OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma prison warden's wife who was convicted of aiding the escape of a convicted killer she lived with for 11 years will be released from prison soon after serving about half of her one-year sentence.
Bobbi Parker's trial was the most expensive in Greer County history, but with time off for good behavior she could be released in April after serving about six months. The state spent more than $66,000 for her trial, including $27,000 in juror fees.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Friends and family have welcomed home about 200 more soldiers with the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat team. The soldiers who were deployed last June arrived Friday morning at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City after serving in Afghanistan and Kuwait. About 500 soldiers with the 45th have returned this week and about 180 more are to arrive on Saturday. Nearly 2,200 soldiers from the 45th deployed to Afghanistan last June and about 800 more were sent to Kuwait at the same time.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to improve Oklahoma's troubled child welfare services includes seeking 500 new foster families by the end of June 2013 and the restructuring of the Department of Human Services' child welfare staff.
Gov. Mary Fallin, House Speaker Kris Steele and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman praised the five-year plan Friday during a news conference at the state Capitol.
The plan was developed as part of a January settlement agreement reached with a children's advocacy group that sued over DHS' treatment of foster children.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and a New York abortion rights group are suing on behalf of several Oklahoma doctors to stop an initiative petition that seeks to define a fertilized human egg as a person.
The group filed a protest with the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday that contends the proposed constitutional amendment is unconstitutional because it threatens the rights of women. The group also maintains the proposal violates the state's single-subject rule and that the explanation of the amendment is unclear.
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a motorcyclist has died after a crash during a high-speed pursuit with a state trooper.
Authorities say a state trooper tried to pull over two motorcyclists shortly after 2 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 169 in Tulsa County. The patrol says the cyclists left the highway and led troopers on a chase through residential neighborhoods in Broken Arrow.
Authorities say one of the cyclists was able to evade the trooper, but the other driver ran a red light and crashed into a newspaper delivery van.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Senate panel has approved a bill to require drug testing for certain welfare recipients.
The bill by Oklahoma City Republican Sen. David Holt passed 5-3 on Monday in the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, with Democrats opposing the measure. The bill already has been approved in the Republican-controlled House.
Holt removed from the bill an amendment added in the House that would have required drug tests for those seeking elected office. He described that amendment as a "stunt" by those who oppose the concept.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State lawmakers are considering legislation that would grant "personhood" status to human embryos.
Members of the Oklahoma House's Public Health Committee are scheduled to debate and vote Tuesday on the Senate-passed measure.
The bill provides embryos and fetuses "all the rights, privileges and immunities" of other citizens. Supporters say it's modeled after a 1986 Missouri law that the U.S. Supreme Court has said is constitutional.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says his office will investigate a conference held last year by a private foundation on behalf of the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Jones said Monday he plans to launch the investigative audit at the request of state Superintendent Janet Barresi.
Details of an investigative audit released earlier this month showed former Department of Education officials under the previous administration used secret bank accounts during a 10-year period that the audit described as a "slush fund."