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  • Governor urges prison policy change

    BY RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Gov. Mary Fallin has told the state Board of Corrections to amend its policy in a way that could allow some of Oklahoma's most serious offenders to get out of prison months earlier. In a gubernatorial memorandum released Monday, Fallin makes a case that state corrections officials have not...

  • Oklahoma attorney general talks about recent state, U.S. Supreme Court decisions

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL Washington Bureau | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office represented Oklahoma in the lethal injection case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court sided with the state and allowed the continued administration of a sedative that was challenged by death row inmates.

  • State Senate Democrats toss minority leader for John Sparks

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Senate Democrats this week tapped Sen. John Sparks as the minority leader. The change in leadership left former Minority Leader Sen. Randy Bass, D-Lawton, surprised. Bass said five of the eight members of the caucus met and named Sparks as the new leader. Bass said he was upset that the...

  • Resolution would call for repeal of section of state Constitution

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    After an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling Tuesday against a Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol, state House members said Wednesday they will support a resolution asking voters to repeal a section of the Oklahoma Constitution prohibiting the use of public property to benefit any religion.

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court says Ten Commandments monument must go from Capitol grounds

    BY RANDY ELLIS STAFF WRITER  | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said he believes the court "got it wrong" and filed a petition for rehearing — a move that will at least delay removal of the monument.

  • Local reactions vary wildly to Ten Commandments monument ruling

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Some support the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling, others heartily oppose it.

  • OK state senator receives deferred sentence in alcohol case

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    State Sen. Bryce Marlatt, R-Woodward, was charged with actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Under a deal with prosecutors, he agreed to pay a $250 fine, about $1,000 in court costs and $150 in restitution to the Western Plains Youth &...

  • Oklahoma gay rights supporter hits brakes on license plate fight

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff writer | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Despite once declaring he would take his fight to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, John P. Keefe II has dropped legal action against the Oklahoma Tax Commission for denying him a plate that reads "LGBTALY," an abbreviation for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender ally.

  • Oklahoma Watch: What does Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act ruling mean for Oklahoma?

    By Warren Vieth Oklahoma Watch  | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: Oklahomans can continue to receive federal subsidies to help them pay for health insurance. It will be days, possibly weeks, before the full impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act is assessed.

  • More than enough Tulsa Sheriff's Office petition signatures verified; grand jury to be convened

    BY COREY JONES and SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    More than 6,600 signatures on a grassroots petition seeking a probe of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were verified Tuesday — more than enough to convene a grand jury. The Tulsa County Election Board verified 6,647 signatures of registered Tulsa County voters, well in excess of the...

  • Obama stresses need to act on climate change, calls out Inhofe's snowball demonstration

    BY MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Failure to act on climate change could cause an estimated 57,000 deaths a year in the United States from poor air quality by 2100, the Obama administration argued in a report released Monday that warns of dire effects of global warming. The report says inaction on climate...

  • Tulsa woman who won Supreme Court head-scarf case meets President Obama at White House dinner

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    President Barack Obama had kind words Monday night for Tulsan Samantha Elauf, who sat at his table at a Muslim Ramadan Iftar dinner in the East Room of the White House. Elauf recently won a U.S. Supreme Court case that developed when the Woodland Hills Abercrombie & Fitch store denied her...

  • Tribal lawsuit claims U.S. government mismanaged assets

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Citing a history of corruption and swindles that dates back more than 100 years, the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations are asking a judge to order federal agencies to provide a full accounting for how they have managed tribal trust assets. The tribes also want compensation to make them "whole."...

  • Tribal leaders discuss importance of lawsuit

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    For people of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations, their current lawsuit against U.S. government agencies is not just about seeking an accounting and compensation for mismanaged trust assets. It’s about continuing efforts to restore respect and self-esteem, said Chickasaw Gov. Bill Anoatubby and...

  • Just how American are OKC and Tulsa?

    Richard Hall | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Independence Day is coming, which means Americans across the world will celebrate our nation's sovereignty. But just how American is Oklahoma City and Tulsa? According to, pretty American! They compiled a bunch of data about both city's ethnic makeup, household...

  • State Senator: Diluting strength of certain police arbitration rulings merits consideration

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    The purported actions of an Owasso police officer suspended on excessive force allegations speak to the value of a bill a state senator proposed regarding arbitration, the legislator said. Owasso Police Lt. Mike Denton was placed on paid administrative leave this week pending an internal...

  • Judge rejects Tulsa group's request to keep petition signatures private

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    A Tulsa County district judge has rejected a group's request to keep private the names of people who signed a petition in an effort to have a grand jury investigate the sheriff's office. District Judge Rebecca Nightingale denied a motion on Friday by We the People Oklahoma to seal the...


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