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Buddy Ryan, a native of Frederick, Oklahoma who coached two defenses that won Super Bowl titles and whose twin sons Rex and Rob have been successful NFL coaches, has died. He was 82.

His agent, James Solano, said Ryan died Tuesday in Kentucky. He did not give a cause.

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The Thunder have traded forward Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the newly drafted Domantas Sabonis, perhaps tweaking the roster to appeal to soon-to-be free agent Kevin Durant.

Ibaka has been one of the league's top defenders, but his offensive production has dipped. He averaged career highs of 15.1 points and 8.8 rebounds in 2013-14, but those numbers fell to 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds last season.

Oladipo fills Oklahoma City's need for a two-way shooting guard. He averaged 16 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists last season.

Gov. Mary Fallin is directing the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to suspend the use of mobile scanners capable of seizing money loaded onto prepaid debit cards by alleged criminals.

Fallin announced her decision late Friday after the use of the cards raised concern among civil libertarians and a number of bipartisan groups and lawmakers. She says she wants to suspend use of the devices until a clear policy for using the new technology can be developed by the Department of Public Safety.

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Oklahoma's governor is criticizing the state's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust governing board for hiring a new chief executive officer at $250,000 a year.

Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday said she has instructed Health and Human Services Secretary Terry Cline to reject the salary.

Fallin's office claims the hire violates the spirit of an executive order she issued last year requiring approval from a top statewide elected official or cabinet secretary before making new hires or offering raises or bonuses.

Nicholas Kristof writes about so-called "debtors' prisons," where citizens are locked up for not being able to pay fines.

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Brooks Thompson, a first-round NBA draft pick and former Texas-San Antonio men's basketball coach, has died.

A UTSA statement announced Thompson died Thursday. He was 45. Sports information spokesman Jordan Korphage said Friday that Thompson died in San Antonio. Korphage says Thompson had been ill in recent months. No cause of death was immediately released.

Orlando in 1994 made Thompson the 27th pick in the draft. He also played for Utah, Denver, Phoenix and New York during four seasons in the NBA.

The Washington Post looks at Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan and how he's becoming a top NBA coach.

UPDATE (5/25 at 5:27 p.m.): Oklahoma has joined several other states in suing the Obama administration over the public schools bathroom policy on gender identity.

An Oklahoma House committee has killed legislation that would require schools to provide separate restrooms for students who object to sharing them with transgender students.

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak is considering regulations that create a “file-and-use” system for earthquake insurance policies, “meaning insurers would have to submit rate increases to the Oklahoma Insurance Department in advance,” The Oklahoman’s Brianna Bailey reports.

“Three environmental organizations this week sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, asking for national rules and regulations on the handling and disposing of produced water and other waste products,” The Oklahoman’s Adam Wilmoth reports.

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