OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. immigration officials say 40 people have been arrested in Oklahoma and Texas as part of a nationwide investigation into human trafficking that led to 637 arrests nationwide.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok in Dallas said Thursday that 25 were arrested in Dallas, 12 in Oklahoma City and 3 in the North Texas suburb of Carrollton, as part of an investigation that began in February.
The ICE office in Dallas covers all of Oklahoma and 128 counties in northern Texa
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed overhaul legislation that would allow the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service to avert immediate bankruptcy, giving it a cash infusion while delaying decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday delivery.
The bill passed on a 62-37 vote.
Under the measure, the postal service would get an $11 billion refund of over payments made to a federal fund to pay down debt and finance buyouts to 100,000 postal employees.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Additional charges have been filed against a man accused of shooting a sheriff's deputy and a bystander outside a Tulsa courthouse.
Court records indicate the Wagoner County District Attorney's office filed attempted escape from arrest or detention and assault and battery on a police officer counts against Andrew Dennehy. Wagoner County is handling the case because Tulsa prosecutors recused themselves.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sesame Street and other educational programs will continue to air on Oklahoma's television network, despite concerns from some conservative Republicans who think the state should cut off funding.
The GOP-led state Senate voted 38-7 Wednesday for a measure that allows the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, or OETA, to continue existing as a state agency until 2014. The bill now returns heads to the House.
There is growing opposition to the network, which provides free educational programming to residents across the state.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin is looking for some high-tech gurus willing to work around the clock this weekend to help design a new, tornado-ready city website.
What's been labeled the Joplin "hackathon" begins Friday afternoon at City Hall and continues through Sunday afternoon. The competition is sponsored by the city of Joplin and CivicPlus, a website development company based in Manhattan, Kan.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cooler temperatures are predicted Thursday for Oklahoma after areas in the southwestern part of the state crossed the triple-digit mark on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service in Norman says thunderstorms may develop near Interstates 40 and 44 on Thursday afternoon, mainly east of El Reno. Storms are possible throughout the state on Thursday and early Friday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin's plan to slash and phase out the state's income tax has passed the Senate, even though there is still no agreement on how much of a cut may be possible this year.
The Senate voted 30-16 on Wednesday for Fallin's bill that would cut the top personal income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 3.5 percent and then further reduce the rate by one-quarter of 1 percent each year that state revenue grows by 5 percent or more. Fallin's plan also gets rid of numerous personal and corporate tax exemptions to help offset the lost revenue.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The cost for evading tolls on Oklahoma roads is going down.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill on Tuesday that reduces the fine for second and subsequent toll violations to a flat $25 fee. Under current law, the penalty is $25 for the first violation, $50 for a second violation and $75 for a third violation.
MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says an investigative audit of a Tar Creek trust authority is under way.
Jones told The Oklahoman the state Attorney General requested a probe of the Lead-Impacted Communities Relocation Trust to see if there are possible infractions involving a contract awarded for cleanup work.
Jones says the audit is nearing completion and should be presented to the attorney general within a month.
Trust officials declined to comment about the audit's specifics.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says the average price of a gallon of gas has fallen 8 cents in the state during the past week.
AAA said Tuesday that the statewide average for a gallon of self-serve regular is $3.59 — down from $3.67 a week ago. The average is 9.5 cents lower than a month ago and is down 11 cents per gallon from a year ago.
The average price in Tulsa is just below $3.47 per gallon while drivers in Oklahoma City are paying an average of $3.55.