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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Air Methods Corp. says it has shut down four medical helicopter bases in Oklahoma due to financial burdens. The Oklahoman reports that the Colorado-based company said Monday it is closing MediFlight bases in Chickasha, Seminole, Keefeton and the base at Riverside Airport in south Tulsa. Air Methods spokesman Doug Flanders says employees at the four bases were informed Sunday of the decision. The closure affects up to 15 employees on each base.
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - A former Oklahoma inmate who filed a $5 million lawsuit accusing jail authorities of refusing him treatment for a painful erection that lasted four days might be about to settle. Court records show a settlement conference is set for May 7 in the lawsuit filed by 33-year-old Dustin Lance against the current and the former Pittsburg County sheriff, the county and others. If an agreement isn't reached, trial is to begin July 9.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Supreme Court has struck down a state law that caps damages for pain and suffering sought by people who seek compensation for personal injuries. In a sharply divided opinion, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday a civil justice statute limiting non-economic damages in personal injury lawsuits to $350,000 is an unconstitutional special law because it treats people who survive injuries differently than those who don't.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has likely failed in his efforts to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants in Indiana. Pruitt registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana last week for the parent company of Terre Haute-based mining company Sunrise Coal. Hallador Energy Co. of Denver says Pruitt is asking state officials to stop two utilities from shuttering the plants while the Trump administration reviews Obama administration pollution rules.
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