BETHANY, Okla. (AP) - Police in suburban Oklahoma City say a 15-year-old boy has been fatally shot and that a 16-year-old has been arrested for manslaughter in his death. The shooting occurred at about 7:39 p.m. Sunday at a residence in Bethany, located along Oklahoma City's western boundary. Officers who were called to the scene found the 15-year-old victim and the alleged assailant in the residence. Neither boy has been identified. Police say they do not believe the shooting was intentional.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State estimates show that testing more than 7,000 unsubmitted rape kits in Oklahoma could cost more than $9 million. The Oklahoman reports that the estimates were provided in a report by a statewide task force examining the issue. The actual cost could be different because officials haven't formally decided how to test the kits or how many to test, and the task force recommends some kits not be tested. A statewide audit revealed about 7,270 untested rape kits in Oklahoma.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A municipal official in central Oklahoma is exploring ways to limit single-use plastic bags, similar to proposals in other parts of the U.S., including Texas, to combat a leading source of litter and pollution. Norman Councilwoman Breea Clark says she realized the need to act after touring the materials recycling facility and seeing the plastic film get caught in the machines, forcing workers to untangle or cut the plastic loose.
CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) - A district attorney for a county near Tulsa has been cracking down on the old crime of not returning rental DVDs by offering a payment plan to avoid filing charges. Rogers County District Attorney Matt Ballard's office is sending letters to several hundred residents with overdue DVD rentals. The letters spell out fines and fees that start at $200. The letters are part of a diversion program that allows Ballard's office to recoup funds for businesses while avoiding filing charges.
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