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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter criticizes opponent in campaign ad

Oklahoma attorney general and campaign opponent spar over TV ad.

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Bigger trucks on the road more dangerous, sheriff tells congress

The Payne County sheriff testified that a request from the nation's delivery services to allow larger semi loads is a dangerous...

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Patrick Murphy murder case headed to the U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will hear a capital murder case that calls into question whether the 1866...

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Case casting 'cloud of doubt' over thousands of Oklahoma convictions could be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court

Two tribal cases from Oklahoma are awaiting action by the U.S. Supreme Court: an Osage wind farm dispute and a Creek murder...

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The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals has upheld the 2014 dismissal of a state Department of Environmental Quality attorney accused of conspiring with a state...

The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals has upheld the 2014 firing of a state Department of Environmental Quality attorney who was...

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Governor's veto puts sheriffs in tough spot.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have eliminated financial consequences to counties for failing to...

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Bethany man killed in shootout with U.S. marshals was wanted in counterfeiting conspiracy

A Bethany man killed Thursday during a shootout with U.S. marshals had been on the run for more than a year after being...

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Oklahoma Christian universities win reprieve from Obama-era contraception rule after five-year fight

A lengthy court battle between four Christian universities in Oklahoma and the federal Department of Health and Human Services...

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Oklahoma Health Department hid millions of dollars from lawmakers in slush fund, grand jury reports

The Oklahoma Health Department hid millions of dollars from lawmakers in a "slush fund" that allowed it to spend beyond its...

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Key recommendations from Health Department investigation

From the multicounty grand jury report: • Take back $30 million from Health Department to pay for investigative audits at other...

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'There was no collusion' at Trump Tower meeting, James Lankford says

Lankford downplayed the findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee on which he sits after that committee determined American...

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Oklahoma City vape shop owner sentenced

An Oklahoma City vape shop owner was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison for his part in a bank fraud conspiracy...

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Oklahoma County court briefs

OKC man sentenced in death of 3-month-old An Oklahoma City father has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of...

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Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to get new director July 1

OSBI commission chose Ricky Adams to take over July 1.

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'One of the most difficult jobs in state government,' Oklahoma child welfare director says as she resigns

Oklahoma's director of child welfare services announced her resignation Tuesday, citing the stress of her job and the pressure...

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Several of the state's largest medical, law enforcement, business and faith-based groups have joined forces to battle against the medical marijuana state...

Six weeks before a statewide vote, Oklahoma medical, law enforcement, business and religious groups announced a coalition on...

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Charged OKC councilman surrenders Tuesday, makes first court appearance in embezzlement case

Oklahoma City Councilman John A. Pettis Jr. had an unusual reason for not showing up Tuesday morning to the weekly city council...

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April state revenues up nearly 25 percent over same month last year

The financial outlook for Oklahoma state government continues to improve, with April's General Revenue Fund collections up...

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Oklahoma multicounty grand jury hears from former health commissioner

Grand jury could issue report on its findings Thursday.

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Former correctional officer sentenced to prison in bribery conspiracy

A former correctional officer apologized Monday for smuggling cellphones into an Oklahoma prison for inmates. "I knew it was...

Technology and efficiency gains have boosted the oil industry

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After a career in operations, Jason Pigott suddenly found himself in charge of information technology at Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. "At first I had no idea why I was leading IT, but putting operations and IT together has...

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While posing as a teenage boy, an Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control agent posted an ad on Craigslist titled, "Looking for a Daddy."

Harry Dean Wheeler Jr., 68, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison for trying to meet who he...

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Oklahoma congressmen praise Israeli embassy move despite day of violence

Twenty-three years ago, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe co-sponsored a bill, the Jerusalem Embassy Act, that required the United States to...

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Charged OKC Councilman surrenders Tuesday, posts bond

An Oklahoma City councilman running for Oklahoma County commissioner will remain on ballot even if he drops out of race.

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Is sports betting in Oklahoma's future?

Oklahoma lawmakers will consider legalizing sports betting in Oklahoma following a Monday U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck...

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Board of Juvenile Affairs approves $2.65 million in contracts as plans move forward to build next generation campus for juvenile offenders in Tecumseh.

The Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs has approved $2.65 million in new contracts as it moves forward with plans to build a...

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How one debate in Edmond displayed differences among Democratic congressional candidates

Wednesday’s forum offered the clearest distillation to date of the differences between five Democrats seeking to challenge Rep....

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New Oklahoma law cuts cost of speeding tickets by more than half for 1 to 10 miles per hour over limit

New law is intended to spark Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers to write more basic speeding tickets.

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Fallin signs adoption bill allowing religious agencies to refuse working with clients who are against their beliefs.

A bill decried by the LGBT community and praised by churches has been signed into law.

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Oklahoma Ethics Commission votes to sue over budget

The Ethics Commission and the Legislature are at odds over how it will be funded next fiscal year.

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed Oklahomans to carry guns without a license.

Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed Oklahomans to carry guns without a license. Fallin strongly...

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Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals overturns life-without-parole sentence of former juvenile

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned a no-parole life sentence for a murderer who was a juvenile at the time...

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Oklahoma City councilman charged

An Oklahoma City councilman, John Pettis, was charged in Oklahoma County District Court Friday with three counts of...

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A federal loan program has irked Rep. Russell. Trump wants it eliminated

President Donald Trump moved this week to eliminate an obscure federal loan program that has irked Oklahoma City’s congressman...

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Democratic congressional candidates talk firearms at Edmond forum: 'It’s these assault weapons that are killing people.'

Forty-eight days before they compete in a primary election, five Democratic candidates for Congress competed in their first...

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Harrah man kills daughter’s dogs to punish her for not doing the dishes, investigators say

A Harrah man shot and killed his teenage daughter’s two dogs to punish her for not doing the dishes, investigators say. Jeffrey...

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Fallin signs bill expanding gun rights in church

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that expands the rights people to defend themselves in a church.

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Choctaw Nation chosen for federal drone pilot program

The Choctaw Nation is one of 10 governments that will take part in a federal pilot program for unmanned aircraft systems, or...

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Commerce will remain its own agency

Lawmakers wanted to place the Oklahoma Department of Commerce under the lieutenant governor's office, but the governor said no.

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Court upholds constitutionality of requiring identification to vote

An Oklahoma voter identification law approved by state voters in 2010 meets constitutional requirements, the Oklahoma Supreme...

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Former OKC police lieutenant admits giving prostitute information on sting operation

A former Oklahoma City police lieutenant will spend five years on probation for soliciting a prostitute and warning her about...

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Are you a tenant facing eviction from your home?

Every day in Oklahoma City about 18 households get evicted, one of the highest rates in the nation, according to a new study. A...

