TULSA, Okla. (AP) — American Electric Power is disputing a new study that claims pollution from its 26 coal-fired power plants caused up to 3,200 deaths last year.
The analysis was done for the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council. It also estimated that the combined economic toll from the pollution emitted by AEP plants was as high as $24 billion in 2011.
The study also claims that AEP's plants caused more than 20,000 asthma attacks and more than 1 million lost work days last year.
PRAGUE, Okla. (AP) — A small earthquake has been reported in Lincoln County in central Oklahoma.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 2.8-magnitude quake was recorded about five miles northwest of Prague around 9:14 p.m. Friday. A sheriff's office dispatcher said Saturday she wasn't aware of any injury or damage reports.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State leaders are claiming success in pushing some of their major initiatives past a key legislative deadline this week, but with a month left in the 2012 session it's clear not everyone is getting all they wanted.
Proponents for deep tax cuts and the ultimate elimination of the state's income tax, anti-abortion groups, district attorneys and anti-smoking advocates all have suffered setbacks so far this legislative session.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal authorities say an Oklahoma City psychiatrist wanted for illegally distributing prescription medications — including to five people who died — has been arrested in Germany.
The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma said Friday that Doctor Amar Bhandary (uh-MAR' ban-DAR'-ay) was arrested Thursday at Frankfurt International Airport after arriving on a flight from India. The prosecutor says efforts to extradite Bhandary back to the U.S. are under way.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an Oklahoma death row inmate's request for a stay of execution.
The nation's highest court handed down the decision Friday in the case of 57-year-old Michael Selsor. The inmate is to be executed Tuesday for the shooting death of 55-year-old Tulsa convenience store clerk Clayton Chandler during a robbery 37 years ago.
An order says the request for a stay presented by defense attorneys to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor was rejected by the high court.
OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a portable methamphetamine lab exploded in a man's pants as he tried to run away from a state trooper during a traffic stop.
The incident happened shortly after midnight Friday in Okmulgee County. Authorities say the man tried to run away when the trooper asked him about a chemical smell.
Trooper Shiloh Hall says the man had an active meth lab in his pants that burst during a struggle with the trooper. The man was checked out by emergency personnel and booked in the Okmulgee County jail on a drug charge.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The 18 member House Native American Caucus has announced support of a planned American Indian Cultural Center along the banks of the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City.
Rep. Seneca Scott of Tulsa and a member of the caucus said Thursday it's the first time in recent years that the caucus, which includes Republicans and Democrats, has unanimously agreed to endorse a project.