Dentist at center of health scare cedes license
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinics led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis has surrendered his professional license.
Scott Harrington permanently surrendered his license Friday to the State Board of Dentistry. Harrington's two Tulsa-area clinics have been closed since March 2013, when state health officials urged about 7,000 of his current and former patients to get tested for the diseases.
Health officials say investigators found rusty instruments and potentially contaminated drug vials at Harrington's clinics. They say a machine designed to sterilize tools wasn't being used properly.
More than 4,200 patients were tested at state clinics, but health officials determined that only one individual contracted a disease, hepatitis C, at the clinics.
TULSA-POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED
Bond hearing set for accused Tulsa officer
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A veteran Tulsa police officer charged in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's boyfriend earlier this month is set to ask a judge that he be released on bond.
Court records indicate attorneys for Shannon Kepler are scheduled to ask a district judge Friday to set bond, saying Kepler is not a flight risk.
Kepler pleaded not guilty earlier this week in the Aug. 5 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. Kepler has been held without bond since the shooting and his case is set for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 22.
Kepler's attorney, Richard O'Carroll, said earlier this week that there isn't one credible witness to the event. Prosecutors countered that it's improper for attorneys to try their cases in the media.
2 US House members to campaign for Douglas
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Two Republican members of U.S. House of Representatives are coming to Oklahoma City to support Patrice Douglas in her GOP runoff race.
Reps. Ann Wagner of Missouri and Diane Black of Tennessee are to join Douglas on Friday for an event at Will Rogers Theater in Oklahoma City.
Douglas faces former state Sen. Steve Russell in Tuesday's runoff for the Republican nomination to the U.S. House in the 5th Congressional District.
Incumbent Rep. James Lankford is running for a U.S. Senate seat.
Oklahoma Capitol repair bonds authorization begins
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma officials are beginning the process of authorizing $120 million in bonds to renovate the state's nearly century-old Capitol.
Legislation authorizing a 10-year bond issue to repair the Capitol building goes into effect on Friday, 90 days after it was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.
The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority has scheduled a meeting on Monday to begin the process of authorizing bonds to pay for repairs to the Capitol.
The 452,000-square-foot Capitol was constructed between 1914 and 1917 for $1.5 million. Now, the building's facade is crumbling and barricades have cordoned off the south side of the structure since 2011 to prevent visitors from climbing the steps of the south portico because chunks of mortar and limestone are falling.
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