OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Education has granted waivers to two Broken Arrow students who completed their coursework but were denied their diplomas because they didn't pass end-of-instruction tests.
The Oklahoman reports the board on Tuesday granted a waiver to a student who had been accepted at a university. The reason for granting a waiver to the other student wasn't disclosed.
PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld the ouster of a former Pawnee County sheriff accused of willful neglect of duty.
The high court on Tuesday affirmed the November 2010 ouster of former Sheriff Roger Price. A grand jury accused Price of releasing a prisoner who hadn't posted bond and not detaining a man who came to the jail to surrender on an outstanding warrant.
Price filed appealed the jury's decision but the Supreme Court affirmed his ouster.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked a state appeals court to set an execution date for a man convicted of killing his former girlfriend and her two children.
Pruitt asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Monday to set an execution date for 39-year-old Michael Edward Hooper. Hooper was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and sentenced in Canadian County to die for the 1993 shooting deaths of 23-year-old Cynthia Jarman and her children, 5-year-old Tonya and 3-year-old Timmy. Each was shot twice in the head.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed transportation legislation that will increase funding for repairing the state roads and structurally deficient bridges.
Fallin signed the legislation Monday at a state Capitol ceremony attended by lawmakers, Department of Transportation officials and private engineering firms who will be involved in the projects.
Among other things, the measure provides enough funding for the Transportation Department to carry out Fallin's plan to repair or replace all 706 structurally deficient bridges on the state highway system by 2019.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Outgoing House Speaker Kris Steele had his hands full trying to keep control of a nearly 70-member strong Republican caucus in the Oklahoma House.
First the House balked at an income tax cut agreement, and then a deal on the state budget nearly fell apart in the waning days of the session.
Now the job of shepherding this diverse caucus falls to House Speaker-Designate T.W. Shannon, a 34-year-old Republican from Lawton who is in line to become the first African-American speaker in Oklahoma's history.