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News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The widow and son of a Bartlesville man who died during firefighting training have been awarded more than $503,000 in federal and state death benefits despite testimony that the man never was employed by any fire department. The Oklahoman reports that Thomas Russell "Rusty" Topping died in 2008 after registering at a state training facility as a volunteer for the Barnsdall fire department.

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - The co-founder of Apple Computer will be among the speakers coming to the state for the 2014 to 2015 Oklahoma State University's speaker series. Steve Wozniak will be joined by Moira Forbes, president and publisher of Forbes Women, and New York Times columnist David Brooks at the series, which is presented by OSU"s Spears School of Business.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A hospital in Tulsa will open a new eight-story patient tower and emergency center this week. The World reports the $206 million, 450,000-square-foot project is Saint Francis Hospital's biggest expansion ever and has been in the works for 12 years.

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) - Efforts to develop a state-owned casino in southeast Kansas are getting off the ground with a plan that includes a partnership with a nearby casino in Oklahoma. The state owns casinos in Dodge City, Mulvane and Kansas City, Kansas. But developers have lost interest in the southeast region, partly because of the proximity of the Downstream Casino Resort run by Oklahoma's Quapaw Tribe.

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