STRINGTOWN, Okla. (AP) — Corrections officials say an inmate at a southeast Oklahoma prison has been stabbed to death by three other inmates.
Mack Alford Correctional Center warden's assistant Trent Griffin says 23-year-old Deshawn Reed was pronounced dead shortly after the attack Thursday. Griffin tells the McAlester News-Capital that three inmates used homemade knives to attack Reed in a cell.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services has voted to close two state facilities for Oklahoma's most severely developmentally disabled residents. The decision drew a bitter reaction from parents and guardians of the more than 200 residents who live at the two centers.
The nine-member commission voted 6-3 Thursday to shut down the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley by April 2014 and the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center at Enid by August 2015.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic index report suggests an economic slump over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states.
The Mid-America Business Conditions index dropped to 46.5 last month from 50.4 in September.
The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor.
The overall index figure was 49.7 in August, 48.7 in July and 57.2 in June.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A Tahlequah man is in jail after prosecutors accused him of tattooing his 10-year-old and 5-year-old cousins.
Authorities say 23-year-old Rocky Gritts was charged with two counts of felony child abuse by injury for allegedly giving permanent tattoos to the two boys. The Muskogee Phoenix reports that a school resource officer notified authorities after the 10-year-old showed up at school with tattoos on his hands.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans with a license to carry a concealed firearm are now able to carry their handguns out in the open.
The state's much-debated open-carry law went into effect Thursday after being approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin earlier this year.
It allows the estimated 141,000 Oklahomans with a license to carry a concealed firearm to also carry their weapons openly in a holster or belt. State officials say they've seen a 40 percent increase in license applications this year.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Hearings for five employees of a Tulsa megachurch accused of waiting more than two weeks to report the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl have been rescheduled.
Victory Christian Center employees John Daugherty, Charica Daugherty, Paul Willemstein, Anna George and Harold "Frank" Sullivan, face allegations that they didn't report the complaint in a timely manner.
Prosecutors say the girl told employees Aug. 15 she had been raped, but police weren't notified until Aug. 30