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Oklahoma lawmakers to mull tax cuts during special session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will return to the Capitol for a special session to consider tax cuts the governor wants and how to allocate federal COVID-19 relief funds that were part of the American Rescue Plan Act. After the...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    June 12, 2022

Oklahoma official seeks execution dates for 25 inmates

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general has asked the state's highest appeals court to set execution dates for 25 death row inmates following a federal judge's rejection of their challenge to the state's lethal injection method. In 25...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    May 20, 2022

Oklahoma legislature approves ban on trans school bathrooms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature on Thursday approved a bill requiring public and public charter school students to use only the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate. About a dozen conservative states have passed laws...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    May 18, 2022

Sex abuse suit filed against Oklahoma City Catholic school

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ten current and former students of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City and six parents or guardians are suing the private school, alleging it fostered "a rape culture" for more than 10 years. School officials h...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    May 11, 2022

Black Tulsa woman sues police for civil rights violations

A civil rights lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officers, the city and Mayor G.T. Bynum by a Black woman who alleges she was attacked and arrested while she was having a mental health crisis. Ladonna Paris, a 70-year-old...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    May 1, 2022

Judge lets Tulsa Race Massacre reparations lawsuit proceed

An Oklahoma judge ruled Monday that a lawsuit seeking reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre can proceed, bringing new hope for some measure of justice for three survivors of the deadly racist rampage who are now over 100 years old and were in... Full story

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    April 29, 2022

Oklahoma parks director resigns, restaurant operator sued

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The embattled director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department has resigned and the state has filed a lawsuit against the operator of six state park restaurants. Investigations by state lawmakers and the state...

 

Supreme Court seems divided in Oklahoma Indian Country case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A seemingly divided Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday over Oklahoma's authority to prosecute some crimes on Native American lands, following a 2020 high court decision. The outcome probably rests with Justice Amy Coney Barre... Full story

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    April 22, 2022

Tulsa cop says he can't recall shooting that killed sergeant

A Tulsa police officer who was wounded in a shooting that killed a police sergeant told jurors Thursday that he does not remember the events of that night, including what led to the gunfire. Officer Aurash Zarkeshan testified in the murder trial of...

 

7 hurt in Arkansas tornado; storms move into Deep South

Severe storms that included at least two tornadoes injured several people, damaged homes and businesses and downed power lines in Arkansas, Missouri and Texas overnight before moving to the Deep South. No deaths had been reported from the storms as...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    March 23, 2022

6 students killed in Oklahoma crash were in car that seats 4

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Six teenage girls on a high school lunch break were killed when their small car with only four seats collided with a large truck hauling rocks, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Wednesday. The crash occurred shortly after noon T...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    March 2, 2022

Researchers seek new search for Tulsa Massacre victims

The discovery of human remains that could possibly be victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in Oklahoma show that the search for mass graves should continue, researchers said. A report submitted Tuesday to Tulsa's committee overseeing the search...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    March 2, 2022

Researchers seek new search for Tulsa Massacre victims

The discovery of human remains that could possibly be victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in Oklahoma shows that the search for mass graves should continue, researchers said. A report submitted to Tulsa's committee overseeing the search said one...

 

Fatal police shooting attorney: Defense needs more funding

The attorney for a Tulsa man charged in the fatal 2020 shooting of a police officer on Tuesday filed a motion to dismiss the state's death penalty request, saying the defense is unconstitutionally underfunded. David Anthony Ware, who faces the death...

 

Tribes: Oklahoma governor ending hunting license agreement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma tribal leaders said Monday that Gov. Kevin Stitt's decision to not renew hunting and fishing license compacts with the Cherokee and Choctaw nations is part of an ongoing dispute between the tribes and the Republican...

 

Oklahoma death penalty supporters fear executions ending

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After a six-year moratorium on the death penalty following a series of botched lethal injections, Oklahoma officials announced in August they would seek execution dates for seven condemned men . By the next month, their...

 

Oklahoma board cites execution flaws, recommends clemency

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted Wednesday to recommend clemency for a death row inmate after questioning the state's execution methods. The board, by a 3-2 vote, recommended that Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt commute...

 

Federal court rejects Oklahoma death row inmates appeal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by four Oklahoma inmates to stay their executions scheduled over the next three months, including a planned lethal injection next week that has drawn international attention. The...

 

Oklahoma court overturns $465M opioid ruling against J&J

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $465 million opioid ruling against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, finding that a lower court wrongly interpreted the state's public nuisance law in the first case of its kind in...

 

Oklahoma lawmaker criticized for Asian American comment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican Oklahoma state senator is drawing criticism for referring to Asian Americans as "yellow families" during a legislative committee meeting on racial inequity. Sen. Dave Rader of Tulsa made the comment Wednesday to...

 

Oklahoma Health Commissioner Lance Frye abruptly resigns

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye unexpectedly resigned from the post on Friday, effective immediately, the state health department said. Department spokesperson Rachel Klein said Frye "felt it was time to move on" fr...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    October 7, 2021

Prosecutor again asks court to bar duo from death row case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor is again asking the state Supreme Court to remove two members of the Pardon and Parole Board from the case of a high-profile death row inmate. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed the moti...

 

Panel recommends 5 new federal judgeships for Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judicial panel has recommended the creation of five additional federal judgeships in Oklahoma because of an increased caseload due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding crimes committed on tribal lands. The Judicial...

 

Oklahoma court declines to bar duo from death penalty case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a request to remove two members of the state's Pardon and Parole Board from a high-profile death penalty case. The court's brief ruling on Friday denied a prosecutor's request to remove A...

 

Oklahoma school mask mandate ban blocked, exemptions a must

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Wednesday said she will temporarily block a state law banning public school mask mandates, but students or their parents can opt out of the requirement if they choose. Judge Natalie Mai said she will issue...

 

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