OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four highly abused prescription drugs would be added to the state's drug trafficking laws and allow those convicted of violating those laws to serve up to life in prison without parole under a bill that has advanced in the state Senate.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 21-0 Wednesday for the bill by Ardmore Republican Sen. Frank Simpson.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new national study says gambling revenue from Oklahoma's Indian casinos increased 7 percent in 2012 to $3.7 billion.
Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report released Wednesday shows that Oklahoma continues to far outpace other states on the number of gambling facilities. The report by economist Alan Meister says there were 118 facilities open in 2012, though a large number of those were somewhat small.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a woman was found dead after a house fire in south Tulsa.
Investigators believe the Thursday fire was accidental and caused by an electrical source. Authorities say a woman tried to escape the fire but was unable to make it out of the house. She was found dead inside the home near a bathroom.
Authorities say a man was rescued and taken to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition.
Firefighters say the blaze apparently started in a back bedroom of the home.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $5 million annual rebate program that has been used to attract producers of films like last year's "August: Osage County" to Oklahoma would continue for another ten years under a bill that has passed a Senate committee.
The Senate Finance Committee voted 7-2 for the bill on Tuesday. It now heads to the full Senate, where it is expected to pass.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's state museum has agreed to consult with Native American tribes after the museum closed an exhibit on the Sand Creek Indian massacre over complaints from descendants of the slaughter's survivors that they weren't consulted about the display.
The consultations, which will begin Tuesday, will include Colorado officials, History Colorado museum officials, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma Tribes.
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — City leaders in Moore have approved new residential building codes requiring new homes to be built to withstand winds of up to 135 mph.
Officials say Moore is believed to be the first U.S. city to adopt building codes aimed at making homes more resistant to damage caused by tornadoes. The building standard now used requires homes to withstand winds of up to 90 mph.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says the agency will provide the "Tipsy Tow" to drinkers during the weekend before St. Patrick's Day.
The program will be offered from 6 p.m. Sunday until 4 a.m. Tuesday in metro Tulsa and Oklahoma City and in Ardmore, Bartlesville, Enid, Lawton, Muskogee, Shawnee and Tahlequah.
The service is offered with no questions asked to both AAA members and non-members. AAA will give a driver and up to one more person, and the car ,a free ride home within a 15-mile radius from the point of pick-up anytime during the 34-hour period.