OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics show Oklahoma has the highest rate of prison homicides in the nation, with state inmates killed at a rate more than three times the national average.
The figures reviewed by The Associated Press as part of a months-long investigation show 39 homicides at Oklahoma prisons between 2001 and 2012, a rate of 14 per 100,000 inmates. The second highest rate is Maryland with 11 homicides per 100,000. The national average is 4 per 100,000.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A public television station in northeastern Oklahoma plans to access to a new digital broadcast channel devoted to Native American and indigenous content.
RSU-TV, a Claremore-based public television channel owned by Rogers State University, will offer FNX programming beginning on March 1. RSU becomes the 21st affiliate of the network, which will provide an outlet for area tribes to provide content to audiences across the country.
The ice and snow made the morning commute slow and painful for many Green Country Residents.
City of Tulsa rolled out its sand-salt trucks about 7 p.m. last night. The focus was on the arterial streets for city crews. The crews have 35-routes totaling more than 1,700 lane miles in Tulsa.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is taking care of the expressway system. Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews continue to plow and treat are highways with salt and sand, and caution drivers to be alert to these operations.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A trio of experts in education standards will deliver presentations to a steering committee responsible for helping develop new academic standards in Oklahoma.
The steering committee was formed after the Legislature repealed Common Core.
The Oklahoma Academic Standards Steering Committee will meet Monday and Tuesday in Oklahoma City. The meetings are open to the public and can be accessed online through a link at the Oklahoma State Department of Education website (www.sde.ok.gov ).
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has called on President Barack Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.
Fallin, a Republican, issued the call Saturday in the Republican response to the president's weekly radio address.
Both the U.S. House and Senate have approved completion of the pipeline and sent the bill to the president. However the White House has said it is awaiting a State Department review and Obama has threatened a veto.
MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — Several earthquakes have been recorded in northern Oklahoma.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports five quakes ranging in magnitude from 2.6 to 3.7 were recorded Saturday in an area between Medford and Cherokee. The epicenters were located from about 20 to about 35 miles north of Enid.
Sheriff's offices in Grant and Alfalfa counties say there are no reports of damage or injury.
Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are general the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage isn't likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4.0