OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked a state appeals court to set an execution date for a man convicted of killing his former girlfriend and her two children.
Pruitt asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Monday to set an execution date for 39-year-old Michael Edward Hooper. Hooper was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and sentenced in Canadian County to die for the 1993 shooting deaths of 23-year-old Cynthia Jarman and her children, 5-year-old Tonya and 3-year-old Timmy. Each was shot twice in the head.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed transportation legislation that will increase funding for repairing the state roads and structurally deficient bridges.
Fallin signed the legislation Monday at a state Capitol ceremony attended by lawmakers, Department of Transportation officials and private engineering firms who will be involved in the projects.
Among other things, the measure provides enough funding for the Transportation Department to carry out Fallin's plan to repair or replace all 706 structurally deficient bridges on the state highway system by 2019.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Outgoing House Speaker Kris Steele had his hands full trying to keep control of a nearly 70-member strong Republican caucus in the Oklahoma House.
First the House balked at an income tax cut agreement, and then a deal on the state budget nearly fell apart in the waning days of the session.
Now the job of shepherding this diverse caucus falls to House Speaker-Designate T.W. Shannon, a 34-year-old Republican from Lawton who is in line to become the first African-American speaker in Oklahoma's history.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Five-term Republican Congressman John Sullivan is facing opposition from his own party heading into the state's June 26 primary election.
Navy pilot Jim Bridenstine says Sullivan has been in office too long and has become part of the problem in Washington D.C. He also knocks Sullivan for missing nearly 700 votes during the 10 years he's been in office.
But Sullivan says he missed votes after the loss of one of his children and his 2009 stay at the Betty Ford Center in California to treat alcohol addiction.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A funeral is scheduled for Tuesday for an Oklahoma sailor who was killed in Afghanistan.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Downtown Pentecostal Church in Shawnee for hospitalman Eric Warren, who was killed May 26th when an improvised explosive device detonated in the Sangin District of Helmand province.
The 26-year-old was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), One Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.