OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group that supports the sale of wine in Oklahoma grocery stores is launching a signature drive to allow voters to decide whether the state's largest counties should have the option.
Oklahomans for Modern Laws filed their initiative petition Tuesday with the Secretary of State's office. The group now has 90 days to gather signatures from about 155,000 registered voters in the state to have the issue placed on the November ballot.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Treasurer Ken Miller says Oklahoma's two-year revenue growth streak has come to an end.
Miller said Tuesday that state revenue collections in March fell slightly below collections from the same month last year. Total collections for the month totaled about $921 million, down less than $3 million from collections in March 2011.
Miller says the biggest drop among the state's major sources of revenue was the gross production tax on oil and natural gas. He says revenue from that tax was down 36 percent in March.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of a nonprofit organization has won the House District 71 seat in Tulsa by only three votes.
According to unofficial results from the Oklahoma State Election Board, Democrat Dan Arthrell received 1,416 votes to 1,413 for Republican Katie Henke on Tuesday. They were vying for the seat vacated by Republican Rep. Dan Sullivan, who is now chief executive officer of the Grand River Dam Authority.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Bail has been set at $250,000 for a Sperry man charged with first-degree manslaughter in the traffic death of an Oklahoma Department of Transportation employee in a construction zone.
Nineteen-year-old Deven Franklin appeared before Washington County Special Judge Kyra Williams via video monitor from the county jail Monday. According to court records, he appeared without an attorney so Williams appointed one to represent him.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that would fund stipends for Oklahoma public school teachers has been approved by the same House budget subcommittee that earlier rejected the bill.
Rep. Ann Coody of Lawton asked members of the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Education Monday to reconsider the bill. The same committee defeated the measure a week ago over concerns about replacing the current system with a performance-pay system.
CHECOTAH, Okla. (AP) — The Department of Defense says a soldier from Oklahoma has died in Afghanistan.
The department says 25-year-old Spc. James E. Dutton of Checotah died Saturday in Logar province in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 125th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division out of Fort Bliss, Texas.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An anti-death penalty group says a man scheduled to be executed next week is mentally impaired and wants Gov. Mary Fallin to reconsider clemency.
The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty wants Fallin to reconsider her denial of clemency for 56-year-old Garry Allen. The state Pardon and Parole Board in 2005 recommended the governor commute Allen's sentence to life in prison without parole.
But after reviewing the case, Fallin last month rejected that recommendation and ordered the execution to be carried out on April 12.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Plans to unseal an Oklahoma multicounty grand jury indictment have been postponed.
Oklahoma County District Judge Glenn Jones was scheduled to unseal the indictment Monday. But Diane Clay, spokeswoman for Attorney General Scott Pruitt, says unsealing has been postponed until Thursday.
The indictment is one of two handed up by the multicounty grand jury last week following a three-day investigation. The second sealed indictment will be unsealed on Tuesday in Pittsburg County.