ODOT says roads remain icy, slick in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says many roads in the state remain slick and hazardous after winter storms hit the state.
ODOT says crews were working Saturday to clear highways in northeastern, southeastern and central Oklahoma that are snow-packed and slick after storms that began Thursday dumped snow, ice and sleet on most of the state.
The Department of Public Safety says westbound lanes of Interstate 40 were shut down near the Oklahoma-Arkansas state line for nearly 2½ hours early Saturday after a tractor-trailer rig jackknifed - and ODOT warned of hazardous driving conditions on I-35 near the Oklahoma-Texas state line.
Oklahoma Gas and Electric reported about 5,000 power outages in central and eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas on Saturday. Public Service Company of Oklahoma reported nearly 2,500 outages in southeastern Oklahoma.
Winter storm emergency still activated in Okla.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management remains on alert following winter storms that dumped up to 5 inches of snow on parts of the state.
ODEM said Saturday that disaster and relief agencies remained on alert for any assistance needed statewide.
The American Red Cross has opened shelters at the Choctaw Nation Community Center in Hugo; First Baptist Church in Soper; and Swink School in Swink. Warming shelters were opened at the Choctaw Nation Community Center in Antlers; First Baptist Church of Antlers; Bryan County Health Department in Durant; and at Carl Albert State College in Poteau.
Some 7,600 power outages were reported Saturday afternoon - most in southeastern Oklahoma - and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said roads remained slick and hazardous in northeastern, southeastern and central Oklahoma.
Magnitude-4.5 earthquake rattles central Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A magnitude-4.5 earthquake recoded in central Oklahoma by the U.S. Geological Survey has been followed by two smaller earthquakes.
No injuries or damage were reported Saturday afternoon.
The USGS says the magnitude-4.5 quake was recorded at 12:10 p.m. Saturday near Arcadia, about 14 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The agency reports that temblor was followed by a 2.8-magnitude earthquake at 1:26 p.m. about 10 miles northeast of Oklahoma City and a magnitude-3.1 tremor at 5:58 p.m. about 6 miles northeast of the city.
Marty Doepke (DEP'-kee), the general manager of Pops Restaurant in Arcadia, says there was no damage at the restaurant from the magnitude-4.5 quake - but that customers and employees were initially surprised, then went back to watching the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State football game.
The strongest earthquake on record in Oklahoma is a magnitude-5.6 on Nov. 5, 2011.
Oklahoma players unaware of earthquake during game
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma players say they were unaware of an earthquake that happened during the second quarter of the 18th ranked Sooners' 33-24 victory over Oklahoma State.
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 4.5 magnitude earthquake in central Oklahoma at 12:10 p.m. Saturday near Arcadia, about 7 miles east of Edmond and about 14 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.
It occurred about the time Sooners' kicker Michael Hunnicutt kicked a 21-yard field goal in the second quarter of the win over the No. 6 Cowboys (10-2, 7-2 Big 12 Conference).
Hunnicutt says he didn't know about the earthquake and didn't feel it, while Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2) wide receiver Sterling Shepard says if he felt anything, he likely thought it was the result of the 58,520 in attendance in Boone Pickens Stadium.
Oklahoma Air National Guard airmen to return
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Air National Guard says about 300 members of the 138th Fighter Wing have returned home from a deployment to Afghanistan.
The airmen were welcomed with a ceremony Saturday morning at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base.
During their deployment the airmen with the 138th provided close air support to NATO combat personnel.
Ex-Okla. House Speaker Privett dies at 89
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Former Oklahoma House Speaker Rex Privett has died at age 89.
Moore Funeral and Cremation says Privett died Thursday of natural causes.
Privett was first elected to the state House in 1956 to represent portions of Pawnee, Osage, Payne and Noble counties in northern Oklahoma and served as speaker of the house from 1967 until 1972.
He was elected to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in 1972 after leaving the state Legislature and served one term - then later served as executive director of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System from 1982 until 1995.
Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman.
Oklahoma set to execute 2 men this month
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The state of Oklahoma is scheduled to execute two convicted killers this month.
Ronald Clinton Lott is to be put to death Tuesday for the deaths of two elderly women in the 1980s while Johnny Dale Black is set for execution on December 17th for the stabbing death of a man in Ringling.
Lott was convicted in Oklahoma County of two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 83-year-old Anna Laura Fowler in September 1986 and 93-year-old Zelma Cutler in January 1987.
A Stephens County jury found Black guilty of first-degree murder for the 1998 roadside attack of 54-year-old horse trainer Bill Pogue of Ringling. Pogue was stabbed multiple times and suffered broken ribs and punctured lungs.
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