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(AP) - Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century, has died. He was 85. Clark played the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and other instruments. His skills brought him gigs as guest performer with many top orchestras, including the Boston Pops.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Conservation groups are expressing disappointment with an agreement between Oklahoma and Arkansas to study ways to improve water quality in the Illinois River watershed. The Sierra Club's Oklahoma chapter, the group Save the Illinois River and the Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma say the agreement fails to control pollution and merely calls for another study. Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague says the agreement is intended to implement previous improvement plans.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Democrats in the Oklahoma House of Representatives have elected a 32-year-old Norman attorney to lead the minority caucus for the next two years. House Democrats chose Rep. Emily Virgin over Oklahoma City Rep. Jason Dunnington during a closed-door meeting of the 25-member caucus on Thursday. All of the 101 newly elected House members were sworn into office Thursday.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Bass Pro Shops has pulled a used rifle commemorating the Cherokee Trail of Tears from one of its Arkansas store's shelves and apologized to the tribe after a photo of the gun led to calls to boycott the outdoor gear chain. Company official Jack Wlezien says the 1978 Winchester rifle commemorating the tragic forced relocation of the Cherokee Nation was acquired from a trade-in and isn't part of the store's standard stock. The tribe's secretary of state applauded the decision to pull the rifle.
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