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Resurfacing project slated for Memorial Road in northwest Oklahoma City.

Construction is expected to begin in six to eight weeks on a project to resurface about two miles of Memorial Road between...

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Governor must now decide final bills of 2018 session

Lawmakers adjourned last week, leaving 116 bills on Gov. Mary Fallin's desk.

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Medicaid work requirements signed into law

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that could require some Medicaid recipients to have employment or lose their benefits.

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Oklahoma tribes and Tom Cole say 'troubling' Medicaid policy weakens tribal sovereignty by labeling them a race

“HHS is demonstrating a breathtaking lack of understanding of this fundamental and bedrock concept in Indian law."

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Oklahoma legislators reject ethical rules restricting when they can become lobbyists

New ethical rules creating a cooling-off period would have gone into effect as soon as the Legislature adjourned if no action...

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New state budget still leaves some state agencies far short of funding they received a decade ago.

Armed with a record $7.6 billion state budget and $474 million in new taxes and revenue hikes, Oklahoma lawmakers voted this...

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Phone records link wind industry group to political consultant who had Oklahoma legislator tracked

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation continues to follow up leads to determine who wanted a legislator tracked and why....

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'Bare minimum' regulations will keep lawmakers out of special session, floor leader says

On Oct. 1, Oklahoma's new alcohol laws will take effect. A bill introduced and adopted this week will prevent the need for a...

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Former OU running back Roy Finch charged with felony assault

A former University of Oklahoma running back arrested last month is now facing a felony assault charge that could send him to...

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'Governor Fallin really let us down on this issue.' Cherokees disappointed in veto of Native American Day bill

Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed legislation Thursday that would have established an Oklahoma Native American Day on the second Monday...

How did the Oklahoma state health department build a slush fund worth millions?

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health appeared bankrupt because no one at the top fully understood the accounting mechanisms that had built up a “slush fund” worth millions, according to a grand jury and the state’s auditors.

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Former president of failed Camargo bank sentenced to prison

The former president of the failed First State Bank of Camargo was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in federal prison for...

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Lawmakers head home for the year

After finishing their work for 2018, the House and Senate adjourned.

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Life without parole considered for youths

A proposed law would set guidelines for how a court could sentence murderers who killed before they were 18 to life in prison...

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Adoption bill now headed to governor's desk

Faith-based adoption agencies would still get state funds if they reject gay couples.

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'Constitutional carry' now on governor's desk

Gov. Mary Fallin will decide whether Oklahoma should allow the carrying of firearms without a license.

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A retired Edmond police officer became the leader of an illegal steroid distribution ring and kept $280,000 in proceeds buried in his backyard, a federal...

Christopher Thomas Caplinger was "the head of this drug trafficking organization, which manufactured and distributed anabolic...

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New Oklahoma law closes loophole, makes secretly tracking someone with a GPS device a stalking crime

Secretly following someone with a GPS tracking device is now a stalking crime, punishable by a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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Oklahoma's teacher unions say lawmakers are seeking revenge for organizing the walkout in April.

Lawmakers have introduced legislation that would put restrictions on teacher unions, which could ultimately lower membership...

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Bond issue would provide $116 million for prison repairs, maintenance

More than $116 million would go for repairs and maintenance at Oklahoma's prisons if lawmakers approve bond issue.

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Felony charges leveled against fired police pension chief

The fired executive director of the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System was charged Tuesday with seven felony counts...

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Banned Tulsa banker Albert Kelly resigns from EPA Superfund role

Albert “Kell” Kelly, a former Tulsa banker, resigned Tuesday from the Environmental Protection Agency, where he had been hired...

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Oklahoma House votes to increase private prison rate

The Oklahoma House voted Monday to increase the daily rate the state of Oklahoma pays private prisons for housing inmates.

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Chairman of Oklahoma Ethics Commission accuses legislators of retaliation

Ethics Commission may sue over how it is being funded next fiscal year.

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Wind incentive will stay

A refundable tax credit for the wind industry will remain in place after lawmakers tried to eliminate it Monday.

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State budget signed into law

Finalizing the budget puts one more hurdle behind lawmakers as they wrap up this session.

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Using a stolen ID, felon hid from the law for 26 years before being found in rural Oklahoma last year

ID theft case was unusual because the perpetrator used the same stolen name for decades.

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Oklahoma taxpayers are paying more than $70 million a year for a wind industry subsidy.

A high stakes battle is being waged in the state Capitol over a bill that would kill a wind industry subsidy that currently is...

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What do lawmakers absolutely have to do before session ends? Not much.

There aren't many major issues left for lawmakers to deal with in what they hope will be the final week of session.

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Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, April 29, 2018

Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore is a look at what's happening at the Oklahoma state Capitol.

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Jury convicts admitted prostitute in fatal 2015 stabbing

Jurors have convicted an admitted prostitute of first-degree murder, rejecting her claim that she stabbed a client 17 times in...

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Oklahoma House approves $7.6 billion budget

The Oklahoma House on Friday gave final approval to the Fiscal Year 2019 state budget.

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Crescent man sentenced to federal prison for cyberstalking woman he met on a dating website

A Crescent man has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for cyberstalking a woman he met on a dating website. Troy...

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Signed: Seven bills to reduce Oklahoma's prison growth

Gov. Mary Fallin signed seven bills aimed at slowing the state's prison population.

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Pruitt tells Congress 'I have nothing to hide' as he faces ethics controversies

“Those who have attacked the EPA and attacked me are doing so because they want to attack and derail the president’s agenda....

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Less one-time revenue built into Oklahoma's budget

While giving state agencies a boost in appropriations, the state budget proposed by lawmakers makes little use of one-time...

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Oklahoma House proposes 'constitutional carry'

House lawmakers amended and passed a bill that would let people carry handguns without a license.

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House lawmakers advance elimination of wind incentive

Instead of a gross production tax on wind, the Oklahoma House of Representatives adopted the elimination of another wind...

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State spending bill is biggest ever

The state's next spending bill was released Tuesday, and it's quite different than what Oklahomans have seen in recent years.

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Oklahoma Senate votes to expand concealed carry in county courthouses

The Oklahoma Senate passed legislation Tuesday to expand the concealed carry of firearms in county courthouses.

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Criminal justice reform bills pass

Several bills that would reduce prison population growth received final approval by lawmakers on Tuesday and now head to the...

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OKC man sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatal 2015 shooting

Savortae Daquan Runnels, 23, pleaded no contest Monday to first-degree murder in the shooting death of Clarence Dickerson, 21.

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The 7-percent GPT campaign pivots away from state question

The group who planned to seek a statewide vote on a 7-percent gross production tax rate for teacher pay won't collect...

