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Cherokee Nation lauded for hepatitis C elimination effort

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Recovering addict Judith Anderson figures if she hadn't entered a program that caught and treated the hepatitis C she contracted after years of intravenous drug use, she wouldn't be alive to convince others to get checked...

 

Oklahoma agency investigates apparent Bates parole violation

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A white ex-volunteer deputy who served time in prison for shooting an unarmed black man was recently seen drinking at an Oklahoma bar in apparent violation of the conditions of his probation, which prohibit him from consuming al...

 

Oklahoma teacher walkout means improvising to care for kids

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Massive teacher protests at the Oklahoma state Capitol have done more than put political pressure on lawmakers: The situation has forced school districts, churches, community organizations and parents to improvise to take care...

 

Oklahoma county to pay $6M to estate of slain black man

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma county will pay $6 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white former sheriff's reserve deputy, according to court documents filed...

 

Lawyer: Teens charged with sex assault were 'roughhousing'

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Attorneys for four ex-high school football players charged with sexually assaulting a former teammate insisted Friday that their clients were not guilty and were just "roughhousing" in the culture of their sport. Tulsa lawyer...

 

Tribes oppose planned bioterror tests near Oklahoma graves

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan, saying the agency didn't inform them about...

 

Oklahoma border town leery of planned bioterror test

NEWKIRK, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announcement that it was conducting biosecurity drills in the Oklahoma farming town of Newkirk was tucked among the local weekly newspaper's classified ads. The notice mentioned a "low...

 

Oklahoma officer charged in fatal shooting of suicidal man

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a suicidal man who had doused himself in lighter fluid and was trying to set himself on fire. District Attorney David...

 

Ex-Tulsa officer gets prison in daughter's boyfriend's death

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A white ex-Oklahoma police officer was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for the fatal off-duty shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend, after four trials spanning nearly a year, including three that resulted in hung...

 

Oklahoma lawmakers OK budget fix, but new shortfall awaits

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Republican-controlled Senate agreed Friday to cobble together a budget through even deeper cuts to state services, rejecting GOP Gov. Mary Fallin's warning that the approach would set the state "up for failure."...

 

Oklahoma City, where parking meters began, modernizes system

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The city where parking meters were born more than eight decades ago is phasing out the last of the coin-gobbling contraptions that reshaped America's downtowns in favor of computerized models seen in many other places. Parking...

 

Juror: Oklahoma jury didn't want officer in jail for life

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A self-defense claim by a white former Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot his daughter's black boyfriend cast enough doubt for jurors to convict him on the lesser charge of manslaughter instead of first-degree murder, the...

 

Oklahoma juror explains ex-cop's manslaughter conviction

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The self-defense claim by a white former Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot his daughter's black boyfriend cast enough doubt for jurors to convict him on the lesser charge of manslaughter instead of first-degree murder,...

 

Judge removes fatal shooting from ex-Tulsa officer's record

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge has removed a manslaughter case from a white former Oklahoma police officer's record after she asked to have it expunged. District Judge William LaFortune ruled Wednesday that all documents in former Tulsa officer Betty...

 

Experts: Hard for jurors to convict when cops are on trial

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The hard-won conviction of a white former Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot his daughter's unarmed black boyfriend shows the difficulty prosecutors have in convincing jurors to put someone who carries a badge and a gun...

 

Issue of race is again a focus in ex-cop's 4th murder trial

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Three hung juries in the case of a white former Oklahoma police officer charged with fatally shooting his daughter's black boyfriend had one thing in common besides unwillingness to convict: Each had only one African-American...

 

Attacks stoke debate over need for domestic terrorism laws

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Attacks this summer on counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, and an empty Air Force recruiting station in Oklahoma had the hallmarks of terrorist attacks but weren't prosecuted as such. Even though many in law... Full story

 

Terrorism, race, religion: Defining the Las Vegas shooting

The mass shooting in Las Vegas is the deadliest in modern U.S. history, but is it terrorism? While much will hinge on the motives of a white gunman attacking a mostly-white country music crowd, that uncomfortable question also hits at some of... Full story

 

Man made frantic 911 call when he saw baby along freeway

A frantic 911 call placed over the weekend by an Oklahoma man who discovered a 1-month-old baby abandoned on the side of a freeway was released by police Tuesday as officers continued to investigate why the boy was left behind. Roger Prater, a...

 

Defense attorney for Oklahoma City bomber dead at 57

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Rob Nigh, a defense attorney who represented Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and witnessed his 2001 execution, died Sunday after a battle with cancer, former colleagues said. He was 57. Known for his encyclopedic legal...

 

Baby left on side of Oklahoma freeway in car seat with cash

A 1-month-old baby found on the side of an Oklahoma interstate in a car seat stuffed with $5,500 in cash and a birth certificate was in state custody Monday as authorities continued to investigate why the boy was abandoned. Oklahoma City police said...

 

Former officer injects new racial element in 2014 slaying

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A white former police officer is headed for a fourth trial in the killing of his daughter's black boyfriend, but Shannon Kepler has recently added another racial element to the case: He now says prosecutors can't try him...

 

Sex offenders can live next door to victims in many states

Edmond, Okla. (AP) — A convicted sex offender who molested his niece when she was 7 years old moved in next door to his victim nearly a dozen years after he was sent to prison for the crime. Outraged, the Oklahoma woman, now 21, called lawmakers,... Full story

 

Acquitted ex-Tulsa officer volunteers at sheriff's office

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A white former Tulsa police officer who resigned after being acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man was sworn in Thursday as a reserve deputy sheriff in a neighboring county. Wearing a firearm...

 

Experts: Suspect in 4 deaths fits 'serial killer' profile

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Texas man suspected in the cold-case killings of two women and two girls 20 years ago fits the profile of a serial killer because he chose his victims by gender and age, and derived pleasure from the control he exerted over...

 

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