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OKLAHOMA CITY — A state appeals court has ruled that police dashboard camera videos are a public record subject to release under Oklahoma's Open Records Act. In a Friday ruling, the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals overturned a decision by a Rogers County District Court judge that such videos were not a public record subject to disclosure.


OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has lifted a court injunction that prevented enforcement of an order that the Wright City Public Schools varsity baseball team forfeit two games, an order that would eliminate the team from the state baseball tournament. By Tim Talley.


Y CITY, Ark. — Forecasters warned that large hail and more tornadoes could strafe parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri on Friday, a day after powerful storms and floods killed at least three people in the storm-weary region. Up to a dozen tornadoes touched down in mostly rural parts of Arkansas on Thursday, as well as one in Illinois and three in Oklahoma. One twister bounced through the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow, causing some structural damage, but no injuries.


— OKLAHOMA TORNADO-DEBRIS REMOVAL — Oklahoma's insurance commissioner has released a guide to debris removal for insured and non-insured victims of the May 20 tornado in Moore.

— SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY-REPORTING CAMPAIGN — Citizens in eight northeast Oklahoma cities, including Tulsa, are being asked in a new ad campaign to report suspicious activities to law enforcement agencies.

— MURDER TRIAL DELAY — A pre-trial hearing has been delayed for a Spiro man charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a pregnant woman and prosecutors are also asking that the trial be delayed.

— FORT COBB LAKE-DROWNING — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an Indiana teenager drowned while swimming at Fort Cobb Lake.

— OKLAHOMA TORNADO-LOOTING — Prosecutors have filed criminal charges against five people accused of looting in Moore after the deadly May 20 tornado.

— SEVERE WEATHER-FORECAST — More severe weather is on tap for parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri already battered by high winds and heavy rain this week.

— MEAD-OKLAHOMA — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is calling on state residents to join an effort to raise money to support victims of the recent tornado that hit Moore, Okla.

— GENETICS LABORATORY-OKLAHOMA — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has helped open a new genetics laboratory on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus.

— POLICE SHOOTING-NORMAN — The Cleveland County District Attorney's office has ruled a Norman police officer's shooting of a knife-wielding man earlier this month was justified.

— RETRACING TRAIL — Fifteen Cherokee students have left Oklahoma for Georgia where they will join in retracing the Trail of Tears on bicycle.



OKLAHOMA CITY — The Red River Rivalry comes to the Women's College World Series on Friday night when top-seeded Oklahoma takes on Texas. The Sooners got a no-hitter from national player of the year Keilani Ricketts in their WCWS opener. The Longhorns got one from Blaire Luna in the super regionals. Developing from 8:30 p.m. CT start. By Jeff Latzke.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Tennessee meets Washington in a winner's bracket game Friday night at the Women's College World Series. The Huskies advanced with a walk-off win in their opener. Developing from 6 p.m. CT start. By Jeff Latzke.


BLACKSBURG, Va. - Third-seeded Coastal Carolina and second-seeded Oklahoma meet in the opening game of the Blacksburg Regional. Noon CT. Eds: APNewsNow only.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Second-seeded Miami faces No. 3 Oklahoma State in the first game of the Louisville regional. The winner faces the winner between No. 1 Louisville and No. 4 Bowling Green. Game starts at 2 p.m. ET. Eds: APNewsNow only.


IRVING, Texas — Big 12 schools are getting a nice payday.

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Friday that the conference will distribute $198 million to its 10 schools, a bump from $183 million the previous year. Bowlsby said at the end of the league's meetings that amount will grow in the future when a new television contract goes into effect, plus money from Sugar Bowl matchups against a top SEC team.


NEWARK, N.J. — Skylar Diggins will try and help Tulsa earn its first win of the season when the Shock visit Bill Laimbeer and the New York Liberty. Laimbeer helped guide the Shock to three WNBA titles before the franchise moved to Tulsa. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. 7:30 p.m. ET.

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