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Cousin says AG candidate advised her to lie in Oklahoma divorce case

Tulsa attorney Gentner Drummond is running for attorney general. A former client in a divorce case said he advised her to lie.

Alternative programs tailored for at-risk students

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While more Oklahoma teenagers are dropping out of high school than at any time in the past decade, programs targeting at-risk students are making a difference, state and local education officials told The Oklahoman.

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Is the Legislature feeling political fatigue?

As the 2018 session nears its final month, has the near constant Capitol politics cycle affected lawmakers?

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Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore is a look at what's happening at the state Capitol.

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A piece of baseball history was part of the Tar Creek corruption investigation

The white, wood frame house that once stood at 462 South Emily St. in the northeast Oklahoma ghost town of Picher looked much...

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Traffic tickets, and the revenue they bring in, are down in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Douglas Combs calls the decline in the number of traffic tickets issued "a significant...

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In Edmond, SQ 788 debaters try to cut through the haze on medical marijuana

Several minutes into his opening remarks, August Rivera grabbed a dozen bags containing 72 ounces of gummy bears and dumped...

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Truck driver charged with negligent homicide in fatal OKC wreck

A truck driver caused a fatal Oklahoma City wreck last month after he forgot to lower his hydraulic lift and struck a railroad...

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Attorney General gives support for cameras in the courtroom for opioids trial.

NORMAN — The Oklahoman is requesting that media cameras be allowed into the courtroom for a trial over the accusation that...

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Hundreds gather for Oklahoma City bombing anniversary

Survivors, first responders and family members of Oklahoma City bombing victims gathered Thursday for the 23rd Anniversary...

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Oklahoma House strikes deal on wind power gross production tax

House lawmakers will consider a gross production tax on wind energy next week.

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An Oklahoma congressman will be the next administrator of NASA

The Tulsa Republican was narrowly confirmed by the Senate on Thursday in a 50-49 party line vote, finally overcoming the...

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Kendra Horn raises $122K to lead Democrats in Oklahoma City congressional race

Horn raised more than $122,000 in the first three months of 2018 as she continues to lead the pack among challengers to U.S....

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Oklahoma Senate adopts Medicaid work requirements

The Senate advanced a bill Wednesday that would require a subset of the Medicaid population to work or perform community...

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Christian Costello found not guilty by reason of insanity in death of state labor commissioner

A mentally ill man who called killing his father "destiny" was found not guilty by reason of insanity Wednesday in the murder...

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Close encounters: Jim Bridenstine's NASA nomination narrowly overcomes Senate hurdle

Rep. Jim Bridenstine, the Tulsa Republican whose nomination to lead NASA has hung in the balance for seven months, narrowly...

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OKC man sought in shooting deaths of his father and sister

An Oklahoma City man was being sought by police Wednesday in the shooting deaths of his father and sister.

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OKC man sought in fatal January shooting

A 26-year-old man was being sought by police Wednesday in connection to a fatal January shooting outside a northwest Oklahoma...

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Former pharmacist convicted of murder gets no time off prison sentence

Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-2 against reducing former pharmacist's life sentence to 15 years.

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Criminal justice reform advances in House, Senate

A slate of criminal justice reform bills are nearing a final vote in the Oklahoma Legislature after months of delays.

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Oklahoma County judge finds governor’s office and DPS violated Open Records Act

The governor's office and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety violated the state Open Records Act by failing to provide...

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Remembrance Ceremony scheduled for Thursday at Oklahoma City National Memorial

Survivors, first responders and family members of Oklahoma City bombing victims will gather Thursday for the 23rd Anniversary...

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New charge filed against man accused to plotting to blow up Oklahoma City bank.

The man accused of trying to blow up a downtown Oklahoma City bank with what he thought was a vehicle bomb has been indicted on...

Former pharmacist loses commutation request

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board on Tuesday voted 3-2 not to commute former pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland's life sentence...

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Jim Bridenstine's NASA nomination moves ahead toward a Senate vote

After months in political purgatory, Rep. Jim Bridenstine’s nomination to lead NASA is headed toward a vote in the Senate.

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A Chickasaw woman will become the first Native American to clerk for a Supreme Court justice

When she begins work this July, it’s believed Chickasaw citizen Tobi Young will be the first Native American tribal member to...

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Former Catholic Charities attorney sentenced for embezzlement

Margarita I. Solis, 47, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty last week to three felony counts of embezzlement. Oklahoma County...

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DA asks Oklahoma parole board to reject former pharmacist's request for time off murder sentence

Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to hear from former pharmacist Jerome Ersland Tuesday.

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Capitol turnover: Lawmakers confirm departure

More than a dozen Oklahoma legislators didn't file for re-election last week.

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Former official at American Legion of Oklahoma charged again

David Austin Kellerman is a former adjutant at the American Legion of Oklahoma. He is accused of embezzling from the Legion for...

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Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, April 15, 2018.

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Was the teacher walkout effective?

For two weeks, thousands of Oklahoma teachers got a first-hand look at their state government, and lawmakers got a taste of...

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Democrat runs again for Oklahoma County commissioner

Three candidates seek District 3 seat that is becoming open because Oklahoma County Commissioner Ray Vaughn is retiring.

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14-year-old boy charged in deadly crossbow shooting will no longer be tried as an adult

The mother of a 10-year-old boy killed by a crossbow wept bitterly Friday after learning the teenager charged in the shooting...

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Senate OK's Self-Defense Act for 'places of worship'

A proposal to expand the Self-Defense Act to places of worship received key approval from the Oklahoma Senate.

The OK -- The Food Issue

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Peanut butter. If I have one go-to food, that's it. Crunchy or smooth? Doesn't matter. Jif, Skippy or Peter Pan? Don't care. Love them all. On toast, on a cracker. Plain or with a pickle, like my mom taught me. Even on a hamburger. If you...

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The EPA continues to fill up with former Jim Inhofe aides and confidants

Andrew Wheeler, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, received first-round approval from the Senate on Thursday to be second...

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Woman sought in deadly OKC motel shooting

A 27-year-old woman was being sought by police Thursday in connection to a fatal motel shooting in southeast Oklahoma City.

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Two veteran Oklahoma County commissioners and the longtime assessor are retiring.

Lots of new names will be on ballots because two veteran Oklahoma County commissioners and the longtime assessor are retiring....

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Lawmakers challenge the opioid epidemic as the Capitol clock ticks down

House and Senate committees advanced several bills that target Oklahoma's opioid epidemic.

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Did judge who gave church camp rapist probation get an opponent?

Marshall County District Judge Wallace Coppedge was widely criticized for sentencing a church camp rapist in January to only...

