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Oklahoma Asks Some Teachers to Return 5-Figure Bonuses

At least 9 teachers were reportedly told to repay the money

(Newser) - With four young children and a fifth on the way, Kristina Stadelman was ecstatic after qualifying for a $50,000 bonus for taking a hard-to-fill job as a special education teacher in Oklahoma. She used the money to finish home improvements and buy a new car for her growing family....

Well-Known Adult Film Star Found Dead With Boyfriend

Police believe the couple overdosed

(Newser) - Police called to perform a welfare check at a home in Moore, Oklahoma, on Wednesday morning found an adult film star and her boyfriend dead. Causes of death have not yet been determined for Jesse Jane and Brett Hasenmueller, but police believe drug overdoses are to blame, Fox 25 reports....

SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Richard Glossip Case

Oklahoma inmate has narrowly avoided execution multiple times

(Newser) - Lawyers for death row inmate Richard Glossip have told Supreme Court justices they face "a stark choice: whether the state of Oklahoma can execute a person who its chief law enforcement officer believes is wrongly convicted because of state misconduct." The court said Monday that it has agreed...

Judge: Man Who Spent 48 Years in Prison Is Innocent

Ruling allows Oklahoma man Glynn Simmons to sue for compensation

(Newser) - A 70-year-old Oklahoma man has been exonerated after spending more than 48 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit—longer than any other wrongfully convicted inmate in US history, according to the National Registry of Exonerations . Glynn Simmons was declared innocent by Judge Amy Palumbo of Oklahoma...

Grad Student Dies While Duck Hunting: 'Water Overcame His Waders'

OSU student, 24, was visiting Sooner Lake when 'unfortunate incident' took place

(Newser) - A grad student who went duck hunting in Oklahoma over the weekend has died in what local officials are calling an "unfortunate incident." Citing a statement from Oklahoma Game Wardens, Fox News and News 9 report that the unnamed 24-year-old Oklahoma State University student headed out Sunday morning...

GOP Senator on Teamsters Boss: 'In Oklahoma, You Don't Do This'

Markwayne Mullin says he was showing 'Oklahoma values' in trying to fight Sean O'Brien at hearing

(Newser) - A fight between the Teamsters union chief and a Republican senator almost got physical Tuesday and had to be refereed by Bernie Sanders at a Senate meeting on labor unions that "went off the rails," per the Daily Beast . After the verbal back-and-forth had ended, that GOP senator,...

Nasty Flesh-Eating Parasite Now 'Endemic' in US

Leishmaniasis, which can lead to life-long scarring, is appearing in southern states

(Newser) - A flesh-eating parasite once thought to concern only those in tropical locales is now "endemic" in the US. Leishmania mexicana is believed to be spreading through sand flies in the southern US, particularly Texas, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The parasite triggers...

Judge Who Sent 500+ Texts During Murder Trial Might Lose Her Job

Chief justice of Oklahoma's top court recommends Traci Soderstrom's removal

(Newser) - A new Oklahoma judge could lose her job for sending more than 500 texts to her bailiff during a murder trial , including messages mocking the prosecutor, praising the defense attorney, and calling a key witness a liar. The chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court recommended the removal of Lincoln...

Woman on Lawn Mower Killed by Small Plane

Pilot tried to pull up when he saw woman at Oklahoma airport, authorities say

(Newser) - A woman on a lawn mower was pronounced dead at the scene Friday after she was hit by a small plane at an airport, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says. Authorities say 27-year-old Samantha Hayes suffered a head injury when she was hit by the wing of a 1972 Bonanza A36...

Suspect in Murder of Illinois Family Found Dead in Vehicle

Investigators believe Nathaniel Huey Jr. shot himself after police chase, crash

(Newser) - A suspect in the killings of a Chicago-area family and their three dogs died on a highway in Oklahoma on Wednesday, authorities say. Romeoville Deputy Chief Chris Burne said 31-year-old Illinois resident Nathaniel Huey Jr. and a woman also considered a person of interest were in a vehicle that police...

