OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma attorney general is defending his work with energy companies and denying that he participated in a "secretive alliance" with them.
Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that Attorney General Scott Pruitt was among other attorneys general working with energy producers in pushing back against federal attempts to regulate the oil and gas industry.
Fire investigators are looking for the cause of a major early morning fire in Turley. The blaze was reported just before 6:15 a.m. this morning near 6300 North Quaker Avenue.
There are no reports of injuries associated with the fire. The Tulsa Fire Department was called to the scene to help the Turley Fire Department fight the fire. At one point a home, an out-building and an RV were on fire.
Neighbors tell KWGS, the home had lots of Christmas lights and yard decorations.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has approved its largest-ever single contract — a $71 million project that involves the reconstruction of two interchanges along Interstate 35 in Norman.
The commission voted unanimously on Monday to approve the contract, which includes the Lindsey Street and State Highway 9 intersections with I-35. The winning bid for $71.1 million was submitted by Tulsa-based Sherwood Construction Co., Inc. The project is expected to take two-and-a-half years to complete.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nearly two dozen newly elected Oklahoma House members are at the state Capitol this week learning about the legislative process before the 2015 legislative session begins in February.
House officials say most of the 22 new legislators elected in November attended Monday's orientation at the Capitol.
House staff briefed the freshman lawmakers on bill filing, presenting bills in committee and on the floor, and on common parliamentary procedures. Briefings are scheduled to continue Tuesday on ethics rules and how the state budget is crafted.
There’s a new building going up at the site of the under-construction Gathering Place.
Project manager Jeff Stava says the temporary office building will have space for Manhattan Construction — the company building the park — and everyone else involved.
"They'll have their procurement people, their site supervision, a lot of their costing and administrative type folks, so there will be a lot of people there," Stava said. "Plus our architects, MVVA, will have an office there, the foundation will have an office, too."
Developers eyeing downtown Tulsa can now apply for short-term, no-interest loans from the city.
Downtown Tulsa has come a long way in the last few years, and Planning Director Dawn Warrick said it’s important to continue that momentum.
"A program to incentivize downtown development, to provide that support where often there's a gap in funding, is something that the city felt very strongly about, and it was obviously supported by the voters," Warrick said.
A total of $4 million are available for nearly ready projects.
MUSTANG, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma state Treasurer Ken Miller is to be in Mustang to award a student and a school each $10,529.
Miller will present one check Monday for $10,529 to a fourth grader who won in the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes. A second check for an identical amount will be presented to her elementary school principal to use for educational purposes.
The money comes from the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan, or OCSP.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group wants to make Oklahoma's laws for craft beer the same as state laws for wineries.
Heather Sams of the League of Oklahomans for Change in Alcohol Laws, or LOCAL, says there's several breweries that are restricted by regulations not imposed on other businesses like wineries.
The Journal Record reports the group wants breweries to be able to sell their whole beer portfolios from the tap. They also want liquor stores to be able to sell alcohol mixers, cheeses and other food pairings.