BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - Bloomington, Minnesota-based The Toro Company has announced plans to purchase the Oklahoma-based company that manufactures Ditch Witch and other underground construction equipment. Toro said in a news release Friday that it will pay $700 million in cash for The Charles Machine Works, a privately held company based in Perry, Oklahoma. The proposed sale is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by the end of the third quarter.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - A 41-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the May 2015 hit-and-run death of his 2-year-old son. Investigators say Marland Tramble was committing child abuse because he was legally intoxicated, using illegal drugs and wearing dark clothing while pushing his son in a stroller in the westbound lane of a road near Shawnee. The boy was struck and killed about 10 p.m. by a vehicle that left the scene and has not been found. Court records do not list an attorney for Tramble
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's new governor has made two more key appointments, naming a new secretary to his cabinet and a new member of the Tax Commission. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday that Office of Juvenile Affairs Director Steve Buck would serve in his cabinet as the secretary of human services and early childhood initiatives. That post will require Senate confirmation.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A federal judge in Montana has largely kept in place an injunction that blocks a Canadian company from performing preliminary work on the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris on Friday denied a request by Calgary-based TransCanada to begin constructing worker camps for the 1,184-mile pipeline that would ship crude from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. However, Morris said TransCanada could proceed with the preparation and use of pipe storage and container yards.
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