- Oklahoma Legislature closes $1.3B gap, finishes 2016 session Updated: May-28-16 10:33 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - Facing a historic $1.3 billion hole in the budget at the start of the year, the state Legislature managed to close the gap through a combination of agency cuts, tax credit reforms, fee increases and the use of one-time funding sources, including bonds.
- More Oklahoma cuts necessary after passage of $6.8B budget Updated: May-27-16 7:27 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Legislature adjourned Friday after passing a $6.8 billion budget that will require most state agencies to absorb deeper cuts to deal with the remaining shortfall.
- South Carolina Governor signs 20-week abortion ban Updated: May-25-16 5:03 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation Wednesday that immediately outlaws most abortions in South Carolina at 20 weeks beyond fertilization.
- Editorial Roundup: Recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers Updated: May-24-16 9:16 am
Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers:
- Oklahoma House passes revenue measures in late-night session Updated: May-20-16 2:34 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House worked into the early morning hours Friday as it struggled to pass bills that legislative leaders say are needed to help fill a projected $1.3 billion hole in next year's state budget.
- 10 Things to Know for Friday Updated: May-19-16 11:16 pm
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
- Grand jury: Lawyer backed use of wrong drug in execution try Updated: May-19-16 8:09 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The top lawyer for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin urged prison officials to go forward with a planned execution even though they received the wrong drug, telling a deputy attorney general to "Google it" to confirm it could be used, a grand jury said in a report Thursday.
- The Latest: Governor confident Oklahoma can execute inmates Updated: May-19-16 6:59 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Latest on a grand jury investigation of Oklahoma's execution procedures (all times local):
- Democrats, Republicans clash over cigarette tax in Oklahoma Updated: May-18-16 11:13 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House rejected a proposed $1.50-per-pack tax on cigarettes to help stave off cuts to the state's health care system, with Democrats uniting against the plan until it includes an expansion of Medicaid for the working poor.
- Oklahoma board denies drug offender parole after commutation Updated: May-17-16 6:15 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - A 66-year-old Oklahoma inmate serving life in prison for possessing an ounce of cocaine was denied parole Tuesday, months after the governor modified his sentence in a way that allowed early release to be an option.
- In surprising turnabout, Oklahoma eyes Medicaid expansion Updated: May-16-16 8:43 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - Despite bitter resistance in Oklahoma for years to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republican leaders in this conservative state are now confronting something that alarms them even more: a huge $1.3 billion hole in the budget that threatens to do widespread damage to the state's health care system.
- New law could raise speed limits across Oklahoma Updated: May-14-16 12:09 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A new law removes speed limits on many Oklahoma roads, but drivers should not expect wholesale increases in the limits, a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman said.
- Oklahoma lawmakers to consider $141 million in new revenue Updated: May-12-16 8:10 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Leaders in the Oklahoma Legislature are moving quickly now to pass revenue increases before unveiling a formal budget plan that would close an estimated $1.3 billion shortfall.
- Guns are banned, but are Oklahoma lawmakers packing? Updated: May-12-16 2:08 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - It's become a common scene at the Oklahoma Capitol: While construction workers, employees and visiting schoolchildren wait patiently to walk through the metal detectors guarding the entrances, a man with a briefcase arrives and breezes straight through the checkpoint without stopping, setting off the alarms. The security officers on duty flinch but look away.
- Emergency declaration keys Oklahoma anti-price gouging law Updated: May-11-16 3:56 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says a state of emergency declared after tornadoes and severe storms triggered the state's Emergency Price Stabilization Act.
- Ex-Oklahoma Gov. David Hall dies at age 85 in California Updated: May-06-16 5:56 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Former Oklahoma Gov. David Hall, who maintained his innocence long after an indictment complicated his public legacy, died Friday at age 85 after suffering a stroke at a California hospital, his daughter said.
- Education cuts prompt revolt, despair in Oklahoma Updated: May-05-16 1:13 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - Oklahoma is accustomed to being at the back of the class in funding for public education: It ranks 48th among the 50 states plus the District of Columbia in teacher pay and 49th in spending per student.
- Fallin endorses Trump's presidential bid, welcomes VP talk Updated: May-04-16 2:17 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is offering her enthusiastic endorsement of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, saying she supports the New York billionaire "100 percent."