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OKC police officer to get $40,000 in taxpayer funds to settle race discrimination lawsuit

An Oklahoma City police officer will be paid $40,000 in taxpayer funds to settle claims he was discriminated against for being...

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The group behind a lawsuit for the Tar Creek audit is suing again

A day after securing release of a state audit into the Tar Creek Superfund site, a national watchdog group celebrated Tuesday...

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Medical cost transparency bill dies with little support

An earlier version of the bill would have required most hospitals post their prices on a state website, but just two of eight...

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Fallin signs repeal of hotel/motel tax

In a rejection of demands made by teachers who have spent more than a week at the Capitol, Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that...

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An Oklahoma Supreme Court justice was nominated by Trump for a federal judgeship

Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Patrick Wyrick, who is on President Donald Trump’s list of possible U.S. Supreme Court picks,...

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Pruitt's Oklahoma trips raise concerns he's 'using his public office for personal gain,' top ethics official warns

"Reports of the administrator making frequent official trips to his home state at government expense...do raise concerns about...

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Casino-hopping bank robber shown leniency during sentencing

A casino-hopping bank robber was shown leniency Monday by an Oklahoma City federal judge.

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Fentanyl added to Oklahoma trafficking law

The bill creates a new tool for prosecutors seeking to convict opioid traffickers.

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Teacher walkout forces cancellation of other Capitol events

Nearly two dozen events have been canceled or rescheduled since the teacher walkout and Capitol rallies began.

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Former Edmond man sentenced for breaking into stores, loading money onto credit cards

A former Edmond man apologized Monday for an unusual crime, breaking into convenience stores to fraudulently load money onto...

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Working for Oklahoma Education Association poses no conflict, OKC school board member says

Carrie Coppernoll Jacobs is both an Oklahoma City School Board member and an employee of the Oklahoma Education Association...

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Tar Creek audit finds 'considerable' evidence of a conspiracy against the state

A project manager at the Tar Creek Superfund site helped rig bids as part of a possible conspiracy against the state of...

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Teachers are getting the attention, but other agencies say they also have funding needs

Teachers rallying for education have been grabbing the headlines, but other state agencies say they have funding needs, too....

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Community outreach program reduces violent crime in southwest OKC

A cool April breeze rustled bushes, whipped wind chimes and flapped small American flags as police officers went door to door...

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Oklahoma City child molester accused of groping erotic shop worker after getting out of prison years early

Sex offender Bobby Otto Powers was a regular at Hustler Hollywood in Oklahoma City. He is accused of groping a worker there...

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OKC woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping boyfriend after he killed her half-brother

An Oklahoma City woman was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for helping her boyfriend after he killed her half-brother....

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Watchdog group suing AG Hunter again files a lawsuit for Tar Creek documents

A national watchdog group embroiled in a legal battle with the Oklahoma attorney general’s office over a state audit into the...

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Revenue bills debated on fifth day of teacher strike

The Oklahoma Senate considers revenue bills that would head to the governor's desk if adopted.

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Oklahoma senators stand by Pruitt as he faces ethics controversies

As the former Oklahoma attorney general faces a series of ethics controversies that threaten his tenure as Environmental...

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Spencer man gets 2 life terms for fatal wreck

A longtime criminal asked a judge Thursday to show him mercy for killing a 20-year-old motorcyclist in a 2016 drug-related...

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New justice named to the Oklahoma Supreme Court

A state district judge was appointed Thursday to serve as an Oklahoma Supreme Court justice. Richard Darby, 60, of Altus, will...

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OSBI investigating threats made against lawmakers

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has opened cases involving suspected threats made against lawmakers during the...

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Bethany man sentenced to death for fatally beating ex-girlfriend's 2-year-old son

A Bethany man was sentenced to death on Thursday for fatally beating his ex-girlfriend's 2-year-old son while babysitting in 2015.

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The Oklahoma Lottery would like you to know its education contributions are up

With the minds of many Oklahoma citizens focused on education funding, the Oklahoma Lottery Commission took time Wednesday to...

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Online purchases could fund Oklahoma's education

A last-minute amendment on the House floor secured more than $20 million for public education on a bill requiring third-party...

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin speaks out on day four of the teacher strike.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin speaks out on day four of the teacher strike.

Oklahoma motorcycle crashes on the rise with temperatures

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As motorcyclists hit the roads as the weather warms, so do the number of crashes on Oklahoma roads, data shows.

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'We run the risk of losing children from the tribe forever.' Creeks sue pharmaceutical companies for opioid crisis

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation on Tuesday became the second of Oklahoma’s tribes to sue manufacturers and distributors of opioids...

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'We've got your back' Trump tells Scott Pruitt, who faces ethics controversies

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt received a statement of support from President Trump on Monday as the former Oklahoma attorney...

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Lawmakers target opioids in advancing legislation

Bills that target opioid drugs advance in the Legislature.

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Facing throngs of teachers shouting from the gallery, House votes against hearing new revenue bill

For the second day in a row, the Oklahoma House rejected a motion that would bring new revenue up for a vote.

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Guymon doctor sentenced to federal prison for dispensing drugs without medical purpose

A Guymon doctor has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison for dispensing prescription drugs without a medical...

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Agency employees among teachers at Monday rally

Throng of teachers steal the show Monday, but state employees also want a higher pay raise.

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I-35 bridge replacement project awarded

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission on Monday awarded an approximately $30 million contract to replace the Interstate 35...

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Railroad bridge removal to prompt temporary closure of I-235

Interstate 235 will close to traffic near NW 50 Street beginning at 7 p.m. Friday to allow crews to remove the old BNSF...

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75 people have died in highway work zone accidents in last five years

Seventy-five ribbon-shaped markers have been placed outside the Oklahoma Department of Transportation building to symbolize the...

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EMSA to pay $300,000 to settle fraud lawsuit

The EMSA board of trustees approved the settlement amount Monday at a special meeting.

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'We're at 100 percent attendance.' Some Oklahoma schools remain open during teacher walkout

On a day when thousands of teachers traded their warm classrooms for an unseasonably brisk walk outside the Oklahoma Capitol,...

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Deer Creek High School basketball assistant coach arrested on solicitation complaint

A Deer Creek High School assistant basketball coach has been arrested in connection with a solicitation of a minor for sex case.

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Playing defense: At town halls, Tom Cole defends Trump and Congress

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, the eight-term congressman and veteran politico, is a bellwether among House Republicans — a weather vane...

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"Good hunting," political consultant told private investigators hired to check out Oklahoma legislator

Political consultant George C. Shipley told private investigators to look at an Oklahoma legislator's after-hours behavior....

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For at least 15 years, Eagle employees illegally dumped cancer-causing toxins, which contaminated the groundwater, according to state investigators.

