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  • Parole board rejects sentence reduction for Oklahoma City mother

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board on Wednesday unanimously rejected a bid to reduce the sentence of a woman given 30 years in prison for permitting child abuse, while the actual abuser was jailed for just two years.

  • Documentary featuring Obama prison visit debuts in Oklahoma

    BY TIM TALLEY, Associated Press | Published: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — Federal inmates who met with President Barack Obama at an Oklahoma prison during the filming of a documentary in July are hopeful the show will influence policymakers. About 50 inmates gathered at the El Reno federal prison Wednesday to watch the premiere of "Fixing...

  • Donald Trump, Ben Carson lead among Oklahoma Republicans, Sooner Poll finds

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    Donald Trump and Ben Carson have a wide lead over the rest of the Republican field in a survey  released last weekend. The survey of 320 likely Oklahoma Republican voters was taken Sept. 1-15, prior to last week's nationally televised GOP debate. It has a 5.48 percent...

  • Oklahoma parole board is going to rethink commutation policy changes

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board on Monday withdrew the new policy and said it will now move forward with the rule-making process to establish new eligibility parameters for commutation.

  • 10 things you didn't know about Donald Trump

    Richard Hall | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump will grace us with his presence Friday when he visits the State Fair of Oklahoma. No one knows for sure what The Donald plans on riding at the fair, or what food he plans on chowing down on. But what is certain is he'll speak to Oklahomans about his...

  • Rejected fingerprints frustrate applicants for Oklahoma professional licenses

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    Fingerprint checks done by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation at the request of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services proved unreliable 117 times in 2014, said Veronica Franks-Taylor, DHS’ administrator of background investigations.

  • Anti-death penalty group works to defeat ballot question on executions

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    An anti-death penalty group plans to work to defeat a state question that seeks to preserve the legality of executions in the Oklahoma Constitution. Last session, lawmakers passed Senate Joint Resolution 31 to put the measure on the ballot. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt found the...

  • Assistant attorney general reassures Oklahoma state employees they have workers' comp coverage

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 20, 2015

    "At no time has the state or any of its agencies been uninsured," First Assistant Attorney General Michael Hunter said Friday in a letter to Preston Doerflinger, director of the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court names Askins administrative director

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Former Lt.Gov. Jari Askins is the Oklahoma Supreme Court's new administrative director. Askins will help the chief justice oversee Oklahoma courts and administrative responsibilities.

  • Wayne Greene: Hey! look at that! Oklahoma Republicans aren't bullet-proof

    BY WAYNE GREENE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Cyndi Munson sent a chill down the spine of the Oklahoma Republican Party. Munson, a Democrat, won the Sept. 8 special election to fill Oklahoma County’s House District 85 seat. According to the racing form, she shouldn’t have.

  • Oklahoma County DA David Prater dismisses claims of new evidence by convicted murderer Richard Glossip's legal team

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    The Oklahoma County district attorney dismissed the claims of a death row inmate's legal team Monday that there is new evidence. DA David Prater called the announcement a play for media attention. Richard Glossip's execution is scheduled for Wednesday.

  • Prosecutor: Richard Glossip’s attorney using ‘bulls--- public relations campaign‘ to prevent execution

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater on Monday accused attorneys for a man facing a Wednesday execution of playing games. Prater’s comments came following a Capitol press conference that lasted more than an hour in which Richard Glossip's new attorney, Don R. Knight of Colorado, said...

  • Late application raises workers' comp concerns for state employees

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 13, 2015

    The Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services' didn't obtain prior approval from the state Workers' Compensation Commission before implementing its self-insurance plan July 1.

  • A new Oklahoma Tax Commission program will forgive penalties on past-due payments

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY  Business Writer  | Published: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    The Oklahoma Tax Commission expects the online PAYRight OK program to help recoup $35 million in past-due taxes. The Oklahoma Legislature created the plan to help businesses and individuals pay taxes.

  • Coburn, Switzer reported to have asked governor to halt execution

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    The Huffington Post is reporting that former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn and former University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer are among the signatories of a letter sent to Gov. Mary Fallin asking that she stay the execution of Richard Glossip scheduled for next week so that...

  • Preliminary reports show state could face major budget shortfall

    By JACLYN COSGROVEStaff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Health leaders were warned Wednesday by Oklahoma policymakers that they should brace themselves for difficult budget processes in the next several legislative sessions because of a revenue shortfall that the state may be facing.

  • Hugo water plant operator contests $3.17 million fine

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Claiming that a proposed fine of $3.17 million for Hugo's drinking water quality violations is excessive and unjustified, operator Severn Trent Environmental Services has requested a hearing before an administrative law judge.


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