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Oklahoma state briefs for Nov. 30

Oklahoma state briefs for Nov. 30
Modified: November 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012



Powerball strikes again

The Oklahoma Lottery is seeking the owner of a winning Powerball ticket from Wednesday night's drawing worth $1 million. The winning ticket was purchased at 4-Way Stop, 1502 W Main. The winning numbers are 5, 16, 22, 23 and 29. The Powerball number is 6. This is the 21st prize of $1 million or more paid by the Oklahoma Lottery. Winners have 180 days from the day of the drawing to claim their prize at the Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters, 3817 N Santa Fe, in Oklahoma City.



Habitat grant is awarded

A grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will help northwestern Oklahoma farmers and ranchers protect the habitat of the Lesser Prairie Chicken. The $90,000 grant was awarded to the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts. Sarah Pope, programs director for the conservation group, says the funding will help provide new technical assistance to landowners working to protect the threatened Lesser Prairie Chicken on private land. Staff members hired with the grant also will monitor participation in state and federal programs designed to protect habitat. They will further develop and implement the wildlife credit program at the state conservation organization.



Murder trial starts soon

An Oklahoma man accused of shooting his elderly parents to death is set to go to trial next month. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Kevin Paul Statham, 51, of Muldrow. Attorneys say a Jan. 3 pretrial hearing will give Statham the opportunity to enter a plea if he wants to avoid trial on Jan. 14. Statham is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of his parents, Helen Ruth Statham, 69, and Paul Everette Statham, 70. Statham was arrested in North Dakota a few days after the July 2011 killings. He has pleaded not guilty.