After months of deliberations, residents living northeast of a contaminated Superfund site have reached an agreement with their...

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EMSA settles with U.S. government in federal fraud case

Federal government reaches "settlement in principle" with EMSA in fraud case

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Oklahoma City congressmen divided on the use of military money for border wall

Republican congressmen who represent the Oklahoma City area have different opinions on whether President Donald Trump can, and...

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Former bookkeeper sentenced in 17-year embezzlement scheme

For 17 years, bookkeeper Vanessa L. Pollard repeatedly embezzled funds from her employer to pay for lavish trips, luxury...

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Millions in improper payments were sent from Oklahoma City VA to OU's medical school, federal report finds

Nearly $7 million in payments from the Oklahoma City VA to the University of Oklahoma’s medical school were improper because...

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DHS loses another option for placing children with behavioral issues

White Fields officials have announced plans to terminate their Piedmont group home contracts with the Oklahoma Department of...

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Crime spree nets man nearly 300-year prison term

A serial robber has been sentenced to nearly 300 years in prison for a 2016 crime spree in Oklahoma City. Deondrea Deshawn...

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Tax hikes sent to Gov. Fallin's desk

The Senate gave final approval to a tax hike and teacher pay package Wednesday night. The teacher pay bill needs another vote...

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House OK's tax increase, could be first in 28 years

House lawmakers are considering a plan to raise taxes for a teacher and state employee pay raise.

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OKC woman gets $187,500 settlement over incident with off-duty police officer

An Oklahoma City woman is being paid $187,500 in taxpayer funds to settle claims an off-duty police officer pointed a gun at...

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Construction collapse at Muskogee VA hospital will cost $17.5 million to repair and was the result of poor planning

For the second time in five days, a federal report has found flaws in construction at an Oklahoma veterans hospital wasted...

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On taxes and teacher pay, it's the Senate's turn

Senators will now be asked to consider the tax bill passed Monday by the House.

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MWC man gets 10 years in prison for fatally shooting wife

Robert Lee Moon, 50, pleaded guilty Friday in Oklahoma County District Court to second-degree murder.

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Judge dismisses ACLU lawsuit filed to protect disability program funding

An Oklahoma City federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed late last year in an effort to stop state agencies from terminating...

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882 people sent to prison for drug possession in last half of 2017

A voter-approved ballot measure reducing drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor has so far done little to stem the flow...

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About 400 prison inmates a month in Oklahoma waive parole hearings, records show.

About 400 criminals a month skip going before the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, its records show.

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Oklahoma's justice reform bills still alive

Bills to amend Oklahoma's justice code are still winding their way through the Legislature.

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Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, March 25, 2018

Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, March 25, 2018

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Comparison: OEA's revenue plan vs. Step Up

See how the teacher's union revenue plan compares to the one pushed by business leaders earlier this year.

Employment falls as the oil industry becomes more efficient

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A heightened focus on technology and efficiency gains over the past four years has allowed the oil and natural gas industry to return to profitability and recover from the deepest industry downturn in a generation. But not all of the industry...

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Clean energy company drops out of The Wind Coalition because of accusations involving legislator

Longtime member quits wind industry trade association because of accusations made by state Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore.

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'Deeply troubling and disappointing.' Oklahoma City VA work is $11 million overbudget and years behind schedule

Two construction projects at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center are $10.8 million overbudget, several years behind schedule...

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'We must stop it.' A $1.3 trillion government spending bill divided Oklahoma's congressmen

Oklahoma’s congressional delegation was split Thursday in their votes on a $1.3 trillion spending package that will increase...

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Rumbles of wind lawsuit after lawmakers vote to cull incentives

Oklahoma House and Senate committees voted to cap wind industry incentives.

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OKC man wanted in fatal auto-pedestrian crash

A judge has ordered the arrest of an Oklahoma City man accused of intentionally running over another man in a parking lot.

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James Lankford: 'The president's not going to fire' Robert Mueller

Sen. James Lankford said he doesn’t believe Trump will fire the special counsel and sees no need for legislation prohibiting...

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Will a Democrat represent Oklahoma City in Congress? It's looking more likely

Forty-four years after it last elected a Democrat, the 5th District is trending Democratic and Republicans nationwide are...

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Oklahoma mom pleads guilty to incest, going to prison

A woman who married her grown daughter is headed to prison. The two wed in March 2016 in Lawton a little more than 17 months...

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Oklahoma's secretary of state to resign

Oklahoma Secretary of State Dave Lopez has submitted his resignation.

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Video of Stillwater bail agent fatally shooting client released by DA's office

Prosecutors Monday released video of a Stillwater bail agent fatally shooting one of her clients last year at her office.

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Video of Stillwater bail agent fatally shooting client released by DA's office

Prosecutors Monday released video of a Stillwater bail agent fatally shooting one of her clients last year at her office.

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Oklahoma City pays $18,000 to cover settlement of lawsuit over illegal police search

The Oklahoma City Council agreed in January to cover the total amount of a settlement of a lawsuit over an illegal police search.

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'Fish or cut bait.' Why Jim Bridenstine's NASA nomination is in serious jeopardy

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine’s nomination to lead NASA remains in serious jeopardy and his colleagues are suggesting President...

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Trump's allies in Oklahoma are not pleased with his tariffs

“The largest export in Oklahoma is wheat. So, that’s probably going to be the commodity hardest hit,” said Jimmy Wayne Kinder,...

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State engineering district audit identifies suspected misappropriations

CLINTON — An independent investigative audit of an Oklahoma circuit engineering district has identified suspected...

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Lawmakers vote to expand voting hours, give workers more options

Several measures are under consideration this year that would expand the time a person can cast their ballot.

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Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, March 11, 2018

Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, March 11, 2018

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Concealment of Tar Creek audit likely unprecedented in Oklahoma history

A decision by the Oklahoma attorney general’s office in recent years to not release an audit that uncovered evidence of a...

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Oklahoma City police detectives continue to build case against father in death of baby son

Oklahoma City police suspect a father killed his son through deliberate abuse and have rejected his claim that the death was...

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Inhofe sees vindication in Kim Jong Un's overture to Trump

Sen. Jim Inhofe felt vindicated Thursday night when it was announced that President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean...

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Jurors acquit Stillwater bail agent in shooting death of client

STILLWATER — Jurors Friday acquitted a Stillwater bail agent of first-degree murder in the August shooting death of one of her...

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Inhofe-Mullin bills would force VA hospitals to plan for improvements

Sen. Jim Inhofe and Rep. Markwayne Mullin introduced legislation Friday to require all Veterans Affairs hospitals present a...

