OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state representative is praising a Tulsa County judge's decision to allow children with certain disabilities to attend private schools on state-funded scholarships.
State Rep. Jason Nelson wrote the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Act and on Wednesday said District Judge Rebecca Nightingale's order issuing a stay until an appeal of her ruling is considered is the right thing to do.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading no contest in the death of his roommate. Michael Cypert entered his no-contest plea Tuesday to second-degree murder. He was initially charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 death of his roommate, 46-year-old Robert Nichols.
Police say Cypert poured vodka on Nichols, then set him on fire. Nichols died several days later at a Tulsa hospital.
Prosecutors dismissed a charge of first-degree arson against Cypert.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state's highest court will review a recount that overturned the results in a special election for a state House seat from Tulsa.
Initial returns from the April 3 election showed Democrat Dan Arthrell three votes ahead of Republican Katie Henke. Henke requested a manual recount that found she won by one vote.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a stay to prevent any action on the recount after two ballots for Arthrell were found shortly after the Tulsa County Election Board certified Henke as the winner.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another bill to slash the state's personal income tax has moved through the state Senate over the objections of Democrats who say critical state needs will take a hit.
The Senate voted 31-15 on Tuesday for a measure that trims the top rate from the current level of 5.25 percent to 4.95 percent beginning in 2013. The bill also contains triggers to further reduce the income tax every year by one-quarter of 1 percent if certain revenue growth triggers are met.
SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Sapulpa man on a first-degree murder complaint in connection with the shooting death of his stepfather.
Police found 54-year-old Ricky McClean fatally shot on Sunday night. Authorities arrested his stepson, Scott Edwards, on the murder complaint. They also arrested McClean's wife, 52-year-old Michelle McClean, on a complaint of accessory to murder.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forecasters say it appears about 75 tornadoes touched down in four Great Plains states Saturday.
Meteorologist Greg Carbin at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman says most of the tornadoes were in Kansas, followed by Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska. The tornadoes hit during a 24-hour period from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday after forecasters warned of a "high risk" of severe weather.
At least six deaths are blamed on a storm that went through Woodward and destroyed more than 100 homes and businesses. Dozens of people were injured.