ACHILLE, Okla. (AP) - Officials closed a rural Oklahoma school system after the sheriff began investigating what he deemed were online threats against a transgender student. Bryan County Sheriff Johnny Christian said Tuesday his office started investigating over the weekend after adults made threatening Facebook posts about a 12-year-old transgender girl using a public girls' bathroom at Achille Public Schools, near the Texas border. Christian says no arrests have been made. Schools are scheduled to reopen Wednesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Police say a rodeo bull broke free from the Oklahoma City Stockyards and charged through streets and chased people, including one person who jumped into a river to escape the animal's path. Oklahoma City police spokeswoman Megan Morgan says the animal managed to escape a pen at the stockyards late Monday and then made it more than 2 miles to downtown, nearing a hospital and bus station. Morgan says cowboys used lassos to help corral the bull, but it collapsed and died after it was captured.
DALLAS (AP) - A growing number of Texas ranchers and farmers are trimming their livestock, or selling them altogether, as the persistent drought has eliminated water supplies and forage for the animals. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 45 percent of Texas is contending with drought conditions that are severe or worse. Oklahoma officials, meanwhile, say they haven't seen the kind of liquidation of cattle as spring rains saved some wheat harvests and boosted grassland there.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says an aerospace manufacturer that produces unmanned aircraft plans to locate its operations center in Oklahoma City and create more than 350 jobs over the next five years. Fallin said Tuesday that Nevada-based Valkyrie Systems Aerospace has formed a partnership with the state to operate manufacturing facilities as well as flight operations and training. Valkyrie's HoverJets are unmanned and optionally piloted aircraft that operate in any environment.
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