2016 ushers in tax cut for some in Oklahoma

News | Published: Thu, Dec 31, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
An income tax cut for 1.7 million Oklahomans will take effect in the new year.

David Barham, of Tulsa, asks for signatures May 28, 2014, at the Oklahoma Capitol on a petition to get an initiative put on the state ballot regarding medical marijuana. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman Archives

Petitioners seeking Oklahoma vote on medicinal marijuana come up short

News Updated: Wed, Dec 30, 2015

Green the Vote, a group petitioning for a public vote on legalization of medicinal marijuana, collected just more than 70,000 of the 123,725 signatures to get the issue on the ballot in Oklahoma, the group's president said.

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Suspect in labor commissioner's fatal stabbing said victim was in 'cult,' mental health records show

News | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015
The Oklahoman reviewed mental health records from Christian Costello's stay at Griffin Memorial Hospital last October and his treatment at the Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center in November and December.

Oklahoma City's 'Video Vigilante' now using drones to catch hookers, johns in action

News | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
Brian Bates, Oklahoma City's 'Video Vigilante', said he is using a drone that cost about $2,000 and had to spend the equivalent of several 24-hour days learning how to fly it.

Were there illegal 'shenanigans going on' in Shelton-Lambert divorce?

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Secrecy in Blake Shelton-Miranda Lambert divorce was in violation of the law, former Oklahoma lawmaker says

Oklahoma City woman sentenced for burglary, arson that took boy's life

News | Published: Sat, Aug 15, 2015
Lorese Paulina Cruz will spend 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to taking part in a burglary and arson that took a young boy's life. Cruz pleaded guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors that will require her to testify against three co-defendants that also are accused of having been involved.

Oklahoma rural hospitals in critical condition

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

Oklahoma Transportation Department sets goals for next 25 years

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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.

Gov. Mary Fallin spent over $1 million on second inauguration events

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin spent more than $1 million on the events last January marking the start of her second term, a newly filed report show. The Oklahoma Ethics Commission changed its rules, giving committees formed for special events up to six months to report contributions and expenditures. The committee behind Fallin's 2015 inauguration filed its report July 10.

Oklahoma triple-murder defendant says he welcomes death penalty 100 percent

News | Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015
Alan J. Hruby, 20, is accused of fatally shooting his parents and younger sister inside their Duncan, Oklahoma, home in October. Hruby wrote in a letter to The Oklahoman newspaper last week that he "welcomes" the death penalty for his "unspeakable" crime.

Oklahoma officials investigate death of prisoner beaten with food tray

News | Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015
The bludgeoning of an inmate at the Davis Correctional Center in Holdenville is one of two recent inmate homicides the Oklahoma Corrections Department is investigating.

Oklahoma City judge tosses Zacarias Moussaoui's lawsuit

News | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015
U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-Lagrange dismissed the admitted al-Qaida terrorist's lawsuit last week because Zacarias Moussaoui never paid a $400 filing fee and never asked to have the fee waived like most prison inmates do.

New Oklahoma law seeks to keep guns away from dangerous mentally ill

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A new Oklahoma law that went into effect Wednesday now requires courts to submit to the FBI the records of those who have been found mentally incompetent or involuntarily committed to prevent them from buying guns or receiving a handgun license.

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The Oklahoman wins 3 First Amendment Awards

Competing against other large-market print publications in Texas and Oklahoma, The Oklahoman won three of 10 categories in a competition hosted by the Fort Worth Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The NewsOK Watchdog Team

Robby Trammell

Assistant Managing Editor

Robby Trammell is news director for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. During his 41-year career, he has received numerous reporting awards and civic honors. With The Oklahoman’s investigative team, he won a first-place spot news reporting award for coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and exposed wrongdoing in the 1990 campaign of an Oklahoma governor. Their scoop — “Governor Secretly Indicted” — was heralded as the biggest political story in the paper’s history. The governor pleaded guilty. Trammell’s investigation of bid-rigging by Seminole County commissioners in the 1970s was a forerunner to a federal inquiry statewide that turned out to be one of the largest cases of public corruption in American history. Trammell has a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. He teaches Media Ethics at the University of Central Oklahoma. He serves as a director on the board of the Oklahoma Press Association. He is an ordained deacon in The Episcopal Church.

Nolan Clay

Sr. Reporter

Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials, exposed shysters and resulted in reforms in such areas as day care oversight and workers' compensation court. He is a proud father and longtime fan of University of Oklahoma football. His wedding in 2001 was on the 50-yard line of OU's football field.

Randy Ellis

Investigative Reporter

For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two college presidents being sentenced to prison and a former chancellor being forced to resign. He has written about abuses of Oklahoma's workers' compensation system, corruption in the state's municipal bond industry, bid-rigging by county officials, self-dealing by state housing officials, misconduct involving state legislators and a variety of other topics. Ellis has won more than 80 state, regional and national awards for journalistic excellence. Prior to joining The Oklahoman in 1982, Ellis worked at Arkansas newspapers. He is a 1977 graduate of Kansas State University.

Andrew Knittle

Investigative Reporter

Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real voice within the stories he covers. He joined The Oklahoman's staff in September 2011 after working for the Shawnee News-Star and The Norman Transcript for a combined three years.

Knittle, a Norman resident, is a 2008 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he studied journalism.

Rick Green

Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.

Jennifer Palmer

Investigative Reporter

Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to joining the The Oklahoman, she reported on breaking news and crime at The Omaha World-Herald and was a member of a team recognized by the American Society of Newspaper Editors for their coverage of the Westroads Mall shooting in 2007. Palmer is a native of Norman and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she was also a columnist for The Oklahoma Daily.