OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is set to meet and plans to discuss proposed state funding changes that have been passed by a state Senate committee.
The Senate Appropriations Committee last week voted 20-3 for a bill that would divert hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue from transportation directly to public schools in Oklahoma during the next several years.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After just a few months on the job, the new director of Oklahoma's prison system is pushing more inmates into vacant beds at work centers and halfway houses.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton has nearly tripled the intake rate of prisoners into state facilities as he looks to tighten the agency's budget. He's starting with a backlog of more than 1,700 offenders in county jails awaiting transfer to DOC custody.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The vast majority of the country's 32 death penalty states refuse to disclose the source of their execution drugs.
A review by The Associated Press has found that the states cloaked in secrecy include some with the most active death chambers. Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Missouri are among them.
The secrecy comes as most states now rely on loosely regulated "compounding pharmacies" for execution drugs but refuse to name them. They cite concerns about backlash that could endanger the supplier's safety.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma National Guard is planning to unveil four new UH-72A "Lakota" helicopters that are replacing an aging fleet of choppers that have been in service for more than 30 years.
Guard officials plan to unveil the new helicopters Sunday at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City.