OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma corrections officials are investigating reports of a video allegedly showing officers at a halfway house watching as offenders fought and wrestled.
Casey Hamilton, internal affairs investigator for the state Corrections Department, told The Oklahoman he has spoken to at least one person who has seen the video and was told it was taken on a cellphone by a convict at the Avalon Correctional Center in Tulsa.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Seven Oklahoma prison inmates have been hospitalized in the past three weeks with symptoms of salmonella.
Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie says officials don't yet know how many inmates overall were sickened by the disease. Massie tells The Oklahoman that 47 women at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft reported symptoms, along with 37 inmates at the Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center in Hodgen.
Other inmates fell ill at Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington and the Bill Johnson Correctional Center in Alva.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office says it properly rewrote the ballot title for a proposed $500 million bond issue for school safety, and that any suggestion of a Republican conspiracy against the plan is "utter hogwash."
Pruitt's office on Friday filed a response over a challenge to his rewrite of the ballot title. In the filing, Senior Assistant Attorney General Neal Leader accuses the plaintiffs in the case of grandstanding and says the ballot title was rewritten to meet certain requirements for describing a financial transaction.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Representative Brad Carson is expected to be nominated for U.S. Army Under Secretary.
The Oklahoman reports that President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he intends to nominate Carson, currently the Army's top lawyer.
Carson, a Democrat, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2000 to 2005. He represented Oklahoma's 2nd District. From 2009 to 2010, he was Chief Executive Office of Cherokee Nation Businesses. He was the director of the National Energy Policy Institute at the University of Tulsa from 2010 to 2012.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn will be in Oklahoma Monday to sign an agreement with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation that will allow the tribe greater control in leasing their trust lands.
The tribe is one of the first to take advantage of the HEARTH Act, which restores the ability for tribal nations to control leasing of their lands in trust. This gives tribes more opportunities for economic development and promotes self-governance.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma employment officials say the state's unemployment rate increased slightly last month, but still trails the national average by nearly 2 percentage points.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that Oklahoma's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 5.4 percent to 5.5 percent in October. The national unemployment rate last month was 7.3 percent.
Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced today that he will run as a Republican for election as Tulsa County District Attorney in 2014. Kunzweiler is the Chief of the Criminal Division under District Attorney Tim Harris who announced earlier this week that he will not seek re-election.
Members of the Tulsa business community announced the winners for the 6th Annual Tulsey Awards, held at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Thursday evening.
With entrepreneurs and small businesses making up such a large part of Tulsa’s economy, the Tulsey Awards were created to engage the community each year to recognize the innovators, pioneers and entrepreneurs of our city.