OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Outgoing House Speaker Kris Steele had his hands full trying to keep control of a nearly 70-member strong Republican caucus in the Oklahoma House.
First the House balked at an income tax cut agreement, and then a deal on the state budget nearly fell apart in the waning days of the session.
Now the job of shepherding this diverse caucus falls to House Speaker-Designate T.W. Shannon, a 34-year-old Republican from Lawton who is in line to become the first African-American speaker in Oklahoma's history.
Severe thunderstorms leave damage across parts of Tulsa County. It appears the Bixby area was the hardest hit by straight line winds.
Trees were toppled, trash cans and lawn furniture were overturned by winds up to 65-miles per hour. A fireworks stand at 101st and South Memorial was blown into the side of the Whataburger Drive-in and a light pole was toppled.
Tulsa Fire officials and Police are investigating a weekend home fire in Tulsa. The blaze was first reported Saturday evening in a home near 17th and South Sheridan. When fire fighters doused the blaze, they found what appeared to be a meth lab. That is when fire fighters called in the police department.
No one was home at the time of the fire.
Fire fighters were called back to the scene Sunday morning when the fire re-ignited. At this point no one has been arrested
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Five-term Republican Congressman John Sullivan is facing opposition from his own party heading into the state's June 26 primary election.
Navy pilot Jim Bridenstine says Sullivan has been in office too long and has become part of the problem in Washington D.C. He also knocks Sullivan for missing nearly 700 votes during the 10 years he's been in office.
But Sullivan says he missed votes after the loss of one of his children and his 2009 stay at the Betty Ford Center in California to treat alcohol addiction.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A funeral is scheduled for Tuesday for an Oklahoma sailor who was killed in Afghanistan.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Downtown Pentecostal Church in Shawnee for hospitalman Eric Warren, who was killed May 26th when an improvised explosive device detonated in the Sangin District of Helmand province.
The 26-year-old was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), One Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Two people are killed in an overnight car crash in far south Tulsa. The Tulsa Police Department says the wreck took place around 2:30 Saturday morning on South Delaware near where the roadway curves east and becomes 121st Street South.
The department says two men in the car were killed when the vehicle left the roadway and slammed into a utility pole.