Latest Information:

Associated Press

Pages

Local & Regional
9:53 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Audit of Oklahoma Agency Cites Lack of Safeguards

State Capitol in Oklahoma City
KWGS News File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's chief auditor says he's found a lack of financial safeguards at the Commission on Marginally Producing Oil and Gas Wells.

Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says an operational audit released Thursday cites the agency for not implementing a system of checks and balances to safeguard public assets.

Read more
Local & Regional
2:28 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

US Appeals Court Refuses to Halt Oklahoma Execution

Garry Allen
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to halt the execution of an Oklahoma death row inmate who claims he is insane.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the ruling Thursday in the case of 56-year-old Garry Thomas Allen.

Allen is scheduled for lethal injection Nov. 6. Allen was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the November 1986 shooting death of his fiancee, 42-year-old Lawanna Gail Titsworth, outside a children's day care center in Oklahoma City.

Read more
Local & Regional
1:32 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Group Blasts Tulsa Church Involved in Abuse Case

Victory Christian Center

 

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A clergy abuse watchdog group is accusing a Tulsa megachurch of doing damage control to protect the ministry's image instead of showing concern for a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly raped on its property.

Barbara Dorris, the outreach director for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said Thursday that ministers at Victory Christian Center "put their reputation ahead of the safety of the children."

Five Victory employees are facing misdemeanor charges of waiting two weeks to report the alleged rape. They've pleaded not guilty.

Read more
Local & Regional
7:04 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Audit Critical of Oklahoma American Indian Museum

The museum is under construction in Oklahoma City
American Indian Museum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An audit of the board overseeing a planned American Indian museum in Oklahoma City says both the board and the Legislature had "unrealistic expectations."

The audit released Wednesday says the board chose the most expensive proposal to build the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum — about $169 million — while having only $5 million in funding at the time. It also says lawmakers need to play a greater role in overseeing the project.

Read more
Local & Regional
12:18 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Accused Tulsa Shooter Bound Over for Trial

Tulsa Court House shooting scene as witnessed, across the plaza, from the Library
John Fancher/Tulsa Library

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge says a 24-year-old man accused of shooting and wounding two people outside the county courthouse last March should stand trial.

Andrew Dennehy was accused of shooting with intent to kill and firearms counts after a sheriff's deputy and a bystander were hurt. Witnesses told Judge Cliff Smith on Wednesday that they feared for their lives during the attack on the courthouse plaza. The judge ordered Dennehy held for trial.

Read more
Local & Regional
9:17 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Study: Tribes have $10.8 Billion Impact on Oklahoma

Welcome to Oklahoma
Pax Plena

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new report says that Oklahoma's 38 American Indian tribes have an annual economic impact of nearly $11 billion in the state.

The study from Oklahoma City University's Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute found that more than 70 percent of the $10.8 billion impact comes from the tribes' gambling operations.

The analysis found that tribal government and business operations directly employ more than 50,000 people and support more than 87,000 full-time jobs in Oklahoma.

Election
7:07 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Tulsa GOP Candidate Accused of Dodging Debates

Jim Bridenstine
campaign photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Republican candidate running for Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District is being knocked by his Democratic opponent for backing out of several chances to debate heading into the election.

Read more
Local & Regional
7:01 am
Wed October 17, 2012

170 West Nile Cases in Oklahoma, 11 Deaths Reported

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there have now been 170 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma this year and 11 deaths due to the disease.

The numbers were reported Tuesday by the department in its bi-weekly report. Oklahoma's previous yearly record of 107 West Nile cases and seven deaths set in 2007 was broken in early September.

Officials say the virus will remain a threat until the mosquitoes that carry the disease are neutralized by sub-freezing temperatures.

Local & Regional
8:10 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Judge Rejects GOP Request in Hobby Lobby Lawsuit

A Hobby Lobby craft store
File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge won't allow several Republican members of Congress to file a brief in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.'s lawsuit challenging a provision in the federal health care law requiring insurance coverage of the morning-after pill.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton denied a request Monday from more than a dozen Republicans who hoped to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Hobby Lobby's lawsuit against the federal government.

Read more
Local & Regional
8:06 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Oklahoma Lottery Raises $500 Million for Education

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Lottery officials say the program has reached a milestone by raising more than $500 million for education in the state.

The lottery's executive director, Rollo Redburn, said Monday the lottery has contributed more than $500 million to state education since it was launched in 2005. A transfer of revenue on Oct. 9 pushed contributions over the $500 million mark.

Redburn says lottery workers and vendors are proud to support Oklahoma education.

Read more

Pages