OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have given the director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation more power to set his top executives' salaries.
The bill that passed in the waning days of the legislative session also would have removed the salary caps for director salaries at the Board of Dentistry, Board of Nursing, Teachers' Retirement System and State Banking Department.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a man who argued that he owned the copyright to the phrases "Go Thunder" and "Let's Go Thunder."
The Oklahoman reports the high court rejected the case this week without comment. Charles Syrus sued the NBA team's ownership group, arguing that the phrases were protected by copyright because he used them in a song about the Thunder.
By declining to hear the appeal, the high court leaves in place a federal appeals decision that sided with the Thunder.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service warns that flash flooding is likely in the Oklahoma City area Wednesday morning, while severe thunderstorms are possible in much of southern and central Oklahoma.
Wednesday's forecast comes after storms dropped enormous hail on the Oklahoma City area Tuesday night. The National Weather Service received preliminary reports of softball-sized hail or larger in the Kingfisher area.
No deaths were reported but authorities say a handful of people were injured by the large hailstones.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two students will win money for higher education as state leaders launch a contest to celebrate National 529 College Savings Day.
State Treasurer Ken Miller and two Oklahoma City Thunder Girls will read to second-graders Tuesday morning at Capitol Hill Library in Oklahoma City. The event is part of the state's Think Big! Save for College! Sweepstakes.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The new end-of-year testing that's required for Oklahoma high school students to graduate has kept about 2,000 seniors from getting their diplomas, even though they've passed all their classes. The class of 2012 is the first class required to meet the new requirements, which stipulate that students have to pass at least four of seven end-of-year exams. The Oklahoman reports (http://is.gd/e0tJPr ) that students who were denied their diplomas can appeal, but the process can take more than two months.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —The Department of Defense announced Sunday that Hospitalman Eric Warren died Saturday of wounds he received when an improvised explosive device detonated in the Sangin District of Helmand Province. His age wasn't listed in the news release, and the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office didn't immediately return a call seeking additional information on Sunday.
Warren, of Shawnee, was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.