OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Voters in eastern Oklahoma's sprawling 2nd District will cast ballots in two top political races Tuesday — both to determine the nominees in the battle to succeed the only Democrat in the state's congressional delegation.
Republicans want to stamp out the last bit of blue on Oklahoma's congressional map, while Democrats are looking to hold on to the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Dan Boren,
Boren announced last summer he wouldn't seek another term.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A judge has delayed sentencing for a former Oklahoma State basketball player convicted of sexual assaulting two women at an off-campus party.
Judge Phillip Corley on Friday delayed the sentencing of Darrell Williams so he can consider Williams' motion for a new trial. The 22-year-old was convicted last month of sexual battery and two counts of rape by instrumentation.
Corley set a September 14th hearing for Williams.
Williams had been scheduled for sentencing Friday. Jurors recommended one-year prison sentences for each of the rape counts.
WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) — The mayor of a western Oklahoma town says sandy residue from a plant that filters arsenic from water has been cleared from a park and taken to a transfer station for disposal.
Weatherford Mayor Mike Brown said Friday he first learned of the residue from the Weatherford Daily News, which received a tip from a city employee that sludge containing arsenic had been dumped near Rader Park.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board members say they are in compliance with most of Gov. Mary Fallin's proposals to improve the board's policies and practices.
The board discussed Fallin's recommendations on Friday. Fallin's office made the suggestions after a prosecutor accused the board of conducting a secret parole docket in violation of the Open Meeting Act.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater accused the board of providing no public notice that it would consider early parole for inmates, including some ineligible for early release.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Early voting begins Friday for voters casting ballots in Oklahoma's primary runoff election.
The top race is in the 2nd Congressional District, where two Republicans and two Democrats are vying for their parties' nominations. That seat is being vacated by Democratic congressman Dan Boren, who is not seeking re-election.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Muslim advocacy group in Oklahoma is launching a voter registration drive in an attempt to get the state's estimated 30,000 Muslims more involved in the political process.
The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced the drive on Thursday. The group's new Executive Director Adam Soltani says the campaign is designed to provide Oklahoma's Muslims with tools they need to be more engaged and represented in politics.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The severity of an ongoing drought has intensified across Oklahoma with 48 percent of the state now rated as in an exceptional drought — the worst classification.
That's up from 39 percent of the state in exceptional drought last week.
The report released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of the western half of the state, the northeast and parts of north-central Oklahoma in exceptional drought. The report shows 52 percent of the state in extreme drought.