HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 12 this week to 1,918.
The Houston-based firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,590 rigs were exploring for oil and 328 for gas. A year ago there were 1,739 active rigs.
Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained two rigs, while Oklahoma's tally decreased by seven rigs, and New Mexico was down four. North Dakota each dropped one. The rig counts in Colorado, Kansas and Arkansas were unchanged.
SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who allegedly forced women to have sex with him following traffic stops has been formally charged with 14 counts that include rape, sodomy, sexual battery, embezzlement and asking for or receiving a bribe.
Court records show 42-year-old Eric Roberts was charged Friday in Creek County District Court.
His attorney has proclaimed Roberts' innocence and says he committed no crimes.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett's series of public safety summits starts by focusing on prescription drug abuse.
Tulsa County has the 18th most prescription overdose deaths in the U.S. Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Terri White said bringing the problem to light is the first step.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for an Oklahoma abortion provider says a new state law requiring abortion clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when an abortion is performed is unconstitutional.
Attorney Ilene Jaroslaw of the Center for Reproductive Rights on Friday asked Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves to prevent the law from going into effect on Nov. 1.
Graves did not immediately had down a ruling and said he will decide whether to issue an injunction by next week.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police have arrested a man who they say had methamphetamine, eight guns and $6,000 in cash in his home.
The Tulsa Police Department's Special Investigations Division searched the 25-year-old man's home last week after receiving a tip that he was trafficking drugs from the residence. They seized the cash and guns, more than 20 grams of methamphetamine and body armor.
He has been booked into the Osage County Jail on complaints including trafficking controlled dangerous substances, possession of a firearm while committing a felony and conspiracy.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Local film buffs are invited to the historic Circle Cinema next week view a mix of foreign films, documentaries, comedies and dramas combined in a special collection for Tulsa's first-ever Jewish film festival.
The festival runs Sunday until Thursday and is offered through a partnership between Circle Cinema, Jewish Federation of Tulsa and Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.