TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Residents in a north Tulsa neighborhood are left with more doubts than hopes the crime-ridden area will improve after a shooting spree.
Authorities describe the shootings earlier this month as racially motivated. Three people were killed and two more wounded.
All of the victims were black.
The shootings happened not far from one of the nation's worst race riots more than 90 years ago, where as many as 300 blacks died. Some residents still consider this northeastern Oklahoma city of 391,000 divided.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The FBI has announced the arrest of 30 people in Oklahoma and California as part of a three-year-long investigation into drug trafficking between the two states.
The agency said in a news release Friday that arrests were made Thursday in Oklahoma City, Del City, Norman and Tulsa, Oklahoma and in Sacramento, San Francisco and Stockton, California. The FBI says two men — Tyrone Tanner of Tulsa and Darnell Banks of Oklahoma City — are still being sought.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — House Speaker Kris Steele says the Republican caucus has decided in a closed-door meeting not to hear a so-called "personhood" bill that would have granted fertilized human eggs the rights and privileges of other Oklahoma citizens.
Steele says House Republicans voted Thursday not to hear the bill amid concerns that it could lead to a ban on certain forms of birth control and in-vitro fertilization. He says concerns also were voiced that passage of the bill could result in another potential legal challenge.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The daughter of one of the victims in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing says it's important to educate future generations about the attack that killed her mother and 167 others.
Morgan Merrell spoke at Thursday's ceremony on the 17th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. She was a toddler when her mother, Frankie Ann Merrell, died in the blast on April 19, 1995.
Gov. Mary Fallin also attended Thursday's ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, where 168 seconds of silence were observed at 9:02 a.m.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state representative is praising a Tulsa County judge's decision to allow children with certain disabilities to attend private schools on state-funded scholarships.
State Rep. Jason Nelson wrote the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Act and on Wednesday said District Judge Rebecca Nightingale's order issuing a stay until an appeal of her ruling is considered is the right thing to do.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading no contest in the death of his roommate. Michael Cypert entered his no-contest plea Tuesday to second-degree murder. He was initially charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 death of his roommate, 46-year-old Robert Nichols.
Police say Cypert poured vodka on Nichols, then set him on fire. Nichols died several days later at a Tulsa hospital.
Prosecutors dismissed a charge of first-degree arson against Cypert.