McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The trial for a former Oklahoma drug court coordinator accused of embezzling money has been delayed.
Angie Marcum was set for trial Monday in Pittsburg County, but a judge pushed back the case. The McAlester News-Capital (http://is.gd/Mqng2Q ) reports that a status hearing is now scheduled for Sept. 4, meaning a trial could be set for October.
Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury indicted Marcum in 2011, along with former Judge William Layden Jr. and former Assistant District Attorney James Michael Miller.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Registered Democrats still outnumber Republicans in Oklahoma, but the GOP is continuing to close the gap.
Figures released Monday by the Oklahoma Election Board show Democrats make up 46 percent of the state's registered electorate, followed by Republicans at 42 percent and independents at 12 percent.
Overall, Oklahoma's voter rolls have grown by more than 9,600 since June 1. Republicans saw the largest increase during that time with 4,638 new voters, followed by 3,032 new independents and 1,995 new Democrats.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a warning Monday for Oklahomans affected by the recent wildfires.
“We know from past experience that major property damage after a disaster attracts criminals looking for ways to take advantage,” Pruitt said. “We want everyone to be aware of the possible schemes and scams.”
The Attorney General’s Public Protection Unit monitors and investigates home repair and charity fraud after natural disasters. They pay special attention to repair workers who travel from city to city following disasters.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a 21-year-old Oklahoma man is dead after he was run over on U.S. 169 in Tulsa County.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the collision happened at about 2 a.m. Monday on U.S. 169 north of 56th Street. Authorities say James Allman of Collinsville apparently pulled over on the highway, left his vehicle and lay down in the southbound lane of traffic.
Authorities say he was then struck and killed by an unknown vehicle.
The highway patrol says the death remains under investigation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An analysis by a top government scientist says the extreme heat and drought seen in the U.S., Europe and other regions in recent years must be global warming. Specifically the study by NASA scientist James Hansen blames climate change for last year's drought in Texas and Oklahoma, the 2010 record heat wave in Russia and the 2003 European heat wave that led to tens of thousands of deaths.
Hansen told The Associated Press in an interview that the world is now experiencing scientific fact.
Here is the very latest on the wild fires in Oklahoma:
We are under a Red Flag Fire WARNING. That means wildfires are wide spread and are causing damage to homes and structures. The WARNING includes the Tulsa County and all of the Public Radio Tulsa listening area. Communities are being evacuated because of the fires.
A thick layer of smoke hangs over Tulsa. At times ash has been falling from the sky in Tulsa, resembling snow flurries.
Emergency management officials have ordered evacuations of homes in several areas as wildfires burn across the state.