SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — A judge in eastern Oklahoma has postponed scheduled a jury trial for a Sallisaw man charged in a 1997 killing.
Sequoyah County District Judge Jeff Payton delayed setting the trial for 39-year-old Rex Richard Robbins because Robbins' attorney wasn't in court Thursday. The Southwest Times Record reports that Payton will consider the matter in June.
Robbins is charged in the beating death of 28-year-old Mitchell Dayne Nixon. Robbins is being held without bond in the Sequoyah County jail and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Patrice Douglas says she'll step down as chairwoman of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission but will remain on the panel as she focuses on her congressional campaign.
Douglas said Tuesday that she'll become vice chairman of the commission, which regulates utilities, telecommunications and the oil and gas industry. Longtime Commissioner Bob Anthony will take over as chairman effective March 1.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials say Oklahoma is at a very high risk for wildfires because of warm, windy and dry conditions.
On Monday, firefighters from several agencies battled large grassfires in Washington, Wagoner and Okmulgee counties. A mobile home was damaged near Coweta in a fire, as were two barns and several parked vehicles.
No injuries were reported in Monday's fires.
The National Weather Service predicted high temperatures Tuesday in the 70s with winds gusting up to 30 mph.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to reduce the top personal income tax rate beginning Jan. 1 has cleared a Senate committee, and the sponsor of the bill says the measure will recoup some of the estimated $172 million in lost revenue from the cut.
The Senate Finance Committee voted 8-2 on Tuesday for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Sen. Kyle Loveless. It next heads to the full Senate.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will have even less revenue to appropriate this year for state services than initially projected, in large part due to volatile corporate income tax collections.
A state board headed by Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday certified $6.9 billion in available revenue for the Legislature to spend on state programs for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That amount is more than $188 million less than the Legislature appropriated on state services last year, and $17 million less than was projected in December.