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New investigation of decade-old Oklahoma cold case identifies a suspect

Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury indicted a drug offender now in prison in the fatal shooting of a couple in 2007.

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From the school building fund to teacher paychecks

The Senate adopted a measure that could let local school districts take money earmarked for building repairs and use it to pay...

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Federal authorities plan west Oklahoma City immigration detention facility, office

Immigrant rights advocates expressed dismay Wednesday over a federal agency's plans for a detention facility and offices in a...

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Oklahoma House speaker keeps job

Oklahoma House Republicans voted Wednesday to keep Charles McCall as speaker.

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Nurse practitioner bill shot down

A bill by state Sen. Ervin Yen was shot down after questions about whether it would harm rural health care.

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Oklahoma legislator sued Texas political consultant over tracking device

Rep. Mark McBride is suing Texas political consultant George C. Shipley in Oklahoma City federal court.

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Oklahoma police pension offices searched as agents take next step in embezzlement investigation

Investigators for Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter searched the offices of the state-run pension system created decades...

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Decade-old cold case under investigation by Oklahoma grand jury

Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury is looking into the fatal shooting of a man and his wife at their rural home near Locust...

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Mayor wins Oklahoma legislative seat

The mayor of Marlow cruised to victory Tuesday, keeping the House of Representatives seat in southwestern Oklahoma in...

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Bill gives 'Stand Your Ground' immunity to churches

A House bill would give places of worship immunity from civil lawsuits if someone is injured during a case of self-defense.

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LifeMay 12, 2018

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has raised more than half the funds needed to build a 2000-seat church and Stanley Rother shrine in south Oklahoma City.

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Scott Pruitt traveled first class a few times when he was Oklahoma attorney general

Scott Pruitt, who has come under criticism in recent weeks for his first-class travel, traveled first class on a few occasions...

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Group rallies in support of DACA solution

Immigrant youth, allies and supporters held a rally Monday at SkyDance Bridge to share stories of Oklahomans affected by...

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Improvements should ease I-235 traffic problems near state Capitol

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission awarded a $686,705 contract Monday to widen the northbound Interstate-235 exit ramp onto...

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Criminal justice reform bills will advance, Fallin says

The governor, legislative leaders and prosecutors announced Monday that six bills will advance soon to help reduce the state's...

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OKC man apologizes for killing local bookstore owner, calls himself 'a sick man'

An Oklahoma City man apologized Monday for killing a local bookstore owner, telling the victim’s family, “I’m a sick man.”...

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A former congressman's campaign is still spending — including $3,624 on flowers

Boren For Congress, a political campaign committee, spent $14,285 last year. Dan Boren hasn’t campaigned for Congress in seven...

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How much did Sysco pay Yukon schools to settle fraud lawsuit?

In light of a recent settlement between Sysco Corp. and Yukon Public Schools, Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones said he would...

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McCall's leadership challenged in Oklahoma House

Four fellow Republican representatives have filed to unseat Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall.

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Oklahoma judge let other child rapists avoid prison, court records show

Controversial judge in southern Oklahoma has signed off on other plea deals allowing probation for sex offenders.

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Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, March 4, 2018

Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, March 4, 2018

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Psychologist advocates juvie court for teen in crossbow killing

CHANDLER — A 14-year-old boy charged in a deadly crossbow shooting of a younger playmate told a psychologist, “I wish I could...

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Cherokee tribe sends $5.4 million to northeast Oklahoma schools

One hundred and eight northeast Oklahoma school districts received an infusion of much-needed cash from the Cherokee Nation on...

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Texas judge refuses to order 'Dr. Dirt' to appear before Oklahoma grand jury next week

Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury is investigating who wanted a state legislator followed last year. The OSBI has determined...

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Seven fired Oklahoma County deputy clerks sue for wrongful termination

Seven fired Oklahoma County deputy clerks are suing for wrongful termination claiming they were fired for supporting former...

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David Prater to seek fourth term as Oklahoma County DA

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater will seek re-election in 2018. "Throughout my career, I have enforced the law...

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The Wind Coalition says it has never hired "Dr. Dirt."

A trade association for the wind industry on Wednesday denied ever hiring the Texas political consultant who was having a state...

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Oklahoma considering wide expansion of rights to carry firearms

An Oklahoma House committee advanced legislation that would let firearm owners carry weapons on virtually any private property,...

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Gambling addict ordered to pay a half-million dollars for embezzling from OKC business

An admitted gambling addict apologized before she was sentenced to prison for stealing nearly a half-million dollars while...

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Clark Jolley appointed to fill Oklahoma state secretary of finance position

Governor Mary Fallin has selected Oklahoma Tax Commissioner Clark Jolley to serve as her cabinet secretary of finance,...

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Man connected by fingerprints to December homicide in OKC

A 22-year-old man has been connected through fingerprints to a December homicide in Oklahoma City, police reported Wednesday.

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Is legendary political consultant known as "Dr. Dirt" linked to The Wind Coalition?

Oklahoma multicounty grand jury wants to hear from Texas political consultant who hired private investigators to gather...

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Oklahoma lawmakers reject 'accountability' bill

Lawmakers were not convinced Tuesday that a proposed Office of Accountability would be accountable to anyone but legislative...

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Governor signs budget cut worth millions

The 2018 budget will end on a down note, with Oklahoma's governor signing a budget cut with just four months left in the fiscal...

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Gun bills due for a vote Wednesday

The House consider two pieces of gun legislation, including a bill expanding the number of people who can carry firearms inside...

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New Rx drug charges show need for 'e-prescribing' law, Oklahoma AG says

TULSA — New prescription drug charges filed against two Tulsa County residents are the latest examples of why an...

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The medical marijuana law could change before it reaches a statewide vote

Lawmakers are considering regulations to medical marijuana before the state gets a chance to vote on it in June.

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Teen suspected of making death threats never charged; FBI classified reports for months

A former student at Edmond Santa Fe High School made online death threats, one from a school computer last year before he...

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Federal lawsuit forces Oklahoma City airport security to modify their handling of Native American objects

Security officials at Will Rogers World Airport will soon modify the way they handle sacred Native American objects following a...

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Oklahoma congressmen blame mass shootings on Hollywood, video games

For members of Congress from Oklahoma, answers to the mass shootings issue lie in slight modifications to existing gun laws,...

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Corrections Department freezes purchasing amid budget cuts

A budget cut late in the fiscal year has forced the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to halt non-essential purchases.

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Yukon schools approve secret settlement with cafeteria supplier accused of fraud

Yukon Public Schools officials have approved a secret financial settlement with food distribution company Sysco, which was...

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Tulsa dentist ordered to trial in murder solicitation case

A Tulsa dentist has joined an Oklahoma County jail ring for protection as he awaits a murder trial over the death of his...

