OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City officials have agreed to spend $1.7 million to help Amazon open a customer order fulfillment center in hopes of creating more jobs. The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to authorize staff to negotiate a job-creation incentives agreement with the online retail giant. The city will pay based on whether Amazon creates more than 50 managerial jobs, which are expected to grow into 1,750 positions total. One councilman says the deal will hurt local small businesses.
LONGTOWN, Okla. (AP) - Authorities say a woman's body has been found in a wooded area in eastern Oklahoma. Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris says the body was found Tuesday by a team of seismographers who were drilling near Longtown. A suspected cause of death has not been released and the body has not been identified, but Morris says it does have identifying marks.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says burn bans are being lifted in half of the 14 counties where they have been in place due to extreme fire conditions. Fallin said Tuesday that recent rainfall has had a positive impact on some parched areas of the state, but the drought continues in northwestern Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle. Counties where burn bans will remain in effect are: Beaver, Cimarron, Ellis, Harper, Texas, Woods and Woodward.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma judge has entered a not guilty plea for a Tulsa woman charged with stabbing her 11-year-old daughter 50 to 70 times, hitting her in the head with an axe, then setting their home on fire. Taheera Ahmad appeared by video Tuesday in Tulsa County District Court where she's charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, child neglect and arson. Police say Ahmad bound and gagged the girl and two younger daughters, who were found unharmed, then stabbed the older girl.
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