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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City woman is facing a murder charge after authorities say she gave fentanyl to a man who died from an overdose of the drug. Oklahoma County court records show a second-degree murder charge was filed Friday against Brenda June Merkel. She's accused in the October death of Donte Sanders. Merkel couldn't be reached for comment. Authorities say Sanders died after Merkel provided him with an adhesive skin patch that contained fentanyl, a narcotic used to treat severe pain.

YUKON, Okla. (AP) - A spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency says cleanup is underway in suburban Oklahoma City where about 2,000 barrels of oil spilled from a ruptured pipeline. EPA on-scene coordinator Mike McAteer said Tuesday that workers are skimming oil off the surface of a 7-acre pond near a residential neighborhood outside Yukon, about 17 miles west of Oklahoma City. McAteer says crews will tunnel beneath the pond to inspect the ruptured pipeline and prevent further releases.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Revenue collections continue to climb as Oklahoma emerges from an economic recession, but finance officials say lawmakers still will have a $167 million hole to fill in next year's budget. A state panel led by Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday authorized $7 billion for the Legislature to spend in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Fallin also said she expects to sign a spending bill approved Monday in the House to impose across-the-board cuts to state agencies for the current fiscal year.

TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) - A judge has sentenced a 63-year-old Oklahoma man to life in prison without the possibility of parole for gunning down his Lebanese neighbor in what the jury determined was a hate crime. Stanley Vernon Majors was convicted earlier this month of fatally shooting 37-year-old Khalid Jabara outside of his Tulsa home in August 2016. The jury recommended that Majors not be given the possibility of parole, and the judge concurred Tuesday.

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