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Oklahoma Ethics Commission agrees to increase political donation cap

Political candidates in Oklahoma will be able to accept $2,800 from individuals the next time they run. The Federal Election...

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Mysterious federal response in Lawton sparked by fears a chemical warfare agent had been made

LAWTON — The massive federal response to a Lawton apartment in late January and early February was triggered by fears a man...

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'Live PD' to return to Oklahoma with highway patrol

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is about to get a major closeup. A&E Network’s “Live PD” will begin filming March 29 with...

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Senate to review cost of living hike in state pensions

A bill to grant a 4 percent cost of living increase to retired participants in six Oklahoma state pension systems passed the...

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Juries hand down guilty verdicts for shooting suspects

Two Oklahoma County defendants were convicted of murder in jury trials this week. Jessica A. Madbull, 30, was found guilty...

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Oklahoma attorney general seeks receiver for OETA Foundation

The state attorney general is asking an Oklahoma County judge to appoint a receiver to take control at the OETA Foundation....

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Pardon and Parole Board releases list of inmates to be released under new process

More than a half-dozen inmates granted release under the state’s new administrative parole process were convicted of crimes...

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Elk City to get state's first diverging diamond interchange

ELK CITY — Construction is expected to begin in late summer or early fall on Oklahoma's first diverging diamond interchange,...

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Edmond man arrested in wife's overdose death

EDMOND — A Mercy Clinic employee who told police, “I let my wife pass away,” is in custody on a murder complaint. Edmond police...

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OKC man charged with killing his nephew

A man is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting of his nephew. Gerald Wayne Guinn, 68, is in custody at the...

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Pardon and Parole Board grants swift parole under new law

With a mandate to help reduce the state prison population, the reconfigured Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board on Wednesday...

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OKC man charged in second rape case

A man denounced as a “serial rapist” has been charged in a second sexual assault after DNA testing connected him to multiple...

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Opioid manufacturers turn to state's top court in effort to delay trial

Complaining that they are at risk of "trial by ambush," a group of 13 opioid manufacturers filed documents with the Oklahoma...

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Investigators tentatively identify third victim in Seminole County crash that killed 12-year-old girl

Authorities believe they have identified the third victim in a deadly crash on March 8 that took the life a 12-year-old girl...

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Edmond suspect charged in double slaying

A 19 year old who confessed to shooting his parents was charged Monday with two counts of first-degree murder. Eli Walker was...

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Man pleads guilty to fatal stabbing on tribal lands

A fatal stabbing on Native American lands resulted in a conviction Friday of involuntary manslaughter. Sage Atheakee Gomez, a...

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Wind industry tax protests disrupt school financing

In the halls of the state Capitol, lobbyists for the wind industry have been handing out brochures touting the millions of...

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Census at Oklahoma County jail inmate finds all inmates had court appearances

A court-sanctioned check of more than 1,600 Oklahoma County jail inmates was completed Friday with no one else found who had...

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Ex-senator pleads guilty to Uber driver assault

A former state senator admitted Friday he made unwanted advances and lewd comments toward a female Uber driver during a ride in...

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Former Deer Creek teacher, coach pleads guilty to computer crimes

A former Deer Creek teacher and assistant basketball coach was sentenced to prison Wednesday following his arrest in a child...

OU finances 'turning a corner,' Gallogly says

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NORMAN — Eight months into his tenure, University of Oklahoma President Jim Gallogly thinks the university’s finances are turning a corner. Once predicted to lose nearly $15 million this year, Gallogly announced at OU’s board of regents...

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Judge directs every Oklahoma County jail inmate be checked after one was lost for almost eight months

For almost eight months, everyone agrees, Oklahoma County jail inmate Charles E. Lemons was lost in the criminal justice...

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Jury gives life without parole for OKC murder conviction

A jury found an Oklahoma City man guilty of shooting a victim more than a dozen times. Darris Antonio Brooks, 34, was convicted...

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Opioid makers seek delay in start of state trial

NORMAN — Pharmaceutical company attorneys are requesting a 100-day delay in the start of a trial in which opioid manufacturing...

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Released early, Oklahoma octogenarian headed back to prison after new sex offense

Repeat sex offender Bobby Otto Powers is headed back to prison, almost nine years after being released early because...

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Trump taps former state lawmaker for U.S. attorney post

President Donald Trump on Friday nominated Timothy J. Downing, a former state legislator and assistant attorney general, to be...

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Oklahoma County court resolves fatal shooting cases

Three murder trials were completed in Oklahoma County District Court this week. A jury found Christina Louise Smith, 33, not...

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Governor chooses OU grad from Ohio as new regent

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday appointed a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s business school to serve on the OU Board of...

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Former OU president sought for interview by investigating law firm

The law firm investigating allegations of serious misconduct at the University of Oklahoma on Friday asked for the first time...

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Man pleads guilty to 2017 murder of OKC transgender woman

A Norman man has pleaded guilty to killing a transgender woman in Oklahoma City. Brandon Michael Tyson, 32, pleaded guilty last...

