OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to erect a Smithsonian-quality museum to showcase Oklahoma's Native American heritage has proved to be a thorn in the state's side.
Officials announced Thursday that construction on the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City will be suspended because the project has run out of money.
The Legislature has spent more than $63 million on the project and private donations and other funding pushed the cost to $91 million. Museum officials need an additional $80 million to finish the center.
NEW YORK (AP) — Oil soared the by the largest single day amount in more than three years in Friday's New York trading.
West Texas Intermediate crude priced at Oklahoma's Cushing hub closed the week up nearly ten percent at $84.96 a barrel.
Gas producers like Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy got some good news as natural gas rose by nearly 4 percent, to finish the week at $2.82 per thousand cubic feet. Chesapeake's stock price has been battered in the past year by the nationwide gas glut and questions about corporate governance.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A woman whose manslaughter conviction was overturned may only spend about another year in prison.
Susan Pryor pleaded guilty on Thursday to first-degree manslaughter in the 2007 fatal shooting of her friend, Timothy Lannom. The Tulsa World reports that Tulsa County District Judge Tom Gillert sentenced Pryor to four years in prison and gave her credit for the two years she's served.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Tulsa has approved a segment of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline planned to run from Cushing to Texas.
Ross Adkins, chief of public affairs for the Tulsa district, confirmed the decision Friday. If the overall project is approved by the president, the pipeline would eventually transport tar sands oil from western Canada down to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Temperature records for June are being set across Oklahoma with 22 new record highs during the month and 13 others being tied.
Associate state climatologist Gary McManus said Thursday that it's too early to say that the summer heat will approach the record-setting heat of last year. But he acknowledged there is growing concern. McManus said the combination of the heat and a lack of rain since April has led to the extreme temperatures.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has narrowly approved an initiative petition that seeks a vote of the people on a proposal to allow grocery stores in Oklahoma's largest counties to sell wine.
In a 5-4 decision Thursday, the court rejected arguments by opponents of the petition that it violates the state and U.S. constitutions.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Monthly service charges will increase for Oklahoma Natural Gas customers under a $9.5 million rate case settlement that has been recommended for approval.
Oklahoma Corporation Commission administrative law judge James Myles on Thursday recommended adoption of the agreement reached by ONG, Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office and a group representing industrial consumers. The settlement now goes to commission members for final approval.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma says a small Indian tribe is violating a federal order barring activity at the site of a half-built casino by operating a fireworks stand out of the facility and trucking in building supplies.
In May, U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell ruled the Kialegee Tribal Town lacked jurisdiction to build a casino on a 20-acre parcel in Broken Arrow and issued an injunction halting construction at the site.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation are decrying the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the federal health care law.
U.S. Rep Tom Cole says the court has spoken — and it's up to voters to make their voices heard in the November presidential election. Rep. John Sullivan, who was defeated in Tuesday's primary, says the ruling could "forever change" the relationship between the federal government and its citizens.