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  • Longtime Edmond lobbyist is found dead Friday in hot tub

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 22 hr ago

    A longtime Edmond lobbyist was found dead Friday morning in a hot tub that was connected to his pool at his home.

  • Hearing set in Oklahoma death row inmate lawsuit

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    A lawsuit filed by 21 Oklahoma death row inmates who want to block their executions is scheduled to be heard by a federal judge. A hearing is scheduled before U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot Thursday in the lawsuit that alleges the state’s lethal injection guidelines present a risk of severe...

  • Bridenstine opposes plan for Syrian rebel aid

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine was the only member of Oklahoma’s U.S. House delegation to vote against President Barack Obama’s request to train and arm rebels fighting Islamic State militants in Syria. U.S. Reps. Tom Cole, James Lankford, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin all voted in...

  • Oklahoma representative proposes replacing lethal injection executions with nitrogen gas

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    At a Tuesday interim study, Rep. Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City, outlined why he believes the state should do away with lethal injections and instead use nitrogen gas to execute inmates.

  • Rep. John Bennett stands behind 'threat of Islam' statements at Sallisaw Republican meeting

    By Bill Sherman - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    SALLISAW — State Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, meeting Monday night with about 85 constituents at a Republican gathering at Western Sizzlin’ here, did not back down from statements he made earlier this month that were critical of Islam. Bennett has been at the center of a political maelstrom...

  • Oklahoma lawmaker suggests alternative method of execution

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Interim legislative study planned for execution by nitrogen.

  • Oklahoma taking applications for drought grants

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin announces Oklahoma is taking applications for $1.5 million in drought grants.

  • Enid attorney is accused of fraud in fee dispute involving former Oklahoma insurance commissioner

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Enid attorney Stephen Jones faces accusations of fraud and conspiracy in a dispute over unpaid legal fees allegedly incurred by a Texas defense lawyer who represented disgraced former Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher.

  • Supreme Court asked to decide if Oklahoma governor can withhold documents

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is appealing to the state Supreme Court to decide whether the governor can refuse to release certain documents to the public.

  • Oklahoma, 16 other states urge U.S. Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL, Washington Bureau | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    State Attorney General Scott Pruitt and colleagues say large volume of cases in 31 states that ban same-sex marriage presents a compelling need for a definitive ruling. They say Oklahoma and Utah cases are ripe for review.

  • At least one Oklahoman will die today from prescription drug overdose


    In 2012, unintentional prescription drug overdoses claimed the lives of 534 Oklahomans. State health authorities say about half of them had taken drugs prescribed by their own doctors. And, had it not been for complaints from the public, their prescribing practices might never have been...

  • Despite rain, Septemberfest is day of fun and family

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Even with the rain, families and Oklahomans enjoyed a day full of activities at the 18th Septemberfest on Saturday on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion and the Oklahoma History Center. Hosted by Gov. Mary Fallin and first gentleman Wade Christensen, Septemberfest is a free annual event.

  • Cleveland County commissioner candidate pleaded with officer not to arrest him

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Cal Hobson, 69, of Lexington, was arrested by Lexington police about 8:30 a.m. Saturday on a complaint of driving under the influence of alcohol. Hobson, a Democrat, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 and to the Senate in 1990.

  • Oklahoma education ills an issue in governor race

    Tim Talley, Associated Press | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    An underfunded, little-known Democratic candidate for governor has a new tool to use in attacking the Republican incumbent after the federal government stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend millions in education funding because of the state’s repeal of national academic...

  • Former Oklahoma senator Cal Hobson arrested on drunken driving complaint

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Cal Hobson, a candidate for Cleveland County commissioner, was arrested about 8:30 a.m. Saturday on a complaint of drunken driving. Hobson, a Democrat, was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1978 and to the Senate in 1990.

  • Many reports of sexual attacks at Oklahoma women's prison were from ulterior motives, corrections chief says

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    At a Washington hearing, Oklahoma corrections director says some inmates used sexual assault and harassment reporting as a tool to get moved to a new cell or get someone punished.

  • Environmental group calls Inhofe a top 'dirty denier'

    By RANDY KREHBIEL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has been labeled a “top-ranking ‘Dirty Denier’ ” by one of the world’s most influential environmental groups. The Natural Resources Defense Council was to announce Friday that it considers Inhofe the most egregious of the 20 “Dirty Deniers” named by the organization this...


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