OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Secretary of State Glenn Coffee has been named the new general counsel for the State Chamber of Oklahoma.
The chamber said Wednesday that Coffee's legal and legislative background make him a good fit for the position. As general counsel, he will provide legal advice for the chamber and serve as a member of its board of directors.
The group lobbies for pro-business reforms and initiatives throughout the state.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A preliminary hearing has resumed for two brothers accused of tying up and fatally shooting four women in a Tulsa apartment.
During Tuesday morning's proceedings, a friend of James Poore and Cedric Poore testified that he overheard one of the brothers talking about planning a robbery on Jan. 7. On that same day, authorities discovered the bodies of 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police have identified the victims of a quadruple shooting in which one person was killed and three others were injured.
Police say the shooting happened late Saturday in northeast Oklahoma City. According to police, several people exchanged gunfire in the parking lot of an Oklahoma City bar.
Police say 42-year-old Kevin Miller of Antlers was struck by gunfire and died at a nearby hospital. Wounded in the shooting were 22-year-old Aaron Wayne Brown, 41-year-old Joe Brown and 33-year-old Michael Hogue, all of Oklahoma City.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bipartisan group of legislators and other community activists are seeking an end to the United States' involvement in the conflict in Syria and are planning a rally at the Oklahoma Capitol.
Moore Republican Rep. Paul Wesselhoft joined with several other activists Wednesday to denounce the nation's growing involvement in the Syrian conflict. Wesselhoft served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army and said any U.S. involvement in arming opposition rebels in Syria is a "grave error."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma finance officials say major tax breaks handed out to the oil and gas industry during the economic downturn in 2010 cost the state $321 million last fiscal year.
Secretary of Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger (DOR'-fling-ur) released figures Wednesday that show tax rebates and refunds for drilling totaled $173 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, while state tax credits cost an additional $148 million.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is seeking a new hearing before a federal appeals court that overturned a man's murder convictions and death sentences.
The court ruled the slayings occurred in Indian Country and the state lacked the authority to prosecute. Pruitt's office is asking the 10th Circuit Court of Appeal to reconsider the decision it handed down last month.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin's Secretary of Environment Gary Sherrer is resigning.
Sherrer says in a letter to Fallin dated Friday that he plans to resign by Monday, the start of the new fiscal year.
Fallin says she plans to consolidate the secretary of environment and energy positions into one cabinet post and Sherrer said he didn't feel like he had the knowledge and expertise to handle both positions.
Fallin described Sherrer as a "strong voice for sensible, commonsense policies."