OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former State Treasurer's Office employee has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for participating in a scheme to steal money from the unclaimed property fund.
An Oklahoma County District judge also gave ex-internal auditor LaTisha Reid 16 years of probation and ordered her to pay $19,101 in restitution Monday.
The multicounty grand jury indicted Reid on 24 counts in September, alleging she created fraudulent court documents and death certificates using state computers in order to obtain money from Oklahoma's unclaimed property fund.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of Oklahoma counties under a county burn ban is growing.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture's website, 21 counties were under a ban as of late Monday.
Just before the Independence Day holiday, only two counties — Beaver and LeFlore — were under county burn bans. Since then, Tulsa County officials have issued a burn ban, and Comanche, McIntosh, Pittsburg and Wagoner are among the counties that joined the list this week.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The number of homicides in Tulsa in the first half of 2012 puts the city on pace to challenge last year's seven-year low.
The Tulsa World reports the city saw 26 killings this year through June 30, compared to 25 during the same period last year. There were 53 homicides in all of 2011, marking the lowest number since 2004.
The newspaper says that if the pace holds, the city could finish this year with three annual declines since it had a record 71 killings in 2009.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate scheduled to die next month has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the state's limited supply of a lethal injection drug could lead to a painful death.
The Oklahoman reports that Michael Hooper is seeking an execution using a single drug instead of three.
Hooper is scheduled to die August 14th. He was convicted of killing a mother and her two children in 1993.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the sweeping federal health care law, Oklahoma's political leaders have offered few specifics about how the state will proceed in complying with its provisions.
Members of the Republican-controlled Legislature were quick to issue press releases condemning the high court's decision. Some have vowed to continue fighting implementation of the law in Oklahoma.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin is leading a delegation of seven Oklahoma aerospace companies to the Farnborough International Air Show in the United Kingdom.
Fallin and Science and Technology Secretary Stephen McKeever planned to depart Friday for the show, which begins Monday in Farnborough, England. Fallin spokesman Aaron Cooper says the governor will return to the United States on July 12 and then spend the rest of next week at the National Governor's Association's annual meeting in Williamsburg, Va.