TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office in Muskogee says six people have pleaded guilty after two bribery investigations revealed alleged corruption involving construction of a casino for the Choctaw Nation in Durant.
A statement issued by the office Monday says Lauri Parsons and her husband, Brent Parsons, Cordell Bugg, James Stewart, and Mark Eshenroder were indicted on conspiracy to commit theft or bribery charges.
Allen Franklin, project manager for the tribe, was accused of conspiracy to commit theft or bribery.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Native American tribe in Oklahoma is pushing back against a rock crushing company that the tribe says will soon start mining gravel out of a mountain long considered sacred by tribal members.
The Kiowa Tribe has gathered cedar and performed ceremonies on the Longhorn Mountain since the tribe was relocated from the northern Plains to a reservation in southwestern Oklahoma in 1867. But the Kiowas' long-standing tradition could be in jeopardy after the tribe says some of the mountain's land owners leased water and land rights to a Cushing-based mining company.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the founder, chairman and CEO of Oklahoma-based energy giant Continental Resources will serve as honorary chairman of his 2014 re-election campaign.
Pruitt announced Monday that Harold Hamm would serve in the position.
Pruitt described Hamm as a "dedicated businessman, visionary, and icon here in Oklahoma."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Innocence Project is working to overturn the conviction of a man imprisoned for the 1984 kidnapping and murder of convenience store clerk in Ada.
The Innocence Project at Oklahoma City University's School of Law announced Wednesday its plan to file an application for post-conviction relief in the case of 48-year-old Karl Fontenot, one of two men initially sentenced to die for the 1984 killing of Donna Haraway. It is the first case the project has sought to overturn since it was created in 2011.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma utility company's attempt to challenge an Environmental Protection Agency regional haze rule regarding emissions at two coal-fired power plants has been rejected by a federal appeals court.
A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 Friday against Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s challenge. The court says the EPA has authority to review the state's plan to reduce haze in the state and lawfully implemented its own plan to limit sulfur dioxide emissions.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb has been named chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association.
The first-term Republican has been serving as the chair-elect of the organization since last year and was formally named chairman Friday while the NLGA is meeting for its annual meeting in Oklahoma City.
Lamb replaces outgoing chair Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts of Rhode Island.