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Oklahoma Supreme Court blocks 3 new anti-abortion laws

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Supreme Court on Monday blocked three anti-abortion laws that were scheduled to take effect Nov. 1 that abortion rights supporters say would have devastated abortion access in the state. In a 5-3 ruling , the court g...

 

Judge says Oklahoma can proceed with 5 lethal injections

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Monday the state can move forward with scheduled lethal injections for five death row inmates, including Julius Jones, whose case has drawn international attention and who is scheduled to die...

 

Ex-GOP senator leaving party, challenging Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The first GOP candidate to challenge Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Tuesday he's leaving the party and will run against Stitt as an independent, making him the second elected Oklahoma Republican in recent weeks to leave the...

 

'We have to be heard': Texas women travel to seek abortions

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The 33-year-old Texas woman drove alone four hours through the night to get to the Louisiana abortion clinic for a consultation. She initially planned to sleep in her car, but an advocacy group helped arrange a hotel room....

 

Oklahoma schools leader switches parties to run for governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, who has clashed repeatedly with Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and his appointees over the state's response to COVID-19 in schools, said Thursday she will switch parties and run as a Democrat...

 

Oklahoma parole board rejects clemency for death row inmate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board narrowly rejected clemency Tuesday for a death row inmate convicted of killing a prison cafeteria worker in 1998, paving the way for the state's first execution in more than six years. The fiv...

 

Oklahoma judge blocks 2 abortion laws, allows 3 others

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Monday temporarily blocked two new anti-abortion laws from taking effect next month, including a measure similar to a Texas abortion ban that effectively bans the procedure after about six weeks of...

 

Prosecutor won't charge ex-University of Oklahoma lobbyist

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's former top lobbyist who resigned last month won't face charges related to a woman's allegations that he sexually assaulted her, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said Tuesday....

 

Oklahoma school ordered to reinstate transgender professor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A university in southeast Oklahoma that was found to have discriminated against a transgender English professor must reinstate the professor with tenure, a federal appeals court ruled. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

 

Oklahoma board urges governor to commute death sentence

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board on Monday recommended the governor commute the death sentence of Julius Jones, who has maintained his innocence in a 1999 killing that has garnered national attention. The five-member board...

 

Lawyer: Court must bar duo from deciding on death row case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board will likely recommend that a high-profile inmate's death sentence be commuted unless two board members are barred from taking part in the decision, a lawyer for a county district attorney...

 

Oklahoma governor removes only physicians from medical board

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt removed the only two physicians from the board that oversees the state's Medicaid agency, just a week after the board voted 7-1 to delay implementing rules on Stitt's plan to privatize some Medicaid...

 

Oklahoma AG drops appeal in state death penalty case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor said Friday that he is dropping his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the first-degree murder case of death row inmate Shaun Bosse. O'Connor said he made the decision after a state appe...

 

Oklahoma NAACP files suit challenging anti-protest law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill approved by the Republican-led Oklahoma Legislature this year that seeks to crack down on protesters is unconstitutional and would chill the ability of groups to mobilize people to advocate for racial justice, a civil ri...

 

OU's top lobbyist resigns amid sexual assault allegations

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's former top lobbyist is being investigated by the Norman Police Department after a woman claimed he sexually assaulted her, police confirmed on Monday. No arrests have been made, and the...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    August 8, 2021

'Reservation Dogs' smashes stereotypes of Indigenous people

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two Indigenous filmmakers are smashing the caricatures and stereotypes of Native Americans, who since the earliest days of film and TV have often played supporting roles or been portrayed as bloodthirsty killers standing in the...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    August 8, 2021

New Oklahoma AG asks SCOTUS to overturn major tribal ruling

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to overturn it's own historic ruling on tribal sovereignty, saying the high court's 5-4 decision last year was wrongly decided and has led to a...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    August 6, 2021

Man whose case led to landmark ruling reconvicted by feds

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate whose legal challenge led to a historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on tribal sovereignty has been convicted of murder and kidnapping in federal court. A federal jury in Muskogee on Thursday found...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    July 23, 2021

Stitt taps Tulsa man for AG despite 'not qualified' rating

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tulsa attorney whom the American Bar Association rated as " not qualified " to serve as a federal judge was tapped Friday by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt to serve as the state's next attorney general. After a two-month search th...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    July 18, 2021

Blue Origin brings space tourism to tiny Texas town

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — For years, the official letterhead for the small town of Van Horn, tucked neatly among the foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains, read simply: "Farming, ranching, mining." And while there is still some farming and ranching in...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    July 11, 2021

Oklahoma board approves rules banning certain race theories

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Public school teachers in Oklahoma could have their teaching licenses suspended for teaching certain concepts about race and racism under new rules approved Monday by the State Board of Education. With just one opposing vote,...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 25, 2021

EXPLAINER: How Oklahoma evictions might spike after July

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions that was enacted last year is scheduled to expire July 31, after the Biden administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 9, 2021

Oklahoma prison inmates to begin receiving computer tablets

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Inmates at an Oklahoma prison began receiving special computer tablets this week, as part of a Department of Corrections plan to provide secure tablets to everyone incarcerated in state prisons. The devices, specially designed...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 3, 2021

Stitt cabinet member plans to sue former attorney general

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A member of Gov. Kevin Stitt's cabinet said Wednesday he plans to sue former Attorney General Mike Hunter over a felony bribery charge that Hunter's office filed against him, then later dropped. Stitt's Secretary of Digital...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 3, 2021

Oklahoma high court strikes down governor's Medicaid plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Gov. Kevin Stitt's plan to privatize much of the state's Medicaid program is unconstitutional. In a 6-3 ruling Tuesday, the court determined the Oklahoma Health Care Authority did not have the...

 

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