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National fund starting to help bail defendants out of jail

NEW YORK (AP) — A national effort is launching that aims to help low-income defendants get out of jail by bailing them out as their criminal cases progress through the courts.The Bail Project … more

Oklahoma Dems hope to mirror election successes nationwide

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The recent success of Democrats in deep-red Oklahoma amid will be put to a further test Tuesday in special elections for three previously Republican-held state legislative … more

Opioid addiction summit held in Durant

A summit regarding addiction in rural Oklahoma was held Thursday in Durant at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center & Library to examine the scope of the opioid abuse epidemic and potential … more

Settlement: Red River determines Texas, federal boundaries

DALLAS (AP) — Texas landowners who live along a river separating them from Oklahoma have reached a settlement with federal officials saying the Texas border lies with the meandering flow of the … more

New Oklahoma health department leader says finances grim

NORMAN (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health has suffered from financial mismanagement stretching back more than five years and needs an immediate infusion of $30 million from the … more

Texas massacre is seized on by both sides in gun debate

Gun-rights supporters have seized on the Texas church massacre as proof of the well-worn saying that the best answer to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Gun-control advocates, … more

EPA chief set to meet privately with chemical industry execs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s top environmental regulator is set to speak privately to chemical industry executives next week during a conference at a luxury oceanfront … more

Audit of Oklahoma health agency changed, could bring charges

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A probe of the Oklahoma State Department of Health is being changed to an investigative audit, meaning it could lead to criminal charges in the wake of the resignations of … more

Oklahoma lawmakers approve $23.3 million for mental health

The Associated PressOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that appropriates $23.3 million to Oklahoma’s mental health agency is headed to Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk to be signed into … more

Oklahoma House raises oil, gas production tax on some wells

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has approved a measure to increase the gross production tax on oil and gas to 7 percent for some wells after defeating a proposal to impose the maximum 7 … more

Oklahoma auditor says agency ‘concerns’ prompt audit request

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Financial concerns that prompted Oklahoma’s health commissioner to ask for a state audit of his agency also led to the commissioner’s resignation, … more

House sends 4 spending bills to Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House Monday approved four spending bills to supplement the budgets of three state agencies but did not consider any measures to raise new revenue to help fill … more

New Oklahoma law reserves left lane only for passing

The Associated PressTULSA (AP) — A new Oklahoma law is making it official: Slower drivers need to move to the right.A new law taking effect on Nov. 1 states that the left lane on multilane … more

Judge removes fatal shooting from ex-Tulsa officer’s record

TULSA (AP) — A judge has removed a manslaughter case from a white former Oklahoma police officer’s record after she asked to have it expunged.District Judge William LaFortune ruled … more

GOP plan to hike taxes, fix budget fails in Oklahoma House

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican-backed plan to increase taxes on cigarettes, fuel and alcohol to help patch the budget and pay for teacher raises has been shot down in the Oklahoma … more

Vegas shooting doesn’t change opinions on guns

ATLANTA (AP) — The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans’ opinions about gun laws.The nation is closely divided on whether restricting firearms would … more

Oklahoma to slash mental health, drug abuse programs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Outpatient mental health and substance abuse programs for 189,000 Oklahoma residents, including some addicted to opioids, will be eliminated or slashed on Nov. 1 because of … more

East Central University’s Early Settlement Mediation Program is recruiting new volunteers

Early Settlement Mediation is a program that is funded by the Administrative Office of the Courts of Oklahoma. The South Central Program is sponsored by East Central University and housed in the … more

Oklahoma prisons selling inmates cold case playing cards

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma authorities are hoping to solve unsolved killings and other cold cases by selling decks of playing cards that feature the cases to prisoners.The state Bureau of … more

Oklahoma man seeks to construct Ten Commandments statue

MCALESTER (AP) — An Oklahoma county has denied a man’s request to build a Ten Commandments statue outside the local courthouse.Contractor Tim Mitchell requested to place the religious … more
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