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  • 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 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...

  • Ginnie Graham: Woman on the $10 insult to our $20 request

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World columnist | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    So, it's the $10 bill is it? That's half of what we asked for. Typical. Why not just create a $75 bill and put a woman on that? Or, does this mean the $10 is now worth about $7.75? Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced Wednesday that a redesign of the $10 will move off Alexander Hamilton...

  • Turmoil continues in Oklahoma Republican Party over Brogdon hire

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Turmoil continues within the Oklahoma Republican Party over a controversial hire by new party Chairman Randy Brogdon. Brogdon’s decision to place T.C. Ryan on the staff as political director caused controversy in some quarters of the GOP because of a domestic violence incident. Ryan pleaded...

  • Jail authority approves budget despite Tulsa mayors' opposition

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority on Wednesday approved next year's jail budget despite objections from three mayors who sit on the authority. A 40-page letter that reads like a lawsuit originated from Mayor Dewey Bartlett on Monday and was signed by three of the four mayors who...

  • Oklahoma’s U.S. senators oppose anti-torture amendment

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL Washington Bureau   | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Oklahoma’s U.S. senators opposed an amendment approved Tuesday to bar the U.S. government from using “enhanced interrogation” techniques on suspects.

  • DHS to cut 200 positions, while adding 300 others

    BY RANDY  ELLIS Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma Department of Human Services plans to eliminate about 200 positions while adding about 300 child welfare workers, DHS Director Ed Lake announced Tuesday.

  • Embezzlement allegations tarnish stellar reputation of state Sen. Rick Brinkley

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    On social media, state Sen. Rick Brinkley pokes fun at himself. He posts conversations with God and pictures of his family. He comments on sporting events and talks about performing weddings and funerals. In an April 10 Facebook post, he took a picture of Krispy Kreme doughnuts with the...

  • New Oklahoma texting and driving law: See what's legal and what isn't

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Put your phones down and get used to it. On Nov. 1, texting and most related forms of communications while driving becomes illegal. House Bill 1965 , by Rep. Terry O’Donnell, R-Catoosa, makes it illegal to “operate a motor vehicle … while using a hand-held electronic communication device to...


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