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  • Oklahoma Supreme Court rejects attorney general’s pot ballot rewrite

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a proposed rewrite of a ballot question on medical marijuana that was submitted by the state Attorney General’s office. In a 7-1 ruling on Monday, the state’s highest court rejected the proposed rewrite that supporters of the medical marijuana initiative had argued was intentionally misleading and could confuse people into thinking they were voting to fully legalize marijuana. Under the ruling, the original ballot language drafted by the marijuana supporters will […]

  • Governor sets election dates for charged senator’s ex-seat

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has set the dates for a special election to fill the seat of a former state senator who stepped down while facing felony prostitution charges involving a 17-year-old boy. A special general election will be held Sept. 12 to fill the seat in south Oklahoma City left vacant after state Sen. Ralph Shortey resigned last week. Shortey has been charged with three felony counts after police say he solicited sex from the teen. […]

  • Oklahoma lawmakers consider pulling millions from Unclaimed Property Fund to help DHS

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Legislature is considering a bill to immediately provide $34 million in funding to the Department of Human Services to prevent worker furloughs and provider rate cuts. A bill is scheduled for a hearing Monday that would tap about $30 million from the state’s Unclaimed Property Fund and another $4 million from the Rainy Day Fund. The money would be used to fund programs for the elderly and developmentally disabled. Amid budget shortfalls in recent years, […]

  • Middle school worker accused of impregnating 13-year-old

    HOUSTON, Tex. – A Houston middle school staff member has been charged with child molestation after he was accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl who attends the school. Mauricio Orlando Mendoza was an information technology worker at Hartman Middle School until the accusations surfaced in December. Former HISD Employee Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges https://t.co/BxMs3xu5bP pic.twitter.com/zkxv4lgfhr — Houston Press (@HoustonPress) March 24, 2017 Prosecutors allege the assault took place in his office and in the school library. After the girl’s outcry, […]

  • Texas teen gets 50 years for killing father, stepmom

    BROWNWOOD, Tex. – Prosecutors say a West Texas youth has pleaded guilty to killing his father and stepmother in a plea deal that carries a 50-year prison term. Seventeen-year-old Cody Michael Flores pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of murder and was sentenced in Brownwood. Flores was originally charged, as an adult, with capital murder in the September shooting deaths of Abuith Flores and Ophelia Lucio at their home near Lake Brownwood. The teen, if convicted, would have faced a […]

  • Oklahoma company recalls nearly 1 million pounds of breaded chicken product

    OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma food company is recalling more than 466 tons of breaded chicken because of possible metal in the food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday that OK Food, Inc. is recalling 933,272 pounds of the food shipped nationwide that was produced between Dec. 19, 2016, and March 7, 2017, and includes the number “P-7092” inside the USDA inspection mark. The USDA said in a news release that contamination came from metal conveyor belts and was […]

  • Tulsa officer’s preliminary hearing request denied

    TULSA, Okla. – The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled that a Tulsa police officer charged with first-degree manslaughter won’t have further preliminary hearing proceedings. The Tulsa World reports 42-year-old Betty Shelby remains on track for trial on May 8. A status hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. Shelby is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16 shooting death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher. On March 10, District Judge Doug Drummond denied a defense request to stay proceedings pending the […]

  • Oklahoma House Democrats propose $1.4 billion in revenue proposals

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Democrats are proposing nearly $1.4 billion worth of revenue proposals to help prevent deep budget cuts to state programs and provide funding for a teacher pay raise. House Democratic Leader Scott Inman announced the plan Thursday with more than a dozen Democrats at his side. It includes increasing taxes on oil and gas production, cigarettes and income for individuals earning more than $100,000 a year. The plan also includes changes to several tax subsidies for individuals […]

  • Man arrested after abducted woman escapes from trunk

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –  A man recently freed from prison in Alabama is accused of abducting a woman whose dramatic escape from her car trunk was captured on video. Birmingham police announced Wednesday night that 28-year-old Manuel Ali Towns has been charged with kidnapping and robbery in the abduction of 25-year-old Brittany Diggs earlier this month. Towns was detained Tuesday. Authorities say Towns abducted Diggs and made her drive around before putting her in the car trunk. She escaped by opening […]

  • Texas woman stranded near Grand Canyon for 5 days

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Arizona authorities say a 24-year-old Texas woman spent five days stranded in a remote area of northern Arizona before she was rescued on Friday. The state Department of Public Safety says Amber VanHecke was driving near the south rim of the Grand Canyon when her car ran out of gas. VanHecke had no cell phone signal but eventually walked a place where she could call 911 after five days of being stranded. DPS says the call dropped before […]

  • US court sets aside life sentences for Oklahoma offender

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A federal appeals court has set aside the life prison sentences of an Oklahoma prison inmate convicted of committing several violent crimes when he was just 16 years old. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the decision Tuesday to 24-year-old Keighton Budder, who was convicted of first-degree rape and other charges in Delaware County. Budder received three consecutive life sentences plus an additional 20 years in prison and must serve almost 132 years in […]