OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a bill passed last session to cut the state's personal income tax and provide $120 million for repairs to the Capitol is unconstitutional.
In a unanimous decision released Tuesday, the court ruled the bill violated the state constitution's ban on logrolling, or including multiple subjects in a single bill.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic state representative from Rush Springs says he intends to start raising money for a race against Republican Gov. Mary Fallin in 2014.
Rep. Joe Dorman, who is term-limited next year, said in a press release Tuesday that he plans to form a gubernatorial campaign exploratory committee. The 43-year-old Democrat was not immediately available for comment, but exploratory committee spokesman Mark Nestler said Dorman planned to file paperwork with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
Celebrating its 35th season, a Christmas Vespers is presented each year at Oklahoma City University. 250 University singers and instrumentalists gathered to offer the service, designed to acknowledge the Advent season. A collage of music, much of it from the great choral composers of this century and centuries past also includes songs and carols from many traditions; each of these works prefaced by a reading of scripture or poetry.
The mayor of Claremore has died. Mickey Perry suffered a fatal heart attack last night.
Perry was elected Mayor of the Rogers County Seat in the spring of 2011. Prior to that he had served for decades as the Claremore Police Chief. He first joined the Claremore force in 1969 after a stint as an agent for the OSBI.
Just this past weekend, he and Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz were inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma roadways are expected to be busy during the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holidays, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is urging drivers not to drink and drive and keep themselves and their passengers safe.
OHP Col. Ricky Adams says troopers are passionate and committed to the safety of Oklahomans and those traveling the roadways. Troopers and other law enforcement agencies will be out in full force across the state cracking down on drunk drivers, aggressive speed, child restraints and seat belt enforcement.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a constitutional challenge to the state's new workers' compensation law.
The court handed down the ruling Monday, just one week after justices heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the law. The court rejected allegations the law contains multiple subjects in violation of the Constitution's single-subject rule that legislation address just one subject.
Alvin Watts (left) and Jake England changed their not guilty pleas Monday to guilty and were sentenced to life without parole. Prosecutors offered to drop the possibility of pursuing the death penalty in exchange for the men's guilty pleas.
On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Giles Slade, a Canadian environmentalist and journalist whose books include " Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America" and "The Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness." Slade's newest book, just out from New Society Publishers, is "American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival." As we read of this book at the New Society website: "Some scientists predict the sea will rise 1.5 meters before 2100, but rapidly melting polar ice caps co