OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board has denied a convicted murderer's request to commute his death sentence to life in prison.
The board voted 4-1 on Friday to deny clemency for 38-year-old Clayton Lockett, who refused to appear at the hearing.
Lockett is scheduled to be executed March 20 for the 1999 killing of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman near Tonkawa. Authorities say Lockett shot Nieman twice and then watched as one of his two accomplices buried her alive. The two co-defendants are serving life sentences.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma says a suspicious package found near campus is not dangerous.
The university sent out an alert Friday morning telling students and staff to avoid an area of Stubbeman Village near OU's residence halls because of the package. About 30 minutes later, the university set out another alert saying the package was not dangerous.
It wasn't immediately known what type of package prompted the alert. University operations are back to normal.
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The University of Central Oklahoma plans to encourage healthy lifestyles with a series of events in March for National Nutrition Month.
The observance is a nutrition and education information campaign from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It encourages making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
UCO's "Color Me Healthy" campaign will highlight the importance of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption among the campus community.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A convicted killer is scheduled to ask the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to commute his death sentence to life in prison.
Clayton Lockett is to appear via video before the board on Friday and ask for clemency.
The 38-year-old Lockett is scheduled to be put to death March 20 for the 1999 death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman near Tonkawa. Authorities say Lockett shot Nieman twice then watched as she was buried alive.
Two co-defendants are serving life in prison for the crime.
.TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker is applauding efforts to create a cabinet level position in the Oklahoma governor's office that would be dedicated to Native American affairs.
State Democratic Rep. Chuck Hoskin of Vinita has authored a bill that would create an executive branch cabinet secretary of Native American Affairs. The secretary would be designated the Oklahoma Native American liaison. Hoskin is also the Cherokee Nation chief of staff.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A nine-member committee that oversees the long-term management of state buildings is urging the Legislature to support a bond issue of up to $160 million to repair the state Capitol.
The Long-Range Capitol Planning Commission voted Thursday to send a letter to lawmakers urging support of the bond issue.
The Senate already has passed a bill authorizing up to $160 million in bonds to pay for an overhaul of the nearly 100-year-old building. That measure is pending in the House, where conservatives have rejected the idea of borrowing money.