OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Winter has arrived in Oklahoma, but officials say it isn't likely to bring much relief from the ongoing drought.
Sunday marked the first day of winter. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seasonal drought outlook says drought conditions in western Oklahoma are expected to persist or intensify between now and March 31st.
The Oklahoman reports that the outlook predicted drought improvement only in a small area along the Red River in southeastern Oklahoma.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has announced a new adjutant general to head the Oklahoma National Guard as well as a new secretary of veterans affairs.
Fallin says Brigadier General Robbie Asher will become adjutant general on February 2nd and will command the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard. He succeeds Major General Myles Deering, who will become the governor's secretary of veterans affairs, replacing Rita Aragon.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority deferred several community jail agreements and is instead discussing legal issues that could end up being decided by a judge.
The Tulsa World reports that the agreements were pushed back at least a month on Friday following a contentious meeting. Discussion surrounded an agreement specifically for Jenks but involved issues each of the communities, including Tulsa, have raised.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the Environmental Protection Agency has been notified of a large fuel spill in the Arkansas Kerr-McClellan Navigation Channel in Muskogee County.
The patrol says the spill in the Three Forks area of the channel and appeared to be on the surface of the water. The U.S. Coast Guard's National Response Center was notified of the spill about 2:10 p.m. Saturday and the EPA was to be alerted for possible cleanup action.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by media organizations that sought greater access to the execution of Oklahoma death row inmates.
U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton dismissed the lawsuit on Friday. He rejected allegations that Oklahoma's execution protocols violate the First Amendment.
The lawsuit was filed in August by Oklahoma Observer and the Guardian US news organizations following the April 29th of inmate Clayton Lockett, who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began.