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Panel approves 2 percent cost of living hike for pension system participants

A bill to grant a 2 percent cost of living increase to retired participants in six Oklahoma state pension systems passed out of...

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Former Sooner running back Roy Finch faces kidnapping charge that could derail CFL return

Despite a highly publicized arrest last April, former Sooner running back Roy Finch had hoped for a return to the Canadian...

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FBI insider trading probe results in criminal charge in Oklahoma City federal court

The FBI has been conducting an insider trading investigation of the former chairman of Marathon Oil Corp., The Oklahoman has...

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OKC doctor accused of rape agrees to stop practicing medicine

An Oklahoma City gynecologist agreed to end his medical practice in exchange for having rape and sexual battery charges against...

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Oklahoma attorney general urges changes to trooper promotion policies "to avoid any appearance of impropriety"

Attorney General Mike Hunter is calling for policy changes in the promotions process at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol "to avoid...

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Oklahoman Court of Criminal Appeals upholds conviction of woman who met victim on the Internet

Heartbroken after his wife's death, widower Michael Ray Beach looked for love again on the internet. He found Kathryn Lynn...

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Data entry error caused $2.1 million shortage at Chickasha Public Schools

It appears a simple data entry error caused Chickasha Public Schools to be shorted more than $2.1 million in property tax...

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State budget growth nearly $575 million

Bolstered by projected revenues from tax increases, state lawmakers should have about $574.5 million more to appropriate this...

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3 plead guilty in fatal OKC drive-by shooting

Three men have pleaded guilty to participating in a drive-by shooting that killed a 23-year-old Oklahoma City man. Steven...

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Volunteer coach charged with six rape counts

A volunteer wrestling coach has been charged with six counts of rape from a reported sexual relationship with a 15-year-old...

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Senate votes to allow schools to administer opioid overdose drug

The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would authorize school nurses or other designated employees to...

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OSU graduate wins $37.6 verdict in Honda seatbelt case

An Oklahoma State University graduate has been awarded a $37.6 million verdict against American Honda Motor Co. after a Dallas...

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Former Harrah principal agrees not to teach again

A former Harrah principal has agreed never to teach again after pleading guilty to child abuse. Douglas Parker, 58, pleaded...

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Highway patrol captain indicted in blackmail case

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol captain has been indicted by the multi-county grand jury on a charge of blackmail. Capt. Troy D....

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Boren under investigation for sexual harassment

The University of Oklahoma is paying one of the largest law firms in the world to investigate former President David Boren,...

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Chickasha schools shortchanged $2.1 million by county treasurer

Chickasha Public Schools received a check for $2.1 million Monday after Grady County Treasurer Robin Burton acknowledged that a...

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OKC man charged with embezzling nearly $280,000 from former company

A former branch manager for an Oklahoma City food service supplier has been charged with five felony counts of embezzlement...

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Baby-faced woman was "gangsta enough" for murderer on the lam

Some time after escaping from the Payne County jail by posing as his cellmate, convicted murderer Patrick Marteaz Walker met up...

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Fired Oklahoma worker admitted taking funds seized by troopers

A longtime employee at the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety admitted she took funds seized during traffic stops for...

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While Stitt seeks more funding for parole board, his appointments could have more impact

Gov. Kevin Stitt wants more funding for the Pardon and Parole Board to expedite requests from offenders. But a more crucial...

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Former TEEMCO CEO sentenced for payroll tax violations

The former president and CEO of an Oklahoma City environmental sales and consulting company was sentenced Thursday to five...

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OSBI cold case agents make first arrests

In the first success for its new cold case unit, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has made two arrests in a 2013...

Others interested in replacement building district offering

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Oklahoma City Public Schools will not renew its lease with Harding Fine Arts Academy, telling school leaders this week they need to decide if they want a building offered by the district as a new home. "OKCPS has been and is continuing to work...

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'Surprise' jail count angers Oklahoma County sheriff

After hearing stories on the campaign trail of inmates being held too long at the Oklahoma County jail, a new county...

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Kendra Horn walks a fine line of political centrism in ruby red Oklahoma

Freshman Democrat from red state watched closely during her first month in Washington.

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Stitt budget would raise teacher pay, set aside one-third of surplus

Gov. Kevin Stitt's first budget would make some investments but spend only about $400 million of the $600 million projected...

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More money more problems for the Legislature?

State lawmakers expect a calmer legislative session this year, though a budget surplus presents its own challenges.

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Dissension caused by pension maneuver involving state public safety leaders

High-ranking officials within the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety have manipulated a law enforcement pension system,...

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Patrick Wyrick picked again by Trump for OKC federal judgeship but John O'Connor still up in the air

Oklahoma Supreme Court justice appears to be on track for U.S. Senate confirmation as a federal judge.

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Legislators will again try to move Oklahoma's Native American Day to Columbus Day after Fallin veto

Legislators who are tribal members will take the lead on legislation that former Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed.

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Oklahoma governor raised and spent $10 million on successful campaign

Gov. Kevin Stitt raised and spent more than $10 million to win the 2018 governor's race.

