45 million] people are under a... More »

One of the Coldest States Is the Hottest for Women

Minnesota ranks No. 1 in WalletHub list of best states for the female set

(Newser) - Women now make up almost a quarter of Congress' voting members, the highest percentage ever —but that doesn't seem as impressive when you take into account that women make up more than half of the US population. WalletHub makes that note to underscore there's still a long... More »

He Had to Get to Airport, Sees a Pepsi Truck. An Idea Forms

Steven Hart had a fight with his girlfriend, then things got weird in Tulsa

(Newser) - A man stole a Pepsi truck that was being unloaded in an effort to find his girlfriend, according to Tulsa police. And that was allegedly just the start of a very busy Tuesday for 45-year-old Steven Hart, who officers say then preceded to attempt to break out of jail, reports... More »

Uber Driver Reports Would-Be Bank Robbers

They also called an Uber for a getaway

(Newser) - Things did not work out well for three Oklahoma City teenagers who allegedly planned to rob a bank—using Uber as transportation. Police say the Uber driver who took the teens to the bank Tuesday afternoon called authorities after hearing one of them say he had a gun and was... More »

Courthouse Closes After Some See Bedbugs Fall From Lawyer

Exterminators were called to the Rogers County Courthouse in Oklahoma

(Newser) - An alleged incident in Oklahoma gives new meaning to the saying, "Don't bring your problems to work." The Rogers County Courthouse in Claremore had to close around noon on Monday after some judges and employees saw what looked like bedbugs falling from an attorney's clothing some... More »

A Puppy Was Set to Be Euthanized. Then, a Very Surprised Vet

The drugs didn't work on this pit bull mix, apparently

(Newser) - A happy ending in the form of a forever home has come for a puppy in Iowa, after an animal shelter tried to put him down and failed. Kylie Jo Mitchell, a worker at the no-kill shelter where Rudolph—a pit bull mix estimated to be about 8 months old—... More »

'Bummer' for Poacher Who Met Game Warden on Dating App

Woman, accomplice fined in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Her first error came in shooting a deer out of season, at night, with a spotlight, and leaving all but the head and backstrap meat to rot. Her second error came in boasting about the poaching crime in conversation with a potential beau on a dating app, who turned out... More »

Red State OKs Pot and Boom, the Industry Is on Fire

Oklahoma, conservative? More like the 'wild west'

(Newser) - The rollout of statewide medical and recreational marijuana programs typically is a grindingly slow process that can take years. Not so in Oklahoma, which moved with lightning speed once voters approved medical cannabis in June, the AP reports. The ballot question received 57% support and established one of the nation'... More »

10 State Names, Deciphered

24/7 Wall St. traces origins to Europe, indigenous cultures

(Newser) - You need look no further than a map to find America's reputation as a melting pot. The evidence is written across the states—specifically in their names, according to 24/7 Wall St. , which surveyed state websites and online resources to trace the origins of those names to England, France,... More »

Murder Case Before Supreme Court Could Have Vast Implications

High court is debating Native American control of land in Oklahoma

(Newser) - The Supreme Court grappled Tuesday with whether an Indian tribe retains control over a vast swath of eastern Oklahoma in a case involving a Native American who was sentenced to death for murder. Some justices said they fear a ruling for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation could have big consequences for... More »

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