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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a constitutional challenge to a proposed 1 percent sales tax increase to help fund public education in Oklahoma but has rewritten the measure's ballot title, ruling that the original one was misleading.

An anti-tax group opposed to the measure challenged the proposal last month. OCPA Impact argued a brief description of the proposal that appeared on signature pages was insufficient and its proposed ballot title was misleading.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a constitutional challenge to a proposed 1 percent sales tax increase to help fund public education in Oklahoma but has rewritten the measure's ballot title, ruling that the original one was misleading.

An anti-tax group opposed to the measure challenged the proposal last month. OCPA Impact argued a brief description of the proposal that appeared on signature pages was insufficient and its proposed ballot title was misleading.

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Authorities are investigating after a 48-year-old Arkansas man died in an ATV crash in eastern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the incident happened Saturday about 10:30 p.m., about seven miles west of Watts.

A patrol report indicates that the driver, Keith Baker of Russellville, Arkansas, was traveling north on a private property trail when, for some unknown reason, his vehicle overturned and came to a rest.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 A state lawmaker concerned about a ballot proposal to make possession of small amounts of drugs in Oklahoma a misdemeanor punishable by no more than a year in jail has requested an interim study on drug laws.

Former prosecutor Rep. Scott Biggs disputes the idea that Oklahoma's drug laws are too harsh and has requested an interim study to compare Oklahoma's drug laws to those in other states.

The ballot proposal was pushed by an advocacy group looking to slow the growth of Oklahoma's prison population.

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Authorities are investigating after two people were killed in a single-vehicle collision in Tulsa County.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the accident happened Sunday at about 2 a.m. on the Creek Turnpike.

The patrol says Glenpool resident Rick Shannon Crenshaw and Missouri resident Korey T. Stark left the road to the right at a high rate of speed and struck a concrete barrier.

Both men were ejected as the vehicle came to a rest on the outside shoulder.

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Police in Tulsa have fatally shot a man after they say he threw a knife at an officer who had tried unsuccessfully to use a Taser to subdue him.

Sgt. Shane Tuell says a homeowner called police around 8 p.m. Sunday to report the man was threatening him with knives during an argument in his backyard.

Tuell says the man ignored orders to drop the two knives he was carrying. The officers struck him with several shots after he threw the knife at the officer who had tried to use the Taser against him.

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 A Sapulpa man has been ordered to stand trial in the shooting deaths of his father and an off-duty Sapulpa police lieutenant.

Jonathan Grafton is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 15 deaths of 46-year-old Jeffrey Grafton and 46-year-old Lt. Trey Pritchard — who was the Graftons cousin — inside a Midwest City motel.

The Oklahoman reports that an Oklahoma County judge ruled Friday that there is enough evidence to send 23-year-old Jonathan Grafton to trial.

 

Oklahoma Republicans were divided during a bitter presidential primary process, but that will likely end in the coming week as delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland are expected to nominate the party's presumptive nominee, New York billionaire Donald Trump.

Trump was not the top choice among Oklahoma Republicans during the state's March 1 presidential primary. He placed second behind Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with just 28 percent of the vote.

Arkansas State Police are searching for a 3-year-old girl that investigators believe was abducted by her mother and the mother's boyfriend and may be in Oklahoma. State police say Layla Rae Munholland was taken from her home in Van Buren when the mother and her boyfriend broke into the home about 1:30 a.m. Police say debit card activity indicates the three travelled through Stilwell, Oklahoma, and Westville, Oklahoma.

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 The director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections says the situation at a state prison is "under control" following a deadly knife fight earlier this week left one inmate dead and three injured.

Joe Allbaugh said in a statement Friday that the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown will return to normal operations soon, but remains on lockdown while the fight remains under investigation and weekend visitation is canceled.

Allbaugh said he'll not comment further until the investigation is complete.

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