OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Legislature is headed back to the state Capitol for a special legislative session to fill a $215 million shortfall in the state budget and look for long-term solutions to the state's chronic budget shortfalls. Gov. Mary Fallin scheduled Monday's special session just four months after lawmakers adjourned their regular session after adopting a new $1.50-per-pack "fee" on cigarettes in an effort to fill the state's latest budget gap.
PADEN, Okla. (AP) - A 16-year-old has been killed in a crash involving an all-terrain vehicle and a pickup in southeast Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says in a preliminary report that the teenager died Saturday afternoon in Okfuskee County. The unidentified teenager, who troopers say wasn't wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.
DORRANCE, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Highway Patrol says a 64-year-old Oklahoma man was killed when he was hit by a semi-trailer truck after being involved in an earlier crash. A crash report says two motorcycles were eastbound when they hit a large flatbed trailer in the roadway, causing both motorcycles to crash. The patrol says Morris Noftsger, of Kiefer, Oklahoma, was lying in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 after that wreck when he was hit and killed by an eastbound truck.
OKARCHE, Okla. (AP) - The Roman Catholic Church's first U.S.-born martyr has been beatified, bringing the Oklahoma native a step closer to possible sainthood. A letter from Pope Francis declaring the Rev. Stanley Rother (ROW-THUR) as blessed was read at a Mass in Oklahoma City, completing the beatification process. Rother was born in Okarche, Oklahoma, and died in 1981. He was one of several Catholic priests who were killed during the civil war in Guatemala.
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