A KC-46A Pegasus is no car. But when it comes to maintenance, it helps to think of it as one.

BusinessMay 13, 2018

The KC-46A Pegasus is about to become part of the U.S. Air Force's fleet, and when it does, Tinker Air Force Base will help it stay in the air.

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Judge tosses out AG Mike Hunter's motion, allowing a Tar Creek lawsuit to move ahead

An Oklahoma County judge rejected a request by Attorney General Mike Hunter to throw out an open records lawsuit that seeks to...

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Scott Pruitt revealed the findings of a Tar Creek investigation to subjects of the investigation

An audit that uncovered an alleged conspiracy against the state involving public officials was shown to those officials by...

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Colorado medical marijuana activist charged in Oklahoma after traffic stop

Medical marijuana activist Regina Nelson arrested after Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper reported finding containers and baggies...

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Uncertainty abounds as DACA deadline approaches

With a March 5 deadline looming and a battle over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program waging in...

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Budget cuts now in Fallin's hands

The budget cut bill that slashes $44 million from state agencies is on its way to the governor's office.

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No more 'spring forward?'

A bill making its way through the Oklahoma Senate would end the twice-a-year time change.

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Bob Ricks named interim director at Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

Interim OSBI director Bob Ricks is a retired Edmond police chief, former state public safety commissioner and former FBI...

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Budget estimate shows $167 million shortfall

Oklahoma's government will have to manage its sixth consecutive budget shortfall this year.

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Oklahoma City woman is charged with second-degree murder in overdose death

Brenda June Merkel, 58, was charged Friday in Oklahoma County District Court in the overdose death of Donte Sanders, 22.

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To finish work on 2018 budget, Legislature cutting $44 million

After months of negotiation and failed votes, the end of 2018 budget uncertainty is within sight.

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Deaf man awarded $175,000

A deaf man has been paid $175,000 in taxpayer funds to settle claims Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers used excessive force...

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An Oklahoma legislator is putting on hold his request to have a judge removed from office

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze filed a resolution Feb. 12 asking the Court on the Judiciary to initiate removal proceedings...

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Oklahoma judges rarely have to be removed from office

In the past 50 years, the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary has removed only six unfit judges.

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How an OKC nonprofit is helping people get out of jail, and stay out

A new program launched by an OKC nonprofit bails out inmates pretrial and offers services to get lives back on track

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How Oklahoma's senators voted on three immigration overhaul plans Thursday

Sen. Jim Inhofe didn't come across an immigration plan he liked Thursday, voting against a conservative White House effort, a...

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Republican auditor and House Democrats propose new revenue plan as legislative committees begin considering agency budget cuts

State agencies would be required to trim their budgets by 0.66 percent for the current fiscal year under a measure approved...

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Two doctors accused in indictment of operating pill mill in Shawnee

The state's multicounty grand jury returned an indictment Thursday against Dr. Jeri Lynn Ellis, 56, and Dr. Dennis Lee Roberts,...

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Oklahoma murderer who paid $250 to have wife killed to be resentenced

Fabion DeMargio Brown, now 30, was convicted at a trial in 2014 of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of...

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Jurors choose death penalty for Bethany man who fatally beat his ex-girlfriend’s 2-year-old son

Jurors Thursday chose death as punishment for a remorseless Bethany man who fatally beat his ex-girlfriend’s 2-year-old son...

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Jurors convict Bethany man in fatal beating of 2-year-old boy

A Bethany man gave 13 different accounts of how his ex-girlfriend's 2-year-old son died while he babysat the boy. On Monday,...

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General revenue collections top estimate

January collections to the general revenue fund exceeded the estimate.

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Lawmakers consider scrapping April 1 education funding deadline

The little-used deadline requires lawmakers to fund public education by April 1 each year.

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Oklahoma sheriff hit with more serious charge in inmate's death

Suspended Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles now faces a first-degree manslaughter charge over a jail inmate's death. He also...

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Interim health department commissioner resigns

Preston Doerflinger had been interim commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and secretary of finance,...

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State Senate election creates House vacancy

State Rep. Casey Murdock will move across the Capitol to the Oklahoma Senate.

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Oklahoma senator told police "it is the end of the world" after being confronted with evidence of sexual offense

Moore police on Tuesday released the March 13 interview of then-state Sen. Ralph Shortey.

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Without revenue, House turns to budget cuts

House leaders will offer budget cuts to handle the current budget shortfall after a revenue package failed to pass this week.

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How members voted on Step Up Oklahoma proposal

Following is a list of how state House members voted Monday on a $581 million package of proposed tax increases backed by Step...

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Fight for teacher pay worth it?

Educators rallied at the Capitol ahead of a major vote on tax hikes, and said the push for a pay raise was worth it.

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Step Up plan defeated in House despite majority vote

The Oklahoma House of Representatives defeated a $581 million package of proposed tax hikes late Monday night — creating more...

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A war of words heats up again over the Tar Creek audit

A war of words that dates back to 2014 has begun anew between Oklahoma Auditor Gary Jones and former Attorney General Scott...

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OKC woman sentenced in daughter's fatal "exorcism" beating

An Oklahoma City woman who told police she fatally beat her daughter while attempting to rid her of Satan was sentenced Monday...

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Step Up plan within a vote, organizer says

David Rainbolt said Monday morning that the roll call scheduled for later today could be as close as one vote.

A refueling operator on a KC-46A Pegasus won't have to lie down on the job.

BusinessMay 13, 2018

The KC-46A Pegasus being developed by Boeing for the U.S. Air Force will provide the service with an aerial tanker that the manufacturer says will be more affordable to operate. Officials said lessons they learned from another military aircraft...

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Tax bill scheduled for a vote Monday

Oklahoma lawmakers are scheduled to vote on a major tax increase Monday.

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Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

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'Mother was put through hell.' What life is like next to the Eagle Industries Superfund site

Dorothy Wormington died in 2010 of liver cancer, seven years after the state of Oklahoma determined what she had long...

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Criminal justice reform in limbo

Several bills that could lower Oklahoma's prison population are in legislative limbo.

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Nonpartisan group says end partisan primaries

The Oklahoma Academy has proposed a free-for-all style election where all candidates appear on a first ballot.

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Satanic 'black mass' protester gets $10,000 for false arrest claim

Oklahoma City is paying a New Jersey woman $10,000 to settle claims she was unlawfully arrested during a 2014 protest of a...

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Jurors convict OKC man in fatal 2015 robbery

Jurors Friday convicted an Oklahoma City man of first-degree murder in a fatal 2015 robbery. Mosi A. Dennis, 21, was found...

