OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit challenging Oklahoma's law that shields details of drugs used in executions has been moved to federal court.
The suit filed by death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner was set for a hearing Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court, but the hearing was canceled after the case was transferred to federal court at the request of the state.
Lockett faces a March 20 execution while Warner is set to be executed March 27.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The newly elected speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives has announced several changes to the chairs and vice chairs of various House committees.
Republican Speaker Jeff Hickman announced the leadership changes on Tuesday.
Among the major changes were Norman Rep. Aaron Stiles replacing Rep. Leslie Osborn as chair of the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Mike Reynolds replacing Rep. Jason Murphey as chair of the Government Modernization and Accountability Committee. Osborn will now chair a budget subcommittee instead.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation to extend a tax credit program for the film industry.
House members voted 48-43 for the measure Monday — three short of the 51 votes needed to pass in the 101-member House. Its author, Republican Rep. Todd Thomsen of Ada, kept the measure alive by announcing a plan to reconsider the vote.
In many places, the invitation given near the start of Booker T. Washington High School's Black History Month assembly would still trigger a strong response, a "Why are they different from us?" mentality.
"Could you please stand for the black national anthem?"
Members of Tulsa’s Young Professionals head to the state capitol Tuesday for a crash course in state politics.
The trip is a mix of learning the political process and lobbying on issues important to the organization. TYPros Executive Director Shagah Zakerion says education funding and passenger rail are on the agenda, and support for the arts is a major issue.
City crews started plowing and salting streets late Sunday night, but driving conditions are still hazardous.
Kurt Spitzner is an instructor at Bridgestone Winter Driving School. He says if you absolutely can’t avoid driving somewhere, slow down and don’t panic if you lose traction.
"It's very common when you're on a low-traction surface, that if one control didn't work — say, steering — that you automatically just add in another control, like braking, which makes the likelihood of either of those two controls working well diminish significantly," Spitzner said.
Despite the weekend ice and snow storm, Tulsa County Commissioners vote 2-1 to keep the Burn Ban in place for another seven days.
Temperatures are expected to warm later in the week and that could signal more wildfires across the region. For that reason, Commissioner Karen Keith and Commission Chair Ron Peters voted to keep the ban in place. District #1 Commissioner John Smaligo favored lifting the ban.
The ban outlaws all outdoor fires, including charcoal grills. Gas and electric grilling is still permitted if the grill is on a hard patio surface.