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 By Tim Talley    Regional    June 13, 2019

Agency: Safeguards failed in fire that killed 5 at gas well

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The failure of safety devices designed to prevent blowouts contributed to an explosion and fire that killed five workers last year at a southeastern Oklahoma natural gas well, according to a federal agency's report Wednesday...

 

Intense rainfall in central US causing southern flooding

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Historic flooding is hitting communities along the Arkansas River despite little rain in the region, thanks to downpours in areas father north and efforts by officials to control the powerful surge of water. Intense rain...

 

Tornadoes rake 2 Oklahoma cities, killing 2 and injuring 29

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — A tornado leveled a motel and tore through a mobile home park near Oklahoma City overnight, killing two people and injuring at least 29 others before a second twister raked a suburb of Tulsa more than 100 miles (160...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    May 2, 2019

US wildlife officials propose downlisting endangered beetle

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal wildlife officials said Wednesday a large scavenging beetle that has been classified as endangered since 1989 has become more plentiful and should be downlisted to threatened, a decision that environmentalists said is...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    May 1, 2019

Oklahoma high court nullifies medical abortion restrictions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a state law restricting access to drug-induced abortions is unconstitutional, the latest decision by the state's highest court striking down restrictions on abortions adopted by the...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    April 24, 2019

Oklahoma Supreme Court invalidates civil justice damages cap

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a state law that caps monetary damages for pain and suffering in personal injury lawsuits, the latest civil justice measure backed by the Republican-controlled Legislature to...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    April 5, 2019

Oklahoma drops some claims against opioid manufacturers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A week after reaching a $270 million settlement with the maker of OxyContin, Oklahoma's attorney general Thursday dropped some claims in its lawsuit against other drugmakers in an effort to force them to pay the cost of the...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    March 24, 2019

Oklahoma moves to stop towns from fees, bans on plastic bags

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation to prevent cities and towns from imposing a fee on single-use plastic and paper bags, a measure that officials in one Oklahoma community say encroaches on their search for an...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    March 14, 2019

Oklahoma Supreme Court rejects immediate opioid trial delay

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request by drugmakers to immediately postpone the start of what is expected to be the first state trial in lawsuits accusing the companies of fueling an opioid epidemic. The...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    January 9, 2019

Slain man was mentor, medical marijuana business owner

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 44-year-old man who was among three people killed in their Oklahoma City home was the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary and founder of a mentorship program devoted to helping young men escape their criminal pasts. The...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    January 4, 2019

Southern Plains storm blamed for fatal crashes, disruption

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A winter storm dropped sleet and snow on portions of the Southern Plains on Thursday, making travel treacherous and contributing to the deaths of at least four people in Oklahoma. The National Weather Service issued a winter...

 

El Nino could bring drought relief to southwestern US

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Climatologists said Wednesday that conditions are right for an El Nino weather pattern to develop that could bring wetter-than-normal conditions this winter in drought-stricken areas of the southwestern U.S. But they also note...

 

Ex-senator sentenced to 15 years for child sex trafficking

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Republican state senator in Oklahoma was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Monday on a child sex trafficking charge. U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti handed down the sentence to Ralph Shortey, 36, who faced...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    August 22, 2018

Oklahoma judge resigns over accusations of abuse, oppression

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A veteran Oklahoma judge accused of abuse of power after he jailed hundreds of people for contempt of court has resigned, raising the possibility of litigation to recoup what attorneys said Tuesday could be thousands of...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    August 17, 2018

Spark in deadly Oklahoma well explosion still unidentified

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An explosion and fire at a southeastern Oklahoma natural gas well that killed five workers followed the removal of a pipe from the well but an ignition source still hasn't been identified, federal investigators said Thursday....

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    August 15, 2018

Governor: Aerospace firm to create 350 jobs in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An aerospace manufacturer that produces unmanned aircraft plans to locate its operations center in Oklahoma City and create more than 350 jobs over the next five years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday. Nevada-based Valkyrie...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    August 8, 2018

Critics: Okla. Medicaid work requirement threatens coverage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Critics of a proposal to impose work requirements on some Oklahoma Medicaid recipients said Tuesday that the plan is designed to reduce the state's Medicaid rolls at the expense of health care services for some of its poorest...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    August 2, 2018

Oklahoma health board approved new medical marijuana rules

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials on Wednesday adopted new guidelines for the use of medical marijuana in the state after earlier rules hastily adopted last month came under harsh criticism from the attorney general and medical...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    July 1, 2018

With winners, losers set, Oklahoma voters ready for runoffs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters are gearing up for another round of elections after turning out in large numbers for primary balloting that left some big wins for teachers and marijuana advocates but also saw some losses for incumbents. Among...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    June 28, 2018

Health official: Will be ready to implement marijuana law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's interim health commissioner says the state Department of Health will be ready to implement a new law allowing medical marijuana. Tom Bates said Wednesday the agency has been working to develop rules and regulations...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    June 24, 2018

Monsoon season not expected to end drought in US Southwest

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The upcoming monsoon season in the nation's Southwest is expected to be wetter than normal, but weather experts said Monday that even an exceptionally damp season is unlikely to lift the region's annual rainfall to average...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    June 22, 2018

Oklahoma Supreme Court voids challenge to teacher pay tax

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Friday that an initiative petition that would overturn a package of tax hikes for funding teacher pay raises and public schools is invalid. In a divided ruling, Oklahoma's highest court said...

 
 By TIM TALLEY    Regional    May 20, 2018

Southern Plains drought continues stress on crops, rangeland

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lack of rainfall and above-average temperatures are prolonging the drought conditions that have stressed crops and rangelands and placed new pressures on groundwater sources across the U.S. Southern Plains, climatologists from...

 
 By TIM TALLEY    Regional    May 6, 2018

Several GOP governor candidates urge Fallin to sign gun law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Several Republican candidates for governor of Oklahoma urged GOP Gov. Mary Fallin Monday to sign legislation allowing adults to carry handguns without a permit amid growing opposition from some of the state's top law...

 
 By TIM TALLEY    Regional    May 4, 2018

Oklahoma governor faces decision on gun carry without permit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is not saying whether she will sign legislation that would allow adults to carry handguns without a permit in spite of concern expressed by the deputy director of one of the state's top law...

 

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