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 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 16, 2019 

Legacy of teacher walkouts could be more political activism

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Betty Collins was born and raised in Tulsa, but the eighth grade history teacher hadn't been to the state Capitol in Oklahoma City until last spring, when she educators throughout the state walked off the job to protest for...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 13, 2019

University of Oklahoma: Resignation ends ex-president probe

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's Board of Regents said Wednesday it has ended its investigation into former President David Boren after he chose to terminate his contract and sever ties to the school he led for 24 years. The...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 31, 2019

Former Oklahoma student alleges university misreported data

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma misreported data used to nationally rank the school for nearly 20 years, seriously impacting its prestige and reputation, a former student alleges in a federal lawsuit that seeks class-action status....

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 29, 2019

Oklahoma attorney blames corporate greed for opioid crisis

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Corporate greed is responsible for an opioid crisis that has cost Oklahoma thousands of lives and will take billions of dollars to repair, the state's attorney general told a judge Tuesday at the start of the nation's first...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 26, 2019

Spotlight on Oklahoma for start of trial for opioid makers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is poised to become the first state to go to trial in a lawsuit against the makers of pharmaceuticals blamed for contributing to the nation's opioid crisis. Although several states have reached settlements with drugmak...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 24, 2019

Oklahoma lawmakers end early, give new governor policy wins

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature finished the session early on Thursday, ending its first with new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who checked nearly every item off his to-do list and saw the budget for his office more than double. With t...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 16, 2019

Oklahoma governor, lawmakers reach deal on $8.3B budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Republican legislative leaders reached a deal Wednesday on an $8.3 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes an average $1,200 pay raise for public school teachers and tens of...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 10, 2019

Oklahoma governor, Senate near deal on teacher pay raise

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt and Senate Republicans reached a tentative agreement Thursday on a plan to give Oklahoma teachers another $1,200 pay raise next year, resolving a major stumbling block on a budget agreement. Senate President...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 28, 2019

Attorney alleges OU regents violated state open meeting law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's Board of Regents violated state law by allowing its newest appointee to attend a closed-door session before being officially confirmed, according to an attorney for an Oklahoma civil rights activist...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 26, 2019

Oklahoma governor combines Columbus, Native American days

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that a broad coalition of Native American groups endorsed to celebrate a day for indigenous people on Columbus Day was signed into law Thursday by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, the first governor in the U.S. to be enrolled...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 24, 2019

Civil rights group drops lawsuit against Oklahoma gun range

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Muslim U.S. Army reservist asked to leave a gun range in eastern Oklahoma was dropped on Tuesday, with both sides declaring victory in the case. Court records show both sides agreed to the...

 
 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...

 

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