TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking a delay in a preliminary hearing for two men charged in a Tulsa shooting spree that left three people dead and two others wounded.
Prosecutors filed a request to delay the scheduled May 30 hearing for Jacob England and Alvin Watts. The men are charged with first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill and malicious harassment in the April shootings.
Authorities claim the men intentionally targeted black people — an allegation that England's attorney denies. A judge has entered not-guilty pleas on behalf of England and Watts.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say eight people are hurt after shots rang out in Oklahoma City as thousands of people left the NBA playoff game between the Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O'Leary says seven people were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds after the melee Monday night. She says a pregnant woman was also taken to the hospital after she was assaulted in the scuffle.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is among 14 state attorneys general asking the U.S. Department of Justice to appeal a decision that they claim limits a state's ability to execute inmates.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the graduating seniors of a Missouri town devastated by deadly tornadoes are a "source of inspiration" to him and the nation.
Obama says the story of Joplin, Mo., is one of a community coming together in response to tragedy.
The president was speaking on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the tornado that killed 161 people. Joplin High School was destroyed and the students spent their senior year taking classes in a converted department store.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett, City Councilor Karen Gilbert and school superintendents Dr. Keith Ballard from Tulsa Public Schools, Dr. Cathy Burden from Union Public Schools and Dr. Kirby Lehman with Jenks Public Schools held a news conference today about the need for additional funding from the state level for education.
Councilor Gilbert championed a resolution in the City Council to help support education in the City of Tulsa and requested the Oklahoma Legislature to increase educational funding for elementary and secondary schools in the 2012-2013 budget.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — House Speaker Kris Steele says the Legislature and governor have reached a "tentative agreement" on next year's budget, but the plan still must be approved by the Republican caucuses in the House and Senate.
Steele emerged from a closed-door caucus meeting late Monday morning and said the members were briefed on a budget framework that has been negotiated between the House, Senate and governor's office.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin High School's Class of 2012 will cap a senior year marked by tragedy and perseverance Monday night with a commencement speech by President Barack Obama.
The president will visit southwest Missouri the day before the one-year anniversary of the country's deadliest single tornado in six decades. The May 22, 2011, twister killed 161 people, injured hundreds more and destroyed thousands of buildings, including Joplin High. Five other Joplin schools were also destroyed, with four more among the damaged buildings.