MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have seized more than 20 pounds of crystal methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Muskogee County.
Sheriff Charles Pearson says the stop happened Thursday afternoon on Interstate 40 near Webbers Falls. The sheriff says the drugs have a street value of $1 million.
Authorities say a man was driving from Fort Worth, Texas, to Fort Smith, Ark. when he was pulled over in Muskogee County. Deputy Jeff Gragg says the county's drug dog discovered the methamphetamine in the car's trunk.
The man was booked on drug trafficking complaints.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate was up slightly in July — but remains more than 3 percent below the national jobless rate.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that unemployment in the state was up two-tenths of a percentage point from June to stand at 4.9 percent in July. The national unemployment rate is 8.3 percent.
The commission said the number of Oklahomans without a job increased by 2,860 to 87,820.
Total employment fell by 1,980 to just more than 1.7 million.
ENID, Okla. (AP) — Police in Enid say they've seized 25 slot machines and more than $7,000 in cash from four bars in the city.
Authorities say warrants were served Wednesday afternoon by Enid police officers, with help from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.
Enid police say the investigation began after several people complained of illegal gambling at the bars. Sgt. Eric Reddick says undercover officers saw people using the slot machines during visits to the bars.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Attorneys for one of two men accused of gunning down three black people in April want the prospective trial judge off the case because he signed off on their client's arrest warrant.
Defense attorneys and a prosecutor met in private Thursday morning before District Judge Kurt Glassco to argue a Rule 15 motion — the legal process of seeking to remove a judge or have the case transferred.
Glassco signed the arrest warrant for accused shooter Jake England.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Drought conditions continue to worsen and expand across Oklahoma.
The U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows exceptional drought — the worst possible category — covering most of western Oklahoma and a swath of northeastern Oklahoma. Southern Tulsa County is in that worst case category.
Nearly all other areas of the state are in extreme drought — the exceptions being severe drought in small parts of southeastern Oklahoma and the Panhandle.