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FORT SMITH, Ark. — Authorities say a Fort Smith-area man has admitted to the slaying of an Oklahoma sheriff's father. Police arrested 44-year-old Ricky Rainwater on Monday after investigators reported they believed he robbed and killed Larry Lane Sr. over the weekend in Cherokee County, Oklahoma. Lane is the father of Sheriff Larry Lane Jr. of Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. 250 words.


OKLAHOMA CITY — A jury has found a Tulsa man guilty of killing a 19-month-old child and soliciting murder against the baby's mother and sentenced him to life in prison. Jurors in Oklahoma County District Court convicted 37-year-old Bert Franklin on Thursday of first-degree murder in the death of Lincoln Lewis. Franklin was in a relationship with Lincoln's mother, Roxanne Randall, at the time. Prosecutors say Franklin caused fatal skull fractures to the toddler July 16, 2016, inside Randall's house in Oklahoma City. 250 words.



SEATTLE — Fights over teacher salaries and working conditions are escalating along the West Coast, emboldened in part by the momentum from widespread teacher strikes in more conservative states. The teachers in these blue states — with robust teachers' unions, the right to strike and legislatures that are generally more supportive of education funding — are tapping into a shift in public sentiment that supports better wages for teachers. Momentum from teacher protests in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Colorado and Arizona has carried on. By Sally Ho. SENT: 830 words, with photos.


— LIQUOR LAWS-OKLAHOMA — An influx of applications to the agency that regulates Oklahoma's alcohol sales could slow the start of expanded sales in the state.

— TULSA-AMBITIOUS PARK — The first phase of what will be one of the biggest parks in the U.S. is set to open this weekend in Tulsa. With photos.

— TRAM ACCIDENT — Authorities say four women — from Oklahoma and Kansas — were hurt after a passenger tram hit a tree at an entertainment venue in the southwest Missouri tourist town of Branson.




NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley gets a chance to match wits with UCLA's Chip Kelly on Saturday in a game pitting two of the game's more gifted offensive coaches. Riley took over at head coach last year, and the Sooners led the nation in total offense and quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy. Kelly's offenses at Oregon were among the nation's best and he is back in the college ranks after a stint with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 660 words, with photos.


AUSTIN, Texas — Humbled again and dropped back out of the Top 25, Texas will try to regroup against Tulsa on Saturday. If Tom Herman's rebuilding project wants to be taken seriously, the Longhorns can't afford yet another in a game they'll be heavily favored to win. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 610 words, with photos.


STILLWATER, Okla. — It would be easy for Oklahoma State, which sits just outside the Top 25 poll, to overlook South Alabama as an inferior opponent with a contest the following week against No. 20 Boise State, but with so many things to work on, the Cowboys are focused on Saturday's home game against the Jaguars. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos.


WICHITA, Kan. — Troubled former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been arrested in Kansas on a suspicion of rape charge. Records show that Randle, a former Oklahoma State standout, was booked into Sedgwick County Jail at around 3:40 a.m. Friday. Spokesmen for the police and prosecutor's office and Randle's attorney in previous cases didn't immediately reply to phone messages seeking details about his latest arrest. 130 words, with photos.


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