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TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa's mayor says creating an independent office to monitor police will help build trust in law enforcement. Mayor G.T. Bynum announced Wednesday that the Office of the Independent Monitor will follow up on citizen complaints, review use-of-force incidents and work on outreach and policy. Bynum said the new office will make recommendations, not impose discipline. The city police union says officers should be subject to the same scrutiny as other licensed professionals.

McLOUD, Okla. (AP) - New charges have been filed in the shooting death of an Oklahoma high school sophomore that authorities originally said appeared to be accidental. Officials say 16-year-old Kaylen Thomas was shot in the head on Oct. 5 at her friend's home in McLoud, about 24 miles (39 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City. The state medical examiner's office has ruled that her death was a homicide.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Beer snobs in states where grocers could offer only low-alcohol brands are raising their mugs to stronger brews thanks to updated laws that could indirectly chill the industry in two others where such regulations remain. Rules that went into effect in Oklahoma in October allow grocery, convenience and retail liquor stores to sell chilled beer with an alcohol content of up to 8.99 percent. Previously, grocery and convenience stores could offer only 3.2 percent beer.

GALENA, Kan. (AP) - A military veteran has purchased a historic Kansas gas station along the old Route 66 with plans to restore the building to its original condition. The Joplin Globe reports that U.S. Army and Coast Guard veteran Aaron Perry is the new owner of a 1939 Texaco gas station in Galena, near Kansas' borders with Missouri and Oklahoma. The Wakarusa resident stumbled upon the for-sale gas station last year while driving to the Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Missouri.

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