The Associated Press

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Activists pushing for the safety and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students at conservative universities have met with students and officials at Oklahoma Baptist University. Six members of Soulforce's Equality Ride demonstrated on campus Wednesday near a university chapel before an official asked them to move. They joined the rest of the group on public property and spoke with students about the Bible and sexuality.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three housing agencies in Oklahoma will split $381,311 in Department of Housing and Urban Development funding to supply permanent housing and case management for 90 homeless veterans. HUD officials said Tuesday's award brings to 345 the number of vouchers awarded to Oklahoma.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dozens of Oklahoma National Guard soldiers have returned to the state from deployments in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Family members and friends were on hand at the Army National Guard Base at Will Rogers World Airport to welcome home more than 150 members of the 45th Infantry Brigade on Sunday.

Their return is the latest in a series of homecomings for nearly 2,200 Oklahoma National Guard troops who deployed in June to Afghanistan and another 800 to Kuwait.

Officials say more soldiers are expected to return by the end of March.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge is allowing a drug company to suspend shipments to a south Oklahoma City pharmacy that prosecutors and state drug agents say sells more of the three most-abused medications than three larger stores combined.

District Judge Lisa Davis on Friday ended a temporary order that required Cardinal Health to deliver to Reliable Discount Pharmacy, where a would-be teenage robber was killed by a pharmacist in 2009.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office has until April 10th to respond to a Native American tribe's motion to dismiss Pruitt's lawsuit that seeks to stop construction of a casino in Broken Arrow.

In court papers, the Kialegee Tribal Town argued they should be exempt from the lawsuit based on federal law that has long recognized Indian tribes "as possessing the common-law immunity from suit traditionally enjoyed by sovereign powers."

State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State lawmakers are considering a bond issue to repair Oklahoma's nearly century-old state Capitol and prepare it for its next 100 years.

Legislative leaders are developing plans to ask the House and Senate to authorize up to $200 million in bonds to repair both the Capitol and the nearby Jim Thorpe State Office Building.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Employment statistics show Latimer County had the highest unemployment rate in Oklahoma in January at 11.3 percent.

That's more than 5 percentage points higher than the state average of 6.1 percent.

A county-by-county breakdown from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission puts Latimer at the highest rate, followed by Hughes County at 10.6 percent and Sequoyah County at 10.4 percent.

The lowest rate was in Roger Mills County, at 2.8 percent. Dewey and Ellis counties were at 3 percent, followed by Beaver County at 3.2 percent.

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in Oklahoma has dropped by ten this week. That's according to Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes weekly rig count released on Friday.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another group of Oklahoma National Guard soldiers are due to return home.

The guard says about 170 soldiers with the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are to return Sunday to Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City.

The soldiers have spent about nine months deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder convictions and life in prison sentences of a Tulsa man.

The court rejected Mario Wilson's argument that he was illegally arrested and that his confession given after that arrest should not have been allowed as evidence against him.

Weddle was convicted of the November 2009 shooting deaths of Jonathan Rush of Tulsa and Michael Lee Dwayne Richardson of Modesto, Calif., during what prosecutors said was a burglary.

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