PURCELL, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma emergency management officials say a grass fire in rural McClain County has forced at least one home to be evacuated. The grass fire flared up Wednesday afternoon near Dibble, located about 37 miles (59 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City. Keli Cain, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, says at least one residence has been evacuated due to the flames. McClain County sheriff's deputies are working to relocate other nearby residents.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Authorities in Oklahoma say a Nebraska man wanted on a firearms warrant has been taken into custody following a standoff at a Tulsa motel. Officials say Rush Lincoln Hembree surrendered to police about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The standoff began about 11 p.m. Tuesday after police surrounded Hembree's motel room on Tulsa's eastside. Tulsa police Sgt. Shane Tuell says a felony warrant from Nebraska involved allegations that 49-year-old Hembree was illegally manufacturing fully automatic weapons.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Republican state senator from Guthrie says she won't seek re-election when her seat is up this year. Sen. A.J. Griffin announced in a press release on Wednesday that she plans to step down after serving six years in office. Her Senate District 20 seat includes Kingfisher, Logan, Noble and Pawnee counties. Griffin said she struggled with whether to run again but said she heard 'God's call in another direction.'
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A public school district in Oklahoma has removed a monument at an elementary school that was dedicated to Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Tulsa Public Schools says the nearly century-old monument was removed on Tuesday. The monument's removal comes less than week after the district's board rescinded the official name of the school, which was Robert E. Lee Elementary School. The school board has yet to officially rename the school.
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