OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters will decide in November on a Republican-backed proposal to wipe out affirmative action programs in state government. It's an initiative that opponents say is designed only to stoke racial tensions and drive white, conservative voters to the polls.
The Legislature voted in 2011 to send the proposal to a vote of the people over the objection of Democrats who argued there already was a prohibition on racial or gender quotas in state government and that such a change was unnecessary.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa overcame an early 13-point deficit and two interceptions returned for touchdowns by Fresno State to rally for a 27-26 victory on Saturday night.
Trey Watts hit Thomas Roberson for a 26-yard touchdown on a tailback option pass for the go-ahead score in the third quarter, and the Golden Hurricane (3-1) used defense and field position to protect the one-point lead. On their last six drives, the Bulldogs (2-2) advanced no farther than their 33-yard line, punting five times and having the clock run out on the last possession.
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil rose slightly Friday, but still had its biggest weekly decline since late June as traders are uncertain about the global economy.
Oil got a boost the past few weeks as the U.S. and European central banks implemented measures designed to bolster their economies. But demand for oil remains sluggish and supplies are plentiful. Global growth is sluggish, which means less demand for energy products. That led traders to pull back this week, with oil falling $8 per barrel in three days.
HOUSTON (AP) — A former top New Mexico environmental official has been appointed head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency region that includes some of the nation's biggest oil and gas-producing states.
Ron Curry will assume his post Monday. He succeeds Al Armendariz, who resigned in April after Republicans lambasted him for using the word "crucify" to describe how he would go after companies that violated environmental laws.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Exceptional drought conditions and the danger of wildfires linger across Oklahoma as summer comes to an end.
Associate state Climatologist Gary McManus said Friday that long-term rainfall is needed statewide to replenish lakes and soil moisture.
The U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows 42 percent of Oklahoma in exceptional drought — the worst rating — and 53 percent in extreme drought — the second worst. The monitor's forecast is for drought conditions to persist through mid-December.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman accused of pushing her husband to his death from their high-rise apartment has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the building's owner.
Amber Hilberling filed the lawsuit Wednesday against University Club Tower. The 20-year-old remains jailed on a second-degree murder charge in last year's death of 23-year-old Joshua Hilberling, who fell from their 25th-floor apartment.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after a motorcycle crash in east Tulsa early Thursday morning.
Tulsa police say the crash happened at about 2 a.m. in the Regency Park subdivision. Authorities say the motorcycle was likely traveling too fast when the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road and crashed into two parked cars in a driveway.
Police say the man driving the motorcycle was killed instantly. His female passenger died later Thursday.
Authorities say neither person was wearing a helmet.