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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.