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  • Appellate court upholds dismissal of Oklahoma license plate lawsuit

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a federal judge's dismissal of a Bethany pastor's lawsuit over the Native American imagery on Oklahoma license plates. The image on standard Oklahoma plates depicts an American Indian shooting an arrow. Pastor Keith Cressman, pastor of St....

  • Oklahoma rural hospitals in critical condition

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Oklahoma hospital consultant calls situation "scary" as rural hospitals work to comply with changing regulations.

  • Oklahoma governor says she is opposed to emission cut plan

    AP | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she's opposed to President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions at Oklahoma power plants because it will likely increase electricity costs for consumers. Fallin said Monday Obama's "Clean Power Plan" represents one of the most...

  • Program offers parents chance to work out overdue child support obligations

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Parents will be given an opportunity to work out payment schedules and have the warrants withdrawn under an Amnesty in August program announced Tuesday by the Child Support Services division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

  • Bridenstine may join effort to oust Speaker John Boehner

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A spokeswoman for First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine said Wednesday there is a good chance the Tulsa Republican will join the most recent effort to oust U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner. Sheryl Kaufman said Bridenstine "absolutely supports new leadership" in the House, and...

  • Oklahoma Transportation Department sets goals for next 25 years

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    The emphasis on improving bridges will continue, but by the end of this decade the department expects to have made enough progress that it can begin shifting resources to deal more with pavement issues, said John Bowman, director of capital programs for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

  • 7 Oklahomans who are running for president

    Richard Hall | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    If you didn't hear, there (currently) are seven Oklahomans who, as of right now, are running for president in 2016. The seven break down like this: three Republicans, two Democrats, one Independent and one Libertarian. Do they stand a chance? Ehhh... You let us know. Here are the 7...

  • Fallin's daughter to move trailer off mansion grounds

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin appeared on an Oklahoma City TV station Tuesday afternoon and said the trailer would be moved by Sunday. She discounted any suggestion that the vehicle, which is hooked to the mansion's water and electricity, was unduly using state resources.

  • State Sen. Rick Brinkley acknowledges criminal investigation in court filing

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Attorneys for state Sen. Rick Brinkley acknowledge in court documents that Brinkley is the subject of criminal investigations related to his alleged embezzlement of more than $1 million from the Better Business Bureau. “One or more criminal investigations are pending relating to the same...

  • Oklahoma attorney general's office seeks injunction on EPA water rule

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed a request for an injunction delaying the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Rule on Friday.

  • Court denies Brinkley's request for secrecy

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    A judge on Thursday denied state Sen. Rick Brinkley’s request to file under seal a motion to put his civil case on hold. The Better Business Bureau of Tulsa in June filed a civil suit against Brinkley, seeking to recover more than $1 million he allegedly embezzled while serving as an executive...

  • Satanic monument headed for Oklahoma or Arkansas to be unveiled in Detroit

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    The Satanic Temple on Saturday will unveil its Baphomet monument in Detroit in hopes it will find a home at the Capitol in Oklahoma or Arkansas. The action comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in June that a privately funded Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma Capitol violated...

  • State Sen. Rick Brinkley wants civil suit put on hold, asks to file reasons in secret

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Sen. Rick Brinkley has asked a judge to file under seal a request to stay proceedings in a civil suit filed against him. The Better Business Bureau of Tulsa filed a civil suit against Brinkley, R-Owasso, on June 5 alleging that as an executive with the organization he embezzled more than $1...

  • Abercrombie hijab lawsuit final chapter written

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Tulsa Muslim woman against Abercrombie & Fitch is effectively over after the store dropped its appeal . The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit in 2009 against Abercrombie & Fitch after the store’s Woodland Hills outlet refused to...

  • OK governor's order gives attorney general new power

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order giving the Oklahoma attorney general’s office expanded authority over proposed actions of numerous state regulatory boards. Board members who reject the attorney general's advice will be subject to removal for misconduct.

  • Parole board hires new director

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Twenty people applied for the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board's top post, and four candidates were interviewed.

  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine formally endorses Ted Cruz for president

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine has formally endorsed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Bridenstine, who has been closely associated with Cruz since the two arrived in Washington 2½ years ago, made the announcement on over the...


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