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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans whose assets are unjustly seized through the civil asset forfeiture process can recover their attorney fees under a new state law.

Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday signed legislation passed by the House and Senate that allows for the recovery of attorney fees in forfeiture cases.

Republican Sen. David Holt of Oklahoma City authored the bill and says he believes it will encourage people whose assets are unjustly taken to fight back.

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is working to place a monument in Muskogee honoring late country icon Merle Haggard.

The Muskogee Phoenix reports that the memorial at the Muskogee Civic Center would include a bronze sculpture of Haggard sitting on a bench with a guitar case and hat. Haggard recorded his album "Okie from Muskogee" at the Civic Center.

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Outraged Oklahoma lawmakers say they'll move quickly to change a loophole in the state's forcible sodomy law after the state's highest criminal court found it doesn't apply to cases where the victim is unconscious or intoxicated.

Chickasha Rep. Scott Biggs will change his bill tweaking victim notification laws to expand the definition of forcible sodomy instead.

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 Legislation that makes revenge porn a crime in Oklahoma has been sent to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law.

The legislation received final legislative approval Thursday when the state Senate voted 39-0 to accept amendments passed by the House.

The bill outlaws unauthorized dissemination of intimate photos or video, an act commonly referred to as "revenge porn." In most cases, the dissemination occurs after a relationship has ended.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republicans in the Oklahoma Senate have selected a veteran senator and cotton farmer from Altus as their choice to lead the caucus next year.

In a closed-door, secret-ballot vote on Wednesday, the 39-member GOP caucus picked Sen. Mike Schulz as the Senate president pro tempore-designee.

Schulz was selected over Sens. Ralph Shortey of Oklahoma City and Marty Quinn of Claremore, who were also vying to replace outgoing Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman.

 

 A woman charged in the deaths of her two young nieces in a Tulsa apartment fire has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Twenty-five-year-old Miashah Moses was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison, with five years suspended, on two counts of child neglect. She had been charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

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A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who says he confused his handgun and stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect has been convicted of second-degree manslaughter.

Jurors handed down the verdict Wednesday in the case of 74-year-old Robert Bates. The wealthy insurance executive fatally shot Eric Harris while working with Tulsa County sheriff's deputies last year during an illegal gun sales sting. Harris was restrained and unarmed at the time.

Bates' attorneys argued that Harris' drug use and poor heart health caused his death.

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An Oklahoma man accused of kidnapping and raping an 8-year-old girl has been sentenced to 120 years in prison.

Michael Slatton of Claremore was sentenced Tuesday. Slatton pleaded no contest to charges alleging that he kidnapped the girl from an apartment complex playground on May 4, 2014. Prosecutors say Slatton bound and gagged the child before raping her multiple times. The girl was later found in a nearby wooded area.

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A Tulsa jury is deliberating the trial of a former Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged with killing an unarmed man. Closing arguments were heard after lunch and jury deliberations started about 3:15.

The jurors will decide between not guilty, Excusable Homicide or 2nd Degree Manslaughter.

Prosecutors and the defense wrapped up their cases Tuesday in the trial of Robert Bates, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges in the April 2015 death of Eric Harris.

 

HARRAH, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports three moderate earthquakes have been recorded in central and northwestern Oklahoma.

The USGS says a magnitude 4.0 temblor was recorded at 10:44 a.m. Tuesday near Harrah, about 25 miles east of Oklahoma City.

No injuries or damage are reported.

Also, quakes of magnitude 3.4 and 3.5 were recorded just seconds apart at 1:25 a.m. about 15 miles northwest of Fairview — about 90 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

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