McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The state medical examiner says a 20-year-old woman who died at an Oklahoma rehabilitation center died from an accidental drug overdose.
Stacy Murphy was found dead in July at Narconon Arrowhead near McAlester. Medical examiner's spokeswoman Amy Elliott tells the McAlester News-Capital that Murphy died from acute oxymorphone toxicity. Oxymorphone is a narcotic painkiller.
Murphy is one of four patients who've died at Narconon since 2009. Her parents have filed suit against Narconon, alleging that the facility's actions were "grossly negligent."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate edged up to 5.3 percent in October — but the state still has one of the lowest rates in the country.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point from September's rate of 5.2 percent.
The agency says that Oklahoma added 1,300 nonfarm jobs in October despite losses in six of the state's 11 industry sectors. Professional and business services added 2,300 jobs while leisure and hospitality added 2,200 jobs.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain has formally appealed a federal judge's rejection of its request to block part of the federal health care overhaul that requires it to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.
Online records of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals indicate Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. appealed the ruling on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton handed down the ruling on Monday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State officials warn that failure of Congress to address the nation's looming fiscal cliff could have dire consequences for state programs in Oklahoma beginning as early as next year.
Oklahoma's Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger (DOR'-fling-ur) told a House panel on Monday the state could lose $137 million in direct federal funding as a result of sequestration, commonly called the fiscal cliff, which refers to the automatic, government-wide spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge has denied a motion to drop misdemeanor charges against two Tulsa megachurch workers accused of waiting more than two weeks to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl.
A spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, Susan Witt, says the ruling was handed down Monday in the case of John and Charica Daugherty, the son and daughter-in-law of Victory Christian Center senior pastor Sharon Daugherty. Both claim they are innocent.
Hearings are set for three other workers next month on the same charges.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a request by Hobby Lobby Stores to block part of the new federal health care law that requires it to provide the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.
U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton handed down the ruling Monday in U.S. District Court.