The Oklahoma Supreme Court says it's declining to take jurisdiction over the adoption dispute involving a Cherokee girl and has dissolved a stay that was keeping the girl with her father in Oklahoma.
It wasn't immediately clear whether young Veronica would remain in the Cherokee Nation. The tribal court has found that Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina have no valid claim to the 4-year-old. The girl's father, Dusten Brown, claims federal law favors his keeping custody of the child, but the U.S. Supreme Court has said the Indian Child Welfare Act does not apply to the case.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A spokesman for the Oklahoma Senate's leader says he wants a special legislative session to take up civil justice reforms "sooner rather than later."
Nathan Atkins, spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, said Wednesday Bingman believes lawmakers should gather before the end of the year to consider overhauling the state's civil justice system. Legislation passed in 2009 was struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court as unconstitutional in June.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Conservation Commission Water Quality Division Director Shanon Phillips as one of three representatives from the state on a joint committee with Arkansas to review the phosphorus water quality standard for the Illinois River.
The six-member committee is tasked with designing a study and selecting independent researchers to determine the critical nutrient concentrations that lead to excessive algae growth in the Illinois River.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe says he's running for another term in the U.S. Senate.
The senator announced his plans Wednesday to seek his fourth term representing Oklahoma. In an interview Wednesday with Tulsa radio station Inhofe said he made his decision to run again after President Barack Obama was re-elected last November.
Inhofe would be 80 if re-elected next year to another six-year term in the Senate.
Democrat Matt Silverstein has filed to run against Inhofe.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office in Muskogee says six people have pleaded guilty after two bribery investigations revealed alleged corruption involving construction of a casino for the Choctaw Nation in Durant.
A statement issued by the office Monday says Lauri Parsons and her husband, Brent Parsons, Cordell Bugg, James Stewart, and Mark Eshenroder were indicted on conspiracy to commit theft or bribery charges.
Allen Franklin, project manager for the tribe, was accused of conspiracy to commit theft or bribery.