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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Board of Agriculture wants state lawmakers to develop rules for poultry operations. The board on Tuesday declined to approve or reject rules requiring large poultry operations to be at least one-quarter mile from occupied homes and one-half mile from public schools or city limits, in addition to distance requirements from public highways, property lines, certain streams and private and public water wells.
QUINTON, Okla. (AP) - The family of one of five workers who were killed in an Oklahoma gas well explosion in January says the drilling company didn't act upon multiple warnings that its safety equipment was in disrepair. Parker Waldridge's family alleges in a Dec. 4 amendment to their wrongful death lawsuit that a "cascade of errors and multiple departures from safe drilling practices" by drilling company Patterson-UTI Drilling led to the blowout near Quinton in January.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Authorities in Oklahoma City say no charges have been filed following the death an 84-year-old woman who broke a hip at an assisted living center during an altercation with another resident. The Office of the State Medical Examiner has ruled that the Oct. 18 death of Wynema Jean Patterson was a homicide. Authorities say Patterson fell and broke her hip during a minor scuffle Aug. 1 with an 82-year-old man who also resided at the center.
EUREKA, Kan. (AP) - Authorities have arrested the grandmother of a 17-year-old Oklahoma boy with special needs who was found alone near a southeast Kansas rest stop. Rogers County, Oklahoma, authorities say 68-year-old Janie Gill was arrested in that county and booked into jail Monday on one count of child neglect. A custodian found the boy Nov. 29 at a rest stop near Beaumont in Kansas. He had no identification and couldn't speak.
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