Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs: Oklahoma Governor Urges Christians to Pray for Oil Industry

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs: Oklahoma Governor Urges Christians to Pray for Oil Industry

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Christians urged to pray for oil industry

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is inviting Christians to pray for the "blessings created by the oil and natural gas industry."

The Republican governor issued an official proclamation last month to make Thursday "Oilfield Prayer Day" in the state.

Fallin has issued similar proclamations since she took office in 2011, but earlier versions urged all Oklahomans to participate in prayer for the industry.

Beginning last year, the proclamation was changed to apply only to Christians. The proclamation also indicates that Christians believe oil and natural gas are "created by God."

Fallin spokesman Michael McNutt says the proclamation doesn't exclude anyone and was requested on behalf of a group called the Oilfield Christian Fellowship.

1,000 attend vigil for teens killed in crash * The uncle of one of five Vermont high school students killed in a wrong-way crash is urging other young people to live their lives well to honor those who died.

Darrell Mays spoke Monday during a candlelight vigil outside Harwood Union High School in Duxbury.

A crowd of more than 1,000 gathered on the school soccer field to remember the four Harwood students killed on Saturday night on their way home from a concert by a wrong-way driver. The fifth student grew up in the community, but was attending school in New Hampshire when she died.

Mays urged the students at the vigil to be thankful for their friends, and told them that living a good life is what they can do to honor those they lost. The teens all died at the scene of the crash in Williston on Saturday night.

State police say Steven Bourgoin, 36, was behind the wheel of the pickup traveling the wrong way when he crashed into the students' car, which burst into flames.

Black Lives Matter plans Connecticut protest * Black Lives Matter activists are planning a protest in response to newly released video that appears to show a Connecticut police sergeant stomping on the head of a handcuffed man on the ground.

The protest is scheduled for Monday afternoon at Hartford City Hall.

Police cruiser camera video released Oct. 5 shows the aftermath of a car chase from Hartford to West Hartford in June. Two Hispanic men were arrested. Officials say Sgt. Sean Spell, who is white, is seen stomping on one of them.

Activists are protesting Spell's actions and a delay in releasing the video. Spell retired in August. His attorney says the video didn't capture all that was going on at the scene, but he declined to elaborate.

Rail service resumes after fatal crash * Rail service resumed Monday at a Hoboken, N.J., transit station damaged when a train traveling more than twice the speed limit crashed, killing a woman on the platform and injuring more than 100 other people.

The return of partial service into Hoboken Terminal was welcomed by commuters even if some had still-painful memories of the Sept. …

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