One minor injury suffered in
accident involving school bus
ROSE, Okla. (AP) — A school bus accident in rural Mayes County has resulted in only one minor injury, that to an adult.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Locust Grove Public Schools bus ran off Scenic U.S. Highway 412 and into a ditch Tuesday about 4:15 p.m. about 1.5 miles west of Rose.
The 13 students on the bus ranged in age from 6 to 11. None of them were hurt and neither was the driver, 71-year-old Ransom Lee Briggs of Locust Grove.
An adult passenger, 53-year-old Robert Lee Williams of Salina, suffered a minor leg injury but refused medical treatment at the scene.
Troopers still are investigationg why the bus ran off the road.
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One killed in
I-35 crash
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 41-year-old man has been identified as the person who died in a three-vehicle crash that tied up traffic on Interstate 35 in northeast Oklahoma City for a time Tuesday.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Nathan Russom of Oklahoma City died in the accident, which happened at 10:07 a.m.
Troopers said Russom was southbound on the highway when traffic slowed. Another vehicle, driven by 23-year-old Robert Constantine of Edmond, rear-ended Russom’s vehicle, which then went into the center median.
Troopers said Russom swerved to avoid hitting a light pole and oncoming traffic, but was struck head-on by a flatbed pickup driven by 44-year-old Gary Anderson of Luther.
Russom died at the scene. Anderson and his passenger, 43-year-old Bruce Baugus of McLoud, were taken by ambulance to area hospitals and were admitted in fair condition. Constantine was not injured.
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Bill to increase physical education passes
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In an attempt to combat childhood obesity, the Oklahoma Senate has passed a bill doubling the amount of class time devoted to physical activity and nutrition programs for the state’s youngest students.
The amount of physical activity will increase from 60 minutes a week to 120 minutes a week. The requirement will apply to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Sen. Mary Easley says those minutes could include physical education, exercise programs, fitness breaks, recess, classroom activities, and wellness and nutrition education.
The Tulsa Democrat’s measure was approved by the Senate on Tuesday and now goes to Gov. Brad Henry.
Easley says policy makers have an obligation to do all they can to reverse what she says is a growing epidemic of childhood obesity.
She says statistics have shown that obese children run the risk of developing heart disease, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers and even arthritis.
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Henry signs
modernization bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Brad Henry has signed a government modernization bill supported by House Republicans.
Henry signed the measure Tuesday. It’s one of several bills that developed from interim study on ways to make government more efficient.
The bill modernizes the state’s invoicing process to allow vendors to be paid electronically. Lawmakers found during the study that a high number of state checks were being issued at a massive cost to taxpayers.
One vendor testified that the price of processing hundreds of checks was being factored into his cost of doing business with the state, essentially costing the taxpayers at both ends of the payment process.
The measure will also allow the Department of Central Services to receive electronic returns on requests for services provided to the state.
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Wrapped body identified
CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) — The state medical examiner’s office has determined a Chelsea man whose remains were found at a Catoosa truck stop was the victim of a homicide.
Police identified the man Tuesday as 32-year-old Carter Wayne Leach. Leach’s body was found wrapped in cellophane and duct tape Saturday at a truck stop off Interstate 244.
A state medical examiner’s spokesman said Leach died of blunt head trauma.
Police said Leach was listed on a Rogers County missing persons report and had been missing since March 17.
Court records show Leach had convictions on drug and alcohol counts and assault and battery on a police officer.
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Court sets date for Short execution
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has set a date for the first execution in the state since the Supreme Court upheld the practice.
The execution of Terry Lyn Short is scheduled for June 17. It will be the first execution in Oklahoma since Frank Duane Welch was put to death August 22.
Short was sentenced to death in January 1995 for throwing a homemade explosive into an Oklahoma City apartment building, resulting in the death of 22-year-old Ken Yamamoto.
Executions had been put on hold in Oklahoma until the U.S. Supreme Court upheld lethal injection as a constitutional practice earlier this month.
No other Oklahoma death row inmates are currently scheduled for execution.
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Brogdon hopes for term limit vote
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Sen. Randy Brogdon is ready to proceed with his term limit bill for state officials after rewriting the measure to assure that it does not apply retroactively.
The Republican from Owasso says he incorporated language in the bill that was provided by the office of Attorney General Drew Edmondson.
Charlie Price, a spokesman for Edmondson, says the attorney general still opposes the bill, which would impose 12-year term limits for statewide elected officials.
Brogdon hopes to get the bill out of a joint conference committee for a Senate floor vote.