Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. senator wants inmate's life sentence reduced
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma state senator says she believes a 61-year-old convicted drug dealer's life-without-parole sentence is excessive.
Sen. Constance Johnson plans to address the state Pardon and Parole Board Wednesday on behalf of Larry Yarbrough. Yarbrough is serving the 17th year of a life sentence after being convicted in Kingfisher County in 1997 of trafficking in illegal drugs after former convictions in five felonies.
Tulsa, OK – Study shows increase in Okla. child poverty
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A new national survey shows that the number of Oklahoma children living in poverty increased 16 percent since 2000.
Oklahoma is ranked 43rd nationally in key indicators of child health and well-being in the 22nd annual Kids Count report. It was released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which focuses on improving life for disadvantaged children.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A Moore man is the seventh Oklahoma soldier in recent weeks to die while serving in Afghanistan.
The Oklahoma National Guard confirmed Tuesday that 1st Lt. Damon T. Leehan, was killed Sunday when a military vehicle in which he was riding struck an improvised explosive device in the Alingar district of Laghman Province.
Tulsa, OK – City Councilors plan to try and override the mayor's veto of a resolution stripping the Tulsa trash board of its' authority Mayor Bartlett vetoed the council action Monday, but the dispute isn't over. Councilor Bill Christiansen is author of the measure taking away the TARE Board's ability to contract with trash haulers .
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett uses his veto pen, again. The latest measure from the City Council to get the Mayor's veto is a resolution that would strip the Trash Board of its authority to contract with vendors on behalf of the city. The Council approved the measure two weeks ago.
At issue is the city's trash service. A new contract must be in place by the end of next June. Many on the council don't want to see changes in the current operation.
Oklahoma City, OK – Another Oklahoma soldier dies in Afghanistan
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Another Oklahoma soldier serving in Afghanistan has died.
The Department of Defense announced Monday that 2nd Lt. Joe L. Cunningham died Saturday of injuries he suffered in a non-combat related incident in Laghman province. Defense officials didn't specify what kind of incident occurred.