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Ex-senator ordered to pay restitution for sex crime

Former state Sen. Ralph Shortey is serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for child sex trafficking. A judge on Thursday...

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Kendra Horn to chair space subcommittee

Freshman Rep. Kendra Horn will be chair of a subcommittee on space and aeronautics, giving her an early leadership role on...

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Bennett steps down from OU Board of Regents

Citing health reasons, the Oklahoma City Thunder chairman stepped down as the chairman of the OU Board of Regents.

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Ward 6 council candidates talk streetcars, schools and social services

"If you live downtown, it’s hard to be a naysayer. But not if you live outside of downtown."

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Former legislator agrees to pay $31,000 to settle Ethics Commission lawsuit

Former Rep. Gus Blackwell was accused in both a lawsuit and a criminal case of wrongdoing involving campaign funds.

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Executions by gas stalled indefinitely while state seeks willing seller of device

As the number mounts of inmates eligible for execution, Corrections Department Director Joe Allbaugh says he can't find a...

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Kendra Horn says the best border security solution 'may include some form of a physical barrier'

Kendra Horn says the best border security solution 'may include some form of a physical barrier'

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Oklahoma leaves grassroots lobbying alone

Oklahoma Ethics Commission takes no action on proposed grassroots lobbying rule after outcry against it.

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Oklahoma City apartment complex lost $200,000, laid off employees due to the government shutdown

An Oklahoma City apartment complex gave free rent to FAA students. Then it lost $200,000 and laid off at least 20 employees

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Longtime Oklahoma City police chief to retire

Chief Bill Citty led changes in police culture promoting community relations and transparency.

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Inhofe and Lankford vote for one government funding bill and oppose the other

Failure of two funding bills means portions of the federal government will remain shuttered for a 35th day.

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How the FBI, FAA and Oklahoma City federal courthouse are being affected by the shutdown

As impacts from partial federal shutdown continue to be felt across several areas, Oklahoma congressman calls it "a mighty...

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Ex-wife wants child support from powerful state lawmaker

Rep. Kevin Wallace has been ordered to appear on the second day of the upcoming legislative session for his arraignment in...

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SCOTUS won't hear case on racial bias in Oklahoma's death penalty

Two Death Row inmates claimed that a study of racial bias in Oklahoma's executions should lead to high court review.

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Two students leave OU after blackface video

In a news conference, James Gallogly said the students withdrew voluntarily and issued an apology for viral video.

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Fired Norman sewer worker accepts $250,000 settlement

Property owners in Norman will pay more in ad valorem taxes to cover the settlement in the federal age discrimination case.

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'The bill's not going to go anywhere.' Effort to stop a $100 million state project is unlikely to succeed

Legislative effort to save veterans center in Talihina likely doomed from the start.

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Late raises given by some agency heads added over $800,000 to state payroll

A study of nine departments by The Oklahoman found a slew of raises approved in last six months of administrations.

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636 furloughed workers here have filed for unemployment since the shutdown

That figure offers the starkest evidence to date that the shutdown has jeopardized the financial well-being of Oklahoma’s...

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Stitt puts hold on public safety pick

Attorney General Mike Hunter puts his top agent on investigation of corruption allegations at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Gubernatorial candidates pledge more money for schools

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Each candidate has offered additional education policy ideas, but the bulk of their education platforms relate to core funding.

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Focus on diversity intensifies at OU with appointment of Eric Stevenson to board of regents

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It was movie night on Thursday for the University of Oklahoma Black Student Association. Junior Taylor Wilson, who serves as president for the organization while working toward a degree in professional writing and pre-law, was busy preparing...

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Dueling developments proposed

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A prominent triangular-shaped block that previously was envisioned for a new Greater Oklahoma Chamber headquarters and then a 17-story residential tower is once again being bid on by two competing developers pitching very different visions. The...

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Wiggle Out Loud school initiative challenges students to be active

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Students at Edwards Elementary School were the first to participate in the Wiggle Out Loud Schools Program, a new physical activity challenge led by The Children's Hospital Volunteers charity and funded by a grant from Kohl's Cares. "I'm glad...

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Delegate shares reasons for backing Traditional Plan

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Editor's note: Delegates at the United Methodist Church's Feb. 23-26 General Conference in St. Louis voted in favor of retaining the denomination's ban on same-sex marriage and the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy. Delegates approved what was...

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Founders keepers: Buyers take bargains at condo auction in Oklahoma City

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Founders Tower's clearance sale wasn't: All condos did not go. At auction Tuesday night and Wednesday in the former Queen Ann Cafeteria, attached to the tower, were 29 luxury residential condos, some unoccupied, some under lease, 64 in all;...

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OKC pastor decrys Methodist anti-gay stance

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Editor's note: Delegates at the United Methodist Church's Feb. 23-26 General Conference in St. Louis voted in favor of retaining the denomination's ban on same-sex marriage and the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy. Delegates approved what was...

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Demolition set on former OGE data center

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The former OGE Energy data center downtown is set to be razed within weeks with construction to start this summer on an 1,100-space parking garage that will be wrapped with an eight-story mix of housing and retail. The Oklahoma City Urban...

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