BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Six men have been named in a 15-count indictment that alleges racketeering, conspiracy and theft-related charges.
Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury indictment unsealed in Washington County District Court names 72-year-old Philip Hawk; 65-year-old Coy Short; 55-year-old Joseph Fairchild; 48-year-old Stevie Starks; 64-year-old George Baker; and 39-year-old Kory Pierson.
The men are accused of conspiring to steal tractors, all-terrain vehicles, horse trailers and stock trailers in at least eight eastern Oklahoma counties.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $1.6 million to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to help with environmental permitting, enforcement and facility inspections.
EPA officials announced Friday that the Performance Partnership Grant also will be used to perform outreach and education and accreditation of training providers. It also will help with the certification of firms and individuals performing lead-based paint abatement activities.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A longtime proponent of medicinal marijuana, state Sen. Constance Johnson acknowledges she has few advocates in the conservative Oklahoma Legislature.
But the Oklahoma City-area Democrat says she remains optimistic that attitudes toward easing Oklahoma's tough marijuana laws are shifting. She says her hopes are buoyed by the possibility of the Republican-controlled Senate approving a study on medicinal marijuana.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked a federal judge to lift a stay on Oklahoma's lawsuit challenging federal health care overhaul legislation.
Pruitt made the request Friday in U.S. District Court in Muskogee, where the lawsuit was filed on January 21st, 2011. U.S. District Judge Ronald White stayed the case while the U.S. Supreme Court decided a lawsuit filed by Florida and 25 other states involving the law.
ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents has selected an architect to design a new residence hall on the Stillwater campus.
The regents meeting Friday in Ardmore chose KSQ Architects of Tulsa to design the up to 900 bed residence hall on the northwest side of campus. The building will replace Kerr-Drummond Hall — which is to be demolished.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The names of Democratic candidates in Oklahoma will appear above Republicans on the November ballot.
A public drawing on Thursday at the State Election Board determined that Democrats will get the top spot, followed by the Republican Party and the Americans Elect Party.
State law requires a public drawing be held every general election year to determine the ballot order. The law also requires the names of independent candidates to appear after the nominees of recognized political parties.
COOPERTON, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters have a wildfire that's charred about 15 square miles in southwestern Oklahoma 90 percent contained and most people who left their homes have been allowed to return.
Officials say three homes remained evacuated late Thursday as crews tried to control the blaze in the western part of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge north of Indiahoma. No homes have burned.