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Monday teacher rally planned to support Step Up Oklahoma plan

Teachers plan to rally Monday morning at the state Capitol to support a Step Up Oklahoma plan for fixing state government that...

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OSBI director stepping down after internal investigation

Stan Florence has been director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for more than seven years.

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Step Up revenue plan advances to House floor

Several proposals from the Step Up Oklahoma Coalition passed through the committee phase of the Legislature on Thursday.

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Oklahoma woman gets shorter prison sentence because she got sterilized

Judge defends sterilization suggestion, saying the U.S. Supreme Court "has yet to recognize a constitutional right to bring...

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Ponca City woman pleads guilty to possessing ricin

A Ponca City woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to poison her ex-husband in Israel pleaded guilty Thursday to a lesser...

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Brother of man fatally shot by OKC police charged in the death

The brother of a man who was fatally shot by Oklahoma City police last week has been charged in the death.

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Oklahoma attorney accused in felony charge of hiding out fugitive boyfriend

Shelley Lynne Levisay, 32, of Shawnee, was arrested Wednesday after being charged in Cleveland County District Court with...

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Oklahoma's two U.S. senators may split over a budget deal

Sen. Jim Inhofe was quick to praise Wednesday an expansive budget agreement that increases military and domestic spending in...

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Poll shows Step Up Oklahoma plan has support among likely Oklahoma voters

About 69 percent of likely Oklahoma voters support a plan to raise taxes and grant a $5,000 annual pay increase to teachers,...

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Lawmakers file bills seeking tax hikes and reforms backed by Step Up Oklahoma

State lawmakers filed 11 Step Up Oklahoma bills this week, giving Oklahomans their first detailed look at how they propose to...

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State workers hoping they'll be included in budget package

The Oklahoma Public Employees Association spent Wednesday lobbying for pay raises to be included in the Step Up Oklahoma budget...

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Woman underwent sterilization procedure at judge’s suggestion

Summer Thyme Creel, 34, had the elective procedure in November after the judge wrote he could consider it at her sentencing if...

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On second day of session, House advances criminal justice reform measure

The Oklahoma House quickly adopted a bill that would reduce penalties for low-value "paper" crimes that disproportionately...

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Sergeant-at-arms orders wind lobbyist to move news conference from House Lounge

A news conference organized by a lobbyist for the wind industry set off a controversy at the Capitol on Tuesday over the use of...

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Industrial hemp could be an Oklahoma crop

Lawmakers advanced a pilot program that would let farmers begin planting and harvesting industrial hemp.

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A private association supplies overdose antidote to Oklahoma sheriffs

The Oklahoma Sheriffs' Association made the announcement at a news conference at the state Capitol on the second day of the...

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Anti-tax group begins ad campaign targeting Oklahoma lawmakers

A group led by former top officers at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau has begun an ad campaign against tax hikes in the state.

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Saudi Arabian citizen living in Oklahoma accused of visa fraud, concealing tie to al-Qaida training camp

A Saudi Arabian citizen living in Oklahoma was indicted Tuesday in a visa fraud case, accused, in part, of concealing his...

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State moves a step closer to allowing optometry and eyeglass stores in Walmarts

A petition seeking to allow optometrists and eyeglass retailers to operate in large retail stores like Walmart can move ahead...

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Governor calls for more than $700 million in revenue hikes. Where would the money go?

Gov. Mary Fallin unveiled her proposed fiscal year 2019 budget Monday, calling for about $700 million in revenue hikes and a...

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Fallin tells lawmakers 'Enough is enough!'

In her final State of the State address, Gov. Mary Fallin warned lawmakers there would be more chaos if the state's budget...

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The 18 Oklahoma lawmakers on their way out

Almost 20 lawmakers cannot run for re-election. Who are they?

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New lawmakers, new bills

Oklahoma's newest state legislators will get their first chance at proposing legislation in regular session next week.

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Little discipline for OKC officer who said cyclist wielded license as weapon

The Oklahoma City Police Department has investigated and disciplined Oklahoma City police officer James Herlihy regarding his...

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The big issue: Oklahoma's budget

It's no surprise that state revenue and spending will be the top issue when regular session kicks off Monday.

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Oklahoma schools plagued by low funding as student needs increase

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Oklahoma schools have struggled through a decade of per-student funding decreases, resulting in larger class sizes and fewer classroom resources. But it has come at the same time the rate of students dealing with a slate of social challenges have...

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Admitted 9/11 terrorist sues Trump

Admitted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui is suing President Donald Trump in Oklahoma City federal court over prison conditions. He...

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A transcript of a rapist's sentencing — obtained by The Oklahoman Friday — provides new insights into the deal that has touched off a nationwide furor and...

SULPHUR — A judge said the "only reason" he sentenced a child rapist to just probation was he had been assured the victim and...

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Steve Russell regains the congressional fundraising edge as Kendra Horn continues to lead Democrats

As four candidates for Congress enter the election year, U.S. Rep. Steve Russell has regained fundraising supremacy and Kendra...

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State Chamber backs budget proposal

The Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce is backing a proposed series of tax increases just days before the state Legislature convenes...

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Murdered girl's grandparents accept $475,000 to end their case against Oklahoma Department of Human Services

A 5-year-old girl was murdered by a father she barely knew, shortly after a judge in 2011 placed her in his care at the urging...

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Step Up Oklahoma sends pointed email to president of The Wind Coalition

Step Up Oklahoma officials sent a scathing email to the president of The Wind Coalition on Friday accusing the wind industry of...

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Oklahoma House Speaker discusses efforts to resolve state budget impasse

Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall said Thursday he's optimistic he can get enough Republican votes to pass Step Up...

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State Health Department CFO resigns

Oklahoma State Department of Health Chief Financial Officer Michael Romero has resigned, citing conflicts of interest with the...

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Dallas woman sentenced for disaster fraud related to Moore tornado

A Dallas woman was sentenced Wednesday to 14 months in federal prison for disaster fraud related to tornado damage in Moore....

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Former pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland has been granted a hearing on his request for a commutation of life sentence

Last week, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-2 to grant Jerome Jay Ersland a hearing in April on his commutation...

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Prosecutor resigns amid public outrage over plea bargain in Baptist church camp rape

SULPHUR — A prosecutor resigned abruptly Wednesday amid public outrage over a negotiated plea that gave probation to a man who...

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First renovated area of Capitol open to public

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin toured a newly finished corridor formerly known as the Capitol basement.

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Four members of Congress from Oklahoma were not injured in a train collision

The Amtrak train was en route to a Republican retreat in West Virginia when it struck the vehicle, killing one person inside...

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3 OKC women charged with neglect over boy's burns

An Oklahoma City baby boy was burned so badly in December his right leg had to be amputated. On Tuesday, the boy's godmother,...