WELLSTON, Okla. (AP) — The State Bureau of Investigation says a man found dead near Wellston, Oklahoma has been identified as a Mexican national.
The OSBI said Saturday that the body has been identified as 35-year-old Gustavo Barragan Valencia. A cause of death for Valencia has not been released — but investigators have said homicide is suspected.
Valencia's body was found Wednesday along a rural road near the Lincoln County town about 35 miles east of Oklahoma City.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three American Red Cross volunteers in Oklahoma are en route to the East Coast where they'll help in preparations for and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Steve Klapp of Cleveland County, Brittney Hucks of Oklahoma City and Donna Julian of Guymon left Oklahoma City on Saturday morning. Klapp and Julian are each heading to New Jersey while Hucks will travel to New York.
Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy could rival the worst East Coast storm on record.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The race for an open congressional seat in eastern Oklahoma is the top political prize in next week's general election for both parties, but the top candidates in the race are downplaying party affiliation.
Republican Markwayne Mullin stresses business experience as he tries to appeal to Democrats while Democrat Rob Wallace tries to distance himself from President Obama — who failed to win a single one of the district's 26 counties in 2008.
The two will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, along with independent Michael Fulks of Heavener.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Skiatook schools superintendent and an Oklahoma City businessman each have pleaded guilty to one conspiracy count over allegations that the school district was corruptly buying overpriced supplies.
Former superintendent Gary L. Johnson and businessman Rickey L. Enos entered their guilty pleas on Friday in Tulsa.
During the summer in state court, Johnson received a suspended 15-year sentence and was ordered to pay $657,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to taking $10,000 in cash bribes.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved a $2.3 billion budget request from Oklahoma lawmakers that includes additional funding for teacher pay raises.
The board on Thursday approved the budget request for lawmakers to consider as they craft a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The request represents a $289 million increase over the funding levels for the current fiscal year.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A pile of unserved food from a local restaurant was dumped on a table before a legislative committee to underscore the point that Oklahomans are going hungry needlessly.
The founder of an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit that collects unused food from local restaurants and distributes it to needy families made the point on Thursday during a meeting of the House Human Services Committee.
The panel met to discuss how lawmakers might change laws or administrative rules to make it easier to collect unused food and distribute it to the hungry in the state.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved the release of letter grades for every public school in the state despite objections from parents and school administrators who say the grading system is flawed.
The board voted unanimously on Thursday to approve the release of the grades that score schools on an A-F system that was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2011.