OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal magistrate deemed unqualified to serve as a federal judge by an American Bar Association committee that expressed concern about his work ethic says he sometimes works from home. Magistrate Judge Charles Goodwin appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday during a confirmation hearing as President Donald Trump's nominee to fill a federal judgeship in Oklahoma City. Goodwin, who has served as a magistrate for four years, says he was disappointed by the ABA's finding.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma sheriff's deputy who was facing a knife-wielding man says she holstered her gun and instead subdued him with a Taser when she realized he was trying to get her to kill him. Tulsa County Sheriff's Deputy Catherine Curtin was flagged down Monday in Tulsa by someone saying a man with two large knives was threatening people. Curtin told KJRH-TV she had the man at gunpoint but switched to the Taser when she saw the man showing "classic suicide-by-cop" behavior.
YUKON, Okla. (AP) - A flu outbreak that has sickened almost one-third of the students at an elementary school in Yukon has forced the school's closure. Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Jason Simeroth says classes at Central Elementary School were canceled Wednesday after 114 students were out sick Tuesday. About 370 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade are enrolled at the school. At least 50 illnesses were confirmed cases of the flu.
WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) - A current state representative has won the Republican nomination for a state Senate seat representing northwest Oklahoma and the Panhandle. With all precincts reporting in Tuesday's special election, state Rep. Casey Murdock topped the six-candidate field. He'll go on to face Democrat Amber Jensen in a Feb. 13 special election. The seat came open when Republican Sen. Bryce Marlatt stepped down in September after he was arrested on a sexual battery charge.
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