TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Tulsa Public Schools athletic director accused of stealing more than $5,000 from the district has waived her right to have her case presented to a federal grand jury.
Stephanie Spring was charged last month with misapplication of federal funds. Prosecutors allege that Spring deposited more than $5,000 belonging to the school into her personal bank account. Prosecutors say the money should have been deposited in the district's general fund.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has begun releasing water from Canton Lake in northwestern Oklahoma to help replenish the drinking water supply in Oklahoma City.
Debbie Ragan, a spokeswoman for the city's utilities department, says the release began Wednesday morning. Ragan says 30,000 acre-feet of water will be released into the North Canadian River and captured in Lake Hefner to replenish the drinking water supply that serves about 1.2 million people. It should take about two weeks for the water to reach Oklahoma City.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says authorities have recaptured an inmate who escaped a prison in Muskogee County.
Authorities say prison officials found 40-year-old Dave O'Malley on Sunday night on a road near the Jess Dunn Correctional Facility in Taft. He had last been seen at the prison at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
O'Malley was convicted of burglary and robbery in Tulsa County. Authorities say he wasn't scheduled for release until 2022.
PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — Officials say they're relieved no artifacts were damaged after a fire broke out at the Osage County Historical Society Museum in Pawhuska.
Authorities say the fire was reported early Wednesday. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames, though the blaze caused extensive smoke damage in the building.
Jack Shoemate, the chairman of the museum's board of directors, says he's relieved the building didn't sustain major damage and that the contents of the museum were safe. The museum is located in a converted railway depot built in 1922.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma is now the ranking Republican member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Inhofe announced Friday that he was unanimously elected to the post by his Republican colleagues on the panel. He takes over the position previously held by Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who was limited to six years in the role.
Since Democrats control the U.S. Senate, the panel is chaired by Michigan Democrat Carl Levin. Levin has served in the Senate since 1979.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case of a north Texas water district that filed a lawsuit to gain access to water supplies in southeastern Oklahoma.
The nation's highest court decided Friday to hear the lawsuit filed by the Tarrant Regional Water District. Among other things, the lawsuit sought authorization to transfer Oklahoma stream and surface water to Fort Worth, Arlington and surrounding communities.