PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) - The National Weather Service in Tulsa says a possible tornado has touched down in north-central Oklahoma. Meteorologist Joe Sellars says the potential twister was only on the ground briefly Saturday afternoon between the towns of Fairfax and Ralston, west of Pawhuska, about 50 miles northwest of Tulsa. No injuries or significant damage are reported. The weather service says the chance for isolated storms is expected to continue in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas from Sunday through Tuesday
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The official tapped to lead Oklahoma's embattled Department of Health says his office already has implemented some of the recommendations from a scathing multi-county grand jury report that said financial mismanagement led to nearly 200 employees unnecessarily being laid off. Interim Commissioner of Health Tom Bates released a statement Friday saying beyond the nearly 200 employees whose jobs were cut, the agency has seen another 231 employees resign since October.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The aunt of a Tulsa woman accused of stabbing her daughter 50 to 70 times, hitting her head with a pickaxe and setting their home on fire says the mother recently lost her job and "snapped" after being banned from her son's graduation. Police say 39-year-old Taheerah Ahmad attacked the 11-year-old girl Monday and also bound and gagged two younger daughters. Debrecka Fields told KHRH-TV that her niece "thought herself into a nervous breakdown."
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A man who terrorized a woman and her 2-year-old granddaughter in Branson has been sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole. Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Alberto Colina Jr., of Muskogee, Oklahoma, was sentenced Friday for being a felon in possession of a firearm and stealing a firearm. Investigators say in January 2016, Colina carjacked a truck and also terrorized a 63-year-old woman and her granddaughter in an apartment for nearly two hours.
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