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Kids have long road to heal after Oklahoma police shooting

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Three children wounded when Oklahoma police opened fire on their mother's pickup truck in April are struggling to cope with their trauma and injuries.

Medical records say a bullet pierced the left frontal lobe of 4-year-old Asia Jacobs' brain. Her 5-year-old brother suffered a skull fracture and her 1-year-old sister was left with deep facial cuts. Asia's 2-year-old brother was not hit.

The children's mother, Olivia Hill, says: "Emotionally, they're not OK. Physically, they're here."

Hill's lawyer says two Hugo detectives fired at least 26 shots. Police have said the man inside the vehicle with the children, Hill's friend William Devaughn Smith, was a robbery suspect.

The town's mayor has said the detectives did not initially see the children and opened fire after one officer was hit by the moving truck.

Smith told The Associated Press he didn't hit either detective, and the truck was parked when he was shot.


The Latest: O'Rourke tours Oklahoma flood damage

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke toured some flood damage in Oklahoma as the waters began to recede and storm-weary residents gutted waterlogged homes.

O'Rourke said Sunday that if he is elected, he will direct federal grants to invest in communities before natural disasters strike because they are expected to get worse as the global climate warms.

In the Tulsa suburb of Sand Springs, residential streets covered in silt deposited by floodwaters are lined with dumpsters full of soggy couches, carpet, drywall and insulation as the community addresses the damage.

Jamie Casto helped clean up her 65-year-old uncle's house, where a rust-colored line indicated floodwaters got about 4 feet high inside.

Casto said her uncle was told the house is in a 500-year flood plain and he does not have flood insurance.


Chuck Hoskin Jr. elected Cherokee Nation's principal chief

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - Unofficial election results show that the Cherokee Nation's former secretary of state, Chuck Hoskin Jr., has been elected to be the principal chief of the nation's biggest tribe, winning almost 58% of the vote.

Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Julie Hubbard says the results of Saturday's election aren't expected to change much as the remaining challenge ballots are processed.

Principal Chief candidate Dick Lay received 27% of the vote, while a third candidate, David Walkingstick, was disqualified prior to the election for campaign finance law violations.

Hoskin's running mate, Bryan Warner, was elected Deputy Principal Chief, winning 59% of the vote.

Candidates in three tribal council seat elections did not receive the minimum 50% threshold, so the top two candidates in each race will proceed to a run-off election on July 27.

Nearly 13,500 citizens voted in the election.


Survey suggests Midwest slowdown of economic growth

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A new report says a May survey of business supply managers suggests economic growth will slow over the next three to six months in nine Midwest and Plains states.

The report issued Monday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 54.3 last month from 55.9 in April. The figure was 58.2 in March.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says tariffs and flooding have harmed several states.

The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.


Man dead in Bartlesville police officer-involved shooting

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) - Police in northeast Oklahoma say a man has died in an officer-involved shooting at a residence.

A Bartlesville police statement says the fatal shooting happened Saturday night as officers responded to a domestic disturbance.

Capt. Jay Hasting says a caller reported the parents of an adult son wanted him removed from the home because he appeared to be high on drugs. Two officers arrived, spoke with the parents and then contacted the son.

Hastings says officers radioed for backup and reported a Taser was deployed. The next response to dispatch was that shots were fired. The son died at the scene.

Bartlesville police didn't immediately say who opened fire. Police didn't immediately respond to messages Sunday seeking additional information.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will also investigate.


Funding ready as Norman plans to take over CART bus system

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Officials say a more than $3 million funding plan is ready as Norman plans to take over the city's public bus system.

The Norman Transcript reported Sunday that the city is scheduled to take over the CART bus system in full on July 1.

Public Works Director Shawn O'Leary says the University of Oklahoma plans to transfer operations to Norman, thanks to $2 million in federal funds and $1.1 million in city funds.

O'Leary says the city is negotiating with Embark to operate the Norman public bus system. Municipal staff on Tuesday plan to update the Norman City Council.

Embark currently operates Oklahoma City bus transit and streetcar systems.

O'Leary says it's been a long process since August when OU announced plans to discontinue its bus partnership with Norman.


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