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  • Oklahomans launch new petition to reduce prison population

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) –  A group working to reduce Oklahoma’s prison population is launching a new initiative petition that could lead to the release of hundreds more inmates. A group of business, political and religious leaders filed the constitutional ballot initiative on Tuesday. The proposal would prohibit prosecutors from using previous felony convictions to enhance sentences in nonviolent cases. It would also allow people who already had such sentence enhancements to petition the courts for relief. Once the petition is […]

  • Oklahoma man gets 15-day jail term for concealing dead wife

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) – A 70-year-old Oklahoma man has been sentenced to 15 days in an Arizona jail for concealing the dead body of his wife in his vehicle. Rodney Puckett also was sentenced in Pinal County Superior Court to three years of supervised probation. He’s already served more than 180 days in jail and is scheduled to be released Nov. 23. Puckett, of Sand Springs, was arrested May 13 after an Eloy restaurant worker reported seeing a car going […]

  • Oklahoma will be the set for 2 major films

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Two major motion picture productions have issued casting calls in Oklahoma as they prepare to film in the state. “Stillwater” starring Matt Damon and Abigail Breslin will be filmed in and near Oklahoma City. Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro will star in “Killers of the Flower Moon,” which will be filmed during spring and summer of 2020. Director of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office Tava Maloy Sofsky says the star-studded projects are helping to […]

  • Oklahoma tribes with casinos say no to compact arbitration

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Oklahoma’s 35 tribal nations with casinos have rejected arbitration in a dispute with the state over whether existing gaming compacts automatically renew at the end of the year. The Tulsa World reports that the tribes say in a letter to state Attorney General Mike Hunter that they remain unified in the belief the compacts renew. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has said the 15-year-old compacts expire at the end of the year and wants to renegotiate them […]

  • Cherokee Nation considers cutting school funds over policies

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) – The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council is considering whether the tribe should cut funding to schools that bar Native American students from observing cultural practices during events. The Tulsa World reports the council’s Rules Committee approved the proposal during a meeting on Oct. 31. Cherokee Nation Deputy Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo says the measure seeks to address a “recurring issue” of reports of schools trying to impose restrictions on students’ hair length. Nimmo added schools also prohibit […]

  • Court to rehear law on adoptions of Native American children

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) – A federal appeals court says it will take a second look at an emotionally fraught lawsuit governing the adoption of Native American children. In August, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. The law gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving American Indian children. It was a defeat for non-Indian adoptive families in multiple states. On Thursday, […]

  • Senator ends effort to name stretch of Route 66 after Trump

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A Republican lawmaker from Oklahoma has abandoned his effort to rename a stretch of Route 66 after President Donald Trump. State Sen. Nathan Dahm told the Tulsa World on Wednesday that he’s done trying to rename the 4-mile stretch of the iconic highway in northeastern Oklahoma after Trump. The Oklahoma Route 66 Association and Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell both swiftly rejected naming sections of Route 66 after Trump or any other political figure. Pinnell, who oversees […]

  • Oklahoma lawmakers file bill to create Donald Trump highway

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Two Republican state senators have written a bill to rename a portion of the world-renowned Route 66 highway in Northeastern Oklahoma to the President Donald J. Trump Highway. Sens. Nathan Dahm of Broken Arrow and Marty Quinn of Claremore announced Tuesday their plans to introduce the bill. The bill would rename a roughly 13-mile stretch of Route 66 from the town of Miami (my-AM’-uh) extending north and east through the town of Commerce to Industrial Parkway […]

  • Oklahoma deputy cleared in fatal shooting of 19-year-old man

    McALESTER, Okla. (AP) – A southeast Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man who authorities say was trying to pull a gun on the deputy. The McAlester News-Capital reports that Pittsburg County District Attorney Charles Sullivan on Tuesday found the Oct. 11 shooting of Sayven Rowland by Deputy Cody Vaughn was justified. Sullivan said an investigation shows Rowland was reaching into his pants for a weapon after twice being shot with a “pepper […]

  • Texas student arrested in shooting death at on-campus home

    WACO, Texas (AP) – Authorities say a Central Texas college student has been arrested on a murder charge for fatally shooting another student at an on-campus rental home. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that 20-year-old Taylor McKibben was arrested following the Sunday shooting death of 30-year-old Samantha Dragoo. Both were students at Texas State Technical College in Waco. An affidavit says McKibben called 911 and told dispatchers he had shot Dragoo with a shotgun after a two-hour argument over their relationship. […]

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court blocks abortion law

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Oklahoma Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a ban on a second-trimester abortion procedure. The high court acted Monday after an Oklahoma abortion clinic appealed a lower court judge’s decision to uphold a ban on a second-trimester abortion procedure. The Tulsa Women’s Reproductive Clinic requested the temporary injunction to put the law on hold, telling justices that the law would be detrimental for women. The 2015 law would restrict the use of instruments in dilation and […]

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