FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — Federal officials plan to allow members of the media to tour a temporary shelter at Fort Sill that is being used to house more than 1,000 mostly teenage immigrants from Central America.
Participants in the tour Thursday afternoon at the Army post in southwest Oklahoma are heavily restricted and are prohibited from taking pictures, asking questions or interacting with staff or children at the shelter.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Republican leaders in Oklahoma is joining a coalition of business and manufacturing groups from across the country in urging Congress to pass immigration reform they say is vital to the nation's economy.
Former Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele and ex-Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating both are participating in calling for Congress and President Barack Obama to work together to enact federal legislation on immigration.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Some Oklahoma farmers say there's "cautious optimism" that patchy rains this summer will make a dent in the drought afflicting much of the state and help save crops and cattle.
But they concede conditions could change quickly, like they did last year when Oklahoma settled back into the oppressive heat of the summer months. Crops wilted and hay shortages were prevalent across a large swath of the state.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A Lawton man has been ordered to stand trial in the stabbing death of his wife.
Comanche County District Judge Joe Reeves ruled Tuesday that there's sufficient evidence for Herbert Haynes to stand trial on a second-degree murder charge in the January death of his wife, Irene Haynes.
Authorities say Irene Haynes was found stabbed to death in a Lawton motel room.
ENID, Okla. (AP) — An Enid teenager accused of running over her boyfriend with a pickup truck has been bound over for trial on a second-degree manslaughter charge.
Nineteen-year-old Jonna Marie Jordan is accused in the November death of 44-year-old Orlando Rutledge. Prosecutors allege that Jordan backed over Rutledge with the truck after the two got into an altercation.
According to police, Jordan told officers that she did not intentionally run over Rutledge.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While the vast majority of states in the U.S. have seen prison health care costs climb sharply in recent years, a new national study shows Oklahoma is one of the few states bucking that trend.
A report on state spending on prison health care released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows Oklahoma is among ten states where the per-inmate spending declined from 2007 to 2011. Oklahoma had the lowest per-inmate cost in the country in 2011 at $2,558, a decline of 17 percent from $3,071 per inmate in 207 spending.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Cleveland County commissioners say the former county detention center will be demolished this fall.
The building opened in 1984 but was closed two years ago after a new detention center was built. Since then, the building had been used as a temporary holding facility for inmates who were transported to the courthouse for hearings.
On Monday, county commissioners approved the purchase of a modular building that will be put in the county's parking lot to hold the inmates waiting to go to court.