Registration nears for Oklahoma voters to cast ballots

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Friday is the deadline for Oklahomans to register to vote or update their registration ahead of the November general election.

Voters can pick up a voter registration form at any of the state's 77 county election boards or download it from the State Election Board website . It must be delivered in person or postmarked by Friday in order to qualify for election in the Nov. 6 general election.

Voters can also view a sample ballot or check their polling place online.

Oklahoma voters will decide the governor's race and other statewide offices, along with contests for the U.S. House and state Legislature, district attorneys and local judgeships. There also are five state questions on the ballot, including funding for schools, the sale of eyeglasses and rights for crime victims.


Possible tornadoes reported Tuesday in Oklahoma, Arkansas

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service is investigating reports of multiple tornadoes in northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas.

Tulsa meteorologist Joe Sellers said Wednesday there were several reports Tuesday of weak twisters in Rogers, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties in Oklahoma. Sellers says an investigator was working Wednesday to confirm the reports, determine the amount of damage and rate the intensity of the possible tornadoes.

Sellers says reported damage is minor with tree limbs downed and shingles blown off roofs. There have been no reports of injuries.

In Little Rock, officials say a confirmed tornado touched down mid-afternoon Tuesday on the border of Franklin and Johnson counties, causing minor tree damage.

Severe thunderstorms with strong winds also rolled through central Oklahoma on Tuesday, flipping parked vehicles and causing more than 3,000 power outages.


Man gets probation for forcing emergency landing in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Washington state man who pleaded guilty to screaming at a flight attendant on a commercial flight and forcing it to make an emergency landing in Oklahoma has been sentenced to probation.

Federal prosecutors in Tulsa say 29-year-old Bolutife Olorunda of Vancouver, Washington, was sentenced Wednesday to three months of probation. Olorunda pleaded guilty to a federal assault charge in July and agreed to pay Delta Airlines $9,118 for the cost of diverting the aircraft.

Prosecutors say Olorunda verbally assaulted and interfered with a flight attendant on a May 30 flight from Portland, Oregon, to Atlanta, prompting the pilot to declare an emergency and land in Tulsa. The flight eventually continued to Atlanta.

The FBI alleged Olorunda sang and screamed during the flight and threatened the flight attendant who tried to quiet him.


Suspected vehicle thief fatally shot by Oklahoma officers

OKARCHE, Okla. (AP) — Five central Oklahoma law officers are on paid leave after fatally shooting a man suspected of stealing a pickup truck.

Canadian County Sheriff Chris West says the man was shot Monday when he got out of the truck with a handgun after crashing the vehicle near Okarche, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City.

The man's name has not been released.

West says the man was suspected of stealing a vehicle in Oklahoma City, then later abandoning it and stealing the truck.

West says about a dozen law officers joined the chase at speeds of 100 miles per hour.

West said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.