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 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 18, 2019

Former federal prosecutor to lead state's Boren case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A grand jury will assist state investigators looking into allegations of sexual misconduct by former University of Oklahoma President David Boren, the Oklahoma attorney general's office confirmed on Wednesday. The office said...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 17, 2019

Group seeks to reduce Oklahoma's high incarceration rate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A coalition of business and faith leaders pushing a package of bills aimed at lowering Oklahoma's highest-in-the-nation prison incarceration rate are running into a familiar obstacle — the state's elected district attorneys....

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 4, 2019

Oklahoma lawmakers grumble openly about opioid settlement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $270 million settlement between the state of Oklahoma and the maker of OxyContin praised last week as an innovative way to help combat opioid addiction is facing bipartisan criticism from Oklahoma lawmakers who say the...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 31, 2019

Investigation clouds Oklahoma icon's distinguished legacy

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — David Boren's appointment as president of the University of Oklahoma two decades ago was the capstone of a storied career. Born into a prominent Oklahoma political family, he became a Rhodes scholar, then governor at age 33...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 29, 2019

Oklahoma ex-senator David Boren accused of sexual misconduct

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former University of Oklahoma student alleges he was touched and kissed inappropriately by former university President David Boren on several occasions almost a decade ago when the man worked as a teaching aide for the...

 

Maker of OxyContin agrees to $270M settlement in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The maker of OxyContin and the company's controlling family agreed Tuesday to pay a groundbreaking $270 million to Oklahoma to settle allegations they helped create the nation's deadly opioid crisis with their aggressive...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 6, 2019

Oklahoma GOP leaders agree to expand governor's power

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican legislative leaders reached an agreement Tuesday to expand the governor's power over agency directors, handing the state's new CEO-turned-Gov. Kevin Stitt a major policy victory early in the legislative session....

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 1, 2019

Governor taps business executive from Ohio to OU Regents

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new Gov. Kevin Stitt tapped an Ohio business executive for the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents on Friday, following through on his plan to appoint an African-American member to help oversee a university...

 

Permitless gun carry bill first signed by Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma residents will be able to openly carry firearms without a background check or training under a bill given final legislative approval Wednesday that quickly became the first signed into law by the new Republican...

 

Oklahoma GOP leaders to push 'triggered' abortion ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican leaders in Oklahoma said Thursday they want to join at least five other states in automatically banning abortions if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. GOP...

 

OU regents chair: President didn't initiate personnel probe

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The chair of the University of Oklahoma regents said an ongoing personnel investigation was not initiated by the current president, but declined to elaborate further following a closed-door meeting Wednesday with attorneys to...

 

Boren's attorney describes university probe as 'persecution'

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for former University of Oklahoma President David Boren said Thursday Boren denies any inappropriate behavior during his more than 20 years at OU and described a university probe as a "character assassination." The...

 

Permitless carry gun bill sails through Oklahoma committee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill vetoed last year by then-Gov. Mary Fallin that would allow Oklahoma residents to carry a gun without any training or a background check appears to be sailing toward the new Republican governor, who has said he'll sign...

 

Oklahoma ramps up Capitol security after teacher walkout

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders in the Oklahoma House ramped up security by erecting guard stations in hallways, banning public access to stairwells and hiring an ex-police officer licensed to carry a gun less than one year after thousands of...

 

Oklahoma governor, GOP leaders open to Medicaid expansion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new Republican governor and GOP leaders in the House and Senate expressed willingness on Wednesday to consider some version of a Medicaid expansion that would extend health insurance to tens of thousands of...

 

Women make huge gains in Oklahoma, rise to leadership posts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has traditionally ranked among the states with the fewest women in elected office, but the state made huge gains in the Legislature in November and several of top leadership posts are now held by female lawmakers....

 

Decision to withhold Florida bank victim names tests new law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Florida police chief's decision not to release the names of some of the five women killed in a bank shooting this week represents the first high-profile test of a law being enacted in several states that pits victim privacy...

 

Ex-University of Okla. students apologize for racist video

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — University of Oklahoma students demanded more from their campus administrators Tuesday, hours after the school released public apologies from two former students who were involved in a video in which one of the women wore...

 

Political newcomer Kevin Stitt sworn in as Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new Republican governor took office Monday and renewed his campaign pledge to make it a "top ten state," saying he will apply lessons he learned traveling the country while running the business he founded to try to...

 

Federal shutdown delays some state road, bridge contracts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Uncertainty over federal funding for transportation projects amid a partial government shutdown is forcing some states to delay contracts for new road and bridge work while others are preparing for that possibility....

 

Oklahoma lawmaker settles lawsuit over tracking device

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma legislator settled his lawsuit against a Texas political consultant over a tracking device the lawmaker found on his pickup truck. Federal court records show Republican state Rep. Mark McBride settled his lawsuit...

 

Oklahoma quickly becoming medical marijuana hotbed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The rollout of statewide medical and recreational marijuana programs typically is a grindingly slow process that can take years. Not so in Oklahoma, which moved with lightning speed once voters approved medical cannabis in...

 

Walgreens employee fatally shoots man after photos dispute

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An employee at a Tulsa Walgreens with a concealed-carry license fatally shot an armed man after an argument that began at the photo counter, police said Thursday. The man who died after the shooting Wednesday evening was...

 

Budget surplus to trigger scramble for spending in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A rebounding economy and a boom in the state's oil patch is leading to record revenue collections in Oklahoma, but the state's newly elected governor cautioned lawmakers and agency leaders on Wednesday that a $612 million surpl...

 

Fallin commutes sentences of 21 Oklahoma prisoners

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday commuted the sentences of 21 prison inmates convicted of various nonviolent offenses in an unusual move that underscores the Republican leader's push to reduce Oklahoma's prison population. Fallin...

 

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