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.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Despite having strong GOP majorities backing her up in the House and Senate, Governor Mary Fallin ended this year's legislative session without the income tax cut she has championed.
Fallin entered the session with an ambitious plan to deeply slash the state's income tax.
However, Republicans in the Legislature started chipping away at the plan, first by balking at eliminating the numerous deductions and exemptions that were to be used to help offset the cost of the plan.
Some even began to wonder aloud if the time was right to cut taxes at all.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is trying to persuade members of his own party to support legislation that would fund transportation projects.
The Oklahoman reports that the Republican U.S. Senator spent part of last week calling freshman House members affiliated with the tea party to convince them to back a bill that would stabilize transportation funding for several years. He says if Congress can't agree on a long-term policy, the uncertainty will cause serious problems for critical projects.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police and the FBI are looking for the person who robbed a bank in southwest Oklahoma City.
Authorities say a man walked into the MidFirst Bank about 9:05 a.m. Friday, demanded money and then jumped on top of the teller counter with a revolver in his hand. The man took an undisclosed amount of cash from the teller drawer and walked out toward S.W. 45th Street.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are advising people to avoid contact with the Arkansas River from central Wichita to the Oklahoma state line because of high levels of bacteria.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a public health advisory late Friday and says pets and livestock should also be kept away from the river. KDHE says there's also been a fish kill in a section of the river where the water is black and has a strong odor.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A Payne County judge has dismissed a lawsuit against former Oklahoma State University basketball coach Eddie Sutton, who was sued following a 2006 drunken-driving accident. In an order filed Thursday, District Judge Phillip Corley ruled that Oklahoma law prevents Teresa Barnard from collecting additional money from Sutton after she settled with the university for $175,000. Barnard's attorney, Chris Sloan, told The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/JW1yFC) his client plans to appeal.
WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Thunderstorms unleashed bursts of heat and strong winds on parts of northwestern Oklahoma, damaging homes and businesses, electric power poles and an emergency management command center.
Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer said Saturday officials believe heat bursts from collapsing storms miles away created winds ranging from 70 mph to 76 mph in the county about 10:15 p.m. Friday.