OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Lottery Commission has selected long-time state official Rollo Redburn as the agency's new executive director.
Five of the board's seven members met Tuesday and voted 5-0 to hire Redburn at an annual salary of $140,000.
Redburn is a 29-year employee of the Office of State Finance and helped launch the lottery after it was approved by Oklahoma voters in 2004. He served previously as the commission's director of administration and became interim director after James Scroggins resigned in March.
STROUD, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a former Stroud kindergarten teacher and high school cheerleading coach has been arrested on allegations of making indecent proposals to a minor.
The OSB says 35-year-old Mandi Layne Guerrero surrendered to Lincoln County authorities Tuesday afternoon on a complaint of lewd or indecent proposals to a child under 16.
Online court records did not list an attorney for Guerrero and an after-hours phone call to the school district was not answered.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge says the trial of a man accused of killing a businessman three years ago will begin next week.
According to a story in Saturday's Tulsa World, Terrico Bethel told District Judge Tom Gillert on Friday that his team wasn't ready to proceed. But Gillert said jury selection will start on Monday.
Prosecutors have charged Bethel with first-degree murder in the September 2008 fatal shooting of 63-year-old Neal Sweeney. Three others have been charged in what investigators believe was a murder for hire.
CASTLE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a Castle woman who was walking in the middle of a highway in Okfuskee County was struck by a car and killed.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says paramedics pronounced 67-year-old Lois Gauze dead at the scene of the accident early Saturday on Oklahoma Highway 48 near Castle.
Troopers say Gauze was walking south on the highway about 12:10 a.m. when a northbound vehicle struck her. The patrol says the woman hit the hood of the car, rolled over the roof and landed on the vehicle's trunk.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hoping to build on huge gains in the 2010 elections, Republicans are setting their sights on the last large swatch of Democratic blue in Oklahoma — the state's sprawling 2nd Congressional District seat in eastern Oklahoma.
Thrown open last summer when U.S. Representative Dan Boren announced plans to not seek a fifth term, six Republicans are looking to flip the only Democrat-held seat in the state's congressional delegation from blue to red.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge has handed down a 15-year suspended sentence to a former Skiatook school district superintendent who was accused of bribery.
District Judge Tom Gillert also ordered Gary Johnson to pay $657,000 in restitution during a hearing on Friday.
Johnson pleaded guilty in July to four counts of soliciting and/or accepting a bribe as a public officer or public employee for taking cash bribes from an Oklahoma City vendor. He didn't reach a plea agreement with prosecutors beforehand.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas does not pose a high risk for triggering earthquakes large enough for humans to feel. But other types of energy-related drilling can make the ground noticeably shake. That's according to a report released late this week from the National Research Council.