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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...

 
 By TIM TALLEY    Regional    May 3, 2018

Ancient artifacts seized from Hobby Lobby returned to Iraq

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thousands of ancient clay tablets, seals and other Iraqi archaeological objects that were smuggled into the U.S. and shipped to the head of arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby were returned to the Iraqi government on Wednesday. T...

 
 By TIM TALLEY    Regional    April 25, 2018

Affidavit: Suspects bragged about abducting Oklahoma teens

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Suspects in the 1999 shooting deaths of an Oklahoma couple and the abduction of their 16-year-old daughter and her friend "bragged" about photographing the girls while they were bound, according to a court affidavit that...

 
 By TIM TALLEY    Regional    April 15, 2018

Pharmacist who claimed self-defense seeks sentence reduction

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma pharmacist is seeking a reduction of the life prison sentence he received for shooting a teenage would-be robber to death nine years ago, but legal experts say actions that many consider vigilantism leave...

 
 By TIM TALLEY    Regional    April 15, 2018

'I just have to do it.' Teachers struggle with second jobs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of American schoolteachers work second jobs to boost their income. They speak of missing time with family, struggles to complete lesson plans and nagging doubts over whether it's worth the sacrifices to...

 

Oklahoma teachers demand more money in 2nd day of strike

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of teachers walked out of classrooms and crammed into the Oklahoma Capitol for a second day on Tuesday, shouting "Where's our money?" to demand more aid for public schools, amid a rebellion of educators in...

 
 By TIM TALLEY    Regional    March 9, 2018

Oklahoma teachers group plans April 2 walkout without raise

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The president of Oklahoma's largest teacher's organization said Thursday that teachers will walk out of their classrooms if lawmakers don't approve a $6,000 raise by April 1, echoing the demands of other educators to boost...

 

Budget cuts likely after failure of Oklahoma revenue bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma legislative leaders indicated Tuesday they have no plans to pursue new revenue-raising proposals following the failure of a bill that included a $5,000 teacher pay raise, and that another round of budget cuts is...

 

9/11 conspirator sues Trump, claims 'psychological torture'

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The only person convicted in the United States in connection with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is suing President Donald Trump over conditions at a federal prison, where he alleges he experiences "psychological torture"...

 

Court: Oil company can be sued when worker injured or killed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that oil and natural gas companies can be sued when a worker is killed or injured on the job. The state's highest court struck down a state workers' compensation law that exempted oil...

 

Some utility rates could go down after US corporate tax cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Public utility regulators from Oklahoma to Massachusetts are considering lowering the rates that homeowners and businesses pay for electricity and natural gas after a federal tax overhaul signed into law by President Donald...

 
 By TIM TALLEY    Regional    January 5, 2018

Judges recommend rebates for utility corporate tax savings

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Administrative law judges recommended Thursday that five Oklahoma utilities use any savings they receive from new federal corporate tax rates to issue rebates totaling as much as $100 million to their customers, a deputy state...

 

What's ahead in 2018 for Oklahoma from retail to the polls

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new year brings new challenges for and opportunities for Oklahoma voters who will pick a new governor and decide whether to legalize medical marijuana. Here's a look at what's coming up in 2018: OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR'S RACE At...

 

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