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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law a bill allowing the state Department of Corrections to store lethal injection drugs at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

The law allows the department to obtain federal and state licenses to store controlled drugs.

It comes after the wrong drug was delivered for the last two lethal injections. One inmate was executed in January 2015 with the wrong drug and Richard Glossip was moments away from execution in September when prison officials noticed they received the same wrong drug.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One of the nation's top ratings services is predicting more economic "pain on the horizon" for Oklahoma amid slumping energy prices that are leading to dwindling tax collections.

As part of its research into the effect of low oil prices on key oil producing states, Moody's Investors Service released detailed reports Tuesday on California, North Dakota and Oklahoma.

Jury Selection Continues in Bates Trial

Apr 20, 2016
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Jury selection continues into its third day in the Manslaughter trial of Robert Bates. He is the former Tulsa County Reserve Sheriff's Deputy accused of shooting a fleeing, unarmed, suspect by mistake.

Eric Harris was being arrested in a gun sting operation when he started running. After Harris was tackled, witnesses say Bates shot him. At the time, Bates said he mistook his pistol for a stun-gun.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma Remembers: The Murrah Building Bombing.
  • Jury selection continues in the Robert Bates trial.
  • Tulsa's Teacher of the Year is announced.
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Construction’s underway in Tulsa for a new center to help victims of abuse and sexual assault.

A soggy groundbreaking is held for Domestic Violence Intervention Services new counseling center. Tracey Lyall is Executive Director of DVIS. She says the facility will help meet a growing need for women, children, and men who are victims of domestic violence.

The new 32-thousand square foot counseling center will offer services to victims and also for offenders. It’s scheduled to open in early 2017.

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The Oklahoma House has passed legislation calling for Congress to call a convention to consider adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. constitution.
 

House members voted 57-33 Monday for the bill and sent it to the Senate to consider House amendments. The House defeated similar legislation last year.

A total of 27 states have petitioned Congress for a convention on a balanced budget amendment. The constitution requires two-thirds of the 50 states, or 34, to request a convention.

US Senate Panel to Consider Oklahomans for Judge Posts

Apr 19, 2016
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Two nominees for federal judgeships in Oklahoma City are scheduled to be considered this week by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington.
 

Current U.S. Magistrate Judge Suzanne Mitchell and an assistant general counsel at the University of Oklahoma, Scott Palk, are scheduled to testify before the committee on Wednesday.
 

President Barack Obama nominated the two in December to serve as judges on the state's U.S. District Court for the Western District in Oklahoma City.
 

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A new state commission tasked with analyzing whether Oklahoma is getting its money's worth from billions of dollars in state tax giveaways to businesses is meeting in Oklahoma City.
 

The Incentive Evaluation Committee will hold its second meeting at the state Capitol on Tuesday as they begin to study Oklahoma's various tax incentives.

The panel will hear from Jay Moon, an economic development expert from Mississippi, and David Blatt, the director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute and a longtime critic of some of Oklahoma's tax subsidies for businesses and industries.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has passed legislation calling for Congress to call a convention to consider adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. constitution.

House members voted 57-33 Monday for the bill and sent it to the Senate to consider House amendments. The House defeated similar legislation last year.

A total of 27 states have petitioned Congress for a convention on a balanced budget amendment. The constitution requires two-thirds of the 50 states, or 34, to request a convention.

 

 

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge has rejected Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols' request to have his guns sold and the proceeds benefit bombing victims and support his children.

The Oklahoman reported Monday that senior U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch ordered the guns destroyed and their estimated $6,922 value be credited against the $14.5 million restitution Nichols owes.

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