NTSB: Pilot in fatal plane crash flew into rain
TALIHINA, Okla. (AP) - The National Transportation Board says an Arkansas pilot killed in an Oklahoma plane crash did not obtain a weather briefing before his flight and that he flew into an area of known rain.
The crash near Talihina killed 71-year-old pilot Ray Broadbent of Heber Springs, Arkansas, The wreckage was found Oct. 24, 2013, in a heavily wooded area after Broadbent's family notified authorities that he never reached his destination.
Broadbent had left Searcy, Arkansas, on Oct. 21 on a flight to Elk City, Oklahoma.
The NTSB report released Wednesday says the probable cause of the crash was the pilot's lack of weather planning and his continued flight into moderate to heavy rain that led to reduced visibility which resulted in his failure to maintain clearance above trees in the area.
ACID SPILL-KINGFISHER COUNTY
Acid spill reported in Kingfisher County
HENNESSEY, Okla. (AP) - At least 300 barrels of hydrochloric acid has spilled in Kingfisher County.
The Enid News & Eagle reports between 300 and 500 barrels of the acid spilled Monday. It happened at an oil well site that was being drilled by Blake Production Co.
Company owner Blake Vernon says workers found a tank had emptied out the acid used in fracking jobs on Monday. He says a chemical was spread on the tank to counteract the acid.
Beams were set up Tuesday to ensure rain didn't carry any acid into a nearby creek. Vernon says the drilling company notified the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the EPA.
Spokesman Matt Skinner for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission says the organization is overseeing cleanup operations.
BACK TO SCHOOL-MUSEUMS
Oklahoma History Center plans back-to-school event
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Staff and educators at museums across Oklahoma will be on hand later this month to answer questions about field trips, teacher resources and professional development.
The event is called the Back-to-School Bash and is being held at the Oklahoma History Center on Aug. 14.
Teachers, parents, school staff and students are invited to take part.
The museums and organizations taking part include the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Oklahoma Arts Council.
City holding 3 meetings to get feedback on HUD
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The city of Tulsa is holding three meetings next week to get community feedback on priorities that will be used to set the city's five-year U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plan.
The meetings are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday where city officials will present information on continuing and emerging needs in Tulsa, including poverty, education, homelessness, transportation and housing.
Citizens will then be asked to prioritize their needs and their potential goals to address these issues.
A five-year plan will be finalized by outlining community needs, resources, priorities and proposed activities - then sent to HUD for approval.
SKILLS USA CONFERENCE-OKLAHOMA
Okla. students win medals at leadership conference
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma students won a record number of gold medals from the 50th National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference.
Oklahoma students won 51 medals total to tie the CareerTech student organization's state record. Oklahoma had 201 students competing at the conference and 168 finished in the top 10 in their events.
More than 6,000 students who won state contests competed in 99 hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests run by industry, trade association and labor organization representatives.
Oklahoma SkillsUSA director and CareerTech trade and industrial education program specialist Darren Gibson says Oklahoma is ninth in total membership in the national organization but finished fifth in medals won.
The medals include 18 gold, 16 silver and 17 bronze medals. Gibson says he believes the 18 gold medals is a record for Oklahoma.
ROAD GLIDE RETURNS
Harley-Davidson resumes production of touring bike
STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - Harley-Davidson plans to resume sales of its most popular model.
The company says it will start selling two Road Glide touring models on Aug. 26 when its full 2015 lineup is released.
It's previewing the Road Glide and Road Glide Special on Friday at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota and the National Bikers Roundup in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Motor Company spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim says the Road Glide was taken out of the lineup for a year to focus on its new platform of touring cycles called Project Rushmore.
She says the focus is to improve the touring bikes so they're more comfortable for both rider and passenger.
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