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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 1:30pm CST today, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Sessions is expected to take questions about his recusal from the Russia investigation, his own meetings with Russian officials, and what if anything he knew about a private Oval Office meeting between President Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey.

Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. The Senate Committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. Election. The White House has given conflicting messages about the reasons for Comey's firing. Sources close to Comey say the President told Comey to shut down the Russia investigation. That's a charge that the White House denies.

EPA Administrator and former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was back in the Sooner State last week — to talk about what his agency plans to do about saltwater contamination in Bird Creek in Osage County that could be tied to the oil and gas industry.

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A white Tulsa police officer who shot an unarmed black man in September has been found not guilty on manslaughter charges.

A jury deliberated for nearly ten hours Wednesday before returning the verdict just before 11 p.m.

Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby says she shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher because she feared for her life after he didn't obey commands to lie on the ground and appeared to reach inside his vehicle for what she thought was a gun. No gun was found in Crutcher's vehicle.

The Washington Post looks at President Richard Nixon's 1974 commencement address at Oklahoma State University, just months before resigning from office.

A bill that adds steep criminal penalties for trespassing on sites containing “critical infrastructure” cleared its final legislative hurdle Wednesday and now awaits Gov. Mary Fallin’s signature. For more on House Bill 1123, here’s our story from March 2017.

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Oklahoma state Senator Kyle Loveless (R-Oklahoma City) has resigned, effective immediately.

In February, The Oklahoman reported Loveless was under investigation for possible ethics violations involving campaign contribution reports and could face criminal prosecution.

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The police chief of a small northeast Oklahoma community says he issued himself a citation for speeding, but only after being caught on video.

Sperry Police Chief Justin Burch posted an apology on the department's Facebook page Saturday, saying he was "wrong in traveling at 75 and 80 mph." Sperry is about 10 miles north of Tulsa.

Burch admits he's not sure he would have issued the ticket if not for the video, and that he had a "reason for being in a hurry." Nonetheless, he admits he must "be held accountable."

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UPDATE: April 18, 2017 at 1:29 p.m.

Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives honored late state Rep. David Brumbaugh this morning.

On Monday, a folded United States flag was placed in Brumbaugh's desk and an Oklahoma flag was draped across his empty chair. Brumbaugh was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army’s legendary 101st Airborne Division.

House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka said every member of the House and their staff will miss him.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) faced off with constituents at a town hall this week, telling the members of the audience that they don't pay his salary.

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