TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge has ruled a tribe seeking to build a casino in Broken Arrow can't use sovereign immunity as an argument to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Oklahoma Attorney General's office.
U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell on Thursday accepted the state's argument that Kialegee Tribal Town's corporate charter allows it "to sue and be sued." Frizzell also noted that Congress nullified tribal immunity from lawsuits involving gaming activities.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — American Electric Power is disputing a new study that claims pollution from its 26 coal-fired power plants caused up to 3,200 deaths last year.
The analysis was done for the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council. It also estimated that the combined economic toll from the pollution emitted by AEP plants was as high as $24 billion in 2011.
The study also claims that AEP's plants caused more than 20,000 asthma attacks and more than 1 million lost work days last year.
PRAGUE, Okla. (AP) — A small earthquake has been reported in Lincoln County in central Oklahoma.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 2.8-magnitude quake was recorded about five miles northwest of Prague around 9:14 p.m. Friday. A sheriff's office dispatcher said Saturday she wasn't aware of any injury or damage reports.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State leaders are claiming success in pushing some of their major initiatives past a key legislative deadline this week, but with a month left in the 2012 session it's clear not everyone is getting all they wanted.
Proponents for deep tax cuts and the ultimate elimination of the state's income tax, anti-abortion groups, district attorneys and anti-smoking advocates all have suffered setbacks so far this legislative session.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal authorities say an Oklahoma City psychiatrist wanted for illegally distributing prescription medications — including to five people who died — has been arrested in Germany.
The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma said Friday that Doctor Amar Bhandary (uh-MAR' ban-DAR'-ay) was arrested Thursday at Frankfurt International Airport after arriving on a flight from India. The prosecutor says efforts to extradite Bhandary back to the U.S. are under way.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an Oklahoma death row inmate's request for a stay of execution.
The nation's highest court handed down the decision Friday in the case of 57-year-old Michael Selsor. The inmate is to be executed Tuesday for the shooting death of 55-year-old Tulsa convenience store clerk Clayton Chandler during a robbery 37 years ago.
An order says the request for a stay presented by defense attorneys to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor was rejected by the high court.
OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a portable methamphetamine lab exploded in a man's pants as he tried to run away from a state trooper during a traffic stop.
The incident happened shortly after midnight Friday in Okmulgee County. Authorities say the man tried to run away when the trooper asked him about a chemical smell.
Trooper Shiloh Hall says the man had an active meth lab in his pants that burst during a struggle with the trooper. The man was checked out by emergency personnel and booked in the Okmulgee County jail on a drug charge.