OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Republican Party ousted its chairman on Saturday. The move came despite the party's November election success in increasing its majority control of both chambers of the state Legislature, winning every statewide elected office, all five U.S. House and both U.S. Senate seats.
The party elected 61-year-old former state Senator Randy Brogdon as its new chairman, replacing Dave Weston. Party spokeswoman Courtney Blossey said Brogdon defeated long-time GOP activist Pam Pollard in a runoff after Weston was earlier eliminated from the race.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A command sergeant major at Fort Sill has been convicted of wearing unauthorized military insignia, including a Ranger Tab and the Pathfinder Badge.
Command Sergeant Major Perry McNeill was convicted last week by a military judge who sentenced McNeill to a demotion to sergeant first class, a letter of reprimand and to forfeit $500 in pay per month for 10 months.
The sentence must be approved by the fort's commanding general.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have required state agencies to disclose to legislators the authority they have for various agency operations.
Fallin vetoed the bill by Republican Senator Nathan Dahm of Broken Arrow, saying it creates "an unnecessarily complicated administrative process."
The bill would have established a process for legislators to seek from state agencies their legal authority for various functions. Agency directors would have 10 days to respond or be subject to removal from office.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican state Representative David Dank has died at his home in Oklahoma City.
The 76-year-old Dank had represented a western Oklahoma City district since 2007, when he was elected to succeed his wife, Odilia Dank, who was term-limited. He was currently chairman of the House Revenue and Tax Subcommittee.
Dank's legislative assistant, Charlotte Maughan, told the Associated Press that Dank was found dead in his home Friday. Other details were not released.
HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 40 this week to 988 amid depressed oil prices. It was the first time the weekly count was below 1,000 since September 2009.
Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 760 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,831 rigs were active.
WELLSTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have found a shallow grave of human remains in Oklahoma during an investigation prompted by the discovery of a human skull on Easter day.
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation discovered the remains in a rural area southwest of Wellston on Thursday. The State Medical Examiner's Office said the skull showed signs of trauma, and the skull appears to be that of a male.
The owner of the land said he found the skull while looking for turkey tracks.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's new chief of diversity programs says he's right for the job after a racist video roiled the school last month.
Jabar Shumate says he was discriminated against while attending there in the 1990s.
The black former state senator remembers the fliers with his picture on them tacked up during his campaign for student body vice president: "Do you want this person living in your house? Vote the other ticket."
ADA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma-based Chickasaw Nation is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a program to feed hungry children — becoming the first tribal organization and second medical facility in the nation involved in the program.
The USDA says the other medical facility is Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.