OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma group opposed to the death penalty is urging Gov. Mary Fallin to stop Tuesday's scheduled execution of a Kay County man convicted of raping and murdering his girlfriend's mother nearly 12 years ago.
The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is meeting at the state Capitol Monday and urging Fallin to grant clemency to 39-year-old Brian Darrell Davis. The group also is planning a "pray-in" and demonstration on Tuesday, when Davis is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents has approved a $1.17 billion budget that includes no tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students.
The board met Friday in Tulsa.
Tuition for OSU undergraduates who are not from Oklahoma will rise 2.9 percent — or about $570 per year. In-state graduate student tuition is going up 1.8 percent, about $120 per year, while nonresident graduate students will pay 3 percent more, about $576 per year.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa International Airport's primary commercial runway has reopened following a six-month reconstruction project.
The $20.3 million project is the third phase of a four-phase program to completely reconstruct the nearly 10,000-foot runway. The final phase is to reconstruct the intersection of two runways at the airport and is to begin next year.
Airport officials say the total project is estimated to cost $55 million and is being largely funded by Federal Aviation Administration grants.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma plans to turn to flat-rate tuition and mandatory fees for full-time undergraduate students carrying between 12 and 21 credit hours per semester.
The Norman Transcript reports Friday that, pending approval by the OU Board of Regents and the State Regents for Higher Education, flat-rate tuition and mandatory fees would go into effect in fall 2013.
The rate is to be based on OU's current 15-credit hour rate for tuition and mandatory fees. Under the flat-rate plan, students could enroll in up to 21 hours and pay for only 15.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health is investigating whether anyone who handled a rabid puppy that later died was exposed to the disease.
The health agency said Wednesday the Bluetick/Walker Coonhound mix puppy was part of a litter of five or six 10-week-old puppies that were sold on June 9 at the Bivens Dog Trade in Sulphur. The puppies have black, brown and white markings.
Officials say one of the puppies developed symptoms of rabies on June 12 and subsequently died. Laboratory testing by the agency confirmed the presence of rabies.