FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - FBI employees have told a federal judge that they thoroughly searched agency archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist.
A federal judge in Salt Lake City heard the testimony Monday in the first day of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by attorney Jesse Trentadue.
He says the FBI won't release videos that show a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb that killed 168 people.
The government says McVeigh was alone.
Longtime FBI employee Linda Vernon testified she is "completely confident" the agency has found every video of the bombing that exists.
The trial continues Tuesday and will run at least through Wednesday before the judge makes a ruling.
GUN AT COURTHOUSE
Woman arrested for bringing gun to court
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A Norman woman has been arrested and released on $5,000 bond after bringing a handgun to the Cleveland County Courthouse.
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Cynthia Bodnar was arrested Friday after deputies discovered a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun in her purse as she tried to enter the courthouse. The deputies discovered the gun in the purse through an X-ray machine.
The sheriff's department says Bodnar told the deputies she didn't have a concealed or open carry permit and that her boyfriend put the gun in her purse.
Deputies arrested Bodnar on a complaint of unlawfully carrying a firearm in a courthouse and booked her into the Cleveland County Detention Center. She bonded out of jail the next day.
BODY FOUND-KEYSTONE LAKE
Body found in Keystone Lake in northeast Oklahoma
PRUE, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma officials say a body has been found in a lake at Walnut Creek State Park.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a fisherman found a body in about 2-3 feet of water on Monday in Keystone Lake. Authorities don't know what caused the man to fall into the water, but believe his body drifted from the Old Prue campsite, which is east of the state park. They are not releasing the man's identity.
Tulsa television station KOTV reports (http://bit.ly/1oBUjpg ) a 49-year-old man was reported missing on Sunday.
He was fishing with friends the day before at the Old Prue camping area. His friends left, but the man stayed at the camp overnight to continue fishing. They reported him missing after they returned Sunday and were unable to find him.
TRIBAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS
Tribes get grants for historic preservation
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The National Park Service has awarded historic preservation grants to four American Indian tribes in Oklahoma.
NPS director Jonathan Jarvis says the grants will help American's first people preserve significant tribal places, cultures and tradition.
The grants can be used to fund projects including nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, preservation education and historic structure reports.
The four Oklahoma-based tribes receiving grants are the Miami Tribe, the Peoria Tribe, the Seminole Nation and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe.
The grants range from $30,000 to nearly $60,000.
Teen pulled from Oklahoma lake dies at hospital
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 17-year-old boy has died hours after he was pulled from Lake Thunderbird in Cleveland County.
The patrol says crews responded to a report of a near drowning on Sunday afternoon in the Party Cove area of the lake. According to a preliminary report, the teen was swimming about 50 feet from the shoreline in water that was about 6 feet deep. The teen went below the water and didn't resurface.
Authorities say witnesses pulled the teen from the water and began performing CPR.
The boy, who was from Yukon, was pronounced dead Monday morning at Children's Hospital. His name has not yet been released.
FATAL BOAT COLLISION
Judge sets plea hearing in boating deaths case
JAY, Okla. (AP) - A plea hearing has been scheduled for next month for a Tulsa man charged with manslaughter in connection with the deaths of two University of Arkansas students in a boating collision last year.
John Deselms is charged with manslaughter in the May 14, 2013, deaths of Rachel Nichole Swetnam of Grove and William "Trey" Varner III of Texarkana, Arkansas. Prosecutors allege that Deselms was operating a boat under the influence of alcohol when it crashed into a houseboat parked on Oklahoma's Grand Lake.
Swetnam, Varner and Deselms were all students at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
At a court hearing Monday, a judge scheduled an Aug. 20 hearing for Deselms to enter a plea in the case.
Cool snap brings heat relief to Oklahoma, Arkansas
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The dog days of summer are coming in with a whimper.
Weather forecasters say a cold front headed for Oklahoma and Arkansas will bring unseasonably cool temperatures and a chance of rain through next week.
High temperatures during mid-summer are normally around 95 degrees with nighttime lows in the 70s. But Matthew Day, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, said Monday that highs will be closer to 80 degrees with lows in the 60s through the middle of next week.
The cooler forecast is expected to give people who work outdoors a break. Valley Herrin, owner of All Asphalt Paving & Concrete of Edmond, Oklahoma, says summer heat makes it difficult for crews to work with asphalt and other materials that are 400 degrees when applied.
Fallin complains about costs of immigrant children
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin is complaining to federal officials about the potential cost to Oklahoma from unaccompanied immigrant minors who are released from a temporary shelter at Fort Sill and placed with sponsors in the state.
In a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, Fallin complained that Oklahoma taxpayers are being forced to subsidize the costs for education and health care for children who are placed with sponsors in Oklahoma.
Fallin says her office was given no advance notice of a plan by federal officials to use the vacant barracks for U.S. Army troops to house up to 1,200 mostly teenagers from Central America who were caught trying to enter the country illegally.
Fallin asked Obama to provide her with a timeline and strategy for closing the Fort Sill facility.
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