OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has narrowly defeated a bill to ask voters to decide whether the governor and lieutenant governor should run jointly.
Representatives on Wednesday voted 46-44 for the measure, but it takes at least 51 members to approve legislation in the 101-member House. The author of the proposed constitutional amendment, Republican Rep. Gary Banz of Midwest City, asked that the vote be reconsidered on a later date.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge is scheduled to set a trial date for a former Oklahoma City police officer who faces dozens of charges of sexually assaulting 13 women while on duty.
A pre-trial conference is scheduled Wednesday for Daniel Holtzclaw, who faces a total of 36 charges that include six counts of first-degree rape. The rape charges carry a sentence of up to life in prison.
Attorneys are expected to ask District Judge Timothy Henderson to set a trial date during the hearing. Holtzclaw has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Voters have overwhelmingly approved a $415 million school bond package for Tulsa Public Schools to fund the construction of new school buildings, libraries and other needs.
The four measures in the package each passed with more than 80 percent of the vote Tuesday.
The approved funds will go toward transportation needs, textbooks, technology and other classroom materials. About $72 million in the proposal was budgeted for school additions that would double as storm shelters.
Tulsa’s park board recommends selling Mitchell Park, which made it onto a list of potential surplus properties.
The city’s asset management department determined the park can be sold within a month of Bishop Kelley High School stepping forward as a potential buyer.
Parks Director Lucy Dolman said after city councilors approve the surplus designation — if they do so — she needs to ask the state whether there are any outstanding obligations from a matching funds grant obtained decades ago for buying some of the land.
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. has so much crude oil that it's running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.
The Energy Department reported last week that for the past seven weeks the United States has produced and imported an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it's using. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the main trading hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, and pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years.