- New Oklahoma prisons chief: Facilities crumbling, morale low Updated: Feb-10-16 6:52 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A longtime Republican political operative who previously headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency now has the daunting task of leading Oklahoma's overcrowded and underfunded prison system, which has come under increasing scrutiny after a series of problematic executions.
- Oklahoma House committee approves property crimes bill Updated: Feb-10-16 1:00 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Legislation supported by Gov. Mary Fallin to increase the value threshold of some property crimes before they're prosecuted as felonies in Oklahoma has been approved by a legislative committee.
- Millions in tax breaks, incentives targeted by Senate panel Updated: Feb-09-16 6:38 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Hundreds of millions of dollars in state tax breaks would be reduced or delayed under bills approved by a Senate committee on Tuesday, including a second potential reduction in Oklahoma's income tax as lawmakers look to fill a $1 billion hole in next year's budget.
- Senator says she changed mind, will OK governor's court pick Updated: Feb-09-16 5:22 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A Democratic senator who broke from her party to support Republicans' pick for the Virginia Supreme Court says she has changed her mind.
- Gay rights groups celebrate defeat of anti-gay Oklahoma bill Updated: Feb-09-16 2:06 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gay rights activists are celebrating the Republican-led defeat of a bill that would have allowed Oklahoma businesses to discriminate against gay people.
- Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent Oklahoma editorials Updated: Feb-09-16 9:15 am
Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers:
- Firefighters battling grass fires across central Oklahoma Updated: Feb-08-16 7:22 pm
NORMAN, Oklahoma - Firefighters are battling wind-blown grass fires across central Oklahoma, including a fire that has forced partial closure of a busy turnpike.
- More budget cuts likely for Oklahoma schools, roads, prisons Updated: Feb-08-16 6:00 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Budget cuts of 3 percent that began in January for Oklahoma agencies, including its public schools, will grow deeper beginning in March, the state's finance director warned on Monday.
- Parents opposed to mandatory vaccinations rally in Oklahoma Updated: Feb-08-16 5:02 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Dozens of parents opposed to mandatory vaccinations for their children are rallying at the Oklahoma Capitol.
- Oklahoma Legislature working to fill widening budget gap Updated: Feb-07-16 3:16 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - One year ago, depressed energy prices contributed to a $611 million hole in the state budget that forced Oklahoma lawmakers to tap dozens of non-recurring revenue sources to prevent draconian cuts to public services like schools, roads and public safety.
- Uptick in quakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers Updated: Feb-06-16 5:45 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The power and frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma have been increasing, but the Legislature has done little to try to curb the temblors that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas drilling wastewater.
- Pressure mounting for lawmakers to send alcohol plan to vote Updated: Feb-04-16 4:05 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A new plan for Oklahoma voters to decide whether wine and strong beer can be sold in grocery and convenience stores could be the first of many alcohol-related questions on the November ballot.
- Oklahoma lawmakers push social agendas amid budget crisis Updated: Feb-03-16 3:56 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The difficult task of plugging a $900 million hole in the state budget has not deterred conservative Oklahoma lawmakers from pushing their social agendas on abortion, gun rights and same-sex marriage.
- 2 killed in separate vehicle accidents on Oklahoma roadways Updated: Feb-03-16 12:03 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says two men have been killed in separate accidents on state roadways.
- Bills to rein in Oklahoma tax subsidies face opposition Updated: Feb-02-16 7:30 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Opposition surfaced Tuesday against several bills that would rein in costly state tax subsidies, sending a strong signal to lawmakers that taking them away will be no easy task, even amid a steep budget shortfall.
- Gov. Fallin wants sales tax expansion to close budget hole Updated: Feb-01-16 6:07 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday proposed increasing the cigarette tax and expanding the sales tax to a variety of services that are currently exempt as a way to close an estimated $900 million hole in next year's budget.
- Latest: Governor seeks bond issue for Capitol repairs Updated: Feb-01-16 2:46 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Latest on Gov. Mary Fallin's State of the State speech Monday to open the 2016 Oklahoma Legislature:
- Fallin approves $1.4M in state funds for earthquake research Updated: Jan-28-16 3:14 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin approved the use of nearly $1.4 million in state emergency funds Thursday for state agencies working to reduce the increasing number of earthquakes that have been linked to the disposal of oil and gas wastewater in Oklahoma.
- 2 Kansas residents die in single-car crash near Marietta Updated: Jan-26-16 2:10 am
MARIETTA, Oklahoma - Two Kansas residents have died in a one-vehicle accident approximately six miles north of Marietta, Oklahoma.
- 2 more death row inmates await execution dates amid probe Updated: Jan-25-16 4:16 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals agreed Monday to wait to set execution dates for two more death row inmates until a grand jury finishes its closed-door investigation into drug mix-ups during the state's last two lethal injections.
- 1 person killed in single-vehicle collision in Tulsa County Updated: Jan-24-16 3:52 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - A 30-year-old Oklahoma City man has died following a single-vehicle crash on the Creek Turnpike in Tulsa County.
- Kathryn Dunlap named deputy Oklahoma schools superintendent Updated: Jan-24-16 2:25 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kathryn Dunlap has been named deputy superintendent of assessment and accountability at the Oklahoma Department of Education.
- More than 3,400 bills await Oklahoma Legislature in 2016 Updated: Jan-23-16 12:47 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma lawmakers have more than 3,400 measures to consider when the 2016 session begins on Feb. 1, and that doesn't include dozens more bills that will be needed to build a state budget with a roughly $1 billion hole in it.
- Oklahoma state senator proposes teacher pay raise measures Updated: Jan-21-16 4:27 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A Republican state senator is proposing a package of legislation he says will raise the salaries of Oklahoma public school teachers by $10,000 a year without raising taxes.
- Trump plans campaign stop at Tulsa's Oral Roberts University Updated: Jan-20-16 3:31 am
TULSA, Oklahoma - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is set to make a campaign stop at Tulsa's Oral Roberts University with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin