Storm exits Okla., leaving thousands without power
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Thousands of homes and businesses in southeastern parts of the Oklahoma are without electricity as a winter storm began moving out of Oklahoma.
Roughly 9,000 outages were reported, mainly in Choctaw and Pushmataha counties, Friday evening as the storm that dumped sleet, ice and snow on much of the state Thursday and Friday began to diminish.
Emergency managers say the storm is responsible for claiming the lives of at least two people and for dozens of injuries and traffic accidents.
Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties Thursday as the first storm moved across the state.
The declaration allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. It is also a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.
2nd storm-related death reported in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Authorities say the winter storm moving through much of Oklahoma has claimed the lives of two people.
A report from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management on Friday initially said that a third person had been killed in a weather-related incident in Owasso. But Keli Cain, a spokeswoman for the agency, said later Friday that authorities now do not believe the death was weather-related.
Oklahoma City police reported Friday that an unidentified man was discovered dead under an overpass in an area where transients are known to congregate, and a 5-year-old boy from Fort Gibson was killed when a van he was riding in overturned on an icy road Thursday morning.
Ice storm snarling deliveries nationwide
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An icy storm plowing across the country is delaying shipments of everything from Christmas presents to cooking grease.
Wal-Mart had its truckers take extra goods to stores ahead of the storm, while Amazon and FedEx are notifying those waiting on packages that dangerous driving conditions are forcing delays.
The transportation trouble couldn't come at a worse time: many companies are at the height of their holiday shipping period.
Larger companies have meteorologists on staff who can help route trucks around storms or stop them altogether. Smaller companies have to make do with what's thrown at them, weather-wise.
Okla. State bans e-cigarettes on Stillwater campus
LANGSTON, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma State University/A and M Board of Regents have approved a ban on electronic cigarettes and other smoking devices on the Stillwater campus.
The board voted Friday during a meeting in Langston to immediately ban e-cigarettes, hookahs, vapor devices and clove cigarettes until more research on their safety is completed. The OSU Student Government Association and other groups support the ban.
State health officials have favored a ban on e-cigarettes - saying they aren't regulated and are increasingly used by teenagers.
97-year-old man charged with killing granddaughter
CUSHING, Okla. (AP) - A 97-year-old Cushing man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his granddaughter.
Payne County District Attorney Tom Lee filed the murder charge Friday against Russell Eugene Dawes for the Thursday shooting death of Sonja James
Dawes was being held in the Payne County jail and court records do not list an attorney for him.
An affidavit filed in the case says Dawes told a deputy at the scene that he shot James because he was "tired of her carrying on."
The affidavit says Dawes called a Cushing funeral home director shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday to help with a dead body, then told the man when he arrived that he had shot the girl. The funeral director then called authorities.
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Nash leads No. 9 OSU past South Carolina 79-52
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Le'Bryan Nash had 16 points to lead five Oklahoma State players in double figures as the ninth-ranked Cowboys made easy work of South Carolina in a 79-52 win on Friday night.
Marcus Smart added 13 points for the Cowboys (8-1), who bounced back from their first loss of the season last week. Markel Brown added 11 points, and Brian Williams and Michael Cobbins finished with 10 points each.
Oklahoma State, which held the Gamecocks to a season low in points, led by as many as 26 points in the first half, putting the game out of reach with an early 25-2 run.
Jaylen Shaw led South Carolina (2-3) with 13 points, while Tyrone Johnson finished with 12 in Stillwater.
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