LEXINGTON, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says there is an air conditioning outage at one of its prisons. The department says a chiller malfunctioned Tuesday at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center in Lexington, causing outages in several areas of the prison. A replacement part is expected Wednesday and the department says repairs will begin immediately. The 1,450-inmate unit is a medium and minimum security prison and is the intake center for all male inmates entering department custody.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The chaplain of a minimum security prison for women has resigned after he was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a female inmate. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says Chaplain Don Dickerson resigned Tuesday after his arrest last week on a complaint of rape by instrumentation. The 57-year-old corrections employee since 2000 was chaplain at the Kate Barnard Correctional Center in Oklahoma City.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma health department's top lawyer, who recently resigned, faces criminal charges after authorities said she sent threats to herself and lied about it to investigators. The agency's former general counsel, 37-year-old Julia Ezell of Edmond, was charged Tuesday in Oklahoma County with three counts. She didn't immediately return a telephone message. Ezell had helped draft rules on medical marijuana approved by the agency's board last week. Oklahoma approved medicinal cannabis in June.
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.1 magnitude earthquake has been recorded in central Oklahoma. The USGS says the temblor was recorded at 3:38 p.m. Tuesday about 3 miles east of Edmond, or about 15 miles north of Oklahoma City. The earthquake was recorded at a depth of about 4 miles. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Geologists say damage is not likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4.0.
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