• State trooper advocates say Oklahoma can't afford more cuts

    AP | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Advocates of Oklahoma Highway Patrol employees claim further budget cuts to the state's Department of Public Safety could make highways more dangerous. Oklahoma State Troopers Association President Keith Barenberg said Wednesday in a statement that cuts to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol budget since 2010 have led to 37 fewer state troopers patrolling the roadways, leaving fewer than 800 troopers to serve 77 counties as the state population has grown. Leaders in the Legislature have argued all state agencies would likely have to share the burden imposed by a projected $1.3 billion shortfall in the 2017 fiscal year. Barenberg says more than a quarter of troopers are eligible for retirement.

  • Fallin endorses Trump's presidential bid, welcomes VP talk

    By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is offering her enthusiastic endorsement of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, saying she supports the New York billionaire "100 percent." Fallin also said Wednesday she's honored to be mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate and would be happy to consider such an offer. Fallin said her priority is to elect a conservative, pro-business Republican who is strong on national defense, and that she believes Trump is that candidate. The two-term governor has not previously endorsed any of the GOP candidates for governor. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won Oklahoma's March presidential primary with 34 percent of the vote over Trump, who was second.

  • Oklahoma House committee approves firearms legislation

    AP | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A committee of state lawmakers has given preliminary approval to legislation that allows Oklahomans to openly carry guns without any training or background checks. The House Conference Committee on Public Safety on Wednesday passed the bill by Republican Rep. Jeff Coody of Grandfield. Coody says he must get signatures from at least seven members of the committee before a hearing is scheduled on the House floor. The bill would allow adults over 21 and without a felony conviction to openly carry firearms without a license, training or background checks. Several business, government and education groups, including the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, have expressed opposition to the measure.

  • Oklahoma legislation tackles loophole in sodomy law

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Lawmakers on Wednesday began to advance a bill to revise Oklahoma's forcible sodomy law after a court ruled the existing statute did not protect victims who were unconscious or intoxicated. State Rep. Scott Biggs said his House Bill 2398 was signed out of a conference committee, the first step in moving the legislation forward. "The bill is absolutely necessary. It makes crystal clear we want to protect victims of this horrific crime," said Biggs, R-Chickasha. He said the measure was made necessary by a ruling of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, which upheld a lower court's dismissal of a forcible sodomy case out of Tulsa County.

  • AP sources: Kasich ends White House bid; clears Trump's path

    By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — John Kasich plans to end his bid for the White House, making Donald Trump the presumptive Republican nominee for president. Three campaign officials who spoke to The Associated Press said the Ohio governor plans to announce his decision in a statement from his home state later Wednesday. The officials spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to disclose Kasich's decision.

  • Oklahoma City Council reviews fiscal year budget

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The city council got its first look at City Manager Jim Couch's proposed budget on Tuesday. Three public hearings will follow, with a vote on the final budget set June 14.

  • More than 300 Oklahomans rally at Capitol to tell state lawmakers that 'Medicaid matters'

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    “Let’s make sure our legislators are informed of how Medicaid protects vulnerable Oklahomans and is a job creator before they go in and build our state budget in the coming weeks,” said Erin Taylor, advocacy coordinator at the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council.

  • Man killed in Logan County stabbing, arrests reported

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Authorities investigated a stabbing death in Logan County. One man remains at-large.

  • Woman accused in fatal OSU parade crash pleads not guilty during formal arraignment

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    The driver accused in the fatal 2015 Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crash pleaded not guilty during a formal arraignment Wednesday in Payne County District Court.

  • Mobile home fire reported in Yukon Wednesday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    A mobile home fire has been reported in Yukon. The fire was at 400 S Ranchwood Blvd.

  • Anti-tobacco campaign aims to educate Oklahoma elementary students

    By Mercy Adhiambo Staff Writer madhiambo@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Children from 16 elementary schools gathered Tuesday at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City for a campaign to educate youths about tobacco use. More than 1,500 students attended the Be Smart-Don't Start event.

  • Groups rally against Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s proposals in rate increase case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Consumer and environmental advocates as well as those backing solar power rallied Tuesday at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as a hearing began on Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s $92.5 million rate increase.

  • Federal appeals court rules Oklahoma man's 2007 conviction was unconstitutional

    By Robert Boczkiewicz For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Judges in a Denver-based appeals court ruled Tuesday that a Durant County prosecutor in Oklahoma withheld key evidence, thus violating the due process rights of Robert Claude McCormick in his 2007 child abuse trial. McCormick was convicted and his serving a life term in prison.

  • Downtown OKC church will host National Day of Prayer event

    From Staff Reports  | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    The First United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City will host the National Day of Prayer service at noon Thursday. Gov. Mary Fallin is expected to be among the dignitaries attending.

  • Paycom Software reports $18.6 million in profit for first quarter

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Oklahoma City-based Paycom Software Inc. posted a $18.6 million profit in the first quarter, or 31 cents per share, a 210 percent increase compared to a $6 million profit or 11 cents per share for the same period a year ago.

  • Devon energy posts $3.1 billion first-quarter loss

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Low oil and natural gas prices continue to plague Oklahoma City energy giant

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court rules against alcohol initiative

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 17 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling does not affect a competing and more comprehensive attempt to end the ban on these products in grocery and convenience stores.

  • Ted Cruz ends his bid for Republican presidential nomination

    BY SCOTT BAUER and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press | Updated: 18 hr ago

    A senior adviser to Ted Cruz says he has ended his campaign for president, putting Donald Trump on a glide path to claim the Republican Party's nomination.

  • Texas court orders Choctaw Nation to pay families of women killed in bus crash

    By Ben Felder Staff Writer bfelder@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 20 hr ago

    The accident occurred in 2013 in Irving, Texas, en route to a casino in Durant, Oklahoma.

  • Chesapeake Energy subsidiary Compass Manufacturing lays off 98 workers in Oklahoma City

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Compass Manufacturing LLC, a Chesapeake Energy Corp. subsidiary, laid off 98 employees Tuesday. About 35 remain at Compass following the cuts, the company said.