Country Star With No. 1 Song: I Was Jailed for Being 'Lippy'

Zach Bryan apologizes for incident with police officer in Oklahoma on Thursday

(Newser) - Country music star Zach Bryan was arrested by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and jailed briefly Thursday in northeastern Oklahoma, according to a video posted on his account on the social media site X, formerly Twitter. Bryan said he was driving through Vinita, about 55 miles northeast of Tulsa, when his...

Drivers in This State Are the Most Confrontational

Arizona tops Forbes Advisor's list of those with the most road rage

(Newser) - Road rage: Most of us have dealt with it, in one form or another. Those different forms—cutting people off, not letting others change lanes, honking the horn, and flipping the bird, just to name a few—are what Forbes Advisor included in its attempt to determine which states have...

5 Dead in Oklahoma City Family Shooting

Police say man shot estranged wife, their three children, and himself

(Newser) - A 28-year-old man fatally shot his three young children and his estranged wife before taking his own life, Oklahoma City police said Thursday. Investigators have not determined a motive, Sgt. Gary Knight said. "They're still trying to figure out what led up to this," Knight said. "...

That Was No Bass a Boy Caught in an Oklahoma Pond
That Was No Bass a Boy
Caught in an Oklahoma Pond
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That Was No Bass a Boy Caught in an Oklahoma Pond

11-year-old tries to catch invasive pacu, a piranha cousin, again after releasing it

(Newser) - "We're used to just catching a few bass or catfish" in the pond behind her family's house, Janna Clinton said. "I mean, nothing with human-like teeth." But her son Charlie's screaming when fishing over the weekend indicated that something was up, though she thought...

Judge Dismisses Reparations Suit Over Tulsa Race Massacre

Order says city's arguments were persuasive

(Newser) - A judge has rejected a lawsuit seeking reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, a case brought on behalf of three survivors of the attack, all over 100 years old. Judge Caroline Wall on Friday dismissed with prejudice the suit trying to force the City of Tulsa and others to...

Texas to Overheated Locals: Cut Back on Power to Save Grid

Other parts of South also suffering from sweltering temps, post-storm power outages

(Newser) - Texas' power grid operator asked residents Tuesday to voluntarily cut back on electricity due to anticipated record demand on the system, as a heat wave kept large swaths of the state and southern US in triple-digit temperatures. On the last day of spring, the sweltering heat felt more like the...

Board OKs Religious School Funded by Taxpayers

Oklahoma's attorney general calls the plan for the school, which would be a US first, unconstitutional

(Newser) - A state school board voted Monday to approve what would be the first publicly funded religious school in the nation, despite a warning from Oklahoma's attorney general that the decision was unconstitutional. The Statewide Virtual Charter School Board voted 3-2 to approve the application by the Catholic Archdiocese of...

GOP Senator at Committee Hearing: 'I Don't Want Reality'

Sen. Markwayne Mullin draws laughs while discussing the teaching of race in schools

(Newser) - A Republican senator was trying to draw attention to a book about race taught in schools, but he instead made himself a laughingstock Wednesday during a committee hearing on child care. During a testy exchange, Oklahoma Sen. Markwayne Mullin told a witness that "I don't want reality,"...

Cops Rushed Toward Cries for Help. It Wasn&#39;t a Person
Cops Rushing Toward Person in
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Cops Rushing Toward Person in Distress Get Quite the Surprise

Goat was making humanlike sounds that sent Oklahoma police officers into a panic

(Newser) - Two police officers in Oklahoma got quite the surprise earlier this week while coming to the aid of what they thought was a person in distress. CBS News reports that the Enid Police Department's David Sneed and Neal Storey responded Monday to a call reporting someone crying for help,...

Supreme Court Blocks Richard Glossip’s Execution

Justices suspend May 18 date so they can consider the Oklahoma case

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Friday blocked Oklahoma from executing death row inmate Richard Glossip after the state's attorney general agreed Glossip's life should be spared. Glossip had been scheduled to be put to death on May 18 despite statements by new Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond that he...

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