Tulsa, OK – State Sen. Rick Brinkley is under attack after sharing his concerns about predatory lenders who affiliate themselves with small Oklahoma-based tribes. A group called The Native American Fair Commerce Coalition (NAFCC) has staged an aggressive public relations blitz attacking Brinkley. He recently spoke out against predatory lending practices in an investigative news story by CBS News and the Center for Public Integrity (CPI).
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. bill restricting abortion drugs challenged
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An abortion rights group has filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop a bill from taking effect that would restrict how doctors prescribe and treat women with abortion-inducing drugs.
The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights filed the legal challenge late Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court. The group argues that the law arbitrarily restricts the use of medications that are used to induce first-trimester abortions.
Stillwater, OK – Woman wants lawsuit against Eddie Sutton moved
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) A woman suing former Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton for a February 2006 auto crash wants the case moved out of Payne County.
Teresa Barnard says she suffered back and leg injuries and suffered mental anguish when Sutton crashed into her vehicle while he was driving under the influence of alcohol. Sutton's blood-alcohol content was measured at .22 nearly three times the legal limit.
Oklahoma City. OK – AP Exclusive: Okla. spends $84K on Paris air show
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) As Oklahoma wrapped up a fiscal year of deep budget cuts, four state officials were sent to the Paris Air Show this summer to promote Oklahoma's aviation industry and taxpayers covered the $84,000 bill.
A review of receipts obtained by The Associated Press shows that Oklahoma taxpayers paid for $400-a-night rooms at a luxury Paris hotel, daily meal per diems of $188 and air fare of more than $3,000.
Oklahoma City, OK – Board recommends pay raise for Oklahoma judges
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A state board is recommending a six percent pay raise for judges in Oklahoma.
The Board of Judicial Compensation voted 4-0 for the recommendation and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin and the leaders of the state House and Senate. The raises will take effect July 1 unless the governor or the legislature disapproves them.