OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A tea party-aligned Edmond pastor seeking to oust a two-term state senator has filed a defamation lawsuit against his opponent and a political action committee that has funded ads critical of his business dealings.
Paul Blair filed the lawsuit Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court against Senator Clark Jolley and the Coalition for Oklahoma's Future, a PAC funded by contributions from some of the state's largest corporations.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican candidate for a state House seat in northwest Oklahoma is trying to downplay a photograph in which he is seen wearing a swastika-adorned Iron Cross medallion around his neck.
Rodney Hiebert of Taloga says the pendant belonged to a friend and that the photograph, which appears on his Facebook page, was taken at a Halloween party several years ago. The 42-year-old says he is not a racist and that the photo is being blown out of proportion.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Even though graduation gowns have long been packed away, hundreds of Oklahoma high school students are still working to earn diplomas.
This is the first year in which students must pass end-of-instruction exams in four subjects, including algebra I and English II. If students don't pass, their college financial aid and military careers are at risk.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma Forestry Services firefighter has pleaded guilty to charges of arson and endangering the lives of others.
The Cherokee County District Attorney's Office said Friday that 39-year-old Mike Adam Malenski pleaded guilty to the two counts on Thursday and was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison. Malenski was initially charged with 56 counts each of arson and endangering lives.
Prosecutors say he set the fires in the Cherokee Wildlife Management Area in 2010 and 2011 when he was a forestry services firefighter.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's three-day early voting period will begin at county election board offices across the state.
Early voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Monday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Registered voters can cast their in-person absentee ballots at the county election boards in the county where they're registered.
Turnout for this year's primary election is expected to be light, with only one statewide race on the ballot — two Republicans who are running for a six-year term on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines says a federal bankruptcy judge has delayed a ruling scheduled for Friday on whether it can break its contracts with unions and impose cost-cutting steps including layoffs.
The judge set a new deadline of June 29.
The delay gives the company and unions more time to negotiate voluntary cost-cutting agreements that the unions have so far resisted.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has appealed a ruling that struck down a law requiring women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound image placed in front of them and listen to a description of the fetus before the procedure is performed.
Pruitt filed an appeal of Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan Dixon's decision with the Oklahoma Supreme Court Thursday.
Dixon ruled the law is unconstitutional because it addresses only patients, physicians and sonographers who deal with abortions. He rejected Pruitt's request to reconsider his decision.
DALLAS (AP) — The pilots' union at American Airlines has rejected the company's latest contract offer. The move could clear the way for a judge to decide whether American can impose its own cost-cutting terms, including layoffs.
The union board voted 11-5 on Wednesday to reject the company's offer.
A federal bankruptcy judge is scheduled to rule tomorrow on whether American can break its current contracts with pilots and other union workers. The pilots' union wants a delay in that ruling.
American and parent AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in November.
MIAMI (AP) — Down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, history says the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't coming back.
Nobody have ever rallied from that deficit in the NBA Finals. Then again, few have erased a 2-0 deficit in any playoff series, and the Thunder did that just one round ago when they charged past the San Antonio Spurs.
The Oxley Foundation says it will donate $30 million for the proposed Tulsa School of Community Medicine.
The planned school will be a partnership between the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. The universities say they're creating the four-year community medical education program to help address Oklahoma's physician shortage.
Oxley Foundation trustee R.H. Harbaugh says the gift is the largest commitment the foundation has ever undertaken
The first class at the Tulsa School of Community Medicine is expected to start in fall 2015.