OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Despite a recent report that Oklahoma's ratio of prison guards to offenders is among the worst in the nation, Gov. Mary Fallin's top attorney says he doesn't believe safety is being compromised at the state's prisons.
Fallin's general counsel Steve Mullins said Thursday he meets regularly with the interim director of the Department of Correction and is not concerned there is a problem with staffing at the state's prisons.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court handed down pivotal decisions in 2013 that overturned legislative efforts at lawsuit reform, tax cuts and other issues as the state's highest court flexed its muscles as the leader of Oklahoma's judiciary.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An appeals court has ordered a federal judge to conduct a hearing on an Oklahoma death row inmate's claim of jury tampering.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the hearing in a decision handed down Thursday in the case of 71-year-old Bigler J. "Bud" Stouffer II.
Stouffer was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the Jan. 24, 1985, shooting death of Putnam City teacher Linda Reaves. He was also convicted of shooting her boyfriend, Doug Ivens.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former state senator who once supported creation of a state militia to protect Oklahoma from an "overreaching federal government" plans to run for governor again.
Randy Brogdon lost to Gov. Mary Fallin in the 2010 Republican primary. He announced his run through social media and the Secretary of State says a "Brogdon for Governor" corporation was formed last week.
Brogdon said Thursday he is "compelled" to fight for liberty.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new rule change implemented this year by the Oklahoma State Department of Education allows the state to grant an annual certification to American Indian language instructors to teach tribal languages in public schools.
The rule change aims to address the shrinking number of people who are fluent speakers in their native languages. The change also allows students to receive graduation credit for taking the courses.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Much of Oklahoma is under a freezing fog advisory but forecasters predict temperatures to warm up later in the day.
The National Weather Service issued the freezing fog advisory for the eastern two-thirds of the state until mid-morning Thursday. Forecasters say a thin glaze of ice could form on bridges and overpasses.
In the Tulsa area, the advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. Visibility will range from a half-mile to 2 miles.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office is honoring a late sheriff with a bronzed bust.
The bust of Sheriff F. DeWayne Beggs will be unveiled Sunday at the Cleveland County Detention Center in Norman. Beggs served as a deputy from 1988 to 1992 and sheriff from 1993 to 2008. He died in 2009 from an illness.
Current Sheriff Joe Lester says people who admired Beggs wanted to recognize him and his work.
Beggs' wife, Sue, said her husband would be honored to know about the bust.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It wasn't Santa and his reindeer landing on roofs that shook some central Oklahoma homes on Christmas.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports that two earthquakes have struck the area. The first, a 2.7-magnitude earthquake, struck near Spencer at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. A USGS preliminary report says the earthquake's epicenter was 5 miles north of Spencer and 11 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The earthquake had a depth of about 3 miles.
The revival of Route 66 has led to a fascination with the exterior of the many motels that line the historic highway, but one Tulsa artist hopes a new exhibit will remind people that not everything that goes on inside the rooms should be romanticized.
Western Doughty's Route 66: Room #116 is a collection of about 75 images depicting everyday experiences that take place at a motel along Route 66 that tends to attract an assortment of travelers: transients, cross-country drivers, families and Route 66 enthusiasts.