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TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Cherokee Nation is urging a federal judge to allow a tribal lawsuit against distributors and retailers of opioid medications to be litigated in the tribe's own court. Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree filed written arguments on Wednesday in the tribe's lawsuit alleging the companies have contributed to "an epidemic of prescription opioid abuse" among the tribe's citizens. The companies have asked the judge to block the lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Health officials say more than a half-dozen cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Oklahoma so far this year. The Oklahoma Department of Health says the cases have been confirmed in Cleveland, Muskogee, Oklahoma and Tulsa counties. Health officials say the best way to prevent the disease is to avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellants and wearing long sleeves, pants and socks when outdoors.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The family of a man accused of attempting to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van outside an Oklahoma bank says he is a paranoid schizophrenic and that the FBI knew it. Clifford and Melonie Varnell of Sayre, Oklahoma, issued a statement that questions the tactics undercover FBI agents used to arrest 23-year-old Jerry Drake Varnell. Federal officials arrested Varnell on Saturday for the alleged plot to detonate a bomb in downtown Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The superintendent of the Oklahoma City school district says she'll ask the school board for permission to discuss the possibility of renaming four elementary schools currently named after Confederate army generals. Superintendent Aurora Lora said Wednesday she wants to learn if patrons of the schools are interested in changing the schools' names. Lora's announcement comes after a deadly clash Saturday between counter-protesters and white nationalists during a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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