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4.2 magnitude quake recorded near Guthrie

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two earthquakes near Guthrie, including a magnitude 4.2 temblor.

The USGS said the 4.2 magnitude quake was recorded at 3:08 p.m. Monday one mile southeast of Guthrie and a 3.2 magnitude quake was recorded at 3:14 p.m. Monday about three miles south of Guthrie.

The Logan County Sheriff's Office and Guthrie police say there are no reports of injury or damage.

The area is about 30 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and damage is not likely at magnitudes below 4.0.


Suspect arrested for slaying of man in Quinton

QUINTON, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a Pittsburg County man has been arrested for the beating death of a Quinton man.

The OSBI said Monday the man is suspected of beating 56-year-old Kenneth Flick to death with a hammer after the two men argued Saturday about money Flick believed the suspect owed him.

Flick was found dead by a family member on Sunday inside Flick's home in Quinton.

Online court records on Monday did not show that formal charges have been filed against the suspect.


Legislators to explore gas as execution option

Oklahoma legislators are planning to study the option of executing condemned inmates using nitrogen gas.

A formal interim study requested by Oklahoma City Republican Mike Christian will be held Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

Christian is a staunch supporter of the death penalty who says he plans to draft a bill for next year's Legislature, which begins in February.

Christian requested the study after Oklahoma's lethal injection in April of Clayton Lockett, who writhed on the gurney, clenched his teeth and moaned before being pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began.

An investigative report by the state Department of Public Safety released earlier this month blamed the problems on the poor placement of an intravenous line, and state prison officials are developing new lethal injection protocols.


Oklahoma court upholds 2 murder convictions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder convictions and life in prison sentences of two men in connection with the 2011 shooting death of a Fort Gibson teenager.

The court on Monday rejected appeals by 22-year-old Tommy Lee Dean Jr. and 20-year-old Fredrick Watson in the shooting death of 17-year-old Ryan Satterfield. The court upheld both the convictions and sentences of life in prison with the possibility of parole given to Dean and Watson.

The two men were among six people convicted in Satterfield's death.

Investigators say Satterfield was killed during a home invasion robbery.


Attorney dismisses lawsuit challenging energy tax

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An attorney who had challenged Oklahoma's recently adjusted tax on oil and gas production as unconstitutional has dismissed his lawsuit.

Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent filed a petition Monday with the Oklahoma Supreme Court to dismiss his lawsuit. Fent declined to say why he dismissed his case.

Fent had asked the state's highest court to throw out the bill, arguing that it was unconstitutional because it passed in the final days of the session and didn't receive a three-fourths vote in the House and Senate.

Under the bill, all oil and natural gas wells would be taxed at a standard 2 percent rate for the first three years of production. After that, the rate would return to the standard production tax rate of 7 percent.


Oklahoma trooper jailed on sex assault complaints

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a state trooper has been arrested on complaints of kidnapping, rape and other crimes after three women alleged the officer sexually assaulted them during traffic stops.

Trooper Eric Roberts was arrested Monday and taken to the Creek County jail.

Patrol Col. Rick Adams said Monday the assaults all occurred while Roberts was on duty in northeast Oklahoma.

The patrol says the 42-year-old has been on administrative leave since July 24, when a woman alleged he attacked her. Two women have sued Roberts.

A message left with Roberts' attorney wasn't immediately returned.

Last month, an Oklahoma City police officer was accused of sexually assaulting at least eight women while on duty. Daniel Holtzclaw has pleaded not guilty to 16 felony counts, including rape and sexual battery.


Vietnam soldiers receive Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says a grateful nation honors the acts of valor by two Vietnam War soldiers who risked their lives to protect fellow troops.

Obama is bestowing the Medal of Honor on Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat, nearly half a century after they fought in Vietnam.

Adkins ran through enemy fire while rescuing injured comrades. He was injured but survived.

Sloat did not. He pulled an enemy grenade close to his body to protect fellow troops from the blast.

Congress granted an exemption to allow the soldiers to receive the medal so many years later. Obama says even the most extraordinary acts on the battlefield can get lost in the fog of war or the passage of time.


Oklahoma City man found dead in home

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City police say a 43-year-old man has been found dead in a house on the city's southeast side.

Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said Monday that officers responding to reports of a body found Jose Hurtado apparently shot to death. Wardlow says Hurtado's body was found Saturday.

Police say there have been no arrests in connection with the shooting and that no suspects have been identified.


Oklahoma City Memorial adds new exhibits

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A key piece of evidence, hundreds of oral testimonies and new artifacts to attract a younger generation of visitors have been unveiled at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

The additions are part of the second and third phrase of a nearly $8 million project to enhance the structure with new artifacts and exhibits.

Detailed information on the investigation of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building and the evidence collected have been added to the museum. They include a key piece of evidence - the car that Timothy McVeigh was driving when he was pulled over and arrested north of Oklahoma City on the day of the bombing.

The bombing killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.


Bull rider dies after accident at Perry rodeo

PERRY, Okla. (AP) - Authorities are investigating after a bull rider died over the weekend during an accident at a rodeo in northern Oklahoma.

Cherokee Strip Riding Club Vice President Shane Parli says the bull rider died Saturday during the club's TCRA Rodeo in Perry. Authorities and rodeo officials haven't released the bull rider's name or offered details on how he died, citing the ongoing investigation.

The rodeo's livestock contractor, Sumner Rodeo Co., had said the victim participated in several rodeos with the organization. The Pawnee County Sheriff's Office didn't immediately return a call seeking more details Monday, nor did the Oklahoma medical examiner's office.

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