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Legislature sends $6.8 billion budget to governor

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:58:32 GMT

Rep. Randy McDaniel, left, listens to debate on SB 867 which addresses long-lateral drilling, while fellow lawmakers Rep. Kevin Wallace and Rep. Leslie Osborn consult on a related item through a phone call in the House chamber on Wednesday, May, 24, 2017. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman The Oklahoma Legislature has sent the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to Gov. Mary Fallin on the last day of session.




Critics: $6.8B Oklahoma budget bill may be unconstitutional -

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:43:25 GMT

Republican and Democratic members complained Wednesday that a $6.8 billion spending plan that cuts most state agencies' spending by about 5 percent has not been properly vetted and is likely unconstitutional. Rank-and-file legislators were given few details ahead of votes in House and Senate committees shortly before midnight on the general appropriations bill that did not include a customary summary of the 56-page measure.




Libertarian candidates visit Oklahoma Capitol

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:20:04 GMT

Zoo owner Joe Exotic is one of the Libertarian Party candidates for governor in 2018. He spoke Thursday at the Oklahoma Capitol.[Photo by Dale Denwalt, The Oklahoman] Joe Exotic, the animal handler who owns a zoo and dipped his toe briefly into politics to run for president last year, is one of two announced Libertarian candidates for Oklahoma governor.




The Morning Brew: Oklahoma teacher of the year leaving for Texas

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:32:58 GMT

A former state teacher of the year is moving to Texas, saying he can no longer afford to work in Oklahoma on a teacher's salary. "The simple truth is that we can be paid a respectable wage for doing the same job - this job we love very much - by heading out of state," Shawn Sheehan, a Norman math teacher, wrote in a Thursday blog post.




Oklahoma Committees Pass Budget Bills In Chaotic Late Night Meetings

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:44:15 GMT

As part of the bill, schools must also provide a private bathroom for transgendered students to use if they need one. The CBO specifies that these people would have difficulty getting affordable coverage "despite the additional funding that would be available".




Wisconsin, Oklahoma communities rally to recover from devastating tornadoes

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:22:33 GMT

More than a week after two deadly tornadoes leveled homes and forever altered lives in Elk City, Oklahoma, and Chetek, Wisconsin, the communities are slowly but surely working to get back to normal. The tornadoes struck as part of a widespread severe weather outbreak on Tuesday, May 16, which saw 33 tornado reports scattered from Wisconsin to Texas.




One arrested, infant in critical condition following near drowning in Claremore

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:07:09 GMT

A child is in critical condition following a near drowning in Claremore. Amanda Brooke Green, the child's aunt and babysitter, was arrested on a felony child neglect complaint.




Oklahoma man accused of threatening people with sword as he walked down street

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:29:54 GMT

Around 11 a.m. Wednesday, Lawton police officers were alerted to reports of a man walking down the street, swinging a sword and allegedly threatening people. According to KSWO, an officer approached the man, later identified as Michael Curtis, and asked him to put to sword down.




Oklahoma court upholds convicted killer's death penalty

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:29:53 GMT

In this Jan. 9, 2015, file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Shaun Bosse. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday, May 25, 2017, has upheld the death penalty of Bosse, who is convicted of killing his girlfriend and her two children in 2010.




Man accused in fatal runway chase recently freed from prison

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:10:52 GMT

An Oklahoma man accused of plowing a stolen truck across an airport runway during a police chase then causing a fatal highway crash was recently released from prison after convictions on similar crimes. Department of Corrections records show 24-year-old Jerry Newman served about two years after a 2015 conviction for fleeing officers in a stolen truck and colliding with two other vehicles.




Man accused in fatal runway chase recently freed from prison

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:10:51 GMT

Highway Patrol troopers investigate the scene of a head-on collision on US 75 Wednesday, May 24, 2017, after a pursuit of a stolen vehicle by the Sapulpa Police Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says at least one person is dead after the driver of a stolen utility truck crashed through a fence at the Tulsa airport and into oncoming freeway traffic.




Man accused in fatal runway chase recently freed from prison

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:10:50 GMT

Emergency personnel investigate the scene of a head-on collision on US 75 Wednesday, May 24, 2017, after a pursuit of a stolen vehicle by the Sapulpa Police Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says at least one person is dead after the driver of a stolen utility truck crashed through a fence at the Tulsa airport and into oncoming freeway traffic.




SoonerCare Provides Vital Care To Oklahoma Children

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:28:49 GMT

More than 600,000 Oklahoma children rely on SoonerCare, the state's Medicaid. In fact, it was a lifeline for one Oklahoma family.




Warm Across Eastern Oklahoma, Severe Potential Saturday

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:59:02 GMT

After this morning's supreme weather with cool temps and clear sky, the south winds will return along with highs moving back into the lower 80s. Southeast winds from 15 to 25 mph will be likely this afternoon in advance of our next system arriving Saturday.




With three days left, lawmakers pushing budget through Oklahoma Capitol

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:39:03 GMT

With stackers of paper covering his desk, Sen. Randy Bass, D-Lawton, reads some of his mail on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, May, 24, 2017. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman Gov. Mary Fallin said the budget agreement lawmakers are considering this week avoids the kind of significant cuts she warned about when threatening a veto earlier this year.




Ex-Oklahoma Beef Council accountant pleads guilty to fraud

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:11:27 GMT

A former accountant for the Oklahoma Beef Council has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2.6 million from the nonprofit organization. Court records show 45-year-old Melissa Day Morton of Edmond pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of bank fraud and filing a false federal income tax return as part of a plea agreement in which prosecutors agreed not to pursue any other charges against her.




The Oklahoman's Politics Blog: Oklahoma lawmaker vents on Snapchat. With filters.

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:51:04 GMT

The Choctaw Republican this week used Snapchat to criticize Occupy OKC protesters who were at the Oklahoma Capitol urging an oil and gas production tax rate increase. The small group chanted loudly in the Capitol halls and about 7 p.m. Monday, they approached House Speaker Charles McCall's office hoping to speak with him, but were forced out of the hallway by Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.